Retro Classic Controller
As many stated on the reviews, "I wanted to love this controller"...
so it's nice that it has an IR port for WII-mote functions. and it stops there.
the controller is comfortable, and looks awesome. I love the retro SNES design. unfortunately, 9 times out of 10 it will not turn on. I frequently have to use a paperclip to press the reset button and then have to re-pair the controller to the WII U system. Brand new, and the battery dies over night.
This controller will not replace the Wii-mote/nunchacku combo on regular wii games.
if your a collector, buy it too look at, but never bother use it. They are going for high dollar on ebay/amazon right now if it has the purple buttons, not the multi-colored.
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.
Waste of money.
So I got this controller for the nice nostalgic feeling of playing on something that looks and feels like something I grew up with, the SNES controller. I could barely wait the 4 or 5 hours it took to do the initial charge (which is reasonable for a controller), but I managed to sit through the excitement. I went to boot up my Wii U, paired the controller with it, and went to Wii Mode to play. Loaded up Smash Bros Brawl and bad news, the controller not only looses sync, but it will not do anything. The only light that comes on is the charge light. After an hour of searching the manual and online for answers, I stumbled upon the reset button and got it working again. Why do I have to hit the tiny reset button everytime for a wii game? I have no clue. But that's not the only problem. I wake up the next morning to play some Super Mario World on the virtual console and well.... the controller died while not even being on. Am I going to wait through another charging period every time I want to use it? No. I am just going to get a 1st party classic controller for the Wii and use my 1st party Wii U pro controller to play my games. I should have known better from a third party controller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
good and bad at the same time
at first i had a great time with it! util it started acting like junk, i had to reset it like 10 times after i got it.i took it back so i could get a wiiu.dont buy it