Retro Classic Controller
Not Worth It
Poorly constructed. Had to press the reset button under the controller to turn it on because the power button didn't work for some reason. The D-pad was either unresponsive or overly responsive or wouldn't respond correctly (if I pressed the left direction it would often register that I pressed the up direction). The Triggers feel good but don't push in far enough and it feels like I'm going to break them. I love the retro SNES design but it just doesn't function that well. Pass this one up and get a better controller.
This controller is straight garbage. Besides the cool looks this controller offers nothing good. The d-pad is complete trash anytime I hit up it registers as left. Next there's the gameplay in the middle of game the controller just froze on me. I did what anyone would do try turning off the controller but the buttons were not working. I clicked all the buttons nothing registered, so I turned off my Wii U and guess what the controller is still on. It remained to stay on all night claiming it was player one to a console that was shut off. I plan on returning this controller today (I bought it for the new smash bros. and bought brawl in the process with the controller.) Looks like I will be returning both today because one is useless without the other for me.
I bought this and after about 20 minutes of use it stopped working completely. It will charge all day long but the red charging light will never change to green. The reset button on the back did absolutely nothing. I cannot for the life of me get it to turn on, let alone synch to the Wii.
Don't be deceived by the nostalgic look of the controller. By the look of the other reviews, you'd be lucky to get one working properly for more than a day.
This controller breaks soon and easily.
While the controller felt great to hold and in fact did emulate three different controllers when it connected with my Wii U system and the Wii emulation mode, the controller started showing buggy activity within a week of use. First the left analog stick started sticking up (not physically, but digitally), and I tried resetting it. At first resetting it seemed to work, but as I used it and my dormmates used it more, it consistently and quickly became too buggy to use. Buttons and the analog sticks would register their inputs by themselves, and when you did move the analog sticks, they would only register in one direction. So what does this do? It makes your Super Smash Bros. Brawl character have spasms. It makes Donkey Kong in his SNES titles have spasms. It makes your Mario Kart character drive mad and wreck constantly. I've noticed that the price on this controller has dropped from $40 to $30, but I would recommend that you do not buy this product at all, and instead buy an official controller from Nintendo.
Wii Remote, Wii Classic Controller, Wii U Pro
The reviews I read made me skeptical to buy this but I took the chance and am in love. The controller works as a Wii remote/Nunchuck with the Wii pointer sensor, A Wii Classic Controller, and A Wii U Pro Controller. The layout is fantastic for any size hand and can be used for long play periods. The material is comfortable to hold even if your hands get sweaty during gaming. I've been able to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Pikmin 2, And Earthbound so far. I haven't tested the Android part but I'm sure it would work with the Emulators. Long story short this controller is the only controller I need for my Wii and Wii U gaming needs and I would recommend to anyone who needs a all in one.
Android controller retro style about time
ANDROID Was all I was thinking when I saw this thing at gamestop. The price made me think aww crude this is a waste of a good 40 dollars, but I got my moneys worth.Can't wait to get the gold version. You must have wii mote app for it to sync though
Works very well
*BE WARNED THAT THIS WILL NOT WORK ON ANDROID 4.2. THIS IS A PROBLEM WITH ANDROID AND NOT THE CONTROLLER. Any previous versions are fine, and in theory, future versions will be as well.*
Well, originally, I was researching for a nice wireless controller for my tablet, which incidentally is a Nexus 7 on Android 4.2. After some hunting around, I found this controller and one other. This one, had the HUGE added bonus of being also Wii-compatible. However, after reading the reviews, I was quite wary - half of the reviews here claim it doesn't work at all, and the other half say it's perfect and does everything they ever wanted. While my experience with this controller may not match others, it's at least accurate to what I found with this.
First off, I don't have a Wii U, so I was unable to test that. However, I DO have a Wii, so I enjoyed playing several Virtual Console games and New Super Mario Bros Wii. The syncing to the Wii was almost instant for me, and not a problem in the slightest, which greatly relieved me. When playing the Virtual Console games, I actually never ran into any problems with the controller. The design feels quite solid in your hand, not at all cheap, and the buttons have just the right responsiveness. I've had problems in the past with, say, original SNES controllers where the buttons were too stiff or you couldn't tell when the start button was down or... etc. With this controller, the buttons feel just perfect. Anyways, for Virtual Console games, this controller checks out just fine. My only complaint is that the buttons on the mini-SNES portion in the middle are a bit far away from the edges, so you have to stretch your thumbs in farther to actually reach it. That's where the one docked point in design comes in. Along with that, though it was more a minor annoyance for me personally than for others, was that the D-Pad tilts a little bit much with side buttons, making certain things, like wall-jumping in Super Metroid, quite a bit more difficult, though you can learn your way around this, as normal SNES controllers do much the same. Almost in compensation for that, however, is the very long charging cable. This ensures that it will actually reach where you need it to if you want to charge, and the wire doesn't get in the way at all with it being connected to the bottom of the controller, so playing while plugged in is not an issue.
For Wii games like New Super Mario Bros Wii, what I was noticing was the 'Y' button (which I wish they would have labelled that X and Y work as 1 and 2 in Wii mode), which is run in that game, didn't seem to quite work. Every time I pressed it, I would use an item, so clearly it was registering, but running seemed... iffy, leading me to the conclusion that it may not be best when holding down the button. That's the one docked point in Performance, though it was just slight enough that I couldn't quite tell if I was just playing very badly or if it was the controller, on a game I'm normally fairly good at.
As for Android tablets... I tried for about three hours with every Wiimote app I could find to get it to connect to my tablet. After much googling, I finally found that Android 4.2 has some... problems with Bluetooth drivers, not allowing Wiimotes to connect to it. Therefore, it is a problem with Android and not the controller that did not allow it to connect - and yes, I tried with several actual Wiimotes as well, getting the exact same error for each. Purportedly, Android 4.1.2 worked for it, and is a close enough experience to 4.2.2 that you could live with that, and Android 4.3 shall include much-increased Bluetooth performance, leading me to believe that this will work in the future. I post this in hopes that others won't have to dig through pages of Google and technical discussions to discover this.
Overall, the performance of this controller works wonderfully, at least in the testing I've done. Be careful to note which buttons are disabled when it is in 'Wiimote' mode, and read the instructions about what happens when you switch the tilt mode - it DOES make a difference. Also, X and Y are the 1 and 2 buttons on the Wiimote, so don't assume it doesn't have them. Finally, this controller will not connect to Android 4.2, but will work on 4.1 or earlierand 4.3 when it comes out, in theory. I personally had an excellent experience with it.
Excellent for a modern/retro upgrade
For those of you who don't mind a minor control sacrifice for a nostalgiac and solid wireless controller, this is your best bet. However, you cannot count on it being a regular Wii Remote as it claims. This reduces this controller's rating by one point.
The only problem I have with this controller is that the control pad is a little sensitive on the vertical d-pad movements. You'd barely touch the up or down on the D-Pad and it gets triggered. However, this sensitivity subsides over time as you use it more intensely, and your mind actually manages to integrate the more-dodgy control into it's strategy and instincts. It's kind-of like the Turbo Touch 360 you may have used on the original SNES - a minor touch and it works it's wonders. It's awesome.
I can - and will - tell you this: to have a Wii U classic controller useable on the original Wii makes this controller worth the money in itself. And then there's the switch on the back that changes it between a Wii Remote (really, it's just a regular Classic Controller mode) and the "Controller" (a Wii U Classic Controller Pro.) This feature makes it awesome, as you could use it for both systems. Don't mind the D-Pad flaw as it eventually dies out. It is highly controllable.
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.