E3 06: Nintendo reveals Wii classic controller

Nintendo gives the Wii a "classic" gamepad for virtual console games.

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Nintendo included an image of a new Wii controller hidden within a package of hardware screenshots available for download on the Nintendo press site. The image titled "Wii_classic_0501" shows a gamepad-shaped controller with a Wii logo front and center.

The "classic" file name suggests that the controller will be used for classic Nintendo games that use a traditional gamepad interface.

The controller is reminiscent of a Super Nintendo gamepad with its oval shape, D pad, and x, y, a, and b buttons set in a familiar diamond formation. The controller also features what appear to be four buttons along the top of the controller. The classic controller face also has two analog sticks, which are necessary to maintain GameCube compatibility.

Discussion

368 comments
wEary4
wEary4

Hmm.. I think the right analog stick replaces the C-buttons for N64..As I recall, the N64 only had a single analog stick..hmm..

kosomot
kosomot

I don't know if that button arrangement will be comfortable for playing N64 games. N64 games depend too much on c buttons but if you use abxy buttons as C buttons... there are missing buttons for N64 playability.

Cheeba_puff
Cheeba_puff

Does the d-pad on this thing feel too stiff to anyone else? I dunno, maybe i just need to break this thing in more.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

cameron06 classic controler sucks I got re4 for chrismas and it classic controler doesent work :'( and now I hav to but a bloody GC controler. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well seeing how RE4 is a gamecube game it only seems logical that it would require the Gamecube controller... but hey thats just me.

cameron06
cameron06

classic controler sucks I got re4 for chrismas and it classic controler doesent work :'( and now I hav to but a bloody GC controler.

Silver_Slayer1
Silver_Slayer1

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Rikstah
Rikstah

yeah im glad super smash is using the conventional controller... Wii mote just isnt right for fighting games i think

getlynched
getlynched

just got my Wii preorder this morning, with a classic controller... w00T!

wanderer818
wanderer818

lol - they're going to be using this one for the new super smash - thank god too.

B-HunterX
B-HunterX

Dude Nintendo is rockin it with this console. If anyone complains about the controller they should STFU cause they have more than 3 dif. controllers ofr this system. the normal Wii controller (with nunchuck), you can plug in your Gamecube controller to use, the classic controller, the Zapper, and i heard that tere will be a Gamecube Shell for the Wii remote. so hah! i love Nintendo.

cammoule
cammoule

Wii really rocks :D :) ;) :p

dealz786
dealz786

Wow this is so cool it's all 3 consoles controolers in 1 and it still looks great. It is a snes controller shape with all the buttins of the gamecube controller

tsallgood22
tsallgood22

i dont know any thing about this and i dont fell like reading so wtf

Cay0208
Cay0208

I like the classic design.. it's simple, yes.. but it does look functional. Plus, it looks like it would feel comfortable using it.

vodkabongwater
vodkabongwater

wii did not...i repeat...DID NOT! copy ps2...quit ****

killyoufun
killyoufun

ps2 controller + super nintendo controller + gamecube controller cool!!!

fhgwgads888
fhgwgads888

way to add an alternative controller that doesnt completely isolate Wii from the other two systems PROPS!!!

Dj_Excalibur
Dj_Excalibur

I guess 3-way ports, and third parties that don't want to use the wiimote can come back now. I think what Nintendo ment by calling the file "Wii_classic_0501" was not because it was gonna be for classic gaming but just to call it a classical controller.

imafatone
imafatone

OMG guys the analog stick is nothin new at all its been there since like idk N64 how can wii be copyin that from PS3???

roll450
roll450

Man that is hella tight i wanna buy one

Time_Echos
Time_Echos

hope i could play smash bros. brawl with it.

Bilman
Bilman

hello cant say anything bad now can i :) na its nice

GloverD
GloverD

Naw if you ever tried the Classic looking controller of snes for ps2 looks the same but its hard to grip hopefully this one has a little more depth but yeah it look good way to step up nintendo!

Merl57
Merl57

This actually looks like the best controller ever

anthouny
anthouny

ohhhh hell yeazzz nitendo just got a whole lot better

jburde
jburde

I'm going to be using that A LOT! :D

sinceps1
sinceps1

Death1234567890 "The piont of the Wii-mote is it works for all types of games, I only see this being used for retro games and thats it. That being said I like it." I have to agree with that one.

ASUGubatron
ASUGubatron

I was wondering how Wii was going to handle fighting games. Now we know.

Death1234567890
Death1234567890

The piont of the Wii-mote is it works for all types of games, I only see this being used for retro games and thats it. That being said I like it.

REforever101
REforever101

looks cool, i cant wait to hold it for myself

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

Nintendo has made a console that can be played all the past consoles including a mega-original sensor control and now this. Being able to use also the gamecube controls this console can be used with 3 diferent controls, the wiimote, the gamecube control and now this! and that without counting the extras that you can plug into the wiimote. :D I am happy and I hope that people can understand world wide-ly that Sony and Microsoft are just there for your money, and yes I know that still you can have your fun with their good games and systems but that Nintendo is there for you and not like them. I am going to get Wii That is for sure! PS3 will be a must also with games like FFXIII hehehehehe but yea I recon that it can wait another 2 or 3 years :P

James_Bond47
James_Bond47

I think this will feel like a GBA. Not too bad.

thk123
thk123

I knew there would be a normal controller. My only hope left is you will be able to use it instead in all games, as in some cases I feel like I might as well go and do the thing for real. This is esspically true if fifa release a soccer game. Unless you strap it to your leg....

mgsseries4life
mgsseries4life

Nintendo fanboy just give up u know that the Wii is ridiculous in front of the PS3 so just don't try to squeeze ur self in this next-gen and don't try to compare it to the PS3, cause Wii is not next-gen at all. btw, why didn't Nintendo just come up with the same controller for the GameCube? cause obviously it's the same console in terms of Graphics, features and games. If Nintendo really cares about their fans then they would just keep the GC and try to come up with a way how to use the new controller with it. And not have u spend an extra 250 or 300$ to buy the same thing just with a new controller.

gatewaygal01
gatewaygal01

yay! this is really good! but i want to hold it and test it for myself

Agelu
Agelu

Actually, how we could ask FOR MORE??!

oakleyswitch
oakleyswitch

i like that, im pretty psyched about it. hope they keep it.

Cain160
Cain160

O god thank you nintendo I thought the tv remote controller for the wii was stupid, i like classic but the remote be ok too. why did they change the name revolution? wii is a retarded name, revolution was awesome.

shafner
shafner

yes, i am buying one immediately. this is so perfect.