Retro Classic Controller
Super Hybrid Controller.
When I first opened the box, I didn't know what to expect. I mean, how would this controller be able to know to talk to the sensor bar, or to talk to the Bluetooth wireless. The controller, working its own magic, is actually a hybrid, meaning, it is talking to both the sensor bar and the bluetooth at the same time. Now, understand what that means, while in game you can tilt, shake, and point to your location. At the same time you are playing the game with all the action buttons. Essentially its the WiiMote and the Nunchuck combined together in a Weapon X type of hybrid controller. Super convenient, because I never have to get up from my sofa. The power button also turns on and off the Wii U and Wii console. Meaning I really don't have to get up from the sofa!
READ! WORST CONTROLLER EVER!
After purchasing the Wii U and excitedly realizing that you still have access to the original Wii shop for virtual console games, I downloaded Super Mario 64. I was halted soon after with the lack of a classic controller and made my way to GameStop to solve this problem.......only to now be faced with some of the most frustrating, ridiculous predicaments.
Even though the advertising for this controller is highly misleading, I knew it would only service as a classic controller and Wii remote and was a-okay with that considering all I wanted to do was play some classic games with it. I was lured in by the nostalgic SNES coloring and made the $40.00 buy. Soon after I returned home to play some Mario, I was immediately finding myself upset with the purchase. It apparently has this great auto-walk feature where the joystick stays in the upright position indefinitely! It makes gameplay near impossible with the amount of sheer frustration it causes. I also came to find that after several hours of charging, it only keeps the charge for about an hour to an hour and a half and dies completely without warning which caused slight confusion, not knowing if it had died or simply stopped working mid-play. It also loses sync unexpectedly and then you are sent into a search for an item small and long enough to reset the controller....every time. The triggers aren't equally weighted - one has a distinct clicking sound while the other just laxly smushes into the controller for lack of better terms.
I bought this controller wanting to love it and play endless hours of games with it but now I just want a regular ol' first-party classic controller. If you want something done right, buy from the system manufacturer. Buy Nintendo. I'm done with this third-party nonsense. DO. NOT. BUY.
Everything you need.
I picked up the Retro Classic Controller right after I got my Wii U and I must admit I was worried it would be a cheap build but I can confirm that it isn't at all. I love the SNES contollor design. It's just what I expected. I'm glad I got it over the Wii U Pro Controller.
Fun design, but too flawed to be of use
I grabbed this with the intention of using it as a controller for my Galaxy S3. After downloading the Wii Remote software, I was able to sync the controller to my phone. It worked in Wii Remote mode, but that meant it didn't recognize the analog sticks or shoulder buttons. If I switched it to Classic Controller mode, the phone wouldn't recognize any input from it.
Both modes worked on my Wii, but using it in Wii Remote mode was a bit awkward since 1 and 2 are mapped to Y and X. There's also the issue of the IR sensor always facing forward, which makes games like Metroid: Other M and Super Paper Mario awkward to play.
It's comfortable to hold and operate, and I really would have liked it if everything worked on Android, but the limited functionality on Android and the awkwardness of the Wii Remote mode on Wii turned me off. I ended up returning it and plan to look for other Android control options.
DO NOT PURCHASE FOR THE WII U
If you are like me, you purchased the controller in hopes of finally getting a wireless Classic Controller, Wii Mote, and Wii U Pro Controller. Well you'd be mistaken, it's ONLY the Classic Controller and Wii Mote. No Pro Controller part. We're just scratching the iceberg here.
Not 5 minutes in and already the controller has malfunctioned. I ordered 2 for me and my bro to use, and they both malfunctioned once I reached the home menu. Later I found out you were supposed to reach for the reset button. A really hard to reach reset button that not even a toothpick can get to, I had to get a wire just to find a way to hit the reset button on both.
The WiiMote controls are confusing, where the D-Pad is laid out as if you were already rotating the WiiMote, thus making it useless in games where you have to hold it vertically.
But however the design is awesome. I actually got the gold one, and it looks great. The other design is cool too, looks just like the SNES controller.
Overall, just buy the regular classic controller and have to deal with wires. Plus, you have to let it charge for 5 HOURS. FIVE. HOURS. I don't have the patient of a god, so I said screw it and played it with it charging. It took 7 hours to fully charge then.
Bricked in Ten
I bought this for the Pro U capabilities but it, in fact, only works as a Wii Classic Controller Pro + Wiimote or JUST as a Wiimote. The description is very misleading. It felt like a great design in the hands and seemed to behave well as a CCP+W but that's not what I wanted. I attempted to use it on Black Ops II and it was recognized as a CCP but when I returned to the Wii U menu and opened up the Wii dashboard to play my VC games the thing bricked. I attempted to charge it but nothing seemed to respond. Blue lights didn't flash and in spite of my efforts it didn't show any signs of life. There was even a small reset button hole on the back that I attempted to press only to discover that there was no button in that button hole. Stay way, RUN DARE I SAY!!! PS: GameStop handled my return well. Yay for a good customer service experience!
Wait for version 2.0!
Brought this controller, returned it. Seemed to be defective so I got another. The next day I returned that one, got a refund. The controller's look and feel is awesome. It is just a little wider than my pro controller. The face buttons have the feel of the classic snes controller but shoulder buttons are a bit small. My problem with this product is once it was fully charged it worked but it always would not sync. I had to plug it into one of the front usb ports on my WIIU to have it work properly. It does function as a wiimote, classic controller and pro controller. I've played BLOPS 2 with no problems when it functioned. Virtual console game also were fun to play with this controller. I would advise now to not buy this product.
Poor build quality ruins it's great potential.
All the issues other customers have written about this product are all true, but what has not been mentioned is the poor build quality that plagues this controller.
I have been through the original purchased controller, and a replacement, (Thank you for the good customer service Gamestop) only to have the same issue with the left analog stick. The first controller caused whatever character you were using to stop short several times while running as if the connection to whatever input is inside the controller was faulty. The second controller would make your character run to the right when pressing up on the analog stick. This basically means you would run in circles instead of in a straight line. Despite trying to use the reset button on the controller the issue has persisted.
As much as I would like to recommend this cool retro-designed controller to people it simply is a rushed effort that I regret sinking money into.
best wii/wii u controller ever
i think this controller is awesome i love the fact that u can play wii games with this controller now i can play my MH tri, its has a nice design look great buttons and stick feel well and at a good price, i recommend to all and those who miss playing wii games.
Read this before you spend your money
Alright so I just bought this controller and I want to love it, but unfortunately there are some key things holding it back. I do agree to an extent what other reviewers have written but there are a couple key things that some of you might want to know. Even though the description is very careful to avoid saying as much - there are some things that are implied about the compatibility that are technically true but functionally problematic. I'll break it down into the 3 systems it supposedly is "compatible" with. Android: It is technically compatible with android devices but you wont be pairing this unless you have a rooted phone. You will have to plug this controller into your android device using USB. The pairing system through bluetooth is literally the same as a wiimote and therefore you run into the same problem: it can't be directly paired with android. Wii U: This is basically a wireless classic controller. Although it says it is compatible with Wii U - it only is as far as a Wii classic controller is. You wont be using this as a replacement for a Wii U PRO controller. It will read as a wiimote or a classic controller only. Wii: I did want to end on a somewhat positive note. It works great for all virtual console content as well as for some Wii games. The one thing you will need to keep note of though is that the sensor cannot be turned off. So games like Super Paper Mario and Metroid Other M (to name but a few) that change game modes by pointing the wiimote to the tv will take getting used to. We had an alright time with it by pointing this controller to the ground until we needed to use it as a pointer. A little awkward but entirely possible to manage. I hope this helps those of you that might be thinking of using this as a Wii U pro controller or a wireless solution to your android gaming. This controller will NOT do either of those.