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Nyko Set To Release Wireless Classic Controller

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Ooh fancy!

For those of you out there who have been searching for an alternative to Nintendo's Wii Classic Controller, you're search is over. Nyko is getting set to release their new Wing wireless classic controller this fall for the Nintendo Wii console.

Not only does the Wing feature an ergonomic grip, it also features full wireless support for gamers who don't want to get tied down with the attached Wii Remote. You just plug the small receiver dongle into the end of the Wii Remote and you're then free to play wirelessly with your Wing controller from up to 10 feet away.

You'll also be able enjoy up to 30 hours of playing time on only 2 AAA batteries. And if you don't want to keep replacing batteries, you can even insert your own set of rechargeable AAA batteries and use any USB to Mini USB Cable to easily recharge your Wing controller. Hows that for ease of use?

You can check out a hands-on feature that Engadget did with the Nyko Wing controller to see their thoughts on this unique classic controller. They were also nice enough to include some cool photos of the controller and its receiver.

We'll have more information on the Wing wireless controller as it becomes available.

Source: Engadget

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User Comments (44)

Kenji510

#2

Kenji510 said:

I want to get one of these for sure when it comes and it hits the stores! :D

slangman

#4

slangman said:

Theres already a wireless classic controler out but the fact that this has 30 hours of life with just 2 batterys sounds alright. I will have to give it a miss though.

RadioShadow

#6

RadioShadow said:

How much is it going to cost though? I saw one in Argos yesterday which is:

  • Shaped in the same style as a the Classic Controller (besides 2 grips on the back which make it more comfortable to hold).
  • Only uses 2 AAA Batteries (I've yet to see how long it lasts).
  • Doesn't need to be connected to a Wii Remote since it connects to the Wii itself.
  • Costs the same price as the Classic Controller itself (£15).

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I'm pleased with it myself and for the same price as the Original Classic Controller, you can't got wrong.

DazzaAdmin

#8

Dazza said:

@RadioShadow - Wow the Argos version is a complete copy of the Classic Controller!

What company makes this one then? It looks unbranded.

cr00mz

#9

cr00mz said:

this is not for Gamecubeing its only for VIrtual Console and games supported with the virtual console controller. Like Brawl or whatever games use the virtual console controler. IF this would be playable with gamecube games i would deffinatly buy it but for virtual console its kinda meh. when i play vc i lay in my bed so the Wii mote connection VCC and the cable between is not in the way at all. But it would be nice to use this for brawl becuase the original VCC sucks for brawl and a wireless option to the gamecube controller is not bad at all

timp29

#10

timp29 said:

Looks very nice. I was of course dissapointed when wavebirds didn't work with vc games, but hey. Really, if nintendo did their homework, they wouldn't have competition from a 3rd party developer. Still, thye classic controller is pretty much wireless, so I'll probably give it a miss unless it's priced the same as a classic controller.

WiX

#11

WiX said:

I personally think that this is not very useful:
1) So what it uses only two batteries, you still need four of them, because it needs Wiimote to work
2) The Wiimote is still wireless, even if the Classic Controller is plugged into it so it shouldn't be so much of a problem.
3) The design is a bit... Hmm...

So I won't buy this, but good if somebody likes. You can't always please everyone ;)

Bensei

#12

Bensei said:

Imho it's useless, the CC+Wiimote already is kind of wireless, if you use an clip-on from 3rd Party Publishers that gives you wings and let's you hide the cable it's tehoretically the same...

I don't own a clip-on however :( Have only found them on online-shops that are dubious to me...

Stuffgamer1

#13

Stuffgamer1 said:

I'm with cr00mz with the bed thing. Kinda removes the issue for me. I know that won't work for everybody, but I still make a point of warning everybody away from 3rd party controllers. They tend to be uniformally garbagey and prone to breaking at least twice as fast as the name brand. I also hate it when they significantly change the grip and style of the controller, as I'm one of those guys who always prefers the original design. All that said, if you want one, get one. It doesn't really matter to me. I'm just doing my bit (same thing I do at Gamestop) to inform the potential buyer before they wind up with garbage.

DazzaAdmin

#14

Dazza said:

I picked up the Argos Wii Retro Wireless Controller this lunchtime. I will post up some thoughts on it soon. It's actually made by Datel and looks of surprisingly good build quality!

A wireless Classic Controller with no need for a Wiimote, brilliant! :D

Ian_Daemon

#15

Ian_Daemon said:

Aside from the button configuration I'm not sure how this is any better than a CC/WaveBird combo. I love both. I just can't seem to think of a case where I'd need something other than those...

And the original description above says that it USES THE WIIMOTE. So basically I'm using two sets of batteries? One set in the Wiimote and a second set in the Wing?

stinssd

#16

stinssd said:

The only thing that makes the current classic controller "wired" is the fact that it is connected to the Wiimote. But isn't the Wiimote "wireless"?

MrPinguy

#17

MrPinguy said:

^
You just readed my mind XD.
For me its an useless purchase, because for me there are better options, like an wireless gamecube controler, or just stick with the original "Clasic Controler".
But its just "IMO", so maybe Nyko will find good costumers ;)

Waxxy

#18

Waxxy said:

Why would I want a wireless controller that plugs into the Wiimote and works from only 10 feet away? So, now instead of draining one set of batteries while I play, I'm draining two, and it can't even play GC games. There are better solutions out there for wireless GC controllers that work with the Wii, including GC games and all VC titles currently released. And they work from a lot further away than 10 feet!

RadioShadow

#19

RadioShadow said:

@Dazza: I forget to mention it was made by Datel and the picture is slightly different to the actual product, (has a power button instead of a switch).

Compared to the Official Classic Controller, it's slightly bigger and has grips on the back but the buttons have the same quality and feel to the original. I've taken two pictures of the front and back for a better view of the controller:

Picture 1
Picture 2

Ricardo91

#20

Ricardo91 said:

@Stinssd. That's exactly what I was gonna say! XD

@Mr. Pinguy. It's "read", not "readed". :P

This seems like a waste to me, but I might consider it if it's compatible with GC games. Since it works with AAA batteries, I can save the AA juice in my Wiimotes, and spend less time scouring every nook and cranny of my house for new AA batteries! My parents will thank me! :D

Edit: It is pretty gaudy and ugly though. :P

DazzaAdmin

#21

Dazza said:

@RadioShadow - I'll have a look at mine later and post some thoughts over the weekend perhaps.

Shame as essentially this operates as a Wiimote/Classic Controller that there is no chance of it working for Gamecube games! Did you test that out of interest in case I am wrong?

Wiiloveit

#23

Wiiloveit said:

I read about this one a few weeks back on ign, and it sounded as though all the buttons and whatnot had been completely improved from the std CC. It's also bigger and has handles, and even though I'd still rather it were wired, the recharging sounds good. I'll quite happily pay £20 for this: and it could finally be a third party Wii accessory that's better than the original.

MarkyVigoroth

#24

MarkyVigoroth said:

Nah, I will stick to my $10 wired classic controller; not only my controller has a nice light feel, but it also does not require batteries.

EDIT: Also, since the wireless Classic Controller is not attached to the Wii Remote by a cable, it would be easier to lose the Wii Remote (and you need it to not only play some games but also to use the Wii Internet Channel).

Bensei

#25

Bensei said:

@Dazza: that sure looks Retro :D at least the design looks right.

I found a clip directly on amazon (was the last one in .de) I'll post my thoughts about them in the latest Classic Controller news from VC:R or WWW

CorbsAdmin

#26

Corbs said:

The "mushy d-pad" comment is what scared me off. Plus I don't mind being connected to the Wii Remote. :)

I am interested to hear what Daz has to say about the Datel controller, however.

Phalyn

#27

Phalyn said:

I'll be skipping this, Nyko already gave me a good solution with thier clip on grip for the CC. I buy one of those for every CC i own.
This just looks odd.

RadioShadow

#30

RadioShadow said:

@Dazza: It only works with games compatible with the 'Classic Controller's' but that's only because it's acting like a Wii Mote with a Classic Controller attached and that's what the Wii thinks it is.

The only problem I've had with this is on old Mega Drive VC games that don't have Anologe support (Sonic The Hedgehog, Comix Zone, Puyo Puyo), when you access the Wii Menu, you can't move the cursor. It means you have to connect a Wii Mote in order to move it. But I blame Sega for that problem.

DazzaAdmin

#31

Dazza said:

The cursor doesn't work on lots of early released SNES games too such as Super Mario World and Contra III. Aside from that niggle it's a pretty decent controller on the whole. I'll post some more on the controller soon for those who are interested.

Ricardo91

#32

Ricardo91 said:

@Stuffgamer. Oh yeah. That's another strike against it. It's a 3rd party controller. I've had a GREAT history with those things :P:

I remember those 2 Spiderman GC controllers I bought, which both screwed up within a month (or maybe 2 months. Can't remember). One wouldn't let me move up on the analog stick, and the other one's analog stick wouldn't work at all. Then there was the Madkats controller I got, which failed on me a month or so ago, which not only had a faulty analog stick, it went into this annoying rapid-fire "turbo mode", which was especially great when I played Super Mario Advance 4 on my Game Boy Player, where Mario would only jump at 1/3 of his maximum jump height. :P

1st party controllers aren't perfect either. I had a orange GC controller that had an analog stick that stuck, and I couldn't re-center it, even though I spent 20 minutes scrubbing it with a cloth. However, my trusty ol' Wavebird hasn't failed on me yet, even though I've owned it for years. Even if it doesn't have rumble, It's still my best controller. :)

Edit: I almost forgot. I bought a Wiimote Charger pack a little while back, and both batteries malfunctioned. That was also from Nyko. And after bringing back those memories, I am now definitely gonna give this a pass. :P

Kawaiipikachu

#34

Kawaiipikachu said:

Looks real cheap & really ugly .
I pass & i stick to the classic controller .

With the cable on the classic controller at least i can fint the wii remote easier for whenever i needed to turn it off .

Nobarai

#36

Nobarai said:

I may be wierd, but I happen to LIKE the classic controller, and I'd rather chose it to play games, such as Mario Kart Wii when I'm feeling competitive, and Brawl as my reg controller. I also am using those Nyko recharge packs, but I don't like them because of the grips, and the fact you have to put the Wiimotes in the charger JUST RIGHT to get them to charge.

And 30 minutes playing time is WAAAAAAAAAAY too short!

classicmike

#37

classicmike said:

I'll pass, I don't mind having a wire because it makes it feel like I am playing the game on the classic console it came out on.

Ricardo91

#38

Ricardo91 said:

@Mr. Pinguy. That is true :P.
I just like to Nitpick @ other people's grammar. XD

@Nobarai. It said 30 hours, not 30 minutes.

PHANTOM93

#39

PHANTOM93 said:

@ Nobarai

I like using the CC for Mario Kart Wii too, so I guess you're not alone :-P. But I like to use the Wiimote+Nunchuk control for Brawl, just because I didn't own a CC or GC controller when I bought Brawl.

@ Mr.Cheez #32

I use rechargible batteries for my Wiimotes, I'm still on my first set and it's been over a year since I started using them :-P

Nobarai

#40

Nobarai said:

Oh yeah...30 hours.... Even though that settles a complaint, I've had problems with 3rd party controllers quality-wise. This controller looks no different.

Clayfrd

#42

Clayfrd said:

@ Mr. Cheez

You like to Nitpick, hmm? The letter N should not be capitalized. Ha.

Oh, and I'm gonna stick with my reliable 1st party CC.

chiefeagle02

#43

chiefeagle02 said:

I hardly use my first party Classic Controller as it is, so I may pass. :-/ To its credit, it looks good.

Bobby_Paycheck

#44

Bobby_Paycheck said:

The Nyko wireless controller looks a bit small in those pictures. I kinda like the Big N's classic controller, it works well and all you really have to do is set the wiimote down, I don't see whats so wrong with that. Tight responsive controls that work well for the games on the VC! Why pay more for a third-party controller with mushy buttons?

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