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- Item Weight: 1 pounds
- Media: Video Game
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Komodo Shockwave Wireless White Controller for Wii and Gamecube
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Another disappointing feature of this controller is a small but very important detail (in my opinion at least). The left thumb stick is surrounded by an octagonal cutout, like the original. However, the original octagon is positioned so that the peaks are at the very top, bottom, left, right, etc. On this controller, they are rotated so that the top/bottom/etc. are flat. That doesn't seem like a big deal until you realize how much time you spend with the thumb stick straight up to move forward. Originally it went right into the notch and that was that, but now you have to focus on not letting it slight slightly left or right into a notch that has you moving at a now slightly altered angle. It may sound like I'm being nit-picky, but you will definitely notice if you are used to playing on actual Nintendo controllers.
Overall it's a decent product. Aside from what I've already stated and a few other small things (L/R triggers take less resistance to fully click, Z button takes more resistance) it's a pretty decent controller. I've only had mine for a few days so I can't comment on battery life, but another review says that it lasted long enough for him to beat Windwaker (which is a pretty long game). It's not the Wavebird-with-rumble replica I was hoping for, but since it was only $15 I'll definitely still hold on to it.
It's fully functional, completely serviceable, and the only downside I've seen with it so far have been the comparatively short battery life (as compared to the wireless controllers on my other systems, which run on rechargable AAs). Still, you could do way, way worse. If you want a wireless gamecube controller and don't want to pay an arm and a leg for the Wavebird, this is the one to get.
First, as with most third party controllers, it doesn't feel as solid or polished as a Nintendo branded controller. The build quality is very good on this controller, though. There are really only two minor issues I have with it. First, the digital control pad is very, very stiff, but still usable. The other minor problem is that the rumble feature is very weak compared to most other GameCube controllers. The controller rumbles, but on games that push out a low intensity rumble, you may have trouble noticing it.
Battery life has been acceptable. I've only used rechargeable batteries with mine and I've been able to get many, many days worth of usage before needing to recharge the batteries. It's a bit odd that it takes three AAA batteries which could lead to some issues if you use rechargables, but isn't too big a deal.
Overall, I'd recommend this controller to anyone in the market for a wireless GameCube controller. Mine hasn't had any durability issues to speak of and is still working like a champ two years after purchase.
1: Occasional disconnects, usually can reconnect quickly by pressing the connect button. However, if it were to happen during an intense action sequence, it would be very frustrating.
2: Analog stick lacks precision of original Gamecube controller. I've been using the controller mostly to replay my GC Zelda games WW and TP. The lack of precision makes it very difficult to aim projectiles such as the bow. Additionally it is difficult to walk slow rather than run in games.
3: Occasional twitching, for instance on a menu screen the controller will suddenly decide to select an item to the left. The twitch on my controller always seems to be a sudden but slight left analog input, when no button was pressed or after pressing the controller to the right.
I considered returning the product due to these issues, but decided that I really couldn't do better for the price ($15). With even used Wavebird controllers costing upwards of $50 complete, and rather limited options otherwise, I decided I can tolerate the flaws for how much I play my old Gamecube games. However, aside from the convenience of wireless (which is sort of a big deal to me), you'd be much better off with an original Nintendo manufactured wired controller. Though, from experience, the original wired controllers do over time lose precision and functionality as well.
Other than the (somewhat minor) complaints listed, the controller functions as it should.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're only using one at a time, it is fairly decent. Using 2 or more and you will get occasional disconnects. I had 4 of these and the C button was only 75% functional. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scuba Slim
Not as responsive. It's either all or nothing in moving the character. You can not go from 0 to full motion smoothly. The NES wave bird is much easier to play with. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ron Carver
The signal kept cutting in and out. I was able to get through Fire Emblem ok with it but I would never attempt to play a non-Turn Based game with this. Steer clear.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
There is some delay so it doesn't work well with fast games like brawl or mario kart. But it works.Published 17 months ago by Easton F.
First one didn't work. Senter it back. Second one doesn't work 100% either. My kids not happy.Published 18 months ago by John D. Libby
It works perfect, is a bit too responsive, but the only reason it's not a 5 is because the right trigger doesn't work in any of my games.Published 19 months ago by Andrew Lawler