Topic: Classic Linker vs. Classic Linker Plus

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In case you don't know what a Classic Linker is, it's an adapter that lets you use a Playstation controller (original or PS2) or Classic Controller with your Gamecube/Wii instead of a Gamecube controller. The cord is short, so an extension cord is a must, but it does the business for Gamecube games like Midway Arcade Treasures and Wii titles such as Metal Slug Anthology.

When I heard about the CC Pro, I decided I would eventually get one of those and when I saw a mahjong game I wanted was on sale at Play.Asia I decided to pick up a second Classic Linker as well. I noticed there was a new listing for a Classic Linker Plus which was the same price as the Classic Linker, but no difference apparent beyond the name. I figured I'd pick that one up as well just in case there was some unforeseen benefit and I'm definitely glad I did.

The CC Pro seems to have slightly different pinouts from the CC and the Classic Linker doesn't work with it at all, but the Classic Linker Plus does. So, if you're like me and want to be able to use a CC Pro with some of your Gamecube games make sure you get the Classic Linker Plus!


Sean, does this allow digital control on Metal Slug Anthology? If so, I shall be getting one - the lack of Classic controller support on that game is a real oversight...



Yes it does. You need to adapt to the button layout when re-mapping controls, but I also prefer the CC for Metal Slug Anthology.

The only thing that didn't work with the Classic Linker was MAME via the Homebrew Channel, but that's in the past since the last update blew it away. Any official software that uses the Gamecube controller will work with this. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 has an issue where launching a game causes the controller to lose connection so you have to unplug the CC from the linker and reconnect it, but other than that I've never had an issue. Just get the Plus to ensure forwards compatibility.


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