Supported Wii controller matrix guide

Staff On November 6, 2006 06.11.2006 with 25 Comments


We’ve had several emails and calls inquiring about which controller can be used for what games on Wii. Well CVG got some informative details in an interview with Nintendo regarding the supported Wii controllers (Wiimote, Nunchuck, Classic, and GameCube/Wavebird) and which work on what. Though incomplete, hopefully this fancy little Infendo matrix can put most of your questions to rest.

UPDATE: Generous in-field reporting corrected Classic controller support for some Wii games. Now if we can only crack this “other” question mark nut…

See also: Wii weapon of choice

25 Responses to “Supported Wii controller matrix guide”

  1. Anonymous says:

    umm, i’m pretty sure you can use the classic controller for some Wii games, too.

  2. Jack says:

    Anon, “Though incomplete, hopefully this fancy little Infendo matrix can put most of your questions to rest.” No need for umm’s :-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    yeah, me too, as well as the cube controller not beiing usable for a lot of wii games.

  4. Blake says:

    Anyone got a confirmation on Anons claim that the Classic controller works on some games, like GameCube?

  5. Rollin says:

    The classic controller won’t work for Cube games. Kaplan said that a few days ago.

  6. Blake says:

    Sorry, restated: Not GameCube games (as noted in the matrix), the claim that classic controllers work with Wii games.

  7. Casey says:

    The Wii Fire Emblem game will use traditional controls and the Classic Controller.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Look at the box of the Grimm Adventures of Billy and Mandy or whatever that you posted a couple weeks back. It has an icon for “Playable with Classic Controller”

  9. wunderflo says:

    I still hope that someday Nintendo or a 3rd party developer will release a N64 Controller (or a controller very similiar to it) for the Wii :)

  10. ACLetras says:

    Blake–What about Super Smash Bros. Brawl? Didn’t they say that would require the classic controller? Maybe it was just “will require the classic control SCHEME” but I’m fairly sure I remember hearing the classic controller itself would be needed.

  11. Jake says:

    Thanks for the Matrix Guide.

    Random Matrix Quote:
    “What do you mean? I can dodge bullets?”

  12. popdem says:

    I swear I read that classic controller could control gamecube games…

  13. MacUser says:

    @ popdem

    talk is cheap, type is cheaper

  14. paq says:

    If you’ve read IGN’s Wii Launch Guide then you’ve probably noticed on the Classic Controller-section that the Classic Controller indeed will be able to take control of GameCube games. Just hover over the number 3 and it will say “To enable N64 and GameCube playback with the classic controller, Nintendo has equipped it with a dual-analog”… (nr 6 hints this as well)

    Now here comes the strange part. If the classic controller won’t be able to play GameCube games, then why is there two (2) analog sticks? There’s only need for one, the one and only from N64!

    However if the controller is able to play GC then it will fail when it comes to the shoulder buttons, L and R, since those are digital and not analog like the GC-controller. And other things as well.

    In my opinion, the Classic Controller should be a classic controller resembling only the NES, SNES and N64 (and that Turbostuff as well). In that way, we would see C-buttons instead of a C-stick which works way more better for most N64-games (take any football game, like ISS64, for an example where you dash with C-Down).

    I think they should have designed the Classic Controller to be in more favor of N64 and less of GC. The best idea would probably be releasing a controller like that and new white GameCube-controllers to go with the Wii-design (for both GC and Wii!). Wouldn’t that be cool?

  15. MacUser says:

    @ paq

    dude, dont you pay attention? the classic controller has dual analog sticks because it is used for multi-platform games. its not used for gamecube games. period.

  16. Rowan says:

    Which platform has 2 analog sticks other than GCN then?

  17. Anonymous says:

    The Gamecube doesn’t have 2 analog sticks. The yellow one is digital.

  18. Rowan says:

    What are you talking about? Its very analog, as in two sticks to control stuff – Go and play Timesplitters.

  19. Anonymous says:

    rowan, the classic controller could have two sticks to play Wii games that use “classic controls”, like Fire Emblem, Smash Bros. Brawl, etc. It doesn’t have to be compatible with GC games for the two sticks to make sense.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I found this http://tinyurl.com/ye3dgy gamecube controller by pelican at gamestop recently. I think it was around $8. It’s not on gamestop’s website, so stop in to one and they might have it. I know it’s not first party, but for a 3rd party controller that could feasibly play SNES games on the wii, it works perfectly. If it works well on wii, I may have to buy a few more for multiplayer games.

  21. Naomi says:

    does it matter what games you play with what controller O_o?? you get the game, you get your controller, you enjoy the game, then you get your next game and enjoy it, and keep going, the controllers dont matter, the games do….

    anyone agree with me?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Lucky I got my PSPad converters for GCN before Lik Sang went down the pan.

    I think Snes games with PS pads will be the way forward.

    Not that I havent got a USB SNES pad anyway.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The Wiimote *is* capable of playing Sonic and Altered Beast, at least.

  24. frod says:

    The various controller configurations are as complex as the standard controllers that Nintendo are trying so hard to move away from.

  25. iamdama13 says:

    Yes, you can use the classic controller with Dragon Ball Z and Metal Slug Anthology for the Wii.

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