Wii Classic Controller Review

Posted on June 28, 2010


The Wii Classic controller hearkens back to the old SNES days, hanging out all day and busing your thumbs on Mortal Kombat, or just exploring and shooting space baddies in Super Metroid. The SNES hold a special place in all our hearts, many regard it as being the best Nintendo console of all time, and with good reason. It was a breakthrough console, introducing stunning new graphics and CPU capabilities that allowed for great games with vast, beautiful landscapes, even more action, and great soundtracks.

The Wii managed to bring all this back to everyone unlucky enough to never have experienced the SNES in the raw, by including numerous SNES titles in it’s Virtual Console. However, you had to play these games with the Gamecube controller, and although the Gamecube controller is great, it just didn’t offer up the nostalgic high of, say, a real SNES controller. However, Nintendo solved this problem by releasing a new attachment for the Wii remote, called the Classic Controller.

The Classic Controller is an SNES-like alternative to the Gamecube controller for playing Virtual Console games, but it’s not just limited to that. The Classic Controller can also be used in Wii games that have a Gamecube control scheme; like Super Mario Strikers: Charged and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, it can’t be used to play Gamecube games. So you’ll still want to keep a Gamecube controller or two handy after buying yourself a Classic Controller.

As I mentioned before, the classic controller looks somewhat like an SNES controller (except for the analog sticks) but with a clean, fresh look. The only new additions are the two Z buttons in-between the L and R buttons, as well as the +, -, and home buttons, and the dual analog sticks. It feels a lot lighter than the Gamecube controller, and is about an inch slimmer. My only problem with the new controller is that it’s not wireless, like the Wii remote. Instead, you need to plug it into the Wii controller first. This is a major letdown, considering the $30 price tag.

All in all, however, the Wii Classic Controller is recommended for any big Nintendo fan, and anyone who plays Virtual Console games regularly.

If you liked this review, you can also see the video review here.