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WaveDash is a wireless GC controller for Wii U now on Kickstarter

Despite the announcement of the official GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U, one company wants to make sure there’s a wireless option available. That’s where the WaveDash comes in, which is a modern take on the old GameCube Controller design. The difference between the WaveDash and a classic GameCube controller is that the left analog stick has been replaced with a more modern version, while the D-Pad is larger. Here’s a full look at some of the changes:

  • Gone is the Left analog stick of old, replaced with a full size analog stick for better comfort and control.
  • Each controller will have a USB rechargeable battery inside.
  • Dual “Z” Bumpers. (Note: The new Pro Controller for the WiiU labels the BOTTOM triggers ZR and ZL, while the Bumpers are R and L. We will follow this naming convention as well.)
  • Larger D-Pad for classic control.
  • “Clickable” L/R Analog sticks.
  • This controller will function exactly as 1st/3rd party controllers for the WiiU do now. No Wiimote or adapter needed.

The controller is currently available at the $44 reward level, making it cheaper than modern controllers if this project is able to be backed. However, I would express some concern with this Kickstarter, as hardware manufacturing is often beyond what many people anticipate. Still, this project could end up providing GameCube lovers with a great way to experience new Nintendo games using a classic design without being tied down by wires, until Nintendo decides to make a Pro Controller variant shaped like the GameCube controller.