Genre: Wireless Controller
Not only is Nintendo the ONLY company to release a first-party
wireless controller... But they are also the first to release
one that kicks ass. Their also the first to make a wireless
controller that uses different frequency's, and not uses
crappy lined up signals like Sony has in the past, and other
third-party controllers. The controller has a few things
changed. A new color. Who says gray isn't sexy? The color
does great things for the controller. It goes GREAT with
the shape of the controller. Not only does the WaveBird
get a paintjob it also gets a little size adjustment. Everything
about the controller is the same size except for the bottom
of the controller which sticks out. This conpartment is
for batteries. What originally worried people seems to be
take ncare of, as well... There is a little led light in
this new part of the controller. According to the dirrections
when the batteries are low this light will dim down. So
no worries there. We haven't played with one long enough
to see if it is true, but according to Nintendo it should
work that way.
Like the original controller, there is a Big "A"
button which serves as your home button where your right
thumb rests most of the time very comfortably. The "B"
button is located just south left of it, and remains identical
to the original. The "Y" button is just above
the "A" button. The "X" is just to the
right of the "A" button. The "L", and
"R" shoulder buttons remain the same and are just
as comfortable, and accesible. The "C" stick is
the same, and so is the left analog stick. The D-Pad is
just as small as the original, but with the new part of
the controller (batteries conpartment) the D-Pad can be
used a little bit easier. Since there is a lot more surrounding
space around it, it doesn't seem quite as small, although
in reality it still is. The "Z" button also is
in the same possition: Right above the "R" shoulder
The controller thankfully feels just as comortable as the
original, if not more. It may have to do with the extended
lower half, but whatever it is... It feels great. The controller
feels about the same weight (even with the batteries in)
as the original. The controller feels a lot more more firmer,
and has a better build quality. If you felt that the orginal
controller was too small and made it feel like it would
brake then you should find the WaveBird controller pretty
much fixes that probablem. Thats if you even have the probablem.
Since the controller is a little bigger, as said before
the gap that is between the Left Analog, and "C"
stick is being taken up with with what we are calling the
batteries compartment. This makes a really great addition,
really. For those who have big hands and long fingers you'll
find this much more comfotable that the original controller.
You don't have your fingers just sticking out kind of obvious
which happened sometimes with the original. Even though
that is something rare that only a very few amount of people
experienced. Anyway we are just trying to explain how awesome
this controller is. But you wont know until you try it yourself.
Just another reason that you need to buy this controller.
As you can see the controller is just as comfortable as
the orginal, and just as great, but thats not what Nintendo
made this controller for, really. The best part is a little
something that will get rid of your fear of people tripping
on the cord and pulling you GameCube off the shelf and sending
it into tons of broken pieces. You can now enjoy you Nintendo
How's it really work
When you pick up the controller, turn on you GameCube, pop
in a game, and sit down on you bed which is too far away
from the T.V. to play with the orginal you will know the
feeling that we try and describe to you. There is NOTHING
like it. You will forget you are playing with a wireless
controller, and you will feel like you are playing with
a regular old controller with a cord. You honestly cannot
tell that the controller is wireless. It has as quick responses
as the original. This is the best controller ever made,
and it is worth ever penny you spend on it.
It as just as easy to use as well. You plug in the reciever
which is used to recieve signal's sent to it by the WaveBird.
Don't worry about lining up to controller with the reciever,
though. Even though Nintendo suggests to play within 20
Feet of the controller we tested this puppy out by playing
with it at 60 FEET. It worked without a flaw. Most people
will play under 20 Feet like Nintendo suggests to, though,
anyway. Who wants to play so far back you can't even see
the T.V.? But it's nice to know if you need take the garbage
out you can still play your GameCube at the same time. We
don't find that as a draw back in a controller. Do you?
When turning on the controller be carefull. You first need
to turn on your GameCube. Then turn on you controller by
hitting the switch on the controller. Then plug in the reciever.
Make sure you do not hit ANY buttons when booting up the
console. If you do it will affect the gameplay controls
and you controller may not work, or function properly. In
order to get the controller to work you need to match up
the frequencys on the controller with the reciever. You
have a choice between 1-16 for setting your frequency. At
first we had some trouble getting the controller to work
properly because we were plugging it in, in the wrong order.
So make sure you plug everything in correctly, and do everything
in the right order.
When playing a game if the frequency is changed the controller
will become inactive. So that spoils any cheating that you
may have planned in a game of Melee, or anything like that.
Speaking of changing frequencys... The little dial on the
controller, and Reciever could have been done a lot better.
The numbers a very small and are hard to read even in a
well lighted room, but when in the dark it is impossible.
That and two little things are a downside about the controller.
The fact that the controller does not have a rumble feature,
and that it may be hard to tell if your controller may be
low on batteries. We suggest you keep an extra pair of AA
batteries (that's what it runs on) around the house. It
would suck really bad to run out of batteries in a boss
fight, or an important part of a game. But you won't have
to worry about replacing batteries often. Nintendo claims
that two AA batteries will give the controller 100 hours
It is quite possible Nintendo is responisble for the best
controller ever. With it's comfortablility and no cords
the WaveBird gives gamers a new experience, and the best
part of all is... It's only available for GameCube. Thats
right only owners of GameCube can play wireless. If you
need an extra controller, even if you don't need one you
should definetly buy a WaveBird controller. We promise you
there is no experience like playing from the foot of your
bed, or the couch and not having to worry about someone
tripping on a cord and then damaging you precious cube.
Even, though you give up rumble it is worth it. The current
price of 35$ is also worth it as well.
Go get one!
Iv'e only played with the WaveBird a little bit, but
that small amount time is convencing enough. Being able
to play from anywhere in my bedroom, or living room
is a very rewarding extra in a controller. Some people
are complaing about not having a rumble feature in the
controller, but I never really cared for it, and often
times turned off the controllers rumble due to its annoying
unnecessary rumble when it is not really needed. I'll
keep my regular controller around for games that need
rumble, though. I suggest you do too.
If you don't have a WaveBird, and want another controller
there is NO excuse to not buy a WaveBird. Even if you
have four controllers there is no excuse worthy enough.
You can trade in your regular controller at Electronic
Botique (EB) to help pay for a WaveBird, too. So not
having a lot of spare cash is no longer an excuse; Unless
your like me and don't live by an EB.
Too make sure that Nintendo's wireless controller
really was amazing. I played a wireless game of Melee
at around 60 Feet. Sure I couldn't make out the characters,
but it was freakin' impressive. Later we plan to do
somemore tests with the controller. I'll fill you in
on those later, but for now... I think you should be
assured this is the BEST contoller ever.
After I played with the controller I found it hard
to go back to playing any other system like my Xbox,
or Playstation 2 with their outdated cords. ^_~ I honestly
cannot explain this feeling. You just need to you and
get one, and give it a test run. Then you'll see.
So now you know... You need to get off your butt
stop reading this and go get one! ^_^
a first party controller made by Nitnendo so of
course it has great build quality. It feels great
as comfy as the original, but the D-pad is still
to small for most people to use.
10 dollars more than the original, and you no longer
have to play with cords, but instead you play wireless.
Of course it is a great value.
have not had one problem playing with it in a game.
It works at 60 Feet. This is the best controller
you can buy.
wireless, which is the best part. The only downside
is that it's frequency dials are a little hard to
read, but for $35.00 it is well worth it.
(not an average)
best controller in history, in my opinion. Nintendo
has definetly pleased me with their new controller,
and nothing should stop you from purchasing one.