The Forgotten E3 2002 WaveBird

The WaveBird was announced all the way back at Space World 2000, and after a bunch of delays, was finally released on June 10th 2002 in the US. However, about two weeks before it hit the shelves, a few managed to slip into the hands of avid Nintendo fans. It was offered as a MarioContinue reading “The Forgotten E3 2002 WaveBird”

Tracking Down a Crystal White GameCube Controller

That’s a Crystal White GC controller, part of a set given away through a contest to promote Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, limited to 150 units. If you want more info about the contest, you can always check my entry page for the controller. It used to be in my collection, but I’ve started selling andContinue reading “Tracking Down a Crystal White GameCube Controller”

The Club Nintendo Controllers (2/2)

You can read part one here: The Club Nintendo Controllers (1/2) Alright, we covered the Club Nintendo, Mario and Luigi GameCube controllers in the last post, but after the October 2004 N.O.M. (Nintendo Online Magazine) issue, three more were to be released; Gundam Char WaveBird, Club Nintendo WaveBird and Wario. Let’s dive into it! TheContinue reading “The Club Nintendo Controllers (2/2)”

The Club Nintendo Controllers (1/2)

You can read part two here: The Club Nintendo Controllers (2/2) Yesterday I was working on citing all my sources for all the retail controllers (It’s done!), and I found a website where all the Japanese news articles about entertainment from 2000 to 2009 are listed. And well, I looked into 2003 and clicked onContinue reading “The Club Nintendo Controllers (1/2)”

Who Made the T3 Controllers?

When you look at some of the early GameCube controllers (T1/T2), you can see a part number on the left of the main stickbox. On top of that, a big MITSUMI logo. We know that Mitsumi was the manufacturer producing the GameCube controllers for Nintendo, so that’s all good. However, after the 2003 production hiatus,Continue reading “Who Made the T3 Controllers?”

My Last Project, Documenting the Internals

Things have been slow here, I’ve been doing other things and well, I’ve found and documented most of the things that can be found and documented. However, I’ve been procrastinating on quite a big project for a few months. This is a work in progress, and once it’s done I will upgrade the internals guideContinue reading “My Last Project, Documenting the Internals”

The Nintendo VIP 24:7 Controllers

When I struggle to find information on a controller, it’s usually due to a language barrier; I don’t speak Japanese or any of the Asian tongues, so I have to crawl my way there using a funky mix of the Wayback Machine and Google translate. However, for the case of the Nintendo VIP 24:7 controllers,Continue reading “The Nintendo VIP 24:7 Controllers”

Update on Missing Information

Retail prices on the 6 standard controllers (Indigo, Jet Black, Spice Orange, Indigo/Clear, Platinum and Emerald Blue) in South Korea and their precise release dates (December 14th 2002). Precise release date of the Mario controller from VIP 24:7 in Europe (2005). Original price (Stars) for the Grey WaveBird from VIP 24:7 in Europe. Precise releaseContinue reading “Update on Missing Information”

The Rumours and Mockups

Ever since Nintendo hinted about the existence of the Dolphin project, fans have been drawing (and making) mockups of what the next gen controller could be. I’ve seen a bunch of them going through my research for this site, and funnily, some of them are still confused to be real prototype units. A bit ohContinue reading “The Rumours and Mockups”

A Look Inside a GC Controller Prototype

I thought I’d share a teardown of my NR Disc (Full Speed) controller as a followup to the page I wrote on the Ver.B devkit controllers. The seal (sticker on the handle) was already peeled off when I bought it – the controller however was never opened before, as the screws were sealed with threadContinue reading “A Look Inside a GC Controller Prototype”