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Saturday June 8th, 2002

WaveBird
Console: GameCube
Genre: Controller
Release: June 10th, 2002

The Controller

Since the dawn of mankind gamer's have cursed, tripped on, and violently threaten cords, but all this will change come June 10th. Come June 10th a new kind of controller will be born. This time wireless. I know it sounds great. Read on to find out all the details.

Ever wanted a wireless controller that actually works? Of course you do. All the wireless controllers released in the past have been downright crappy. You either had to line the signal directly, or the max. distance was under ten feet. Well with the, Nintendo WaveBird, Nintendo changes all this, and gives what everyone is calling the controller revolution. The controller has no cord, and you don't have to line up the signal. The controller uses different frequency's to make contact with the little plug in that you plug into the GameCube controller port.


Above: The plug in for the WaveBird Controller.

Since the controller runs of frequency's playing multiplayer with multiple WaveBirds will be as easy as saying Cube. You simply change the frequency so each controller has a different frequency, and the controllers cannot interfere with each other. Don't worry you cannot change frequency's in the middle of say a game of Melee. If you try and do so the controller will become un- useable. So that rules out any cheating you may be planning. All you have to do to change frequency's, though, is simple. At the bottom of the controller there is a little dial which your can spin to adjust the controllers current frequency. We believe that the frequency on the controller, and the plug in must be the same.

The controller itself has a close to identical layout for buttons, and analogs, but the controller itself is a little bigger. The middle of the controller sticks out further. This is where the batteries are stored. The controller uses two AA batteries, and Nintendo claims that two AA batteries will leave you with 100 hours of play. 100 hours of play is a lot, but we can't confirm this yet, but in our review we will tell you more.


Above: Picture of Nintendo' WaveBird controller.

Since the controller runs off of batteries Nintendo had to leave out one little thing. Can you guess what it is? Rumble feature. This can come as a bad thing to you, or something that doesn't really matter. The question you have to ask yourself is this: "Which do I want more, rumble, or wireless?" In my case it is wireless. You will no longer have to warn on coming people to watch out for that short cable that the original controller has.

The only downside to the controller could be the fact that, the controller we originally thought was going to be silver, has changed to a standard gray that you see in most of Nintendo's controllers. But we are sure that Nintendo will later provide WaveBirds later on with different colors. If you can't stand the color, though you could go back to that damn corded controller that other systems are stuck with.

Ok, the controller will last long, but how long is the distance from the plug in, and the controller have too be? 30 feet is the answer. Not only is that a lot it also works under different circumstances. Nintendo showed us that the controller works even when used behind a wall, with the person of the controller having his back turned towards the wall. As you can see... the controller does not need to be lined up with any signals. Thankfully...

As can see the controller is shaping up to be the best controller in existence. Who could imagine everyone's favorite GameCube controller being even better. I call it GameCube gone Wireless.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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