Sunday, August 30, 2015
I decided to pick this up after my Gamestop Gamecube controller wasn't functioning properly. When playing any game, the characters would always venture left and I had to keep popping the joystick back up or toggle with it till the character stopped moving. When I pressed on the joystick, the character just went "left" all over again. This is the 2nd time that Gamestop controllers had given me issues. I finally decided to just go to Wal-Mart and pick up a Nintendo brand controller; I had a classic controller but one day a bunch of ants decided to hibernate in the handheld. I fumigated the controller, took it apart, killed the remaining ants, and put the controller back together short after. Surprisingly, the controller still worked though the down button on the Dpad is very stiff now. If one button is out of order, I simply replace the controller. I'm that strict, yes, i know.
Looks good. No complaints here. The only version they had in my local Wal-Mart was the Mario one. In the back cover, you can see advertisement for a Peach or Yoshi controller. Mario is awesome, so no qualms here once again.
So you can that it uses the trademark colors of the respective character you are buying. In this, Mario is Red and blue. The layout looks identical to that of the Gamecube. The only difference is that the controller plugs into the Wiimote only and the joystick is slightly larger than the original cube controllers.
Functionality and replayability (final results):
I know some of you folks are probably thinking that I will be reviewing this controller due to Smash Bros from which this controller was intended for. Sadly, I don't own a Wii U but this controller is backward compatible with the original Wii and that is why I bought it for. I have a couple Virtual console games that I decided to re-visit. So if you are looking for Wii U playability, look elsewhere now. Otherwise, I can tell you that this controller is awesome! I am mainly using this for Mario 64 on the VC, but this controller works amazing. The buttons are very responsive, no awkward joystick toggling like how the Gamestop controllers are giving me, and the feel is very comforting I might add. I pretty much have no doubt if I tried this on the Wii U, I be amazed on it's comfort and durability. After 10+ years, Nintendo brand GC controllers still got the touch! My real qualm on this, however, is that it only works on the Virtual Console, Wii, and Wii U. That means, if you decided to play a Gamecube game on the Wii, this controller doesn't work. You won't be able to plug this bugger into a Gamecube port let alone. Overall, you are probably better off getting a Gamecube controller (with an GC port) and buying a Hub in order for you to play it on the Wii U. Why you ask? At least you have the GC ports on the original Wii if you decided to replay GC games. Last but not least, I got this controller for $29 tax included. In Amazon, you can get this controller for $10 less though you would need to purchase another $15 item to get the free shipping. So choices, choices, choices..... If you don't care about the Gamecube, then by all means, get this controller. Overall, this Mario Wii U fightpad as a controller is an awesome one. For me, its Nintendo brand all the way and no more third party nonsense for me anymore. See you next time (in Mario's voice).
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