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#1 mullinsmcd

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:27 AM

With the Wavebird now out of production, and costing $70+ to get a new one off ebay, what 3rd party wireless controller would you recommend buying as a replacement? My good ol' Wavebirds keep dying from old age.

#2 Spinning Revolver

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:49 PM

http://www.amazon.co...00671095&sr=8-1

^^ you can get one of the platinum controllers for about $30 from amazon. I think I saw that Walmart had them in stock too for about the same price
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#3 Gourd

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 12:40 PM

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I just bought one of these out of curiousity; I was planning on comparing how well it works as opposed to my regular corded gamecube controllers and the Thrustmaster T-Wireless Controller.

I haven't really had a chance to play with it, but I do know that I'm going to toss the crappy rechargeable pack it has built in and simply use a pair of AA Eneloop rechargeables. The controller feels quite solid, and mine is a neat shade of purple. The analog sticks especially feel pretty good.

I can't quite remember where, but I think a few people were complaining about connectivity issues.

The controller has rumble built in, which can be turned off if you want to save battery power.

Unfortunately, Amazon bumped the price of this up from 21.99 to 28.99 just recently.


T Wireless Gamepad for Nintendo Wii
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This controller looks interesting, and is supposedly quite small. It was reviewed by IGN, who gave it favorable scores. The customer reviews, however, aren't as glowing. They are mostly positive, but mention issues such as the button markings wearing down.

Another issue is that this controller seems to be harder to find than the Wii itself. I wish that was a bit of hyperbole. However I've had one on order for quite some time, and others have been waiting weeks for their Dell.com orders.

Lastly, it uses THREE AAs. One for the reciever dongle, and two for the controller itself. I've never been a fan of odd numbers of batteries for anything, as they create the Hot Dog / Hot Dog bun issue: batteries of all kinds come in multiples of two.
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#4 anotherpoorgamer

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 10:02 PM

Hmm...no one has said anything about the Intec, Madcatz, Pelican wireless controllers. Anyone have a good experience with either brands of wireless controllers?

#5 Gourd

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 10:15 PM

The first controller I mentioned is the Intec wireless one.

I spent a couple of hours with it today, playing Tales of Symphonia on my Wii.

The control sticks work perfectly. The buttons are laid out exactly like a regular game cube controller and are responsive. I had no disconnect issues. The only real problem with it is that the rumble is very /very/ weak. Hardly noticeable.

I'd recommend it if you are looking for a purely wireless solution.
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#6 tsmvengy

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 04:47 PM

I have a madcatz (gamestop brand) wireless gamecube controller and the stick doesn't hold its center very well. I'm constantly having to turn it off and turn it on again to recenter it. I bought it like 2-3 weeks ago. Being the moron I am, however, I threw out the packaging so there's no hope of returning it.
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#7 Crunchewy

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:24 PM

Warning about the Intec controller that was mentioned. I bought one of these and it was great for... about 5 days. Then it started seeing the stick being pushed slightly in one or the other direction even when it was dead center. You can temporarily fix the problem by circling the stick around a few time, but soon enough it's back again, and it's gotten worse with time. This first started to show while trying to write letters in Animal Crossing. It was a pain as you'd move to a letter and then be on another letter. The pain got worse. The selected letter started moving on its own.

So I'd have to put a huge AVOID sticker on that controller. Which is a shame, because if the stick wasn't a piece of crap (it is a PS2 stick slapped onto a GC controller, and perhaps that is the source of the problem, but I don't know) it would be great since it has rumble. In fact, after having it about 3 days, when it seemed great, I foolishly ordered two more. Then the noted problem cropped up. So far I have the other two unopened. I've considered trying another one, but I'm worried it will be the same. So... if others do have this controller I'd like to know how they are working for them over the long haul. I.e. should I open the other controllers?

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#8 Drnick

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:27 PM

I'd check some of your local shops, I've found 2 wavebirds at EB/gamestop just by checking, they are grouped with all the other wireless controllers for gamecube (they have one SKU for any wireless controller) which is sort of strange.

I got one at game crazy for 12 bucks after my MVP card, and one at EB for about 16 bucks.
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#9 kapkorn

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:33 PM

I bought a Pelican G3 today, it is supposed to have over 50 hours of battery life and it has rumble, it feels pretty good. I will try it tonight and this weekend and let you guys know how it is, it was $20 at Walmart so at least if it sucks I can return it.

#10 donssword

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 04:02 PM

I have a madcatz (gamestop brand) wireless gamecube controller and the stick doesn't hold its center very well. I'm constantly having to turn it off and turn it on again to recenter it. I bought it like 2-3 weeks ago. Being the moron I am, however, I threw out the packaging so there's no hope of returning it.


Yeah, the MadCatz are junk, and it is a shame -- they are the most available GC controller around. Some of them have some nice rubberized grips, and the price is certainly right. I picked up 2 when I got my GC last year, and the first one crapped out in a month, after only light use -- it kept dropping the signal. I have all the warranty info, and registered it with MadCatz online, but have been too lazy to send it in for replacement.

The second one lasted a bit longer, but the stick tends to wander to the top. Its a darn shame no one was able to make a controller that matched the Wavebird -- and I am frustrated with Thrustmaster for not making their new control pad GC compatible.

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#11 WuGgaRoO

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:51 AM

i recently purchased this one.. seems that blazepro makes it

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I will tell everyone what I think of it

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 04:19 PM

Sure looks pretty. Here is the manufacturer's site:
http://www.blazepro....t_html/153.html

Some random reviews on some random site -- hopefully it is not a POS...
http://www.superufo....r_GameCube.html

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#13 WuGgaRoO

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 08:01 PM

well first impressions of the above pad

1) Made of CHEAP plastic
2) no rubber on the c stick or analog stick
3) Comparable size to wavebird

Rumble Feature:
A very light rumble, but nothing terrible

Responsiveness:
I havnt had a hitch yet

IMPORTANT NOTE!!!:
The controller adapter (the thing that plugs into the wii/cube) is not centered, therefore making a snug fit with other wavebirds. This need to be placed as player 1 for the sube and player 5 for the wii in order for abs. no snugness for the other wavebirds.

#14 donssword

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 10:14 PM

Damn... that's a heart breaker.

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#15 finsfan07

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 08:09 AM

Yea im also wanting to purchase a 3rd party gamecube controller that has viberation.. Its right now between the Pelican G3 and the Shockwave and the Blazepro, which one should i get? I really care about the reaction time, a long time ago i bought a wireless ps2 remote made by madcatz and it totally sucked, the reaction time would be like 3 seconds behind even when the batteries were new. So if you know which of the 3 is the most compatible compare to a wire one, let me know..

#16 Crunchewy

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:20 PM

Has anyone else tried the Intec w/rumble? I'm still sitting on two unopened ones and want to know if they all have the problem with the centering of the stick (often registers as slightly pushed in one direction or the other even when untouched.) We like the one we opened otherwise, and so I keep thinking about taking a chance and opening another one, in the hope that the first one was just defective, but at the same time I'm doubtful.

Incidentally, it has the same problem with the design of the receiver module, but worse it would seem, as you can't put a Wavebird to the left of Intec receiver at all. It won't fit. So the Intec has to be to the left of any Wavebirds.

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#17 finsfan07

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 10:01 PM

Has anyone else tried the Intec w/rumble? I'm still sitting on two unopened ones and want to know if they all have the problem with the centering of the stick (often registers as slightly pushed in one direction or the other even when untouched.) We like the one we opened otherwise, and so I keep thinking about taking a chance and opening another one, in the hope that the first one was just defective, but at the same time I'm doubtful.

Incidentally, it has the same problem with the design of the receiver module, but worse it would seem, as you can't put a Wavebird to the left of Intec receiver at all. It won't fit. So the Intec has to be to the left of any Wavebirds.

Hey did you ever open another one to see if the first one is just broken?

#18 donssword

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 02:29 PM

Someone on the Thrustmast thread is now claiming GC compatibility...

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#19 finsfan07

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:39 PM

I just found a pair of G3 Wireless controllers with rumble PL-7008 on ebay w00t, i search very hard for em, and finally found them. I only wanted 1 but he was only selling them via pair, so i still got them, since i really wanted them :D .
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I bought them as soon as i saw them, these things are impossible to find haha.
You may think, why is this dude so stoke about some 3rd party crappy controller lol, well its not, when i had it, this thing was great. Its the best Gamecube wireless controller there is IMO..
Here are other peoples reviews saying the same thing lol.
http://psillustrated...hard_rev.php/37
http://www.viewonlin...ng3wireless.htm
http://www.gamesaref...?perireviewid=1
http://www.gaming-na...hp?articleId=67
http://gamecube.game..._02_06_02PM.htm
After reading that lol, if it makes you wanna get one, make sure when your hunting for one, that you DO NOT buy the newer cheaper model PL-7055, the one that doesn't have rumble, that one feels sucky. Well its not that it sucks, but it feels cheap compare to this one (PL-7008)..

#20 Crunchewy

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:51 PM

Hey did you ever open another one to see if the first one is just broken?



Yesterday I finally did and the score is that one of them doesn't work at all - it doesn't connect and the otherone seems to work OK and so far no problem with it registering as being pushed in some direction when it isn't, but playing with it more today, it definitely is more (too) sensitive and that makes it a nuisance when picking things in menus and such, plus it probably means that eventually we'll see the problem crop up on it. So, don't buy the Intec controller. That's my advice.

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#21 mikedizzle

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:04 AM

Yesterday I finally did and the score is that one of them doesn't work at all - it doesn't connect and the otherone seems to work OK and so far no problem with it registering as being pushed in some direction when it isn't, but playing with it more today, it definitely is more (too) sensitive and that makes it a nuisance when picking things in menus and such, plus it probably means that eventually we'll see the problem crop up on it. So, don't buy the Intec controller. That's my advice.


yea i bought one and the z button does not work and its way way to sensitive

#22 Crunchewy

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 01:39 PM

I just found a pair of G3 Wireless controllers with rumble PL-7008 on ebay w00t


Please let us know how this controllers prove to be this time around. Still a great controller?

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#23 mikedizzle

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:00 PM

Please let us know how this controllers prove to be this time around. Still a great controller?


i just found one on ebay im so happy! ill tell you all about it when i get it. I cant wait to play brawl with it.

#24 van339

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 02:38 AM

Can anyone help with a Blazepro wireless controler? I bought one on amazon and it arrived from Hong Kong with no instructions. The manufacturer website is in chinese and it's not plug and play. When you plug in the wireless to the Wii, the red light blinks and it blinks on the controller but no connection. If anyone has a manual or a website and could help, I would really appreciate it. If you do have a manual in English, I would love to know where you bought the controller too. I'll take suggestions to try as well since I don't know much about controllers in general.
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#25 eb3604

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 05:39 PM

Can anyone help with a Blazepro wireless controler? I bought one on amazon and it arrived from Hong Kong with no instructions. The manufacturer website is in chinese and it's not plug and play. When you plug in the wireless to the Wii, the red light blinks and it blinks on the controller but no connection. If anyone has a manual or a website and could help, I would really appreciate it. If you do have a manual in English, I would love to know where you bought the controller too. I'll take suggestions to try as well since I don't know much about controllers in general.
thanks,
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i have one, are the controller and receiver 'seeing' eachother. for mine, they blink for a second, then turn solid red.

#26 anderspn77

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 05:19 AM

I just bought a couple of the pelican G3 PL-7008 off of ebay and they are supposed to be just as good if not better than the wavebird from what I have read, plus they have rumble. If you are going to search for these on ebay don't type in the brand or model number cause the people selling them were only listing them using generic titles. I found mine under "wireless gamecube contoller" and searched thru each and every picture and when I found the what looked like the contoller I emailed them and asked them what the model number was on the back of the controller. Also I have heard that the HIP Gear controllers are a really good replacement for the wavebird. They also have rumble and look more like the wavebird. HIP INTERACTIVE LM610 GameCube 2.4GHz Wireless Controller

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These are also hard to find but a seller by the name USAWORLDSALES is selling them on ebay. They are under this description 2-PACK 2.4GHZ WIRELESS CORDLESS controller for GAMECUBE and I will list the item numbers.
Item number: 130222558260
Item number: 160240405215
Item number: 130222558260

#27 rothgar24

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 05:49 AM

Now, I'm getting conflicted. I thought the thrustmaster wireless controller was the best wavebird replacement. It's $20 on amazon. Are these ebayed controllers that people are listing less than $20 or supposed to be better than the thrustmaster alternative?

I just like typing thrustmaster.

edit: did anyone confirm the thrustmaster compatibility with the gamecube? I almost bought it the other day but didn't have a good filler item for free shipping.

#28 Crunchewy

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 12:06 PM

Now, I'm getting conflicted. I thought the thrustmaster wireless controller was the best wavebird replacement. It's $20 on amazon. Are these ebayed controllers that people are listing less than $20 or supposed to be better than the thrustmaster alternative?

I just like typing thrustmaster.

edit: did anyone confirm the thrustmaster compatibility with the gamecube? I almost bought it the other day but didn't have a good filler item for free shipping.


Last I heard they weren't compatible, but it was never entirely clear. If you take a chance on it, let us know.

Another possibility, if you don't mind a non-Gamecube button layout, is to get a "Cube Joybox Pro" PS2-to-Gamecube adapter and then use a Logitech Action Cordless PS2 controller with it. I have (not extensively yet, admittedly) tried it with that controller and it works well, including rumble. The adapters are pretty cheap. They also work well with PS2 dance pads (which is what I originally bought it for):

http://www.play-asia...pro-70-14p.html

Note that the A button is mapped to X and the B button is Square, which while it mostly makes sense from a playstation point of view, it's a little strange since on a gamecube the B button is below the A button, and this has the B button above the A button. At least it's still to the left of the A button.

Also they have a dire warning about not connecting or disconnecting the adapter/controller while the Gamecube is powered on, lest you risk damage to the console. I have followed that direction.

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#29 anderspn77

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:06 PM

Now, I'm getting conflicted. I thought the thrustmaster wireless controller was the best wavebird replacement. It's $20 on amazon. Are these ebayed controllers that people are listing less than $20 or supposed to be better than the thrustmaster alternative?

I just like typing thrustmaster.

edit: did anyone confirm the thrustmaster compatibility with the gamecube? I almost bought it the other day but didn't have a good filler item for free shipping.


Here's a link to circuit city which sells them in store. http://www.circuitci...roductDetail.do
If you read the description it states that the controller is compatible with gamecube games and some wii games. It even lists the Wii games that its compatible with. Hope this helps.

#30 LordFungus

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:14 PM

I have the thrustmaster. It is gamecube and wii compatable and not a bad controler. It is small though, so if ya got big hands.....mabey go with something else. I always prefered the micro controlers by madcatz so size was not an issue.

It is available in the dell store for about 22.50 shipped with tax

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http://accessories.u...04&sku=A1302857