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Wii Classic Controller

by Nintendo
Nintendo Wii
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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  • Four face buttons - X, Y, B, A
  • Twin analog sticks
  • Four shoulder buttons
  • 4-way D-pad

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000IN0BSU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 2 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Media: Accessory
  • Release Date: November 19, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,104 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

The Classic Controller is an expansion for the Wii's remote. It connects to the port on the bottom of the Wii remote to allow for wireless connectivity with the Wii console. The shape and style of the Classic Controller is more like the traditional controller design, which allows for ease of use with the classic games available through the virtual console.

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384 of 398 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Controller in Most Cases November 26, 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you plan on buying a Wii and going through with the virtual download, then getting the classic controller is not such a bad investment. What causes to be a bad investment however depends on what games you plan on downloading for the virtual console. Case in point, if you've got a Gamecube controller, there's a big possibility you may want to stick with that one instead.

To begin, the controller attaches to the Wii remote, so it is in fact wireless. So you don't have to deal too much with cords in the way. Although, this brings about the problem of your Wii remote batteries dying. Then your shell controller doesn't work so well either. Another interesting aspect of the classic controller is that you can use it to navigate through the Wii channels if you like.

The layout of the controller is almost an exact replica of the classic Super Nintendo Controller. The differences are two Z buttons, one next to the L button and one next to the R button, and a home button to navigate back to the wii menu. Its fantastic for playing virtual console games because the buttons are set to correspond to the same things they did on their respective controllers. Although at the same time this can be troublesome, particularly for playing Nintendo 64 games. If you plan on downloading N64 games, the Gamecube Controller works far better than the shell controller does. Mainly because the button layout just feels awkward at times. The Z buttons are small, unlike the Gamecube controller which happens to have a fairly large one. The control stick is also far better on the Gamecube Controller for N64 games and the A and B button placements are better as well.

Otherwise, if you plan on getting a Super Nintendo game, this controller is perfect!
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary February 19, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For all the people saying that a wireless GameCube controller is a better purchase ... I'm wondering, have you tried Super Mario World with the GameCube controller yet?

It's unplayable. I have both and I tried to play 2-player SMW. The classic controller of course works perfectly, but the GameCube one is awful. Here's why: SMW requires you to do running jumps over pits. That means you hold Y and press B to jump. Y and B are right next to each other on the classic controller, but on the GameCube controller, there is an enormous A button almost directly between them. You have to bend your thumb at a weird angle to hit B and Y but not A, because if you hit A you will do a spin jump and probably fall in the pit.

So really, one of the best Virtual Console games out right now does not work well with the GameCube controller ... the classic controller is great and works well with all of the games. (That's what it was made for, you know)
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The classic controller is a controller attachment for the Wii that plugs into the expansion port at the bottom of the Wii remote. It is wired, like the nunchuk attachment, but it utilizes the same wireless signal of the Wii remote.

The Classic controller is used specifically in conjunction with the Virtual Console download service. With this service, players can download classic games from the NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis, and Turbografix-16 game consoles! Currently, no Wii games have been officially announced to utilize the classic controller and the classic controller CANNOT control games for the GameCube system.

The pros of the controller are obvious. You can use it to play classic games from the virtual console service, and it remains wireless by using the power from the batteries in the Wii remote.

If you plan on playing GameCube games in your Wii, however, it may be a better purchase to buy a GameCube controller or a WaveBird wireless GameCube controller, as all games currently on the virtual console can also be controlled by these as well as the classic controller.

Overall, the classic controller is a nice addition to the Wii hardware and should fit nicely in your family of Wii peripherals. If you don't own a GCN controller, and don't plan on playing GCN games on your system, the classic controller is a no-brainer, and a convenient way to get back into classic gaming!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Wavebird just won't do January 5, 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I gave this a 3 on the "fun" rating simply because the controller itself isn't really fun. It is, in my opinion though, a necessity for anyone who wants to get the best experience out of the Virtual Console.

I held off buying a classic controller for the simple fact that Virtual Console games using it could also use Gamecube controllers. I had my trusty Wavebird, so it's not like I'd have to deal with being tethered to the console (oh, the horror!) :)

Then it happened; Castelvania IV was released for download. It didn't take long to realize I needed something that hearkened back to the feel and control layout of the SNES.

The problem comes from the fact that older games were designed without the thought of analog control, and it shows when you try and use it and the direction pad on Gamecube controllers just isn't located in a good enough spot to use either.

For NES and TG16 games I just hold the Wiimote on its side, which works well enough. This can work alright for Genesis games too, unless you need to use three buttons, in which case the 'A' button is used. Ten minutes of "Toe Jam & Earl" and you'll realize you need something different. You could try a Gamecube controller, but my argument placed for SNES games carries over.

Considering the prices of the Wiimote and Nunchuck, a Classic Controller really isn't too bad of a buy. It connects to a Wiimote, so you're still wireless.

It should also be noted that the creator of Super Smash Brothers has hinted that the Wii version will NOT use the Wiimote and will be optimized for the Classic Controller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The controller stopped working after 2 hours. Defective product sent. I expected more out of buying a Nintendo Wii Classic controller, rather than an off brand.
Published 2 days ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as good as the ones that come with the console 1 year later & still holding up
Published 18 days ago by jrusmc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Did not come in the box pictured, but it works, so there's that.
Published 2 months ago by Jesse C. Carr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great.
It was fun to play the old SNES games with a control that somewhat resembled the original. It doesnt feel the same, and the buttons have a different feeling "action" to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Eddy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Doesn't work
Published 2 months ago by LA'TOYNA LOWE
5.0 out of 5 stars no motion stuff for me.
I'm getting use to it. I just cannot get use to the motion controllers and most family and friends prefer a regular controller after about 10-15 minutes of the motion ones.
Published 3 months ago by Robert A. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
thanks
Published 3 months ago by Kevin William Finn
2.0 out of 5 stars bad controller
The controller looks nice but the left trigger button doesn't work. I play a lot of fighting games and all buttons need to work for the gameplay to be effective.
Published 5 months ago by yohonis borders
5.0 out of 5 stars great and cheap
fit just what I needed for my wii, classic controller at a great price. no issues at all this with product.
Published 6 months ago by Matthew J Gaudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars SNES games
I bought one to play my favorite first- and second- gen Nintendo games. Tried playing through Super Metroid with a Wavebird and ran into a few obstacles. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DK
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