Wii Classic Controller
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- This controller contains Four face buttons - X, Y, B, A
- Twin analog sticks are on this item.
- Four shoulder buttons on the controller.
- 4-way D-pad on the left side of the controller.
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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!Read more ›
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)
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great, came as described, no complaints. But this controllerPublished 1 month ago by Thomas M. Giammarino
Works great and we are so glad that we purchased this so we could play the Nintendo games that require the classic controller. It plugs into our wii remotes and works flawlessly!Published 2 months ago by Candi
This controller is an absolute must for any Virtual Console gamers out there. It's pretty much essential to play SNES games (yes, the GameCube controller can be used, but the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dori Loga
Works as advertised, but overpriced and I concur with others that complain about the analog joysticks being too close together. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mossman
I bought Donkey Kong 3 on my Wii U and this controller makes it SO much easier to play. Very happy with it.Published 5 months ago by Andrew