Posts tagged #features

Quick review of the HORI Battle Pad for Wii U

I recently picked up the HORI Battle Pad for Wii U controller, which is a 3rd party controller mimicking the design of the venerable Gamecube controller. With the recent release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U there has been a lot of interest in Gamecube controllers (not to mention the insanely hard to find Gamecube USB adapter). If you weren't lucky enough to snag an adapter but still want that Gamecube controller experience on the Wii U, HORI has just the thing for you. I took it out of the box and compared it to the official new Smash Gamecube controller, and here are my observations:

  1. The L analog stick tension is looser
  2. The D-Pad is larger, and also looser (ever so slightly)
  3. The C-stick feels identical
  4. The buttons are a little more 'clacky' but are not bad
  5. The shoulder buttons are regular buttons, not gamecube style triggers
  6. The Z shoulder buttons articulate from the top, with a hinged design, so they are more like triggers in that they have to be pushed from the bottom of the button
  7. The controller is lighter
  8. The cable is much shorter, obviously, as it's meant to be plugged into a Wiimote. The cable length is on par with the Classic Controller Pro cable
  9. The form factor of the HORI controller as a whole is identical to the Gamecube controller

In general, it compares favourably with the Gamecube controller. If you're looking for something to play smash with and don't have the adapter, this is probably a good second choice. If you love the Gamecube controller and wish you could play other games with it, then this would be perfect. 

Another alternative is the PDP Wii Fight Pad. By comparison, with the PDP controller (which I don't have): the color choices are more varied (Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Peach, Samus, etc.), the c-stick is a full analog stick, the buttons are clear glossy, and the Z shoulder buttons are more like the contoured gamecube controller triggers, but no turbo. The form factor is also not identical to the gamecube controller, but similar enough.

Check out the HORI Battle Pad Turbo for Wii U on

Posted on January 13, 2015 and filed under Reviews.

Less than 24 hours till Wii U... the anticipation


This article was going to be all about how awesome it was that the Wii U was coming out tomorrow, and how I couldn't wait, and how excited I was as I waited for the delivery truck to ship it to our house.

But scrap all that. I'm going to talk about anticipation, but not for the Wii U launch.

You see, launches come and go. But the console remains. And it's that console, formed at launch but an evolving updating growing thing that I'm looking forward to.

Launches can be rocky things. Things can go wrong, features can be delayed, or software may need patching. Case in point, the Wii U will not ship out of the box with online features enabled, but will require a patch out of the box in order to add that functionality. And in the case of the TVii feature, it's not going to be available at launch, but instead will be rolled out sometime in December.

Cue the uproar.

"You promised, Nintendo! You said! Why Nintendo, whyyyyyy?"

Which would you rather: ship a product with something that doesn't work quite right, and have people complain, OR delay a feature to fix it before release, and have people complain? If you're a company that cares about its product, you delay. I'd rather have customers waiting for a feature that is fully baked, than give them something that isn't ready and sully their user experience with something that you knew wasn't ready for launch.

If Nintendo can deliver on its promised features in a reasonable amount of time, I don't think that people are going to remember that it didn't come with TVii on launch day. Just like people won't remember that you used to have to put in a disc to get on to Netflix (remember that?) when it first came out for the Wii.

So it is that I am anticipating the console that is to be, rather than the one that is. Sure, when I get the Wii U in my hands I'll be excited and happy. I'll play games on it, I'll be sad that there's no TVii feature yet, but then I'll have one more thing to look forward to.

Enjoy the launch, everybody. Stay safe.

Posted on November 17, 2012 and filed under Countdown.