The controller (see larger picture) seems to be a combination of the SNES controller and Sony’s Dual Shock controller. It also seems to have a form factor similar to the second Sega Saturn controller (sadly without the 6-button layout).
This optional controller is mainly geared for use with the classic downloadable NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, and TG16 games on the Wii’s Virtual Console.
Some people have been referring to this controller as a shell that would contain the Wii-mote inside of it. However, there are a could things that suggest that this is not the case:
- Even though the Wii-mote is fairly small, I believe it would make the controller either too large or uncomfortable
- The visible cord from the picture suggests that it is either a standalone wired controller (unlikely) or an add-on to the Wii-mote like the Nunchuck controller.
Either way, if the Classic Wii Controller has a cable of any sort, I will be a bit disappointed. I love wireless controllers in general, and even if it was tethered to the Wii-mote, I believe it would be rather awkward. If it was treated as a normal wireless controller like a Wavebird, I think it would be suitable.
I supposed we will have to wait for Nintendo of America to share more information about the controller before we know anything more definite.
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