26
Nov
06

Wiikend update part deux

So, today, I was working on my Christmas wish list, the central item of which is the Nintendo Wii, and I came across some interesting information that I thought I would pass along.
The main piece of news I have relates to the Wii Classic Controller.  Scott and I (and apparently, many others) assumed that it plugs into the GameCube controller ports on the top/side of the Wii.  However, it does not.  Instead, it plugs into the Wii remote like the Nunchuck controller.  This is sweet because it means that you can play Virtual Console games wirelessly.  Unfortunately, I also learned that the Wii Classic Controller cannot be used to play GameCube games.  I can’t figure out why this is the case since the Classic Controller has basically all the same controls as the GameCube controller.  That is lame.  In any case, it is possible to play most Virtual Console games with a GameCube controller, so the Wii Classic Controller isn’t really all that necessary.

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, the compatibility chart shows that if you have both the Wii remote and a GameCube controller, you will be able to play all games for the NES, SNES, N64, and TurboGrafx 16.  For Sega Genesis games on the Virtual Console, it indicates that the Wii Remote can play “some” games and that the GameCube Controller can play “some” games.  The question here is whether the “some” from the Wii Remote and the “some” from the GameCube add up to “all”.  If so, then the Wii Classic Controller is totally superfluous.  If not, it would be necessary for only a very small fraction of the total games available for the Wii’s Virtual Console.

I guess the advisability of getting the Wii Classic Controller depends on how you plan to use your Wii.  If you plan on buying lots of Virtual Console titles but don’t plan on using it for playing GameCube games, the Classic Controller would be a good choice.  However, if you plan on playing GameCube games on your Wii, you’ll need GameCube controllers and the Classic Controller will be of no use to you.  In order to maximize the flexibility of your system, it’s probably better to invest in GameCube controllers rather than the Wii Classic Controllers.  I might get one Classic Controller but ultimately, I think I’d like to have a fleet of GameCube controllers to give me access to the huge library of games available for the GameCube.


1 Response to “Wiikend update part deux”


  1. November 28, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Either way, I want one. For real. The backwards compatibility thing is awesome, the gameplay looks super-fun, and it’s dirt cheap.

    I also can’t wait until someone cracks the Nintendo Storefront, and allows you to install roms on the thing, rather than having to buy every single classic game again.


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