The Month of Wii U Day 10: Control Your Destiny
Wanna get a Wii U but can't stand the gamepad? I have great news for you! There are other controllers you can use and these range from Wiimotes to game specific controllers. Of course some games only work with the gamepad and you need it to turn the console on but here are some solid alternatives.
Wii U Pro Controller: Now this is a real must own controller for any serious Wii U fan. Feels very comfortable, the buttons are responsive and the battery lasts (almost) forever. You *need* the Pro controller if you own a Wii U. My go-to Wii U controller and I use it whenever I can.
Wii controllers: What a shocker, Wiimotes and everything that can be attached to them are compatible with a console called the Wii U. So if you need extra controllers just get your old Wii swag out of the basement. Of course there are some games that require you to use the gamepad but it's always good to have at least a couple of Wiimotes.
Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad: Designed for Pokkén Tournament by the same developer that made the Pokkén arcade controller. The Pro Pad is only compatible with Pokkén which is understandable since it only has the buttons needed for the game. So no extra analog sticks here. If you wanna take your Pokkén game to the next level then the Pro Pad is worth getting especially since it's pretty cheap too.
GameCube: A must own for Super Smash Bros! All you need is a GC controller adapter and you'll be good to go. Too bad the GC controller only works with Smash but it's all good since most likely that's the game you wanna play with it.
So, what's your favorite Wii U controller? 😉
The Month of Wii U Day 3: Dr. Iwata or How I Learned to Stop Whining and Love the Gamepad
Alright so the title is a bit misleading as I never actually learned how to embrace the Wii U gamepad. See the gamepad is one of biggest reasons for the console's failure at least in my opinion. Nintendo is one of the most innovative companies in the video game business and the whole industry would be a lot different without the big N. These crazy and unique innovations haven't always worked out but still they have changed the game more than once.
The downside of this is that whatever gimmicks Nintendo introduces they often force them on players turning even their most beloved franchises into less traditional experiences. Even to this day I still haven't finished Skyward Sword simply cuz I wasn't able to get into the motion controls and I absolutely hated having to move Link around with a stylus in the DS games. Fortunately Nintendo has at least somewhat learned from these mistakes and even games that support motion controls, such as Splatoon 2, Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey, don't force you to waggle the Joy-Cons like a bloody idiot.
Enter the Wii U gamepad. The gamepad is so important that you can't even turn the console on without it. So if I somehow managed to break the gamepad it's bye bye Wii U. This is one of the biggest design flaws of the console. The gamepad doesn't even contain any amazing tech, it's just a streaming device. The gamepad enhanced the gameplay experience of some games such as Xenoblade X and The Wind Waker HD while ruining others like Star Fox Zero. It also made the console more expensive than it should have been. Nintendo even stated that they couldn't slash the price of the system due to the gamepad being expensive to manufacture. Overall I'm not a big fan of the gamepad and I use the excellent Pro controller whenever possible. What do you think about the gamepad?
It's #controllertuesday so let's talk about the legendary Nintendo64 controller! Ah, the good ol' N64 controller, best known for confusing gamers and giving more blisters than worn out shoes. These days when someone hands you the controller of pretty much any modern console you know how to hold it right away even if you have never even touched it before. Sure you have things like the Wiimote and Joy-Cons that can be held in different ways but pretty much all the other controllers can only be held in one way and one way only.
The N64 controller is a different beast and I can see why it would confuse some people. The N64 was all (and I really mean ALL) about 3D games and with most games the left side of the controller with the D-pad would be left alone. The D-pad itself isn't bad at all but obviously the analog stick was the main selling point here and essential for the countless 3D games on the system. The analog sticks have come a long way since the mid-90s but the N64 one wasn't bad for being one of the first of its kind. Despite being solid, the analog stick is also known for feeling uncomfortable at times and even giving blisters. Mario Party in particular destroyed my hand more than a few times.
The N64 controller also introduced a Z-trigger and four C buttons on the top. The C buttons were often used for the camera since there was only a single analog stick but for example in Ocarina of Time the player is able to assign items to them. Anyways what do you think about the N64 controller? Is it one of your favorite Nintendo controllers or do you struggle to hold it correctly? 😉
Today's #controllertuesday post is starring the DualShock 4! What's your favorite Playstation controller?
I gotta admit that I might have been wrong about the DualShock 4. I have complained about the controller many times in my past posts but I guess I had a revelation after going back to the PS3 controller for the first time in months. If DualShock 4 had better battery life it would easily be my favorite Playstation controller and it actually might still be. The biggest reason is the form factor: DualShock 4 is bigger than its predecessors and feels more comfortable than the smaller controllers. It's honestly hard to go back to older PS controllers after getting used to the Dualshock 4.
The buttons are solid and responsive, sometimes a bit too responsive especially when I'm using streaming services like Netflix or Crunchyroll. I always gotta be careful when putting down the controller cuz the L2 & R2 triggers are really sensitive. I honestly don't remember if I have ever played a PS4 game where the touchpad was more than just an extra button. In other words it's useless, at least for me. The speaker however has been utilized in many games and it's a nice little bonus. It's not a gamechanger but I don't mind having a... talking controller lol. The Share function is cool but I just wish taking screenshots would be faster. It happens to me quite often that I miss a great shot due to the delay.
The button placement ain't bad, although it took me some time to get used to the Share and Options buttons as they are right next to the D-pad and the face buttons. Speaking of the D-pad, it's good and gets the job done. The analog sticks are also very comfortable to use. Sony has released quite a few cool color variations and there's something for everybody. Overall DualShock 4 is a solid controller even if it's not my favorite out of the current gen controllers 🙂
Today's second #controllertuesday post is all about the awesome Xbox360 controller. Whenever I make controller posts I often get comments about Xbox controllers and people especially wonder about the lack of them in my collection. It is true that I don't have that many compared to my Playstation and Nintendo controller collections but it doesn't mean that I don't like the Xbox controller. I just happen to use my Nintendo and Playstation consoles more.
I don't have an Xbox One so I can't say anything about the controller but at least I love the Xbox360 one. It's one of the most comfortable controllers I have ever used and I'm not surprised that Nintendo went for a very similar design for the Wii U and Switch Pro controllers. Microsoft definitely nailed it with the controller and it's one of the biggest reasons why Xbox360 is my favorite Xbox 🙂