Release: June 10th, 2002
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