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Don't Toss Those Old Controllers Yet

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Adapter announced that will allow you to use your old Nintendo pads on Wii

Sometimes, you come across a Virtual Console game that you just don't think fits snugly onto a Classic controller or a GameCube pad. I've had this problem with Sin and Punishment myself; I hate the Cube controller for it, and the Classic feels weird to me with it's too-close nubs.

Peripheral company Innex thinks it may have a solution for you. See, instead of shoving a game onto a controller it wasn't designed for, or if you just want that authentic feel, you might want to check out the 3-in-1 Virtual Retro Adaptor announced today.

Said to use the GameCube ports, the adapter allows Virtual Console-compatibility with NES, SNES and N64 pads, but no word on whether you could use your N64 pad in, say, Mario Kart Wii.

Similar solutions already exist for computers, but it's nice to see someone take the initiative for VC.

Innex plans on unleashing the device in mid-June for $20 bones U.S. More details are (again) promised for E3. The full press release is below.

3-IN-1 VIRTUAL RETRO ADAPTER CONNECTS OLD SCHOOL CONTROLLERS TO NINTENDO® WII™

Innex Secures Exclusive Komodo Adapter in Time for E3 Launch.

Old School is Now the New Cool.

City of Industry, Calif., (May, 2009) --Backwards compatibility has reached a new level of cool with the launch of the 3-in-1 Virtual Retro Adaptor that allows gamers to connect NES®, SNES®, and N64® controllers directly to the Nintendo Wii™ video game console.

By accessing the GameCube® port that is built in to the Wii™ system, the 3-in-1 Virtual Retro Adaptor allows gamers to enjoy older, “retro” games using the original controllers for NES®, SNES®, and N64®.

The Retro Adaptor, developed by Komodo and exclusively distributed by Innex, will be available for demonstration at E3, Innex Booth # 2547, South Hall.

Product Highlights:
· Compatible with Nintendo® Wii™ Virtual Console
· Connects Through GameCube® Port
· Compatible with 1st and 3rd Party Controllers
· Compatible with NES®, SNES®, and N64® Controllers
· Analog Function Available for N64® Controllers
· Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
· Launch Date: Mid June

“Whether you’re a young kid or middle aged gaming fanatic, the Retro Adapter is perfect for controlling all the great Nintendo® titles from the last 25 years,” stated Titi Ngoy, President of Innex. “The Retro Adapter allows you to step back in time and play all the classics the way they were meant to be played using the original controllers. The old school is now the new cool.”

_About Innex
Innex was launched in 2004 as a distributor of video game related products with a particular emphasis on video game peripherals. The company has experienced exceptional growth in just five years and is poised to become one of the leading providers of gaming accessories worldwide. In addition to its extensive global distribution capabilities, Innex also provides its business partners with the opportunity to develop their own private label brands by offering an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) program. Simultaneously, Innex has positioned itself as a product sourcing agent, providing expert consultation to companies looking for specific video game related products that are either unavailable through other vendors, or difficult to find or manufacture. http://www.innexinc.com_

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User Comments (76)

CorbsAdmin

#1

Corbs said:

I want to get one that will let me use my TurboGrafx-16 Pad and Sega Genesis 6-button pad.

Objection

#3

Objection said:

Interesting idea. I really hope I can use my N64 controller for all my VC games (well, 3/4 of them are N64.)

greyelephant

#4

greyelephant said:

Great idea! You never get used to the feel of the classic controller vs what you played with as a kid.

Sean_Aaron

#5

Sean_Aaron said:

Sounds like a good companion for the Classic Linker which allows use of Classic Controllers or PS/PS2 controllers via the GC controller port (great for playing Gamecube games that are better with the d-pad like Mr. Driller Drill Land).

Neomega

#6

Neomega said:

Sega wouldn't dare do this.
Cuz people will hype a non-existant Sega "next-gen"

VGM

#7

VGM said:

Time to pull out the old SNES controller because I can't stand playing Super Mario World with the Gamcube controller & and my Wii classic controller is on the frits.

KoKoO_Psy

#8

KoKoO_Psy said:

Yay! Not that i have any old game pads myself, but rejoicing for all!

Now, i have to rant. Nothing is wrong with Sin and punishment on VC and how it controls, I hear it everywhere, and i am about to snap, it works awesome on a CC, going D-pad for movement, and right analog for aim. Jumping with z of choice, and using saber on trigger of choice.

Now, party time for the coming of awesome adapter.

Betagam7

#9

Betagam7 said:

About time something like this came along. I don't have any problem playing NES or SNES games with the Wiimote or Classic controller but there is no real substitute for the real N64 pad. I wonder if Rumble paks will work.

Twilight_Crow

#13

Twilight_Crow said:

:O, so someone heard my prayer, I'm so sick of playing SNES and N64 games with those analog shoulder triggers on the classic controller, (did anyone notice that there is no game in the entire Wii library that uses those as triggers?); also, there is nothing like playing a game with the controller it was made for, I can't wait to use all my old systems controllers on my Wii :), I hope the adapter gets easy to find over here.

Terra

#15

Terra said:

This wil certainly go down well for me, although i think I'd only really use it for N64 games, Particularly with (As Said above) Sin & Punishment. I'd use it for SNES games but i need to buy a controller first.

Wrenski

#16

Wrenski said:

I'd love it for N64 games no doubt, but why SNES and NES games? Those work flawlessly with a CC/Vanilla remote. They should''ve covered other systems that are hard to replicate the feel of, namely the Genesis controller. Even if only three buttons, the layout just doesn't feel the same on the CC.

Starwolf_UK

#17

Starwolf_UK said:

Nice to find a mass produced one which will appear in retail (maybe not here in Europe initially but I'm sure an importer will have them).

I want to get one that will let me use my TurboGrafx-16 Pad and Sega Genesis 6-button pad.
I agree about the Sega bit but the problem I can see is a lack of VC games that actually use the 6 buttons :( And the layout doesn't work with any other system really :(

bbb7002004

#23

bbb7002004 said:

This should work on GC games as well, since the classic controller's signals are probably just being converted to their GC counterparts. Not particularly useful, but still cool, especially for GC games that need a good Dpad.

RadioShadow

#24

RadioShadow said:

@Corbie: http://www.raphnet-tech.com/products/genesis_to_wii/index.php?category=Adapters

While the price is a bit high for what it is, it works really well. I just need to buy a 6 Button Sega Genesis pad, can't play Comix Zone with the 3 Button one due to the way the Wii Emualtor works.

I might get one of those 3 in 1 Controllers, just so I can use my N64 Pads. Although making it Wireless rather than using the Gamecube port would have been a "newer" idea, although leads make the experience happen. :)

jhuhn

#25

jhuhn said:

I'll just stick with my Gamecube controllers right now thank you.

SwerdMurd

#27

SwerdMurd said:

same....good idea, but between GC controller, Classic, and the new ps2-looking classic that'll drop soon, I can't see having any issues. Never owned a 64 controller and that's the only one I really see as necessary...Arcade console adapts to the wii too.

Chunky_Droid

#28

Chunky_Droid said:

Great idea, it's a pity my N64 analog sticks are clunky as all hell now. I'm hoping the Japan Club Nintendo just releases a Wii Compatible N64 pad, I already have the SNES one

astarisborn94

#31

astarisborn94 said:

Wait a second guys. Are they suppose to reveil this at E3 2009? If so, then I hope they don't reveil a new Mario, Zelda, Kid Icarus, F-zero, or Smash Bros. early and leave us with a sub-par E3 catering only to the casual gamers.

Kawaiipikachu

#32

Kawaiipikachu said:

Well i don't need this as i am the very few who finds sin & punishment fine with the classic controller & finds Ocarina of time c-pad mapping fine with the X Y Z & r-stick-down perfectly fine & yet thats 1 of the most complaine about titles .
I pretty doubtfull that the N64 adapter would work fine infact i think its only setup for 1 particular mapping of the Gamecube controller meaning it would not work with the rest .

SonicMaster

#34

SonicMaster said:

for a sec I thought the controllers would be part of the pack. Oh, and something else completely random, WHAT THE FRICK IS WITH THE TIME LISTED WITH YOUR COMMENTS? I live in a central time zone, and right now it's 9:12!

Turbo_Genesis_64

#36

Turbo_Genesis_64 said:

This is good news. I already have the NES and SNES Retroports, but I'm still jealous of the N64 option.

I'm with Corbie! We need TG16 and Genesis/ Atari ports too!!!

SonicMaster

#37

SonicMaster said:

that explains it. thanks panda. Hey! That's the first time someone's responded to me! I only joined tonight.

Adamant

#38

Adamant said:

Nice.
Hey, anyone know if Famicom controllers are compatible with the NES? If so, they should work on this.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#39

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

This is so sweet! I get that true nostalgic feel while playing the old games. The remote is nice for NES, but actually using the NES controller will be awesome! The classic controller is nice for SNES, but actually using the SNES controller will bring back countless memories. Also, the N64 controller will have a cooler feel to it. I'm getting it!

#40

said:

Cool! Now, if only somebody would make a Saturn to PS2 adapter. Genesis games would really benefit from being able to use a proper controller with them. SNES-style and Gamecube controllers just aren't the same, at all.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#41

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

I wonder if this means rumble pak compatibility. I'd love to play Star Fox 64 the way it was meant to be played.

If this controller becomes hard to acquire, I'll just stick with the ones I already have. The remote suffices for an NES/SMS controller. The classic controller works as an SNES/Genesis controller. The Gamecube controller is fine as an N64 controller. However, this may end up just like the Shaft. You can find it, but only from third parties.

Which reminds me...if it does have rumble pak compatibility, will it also work on Gamecube games? I have Ocarina of Time for Gamecube, and would love to play it the way it was meant to be played.

MickEiA

#43

MickEiA said:

It's just a different designed controller i'll be sticking to my Classic controller

MrLopez

#45

MrLopez said:

It's pretty cool for NES and SNES game but I don't miss my N64 Controllers at all! They were so hmm crappy? Yeah that's it, the analog sucked the shape was weird and the buttons were scrambled..

King_Elemento

#47

King_Elemento said:

I might be more inclined to download N64 games if I can use an actual controller for it.
That, and I've never used an NES pad before, so if this gets released over here, I'll most likely buy it.

That_Guy_from_Faxana

#48

That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

Yup, Retrousb makes fine adapters as well. But 3 in 1 is very good. Only thing missing for me is a Mega Drive socket. Having Mega games mapped to SNES buttons gets confusing at times.

Dwarfer

#49

Dwarfer said:

Anyone who calls the N64 controllers 'crappy' obviously hasn't had enough experience with the console. For a start the controller is suprisingly confortable despite it's shape (most people how bash the N64 pad have never even held one). The N64 pad is virtually 3 controllers in one since there are three different ways of holding it. Lastly the control stick placement and Z button placement is perfect, especially when playing FPS games (the Z is like a trigger). The N64 controller is definately my favourite traditional controller, perhaps with the excpetion of the Wavebird.

Admittedly the control stick is bad by today's standards, but it was the first ever controller with a control stick, so, it can be forgiven for that.

Kevin

#50

Kevin said:

Awesome! I won't be using it for N64 controllers. Always hated that controller.I thought I was gonna break that analog stick every time I touched it. It just never felt right to me. I'm definately gonna have to buy nes and snes controllers again. Sold mine when I was saving up for my Wii. With the way the vc releases have been I wish I never sold my nes and super nes stuff.

brooks83

#52

brooks83 said:

I was about to buy some adapters from Retrousb, I think now I'll hold off for this one. 20 bucks for a 3 in 1 is a better deal than paying 20 bucks for each individually.

Stuffgamer1

#54

Stuffgamer1 said:

This might make Sin & Punishment seem playable to me (I'm one of those who couldn't find controls that worked with Classic OR Gamecube controller due to lack of intelligent options), unless it turns out to suffer from the same problem I had when I tried to play the original Perfect Dark on N64 (I wanted to use D-pad and C-buttons, since one analogue, especially that one, coupled with buttons felt AWFUL!).

But I'm also one of those who isn't terribly fond of the C-Stick mapping of Zelda controls, so I'd probably use this for those at least. I really don't know why anybody would WANT to use an NES controller, though, unless you've got the late-released "bone" model. SNES might be nice, but the Classic controller usually seems to work close enough for me.

The fact that this should be releasing retail and is 3-in-1 instead of $20 per controller type is a HUGE deal, though. I look forward to further news on the product. :)

BlueFlameBat

#55

BlueFlameBat said:

I have to wonder if there will be any lag issues and how much time it will take for the adapter to properly process the pressed buttons.

Pj1

#56

Pj1 said:

The best idea would be for Nintendo to release a "New" nes controller, SNES etc but I'd really like Sega to launch a mega drive pad for the wii. However I won't buy a N64 controller for Wii, I find the N64 controller a bit awkward, the game cube controller I find is a bit easier but that's what I think. It would be a huge cash cow for Nintendo, Sega, SNK, Turbo-grafx 16 to bring out separate pads- Annoying but it would be so cool.

Pj1

#57

Pj1 said:

@That Guy from Faxanadu

You're So right it feels weird playing the Classic Sega games on a SNES controller!!

I once played Mario 64 with an N64 controller (N64) then used a Classic controller with the Wii a little bit easier...THEN I've used a Game cube controller and it's been Much easier. Am I the only person who finds it easier????????????

Nintendophile

#58

Nintendophile said:

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it'd be wicked cool to play Mega Man 9 with the old school NES controller. That way, it'd feel REALLY authentic! _

SteveW

#59

SteveW said:

Great another adapter for the Gamecube port... is Nintendo the only company that can make them connect to the Wii remote??? Not having the wire streatched across my living room so my cats can attack it and jerk the controller out of my hand would be a good thing.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#60

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

What is the SNES controller pictured? Mine has the words "Super Nintendo" engraved rather than painted black and the buttons are grey and purple rather than red, yellow, blue, and green.

@PJ: I prefer the remote for NES/SMS games, the Classic Controller for SNES/Genesis games, and the Gamecube controller for N64 games. They work fine, which is why I might skip this.

mjc0961

#61

mjc0961 said:

Cool, I'd love to play some Star Fox 64 with the actual N64 controller. And if it works with GameCube games as well, I'd love the SNES controller for the Mega Man Anniversary Collection.

Devastator

#62

Devastator said:

I think it is pretty cool that we will get this adaptor and thw Wii-motion in the same month. Two days left till punchout.

thestarbird

#63

thestarbird said:

this actually has already been done before. retrousb.com has been offering NES and SNES converters to GC ports for a long time and raphnet-tech.com has been offering Genesis/Master System/Atari converters to GC for a long time (I actually just got the Genesis one and I absolutely love it). I do like the idea of converting 3 at once, so I will hold off on the NES/SNES ones until this one comes out.

Cally

#64

Cally said:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I saw the most amazing thing: a Hastings was selling wireless NES controllers. Yes, old-NES, wireless controllers.

I regretted not getting that when I saw it at first, and now . . .

Like somebody else said, I can't imagine using the other controller options for Goldeneye (but then, I'm not sure I feel like unlocking all the cheats all over again either).

Good deal. I love how Nintendo gives us all the peripherals to hook up to its little console . . . not too far away from the number of games it puts out. XD Just kidding.

Kirk

#65

Kirk said:

The only problem is going to be getting hold of old controllers that are actually in good condition.

Now if Nintendo was to re-release all these classic controllers...well that would just be great.

Sean_Aaron

#66

Sean_Aaron said:

Well, Datel makes a Famicom-styled Classic Controller that has all the buttons from the Classic Controller, but no analogue sticks...only £14.99 as well!

WWammy

#67

WWammy said:

Need one of these for Sega Megadrive games since one of my favourite games Eternal Champions plays weirdly with the Classic controller :(

XD375

#68

XD375 said:

You guys do realize VC N64 games use different configurations, right? Not all N64 games will play the with the same button layout with this controller...

Mr_64

#69

Mr_64 said:

It'd be great to be able to use NES and SNES controllers as they were with VC!

MoogleMuffins

#70

MoogleMuffins said:

Ha thats great! And what a coincidence I just found my old two Snes controllers :) looks like me and my bro will be playing super probotector alien rebels the way we used to.

Shinjix2

#73

Shinjix2 said:

For future reference for anyone who reads this. According to Joystik the adapter is coming out in September and will not include a N64 port due to conversion issues......sucks....

BlueFlameBat

#75

BlueFlameBat said:

So I could finally play Sin & Punishment the way it was meant to be played ... minus Rumble Pak compatibility of course, I'd imagine. Hopefully Nintendo cannot (or at least will not) disable this with an update. I only want it for the N64 controller if it's mapped correctly. I have a two classic controllers as well as several rechargeable batteries and I don't have a problem holding the Wii remote sideways like an NES pad.

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