Product Type: Nintendo game controllers
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I had to buy this to play Pilotwings properly..
Nintendo Wii Classic Controller
Member Name: hamm_sandwich
Nintendo Wii Classic Controller
Advantages: Good value and qood quality..
Disadvantages: Isn't the all in one accessory Nintendo want it to be.
The classic controller is a Wii accessory designed to be used mainly with the Wii's Virtual Console. Unlike the Wii Remote it has no motion sensing capability and is what you might call a traditional controller not too dissimilar to the PS3 Sixaxis controller in design and function.
As I mentioned, it's really for the older games that you download through your Wii that of course predated the host console. I bought it so that I could enjoy Super Nintendo games as the D-Pad on the GameCube pad that is also compatible is so small and difficult to reach and its shape is so similar that it feels like a trip down memory lane.
The Classic Controller is essential for downloaded N64 games unless you have an old GameCube controller kicking around which I feel is actually a better fit for those games as it has a more comfortable position for the left stick; the Classic as I said is what I use for SNES games but I think i'm probably in the minority when I say that i'm a regular downloader which to me really limits the potential audience of this accessory. There are some Wii titles that allow the use of the Classic controller like Smash Bros. Brawl but they are few and far between and I think the way that these are widely available on the high street could be misleading to consumers who think they can substitute their Wii Remote for this.
This is impossible actually because the controller has no power source and has to be plugged into the bottom of your Wiimote to allow it to communicate with your console which can prove awkward during more energetic sessions of Mario Kart. The upside of this is that the Classic Controller is significantly cheaper than the Wiimote and can be picked up for under £20 and makes up part of HMV's 2 for £30 promotion.
A newer black Classic has been released alongside this one with the main difference being the addition of prongs to the left and right of the handset that makes it much more comfortable to grip, particularly if you've got larger hands and like all the other black Wii accessories looks a lot more stylish.
The Classic controller I feel is an accessory tasked with doing a lot of things but not really mastering any of them. It has limited use as a Wii controller. The sticks are in the wrong place for N64 games and NES games are fine with the Wiimote turned sideways. So, it remains my choice for SNES titles but I feel Nintendo would have been much better off rereleasing the original controllers for their older systems to connect in the same way which would help by not misleading customers and would be a better fit for their fantastic back catalogue of games.
I know that such an accessory was released in Japan but it's baffling how Nintendo haven't taken up this opportunity to make this extra money. For now i'll stick with my Classic but i'll be checking out eBay to import one of their Classic SNES pads which i'm sure i'll pay a fortune for.
Summary: 15 quid..
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