Nintendo WaveBird (Platinum) review: Nintendo WaveBird (Platinum)

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Wireless controller that works with Nintendo's GameCube and Wii systems; selectable wireless channels; identical design and feel as the standard GameCube controller.

The Bad Comparatively bulky and heavy; button layout isn't the best match for some pre-GameCube Virtual Console titles.

The Bottom Line It's not the perfect controller for Virtual Console games, but the WaveBird remains the best wireless controller for playing older games on the Nintendo Wii.

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Nintendo WaveBird

The GameCube's replacement, the Nintendo Wii, can do everything the GameCube could and more. It can handle both GameCube and Wii game discs, plus a selection of classic NES, Super NES, Sega Genesis, Turbografix 16, and Nintendo 64 titles on its pay-per-download Virtual Console. But while the GameCube console itself is defunct, its accessories are not: Most of them work on the Wii, and--because GameCube games and most of the Virtual Console titles can't utilize the standard Wiimote controller--you'll actually need some of them. The Nintendo WaveBird ($35) is one such controller, a wireless GameCube game pad that plugs into the Wii's top controller ports to play older games.

The WaveBird is chunky, but fits comfortably in the hand. The controller weighs just over half a pound, making it heavier than the smaller Mad Catz GameCube MicroCon Wireless Controller, but not uncomfortably so. Since both the WaveBird and the original wired GameCube controller are made by Nintendo, they share the same layout, and their buttons feel almost identical.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color platinum
  • Form Factor external
  • Type game pad
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Form Factor AA type
  • Compatibility Game console