Here's Why The Nintendo Gamecube WaveBird Is Legendary

Pubblicato il 18 ago 2019
During the sixth generation of consoles we were still stuck using wired controllers out of the box as the standard. A few years into the console cycle Nintendo introduced a first party wireless controller that used radio frequency to communicate rather than line of sight IR. This kicked off a chain reaction of several third parties getting into the mix and led to us eventually using wireless controllers as the standard. Today let's take a look at the Wavebird controller and why it is considered a legendary controller.
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  • NES Controller cord extended all the way to my couch

  • I want that massive, rumbling, prototype wavebird... 🙏

  • Still use the wavebird with mayflash for modern gaming... Still use it for competitive smash And best controller when your system is a distance away

  • ... I still prefer cords...

  • I had a wireless controller for the nes it was awful it was purely a gimmick it used ir and you needed to be perfectly lined up. The wavebird was just... legendary man i remember going over friends bringing our controllers and playing wrestlemania x8 4 player it changes everything being wireless good times

  • I've really begun to like these kind of videos

  • I know this might seem silly to say but when I was 2 to 4 years of age during the game gamecube's lifespan the C stick always reminded me of a mac and cheese because of it's color

  • Wave bird is by far the dorkiest name I've ever heard. The millennium falcon is a close second...

  • "If you didn't develop a hunch you probably weren't gaming much" 😂😂

  • I am so glad my sister found at her house my old Wavebird cousin was tasked to go around their house searching for the receiver and he found it! Now i need the adapter for my switch lol

  • I remember. Playin on a ps2 when I was like 3 or 4 its some of my earliest Memories

  • I don't recall missing the rumble at all with the WaveBird. At that stage in gaming, rumble may have still felt kinda gimmicky to me, and I feel like over time, it quickly become way better and better implemented by designers... but now that I've heard you mention the fact the WaveBird didn't have rumble -- I actually don't recall even knowing that it wasn't present, hahah.

  • I still have 2 working shiny silver wave birds. A friend found out I have them and offered me 60 a piece. I still have my birds.

  • BestBuy made a Rocket Fish brand wireless Gamecube controller during the Wii era that is the best third party Gamecube controller I've tried. It uses AAA batteries instead of AA, but it has amazing battery life. And it has a sync button instead of a channel wheel. It also is almost the same size as a wired GC controller. But it has slightly longer handles, which I like.

  • How does it compare to the new wireless Game Cube controllers today? If you had a choice should you get the Wavebird order the new controller today?

  • I still run my controllers on the cord.

  • For those looking for a cheap alternative for this controller, I recommend the Poulep Wireless Controllers. They're basically the same thing with a slightly cheaper build quality, but they work very well and function as a good alternative to the Wavebird.

  • Haven't had to change the initial batteries in my Wavebird for 7 years. This more than made up for the lack of rumble in my opinion.

  • Back in mid 80s and 90s when you are "start to play a video game", somebody in your family want to ...1. Clean that room immediately for no reason (Stop play that shit and help me clean this room. now.)2. Want to see live sport at that time3. Want to go shopping and really need you to go with her.


  • Better wireless connection than local Switch connections. Why is Switch to Switch local play so awful?

  • This is the one thing that I need for my old GameCube

  • Hey Mr Wave is the D-pad on a Gamecube controller the same part as on a Gameboy Advance? They look awfully similar in shape and size to me but I don't dare take my Gamecube controller apart to have a better look for myself.

  • Spawn Wave sorry about dumb question, i never didin't have WaveBirg controller. reciever are compatible to each other? i mean, can i plug one controller using reciever from second controller?

  • Man I remember when I first got one of these. It felt so futuristic.

  • Kid you got it easy. Back in my day you had to pop a quarter in a game every time you wanted to play and your character died with one hit because energy wasn't even conceived yet. And if that wasn't enough the graphics sucked so you needed to imagine what was on the screen. Now get the heck outta here and don't forget your helmet.

  • We had it easy. Kids will get sucked into a world where technology will make them addicted and mentally ill

  • Loved the wavebirds, used that thing nonstop compared to the controller with the cord. It kinda makes me sad that although on the switch you can play with it on most games, the gamecube controllers aren't supported (Except for smash, that definitely supports it).

  • Anybody know how this is for smash ultimate?

  • I still have the controller I haven’t played my GameCube for a while but it still works.

  • People saying theses are rare 😂 I just brought 4 for only £40 a pop.

  • I didn't buy one of these until the Wii was out, where it became my goto controller for Brawl & all the GameCube gems I hadn't played yet. Still got it in fantastic condition.

  • Where can i get New Sticks? Good quality.

  • Reasons wavebird was legendary: it was wireless, and just fuckin worked perfectly with no hassle, just the same as a wired one in an era when almost all controllers were wired.

  • I had a Wavebird and it was pretty sweet. It worked well and was a great controller. Yeah, the only drawback is the lack of rumble. I did have the broadband adapter for the Gamecube since I was lured back to Nintendo when Phantasy Star Online ended on the Dreamcast and moved to the Gamecube. Add in the Gameboy Player and my 'cube was pretty decked out.

  • The 16 channels on the wavebird weren't for playing with 16 wavebirds, the extras were there in case other devices were giving interference on some of the channels. The possibility of using 16 controllers is nice too, but usually you'd have better luck with some channels than others, especially if you had other radio devices in the house.

  • You mean we're going to have to explain how supremely low latency televisions with perfect black levels and color reproduction are now a lost technology, replaced by something that was mostly just lighter and took up less space. Granted, the lack of pincushion, the lack of susceptibility to magnetic fields, and other picture shape distortion problems are nice too.

  • That trade in comment hit hard... My poor xbox ;__;

  • I am still pissed that the day I bought my gamecube I elected to get 4 platinum wired controllers as apposed to 4 wavebirds... My current collection is 3 Gamecubes (one is my childhood indigo One is my Platinum from when I moved out of home (left the indigo for my siblings), and one black) 1 Wavebird 4 Platinum controllers 1 Indigo 1 Spice 1 Black 1 SSB4 Black.

  • My question with the gamecube controller overall is what was the working concept behind the octagonal? frame of the analog joysticks? Was it an aesthetic choice or did it have some functionality beyond that to the design?

    • It means when holding a direction it's easy to hold exactly straight up, down, left, right, or diagonal, since the controller goes into one of the notches on the octagon

  • Dude I had two of these. They were amazing.

  • Glad to say I still have mine

  • Logitech ps2 wireless pro thing was pretty good too

  • I still can't believe I gave mine away back in the day. young and dumb.

  • 5:18 Doesn't sound so unlikely if you want to make it happen (e.g Tournament)

  • I think the hardest part of getting that LAN party going is finding 16 friends.

  • Dam it! I just bought a GC for zelda and didn't even know they had this ! dam it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Very high quality. A+. Microsoft should learn this before shoving garbage quality controllers down Xbone users. Nintendo should use this controller format as their gold standard (like how playstation has their DualShock)

  • Got one for 28 bucks a while ago. Pretty good shit for smash.

  • I believe the removal of the rumble feature is also a cost and space saving matter. Due to the way RF works, the controller can only talk to the system one-way. If you want to console to send rumble data back to the controller, you'd need another transmitter in the "dongle" (which would make it bigger - and it's already almost too big) and another receiver + the "giant" rumble motor inside the controller (everyone who took apart one of these knows what I'm talking about - and the Wavebird is already pretty bulky). Take this and the required amount of power to get that big motor going - battery life would be crushed as well...

  • I think we in the day also were lucky to get to see systems and games develop and flourish and also fail around us, being part of the awesome games we had back then and evolution now I say that's awesome for our generation

  • I think I'm the only person that doesn't like the wavebird... I had one, and while it was cool, most TVs were so small back then you didn't want to go far away. I also hate buying batteries, or having rechargeable batteries die over time. Lacking rumble honestly was minimal, but still drove me nuts! Felt like a down grade in a lot of ways. I will stick with my 10ft corded GamCube controllers!

  • tl;dw its legendary because it was the first GOOD first-party endorsed controller.

  • What was the point of 16 channels on the controller if we only used it on “3”?

  • You better not be putting those cheap ass ebay control sticks on there.

  • My all time fave controller. I loved my wavebird.

  • Please bring this back for the switch

  • I didn't know how to work it as a kid so I put it in the toy box. But after finding it and the receiver a couple years ago it was great

  • Hi some one told me to let you know my top ten expensive games Worth getting for the GameCube. It just came out and peapole seem to love it. So check it out ☺️

  • Position of the d pad is perfect. The size was the only issue