Jun 6th, 2014

Despite the announcement of the official GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U, one company wants to make sure there’s a wireless option available. That’s where the WaveDash comes in, which is a modern take on the old GameCube Controller design. The difference between the WaveDash and a classic GameCube controller is that the left analog stick has been replaced with a more modern version, while the D-Pad is larger. Here’s a full look at some of the changes:

  • Gone is the Left analog stick of old, replaced with a full size analog stick for better comfort and control.
  • Each controller will have a USB rechargeable battery inside.
  • Dual “Z” Bumpers. (Note: The new Pro Controller for the WiiU labels the BOTTOM triggers ZR and ZL, while the Bumpers are R and L. We will follow this naming convention as well.)
  • Larger D-Pad for classic control.
  • “Clickable” L/R Analog sticks.
  • This controller will function exactly as 1st/3rd party controllers for the WiiU do now. No Wiimote or adapter needed.

The controller is currently available at the $44 reward level, making it cheaper than modern controllers if this project is able to be backed. However, I would express some concern with this Kickstarter, as hardware manufacturing is often beyond what many people anticipate. Still, this project could end up providing GameCube lovers with a great way to experience new Nintendo games using a classic design without being tied down by wires, until Nintendo decides to make a Pro Controller variant shaped like the GameCube controller.

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  • Dan Hutt

    I’m always hesitant to back projects like this – I’ve hardly seen a hardware kickstarter go as planned. I think I’ll stick with the gamecube USB port thing that was announced two weeks ago.


    I’m not giving money to kickstart a controller that may or may no be a piece of crap. Pass

  • David

    I’ll take mine in orange!

  • Ryushi

    I actually like this controller – not to mention I enjoy the name being based on the most popular technique in Smash right now. The D-Pad looks too big though.

  • palomino blue

    Looks like they replaced the right analog stick. I’ll just wait for the Gamecube adapter and use a Wavebird if I really care to be wireless. it’s a neat idea but really, the pro controller is pretty great so if I really needed dual z bumpers I would use that.

    • “Sean” jjbredesen

      I just replaced my C stick with a PS1 stick, fits perfect and feels great.

      • palomino blue

        I think the Wii U analog sticks feel the best of any controller I’ve tried. i like the slight smooth dome with one ring around it. Do you think they would fit in a Gamecube controller (left and right)?

        • “Sean” jjbredesen

          Well i am not sure, because i would imagine that the gamepad uses different joints than gamecube, the PS1 and gamecube controller both use the exact same connector so you just need to remove the “cup”, and PS1’s cup is just slightly larger than the gc one, so as long as you don’t screw it 100% tight and leave 1mm etc it will feel perfect, but Wii U’s is larger and i am guessing it would not fit, if you modded the GC controlls case to fit it you could, but you would need an extra gamepad, and solder the actual stick connector, not just change the cups, so i don’t think it will be easy.

          Also you need to disconnect the screen etc. to get to the control sticks as you have to take of the back first, would not risk it :/ but if you are experienced with this stuff you can try, but again i would not encourage you to.

  • A_7

    Wait a minute isnt nintendo already making a new GC Controller for the Wii U?

    • “Sean” jjbredesen

      No just an adapter, but it is possible that they will start to sell them again, but i highly doubt it.

      • Actually Nintendo did say they are working with a third party to make a gamecube remote.

        • CEObrainz

          That connects to the Wii-Mote, the one used in the Smash Invitational video connects to the adapter instead.

        • A_7

          Yeah i think its called ”The wired fight pad” tacky i know.

      • Squid

        Why would they sell a adaptor and not have the item the adaptor is for? Don’t be ridiculous.

        • “Sean” jjbredesen

          I think it is more just for the smash crowd that already owns a controller, and they want to focus as much as possible on the gamepad, but when i think about it, there would be little point in making an adapter without having a product for it, so i am guessing there will come one with Smash?

  • Andre R

    it looks leathery

  • Andre R

    one thing i didnt like about gamecube controller was the hole round the analog stick, it has 6 edges.

    • MerryBlind .

      Depends on the game. For certain games, like Smash Bros. it’s amazing. For others, like a 3D game, it doesn’t bring much to the table and is just slightly awkward.

      • KartSmash

        I actually prefer having the 6 edges as opposed to the roundness around the analog sticks for 3D games. With the edges I know when I have the stick EXACTLY to the right or left or direction I prefer, but with a round one I usually am slightly off where I think I am.

        • MerryBlind .

          Well like I said it depends on the game. For a shooter, for example, I wouldn’t want that octogonal socket (it’s 8 edges btw lol), for movement nor aiming.

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    Nope. I don’t trust these things to be well-made at all.

    Plus with the adapter and GameCube-style controller already announced, this is totally obsolete.

  • CEObrainz

    Nintendo could shut all these down by releasing a wireless GameCube controller along side the wired one that may release with the adapter for Smash 4 and the GameCube Virtual Console.

  • Henry Hotspur

    Wow, way to ruin the design. Looks like fat ugly shit.

    Nintendo is probably going to start reproducing GC controllers (with that sweet Smash icon in the center, like in the reveal) along with the upcoming adapter anyway, so why does it matter?

    • CEObrainz

      If this really is a Pro-Controller in a GC-Controller skin then I could see where they are going with this idea. The lack of cables and concept is good, as I use my Pro-Controller for many games but wouldn’t mind switching to this. However you are right in that the design and overall look is terrible. Hopefully the final product is sleeker.

    • Zuxs13

      I don’t see much difference between the two? This one though looks 3D printed so its far from a final manufactured quality.

  • Clel

    It’s funny, the only reason I’d use the GC controller in the first place is that it’s wired, so no laggy inputs. Having a wireless controller just takes away the point of it. And that controller looks really cheapy.

    Sorry to bash, but I really don’t like it :C

    • CEObrainz

      I don’t think we should base our opinions on the design too harshly as it may just be an early design/model. But the idea of it could work if the Wii U recognises the device as a Wii U Pro Controller instead of classic controller.

      • AlienFanatic

        From the Kickstarter:

        “This Controller represents the near final build of the shell. Details may change slightly, but we are pleased with the feel we have achieved.”

        • CEObrainz

          That’s…..not good news, I do hope that the final design is of a better quality though. It looks like it would feel rough on your hands.

    • zerooooo

      I highly doubt you play fast enough to were your wireless controller cant react. Realize ssb4 probably wont have the same input per second as melee. This controller is mainly for playing at home and casuals because the fear of the competitive smash community is that many wireless controllers in one room will interfere with each other making gameplay not as reactive. Clel your fine with this controller besides they are working with the community to make it as good as possible.

      • Clel

        Another thing though is that I go to tournaments and play Smash competitively, so the lag DOES matter for certain techniques such as DACUS that only give you 6 frames to perform it (it’s not impossible with wiimote + nunchuk, but I’d much prefer it wired for no shenanigans). Also (and this is actually kind of a big deal), switching between consoles constantly and syncing and desynching is really annoying, if you can just plug it out then plug it back in it’s much easier.

        But I see your point that it is meant to be more casual. It’s cool that they’re working with the community too 🙂

    • Christian Craven

      What? You wouldn’t use a GameCube controller for analogue triggers? GameCube controllers had them, every other console’s controllers currently have the. Yet none of the Wii U’s controllers have analogue triggers, pathetic.

  • NintendoFan

    They want $399,000? They’re not going to get funded if they want that much

    • LightofHonor

      There aren’t enough Wii U owners!

      • fireheartis1

        What? There are over 6 Million Wii U owners dude. I’m sure if there is enough interest they will make the goal.

  • Jedi Russ

    it looks really good guys i would buy 2 but please keep the niple button (right analog) Its perfect just needs to click in.

  • john

    I really like this! It’s neat that you will be able to use it with any game that supports the pro controller; the Gamecube controller shape just looks so much cooler and more creative than the normal pro controller in my opinion. And that ad at the beginning really seemed like a homage to oldschool Nintendo commercials from the 80s and 90s.

    Just one thing; the final version should have all the buttons colored just like the actual Gamecube controllers; Purple bumpers, yellow right joystick, green A button, red B button. I wouldn’t mind if they changed those homogenous start buttons in the center with one home, one plus (for start) and one minus (for select), like this picture: http://wiiudaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/tumblr_mqh54oQ5fN1svd4e4o1_1280.png?af4e70

    • HavokPants

      wow seend them this picture i want it to look like this it looks more appealing

    • Rinslowe

      Yup. I’d by an army of those…

    • Clel

      It’s so sexy… *drools*

    • Ratatat

      That controller would be great. Not the Kickstarter one.

  • Daniel Carvalho

    And her ewe go, with a third party making what Nintendo should’ve been doing. Well, I hope this project gets funded, it is pretty neat, but I also hope Nintendo will do the same (and add a ZL and Home Buttons as well) in the future (I prefer1st party products products)

  • Sam

    Why not just use your old WaveBird?

    • Jason

      You still need the adapter for that, because it doesn’t use infrared, you need a thing to plug into your console, so it could recognize your controller

  • Pablo Lavín

    This is awesomebroso.

  • Zuxs13

    This clearly was a 3D printed controller design so it’s far from a final product version. I like the idea, but it kinda defeats the purpose of lag free wired controllers for the serious Smash Bros fighter.

  • link2nintendo

    Nintendo’s official options please most people already, so I very much doubt this will get funded. Also, if that’s the final design (color & finish) of the controller, it is horrible.

    • Zuxs13

      Its 3D printed far from a manufactured design,

  • thedeciderU

    i never had a gamecube, but wouldn’t most gamecubists want the original experience? regardless of a wire?

    that’s why i became somewhat of a collector and own all the original hardware, software, and controllers.

    • Zach Waggoner

      Nah, its not the GameCube experience. Its just that the wavebird was one of if not the best controller Nintendo’s made

      • thedeciderU

        shyeah. exactly.

    • chocodino

      they prefer the wire, at least the really competitive smash players, because wireless has lag [even if it’s almost nothing, they don’t want it]

  • C4

    Good luck to them. I’m happy with the Pro Controller, best Nintendo Controller in a while (actually since the GameCube Controller 😛 )

  • Will W

    Well, it doesn’t look like the worst controller That I’ve seen…

  • Sdudyoy

    I feel kinda bad for these people, because before the Gamecube adapter was announced I would have gotten this in a instant, but now I don’t see the point.

    • Wraithlord_Koto

      The point is that the game cube controller still lacks Click analog sticks and the fourth shoulder button, it also lacks a select button and a home button, as well as it wouldn’t be recognized as a pro controller so it wouldn’t receive as much support for games.

      • Sdudyoy

        Yeah, but the only reason I would want this is for Smash bros, now I can just use a Gamecube controller for Smash bros.

        • Igor

          Probably when smash comes out, Nintendo will release an exact copy of the game cube controller. A themed version.

          • Sdudyoy

            I have plenty original Gamecube controllers, but I wouldn’t mind buying new ones.

  • Kyle

    When super smash bros comes out I’ll just kick you guy’s asses with any controller, I dont need a GC controller

  • HorizonChaser

    Now this is really interesting. Not sure I want to invest, but I wish them luck.

  • Suraj Alexander

    another leak guys, i will be pretty disappointed if this is true but mario sunshine hd is good

    • X3Charlie

      Thanks, but no thanks. I rather be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

  • CydeFxt

    Meh, i already own 3 GC controllers

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  • X3Charlie

    I’m sure its just the prototype but it looks so cheap and knockoffy.

  • ExtremeFeminist293

    I’m undecided on this.

    1. This particular design has been done before (GameCube-like with a big C-stick), e.g. see the Hori Classic Controller: http://www.hori.jp/products/wii/wii_classic_controller/. It’s not a real selling point, if you really want the GameCube controller layout, options have been available for years. (Albeit in a different way of “wireless” as they plug to the Wiimote, see point 2.)

    2. For being called the “WaveDash” controller, I believe any serious Super Smash Bros. would be very unlikely to go with this option. A wireless controller always adds to input lag, no matter if there’s a Wiimote in between or not. This is what I believe to be the main drive for Nintendo to create a wired adapter for GameCube controllers for SSBU.

    3. It’s already established that you can use the WaveBird controller with existing “GameCube to Wiimote” adapters such as from Mayflash. Yes, you’ll have an ugly looking mess with a Wiimote and two dongles hanging out of it, but none of that should matter because they can be out of sight as you pound your enemies with the WaveBird wirelessly. There’s also nothing to suggest WaveBirds wouldn’t work on Nintendo’s official adapter.

    4. Finally, even though the layout is nostalgic to some, having it for games it’s not designed for will make for an overall bad experience. ABXY buttons are positioned very differently on the GameCube and Wii U Pro controller layouts. It may work in some Wii U games, but it seems to be tailored towards fighters. That’s not a bad thing, but considering a wired option enabling use of official controllers with minimum input lag is soon becoming available, I don’t see the reason for the “WaveDash” to exist. Besides, who’s saying the quality will be any good? I still have GameCube controllers from launch and they work beautifully despite being worn and beaten to the ground.

    Just my 0,02€.

  • Falcoxcalibur

    But… is this even legal?

    • Steven Mahl

      I will make it legal!

    • Usually, the point of such campaigns is to gain legal provisions.

  • Nicolas Dorion

    what’s the point there’s already the nintendo adapter and “The Wired Fight Pad”


    it already exists, so what’s the point? Why would anyone support a kickstarter for something that already exists?

    • TheSkeletonMan939 .

      My thoughts exactly. It’s as if everyone suddenly forgot about PDP’s upcoming controller.

  • gamingpalooza

    i remember when people hated the gamecube controller… and now nintendo could make a mink if they put it back into production. I always loved the controller more so then the playstation and xbox controller.

  • itsamiamario

    I’m pretty sure you have to be officially licensed by Nintendo to have it work with the system without hacking.

    But regardless, it honestly looks very cheap and I can’t imagine it performing well.

    • Steven Mahl

      It’s a prototype… That’s why they started a kickstarter campaign. You know… so they have funding to finish it.

  • I wish this news has been of a campaign for a Wii U game, instead. We’ve got GameCube-styled controllers coming to the Wii U. Cheaper in costs, too.

  • Michael Hancock

    It looks cheap, greasy and used. Ummm-yeah, no. I’ll wait for Nintendo to make one. I prefer my buttons to be pressure sensitive.

  • LJay

    Itl be ace if slightly mad studios adds the gamecube pad to the controller options to projectCARS now the adapter is coming out-L and R analogue accel n brake! 😀

  • Zanzama

    Looks very… susceptible to fingerprints… Or maybe it’s just me…

  • tomtank91

    It’s pointless if you have a Gamecube controller. I’ll buy the adapter that Nintendo are offering

  • Spencer Manigat

    Yeah, there’s literally no reason for this to exist. The Pro Controller is superior in literally every way. It’s superior to the GCN controller in every way other than being wireless. Allow the Pro Controller to be wired, make the triggers analog with a digital click at the end, and Nintendo will have the best possible modern controller. EDIT: I like digital triggers better, but I know there are people who prefer analog.

    • C4

      “EDIT: I like digital triggers better, but I know there are people who prefer analog.”

      Exactly. They are are a bliss in every game that requires digital and precision.

      Ninty had a solution with the Classic Controller, analog on the outside, small digital button on the inside of the controller shoulder. A perfect controller has to have 2 digital on 1 analog on each side.

  • Allvalve

    Nintendo should just re release the Wavebird, but perhaps with rumble now components can be made much smaller.
    It would be a good move if the newly announced gamecube adaptor has the wavebird receivers built in. Sadly it doesn’t. but as the Wii U has a built in receiver, I would like to either use my existing Wavebirds, or see the updated replacement with the same form factor but lighter.

  • CapnCrumbles436

    Looks awesome. Exactly what Ive been looking for since the days of the original Cube.
    Note: You all have no reason to complain about additional control options, and this is a PROTOTYPE, so stop complaining about how ugly it looks.

    • C4

      It will look fine, they are aiming for a similar plastic to the GameCube as far as I know.

      The build quality on the other hand. Apart from a few manufacturers you usually can’t expect wonders… of course those also often sell a lot cheaper then the originals.

  • majora :D

    Wavedash? Oh, I see what you did there

  • Cos

    The thing to think about is that the Gamecube controller worked well with melee because of melee’s deep and complex physics engine. We don’t know how intricate the new smash is going to be but I guess a whole lot less than melee. For example, light shielding will most likely be removed from the new smash brothers due to the Wii-U controllers not containing analog shoulder triggers. I understand if you like the comfort and reliability of the Gamecube controller, but it seems kind of silly that this project feels aimed at the new smash brothers game when we don’t even know if Wavedashing will make its way into the game. Most likely not though.

  • Nintendo just made this entire Kickstarter irrelevant with the announcement of official GameCube controller accessories coming to Wii U.

  • john johsnon

    Hi Ashley. You should link to this post in your post about the nyko pro commander; try to garner more attention.