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GCN Controller Variations

Soloist

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I have always been a big fan of the GameCube controller design. So much in fact that I have compiled a list of all 23 known official releases. Some were released individually, whereas others came packaged with consoles.

This list will not include prototype or development controllers. It will also not include 3rd party licensed controllers such as the Sammy keyboard controller, or the Hori digital pad. Lastly, it will not include the LodgeNet hotel controller!



1. Indigo
(Worldwide release)
Retail Availability:
September 14, 2001 (JP)
November 18, 2001 (NA)



2. Jet
(Worldwide release)
Retail Availability:
September 14, 2001 (JP)
November 18, 2001 (NA)



3. Spice
(Worldwide release)
Retail Availability:
November 21, 2001
Aside from being sold individually, the orange controller also came with matching orange consoles in Japan.



4. Indigo/Clear
(Worldwide release)
Retail Availability:
November 21, 2001



5. Platinum
(Worldwide release)
Retail Availability:
December 1, 2002



6. White
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
April 22, 2008



7. Grey Wavebird
(Worldwide release)
Retail Availability:
December 5, 2002



8. Platinum Wavebird
(Worldwide release)
Retail Availability:
December 5, 2002



9. Emerald Blue
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
December 5, 2002
Released with the "Pikmin 2 Special Edition Starter Set." Also sold individually.



10. Clear
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
July 22, 2004
Released with the "Enjoyment Plus Pack" and "Pokemon Colosseum Enjoyment Plus Pack" sets.



11. Symphonic Green
(Japan/Europe exclusive)
Retail Availability:
August 29, 2003
Released with the "Tales of Symphonia" console bundle.



12. Starlight Gold
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
July 15, 2004
Released with the "Starlight Gold" console.



13. Crystal White
(Japan/Europe exclusive)
Retail Availability:
Released with the "Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles" and "Mario Smash Football" consoles. Also came with crystal white consoles with GameBoy players. For a side by side comparison between the crystal white controller and the white controller released in 2008, click here.



14. Char's Gundam Copper
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
November 27, 2003
Released with the "Char's Mobile Suit Gundam" console.



15. Resident Evil 4 Silver/Black
(Europe Exclusive)
Retail Availability:
April 1, 2005
Released with the "Resident Evil 4 Pack."



16. Hanshin Tigers Black
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
September 30, 2003
Released with the "Hanshin Tigers Enjoyment Plus Pack."



17. Panasonic Q Grey
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
December 13, 2001
Released with the "Panasonic Q" DVD player hybrid console.



18. Club Nintendo White/Blue
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
August 24, 2004
Rewarded to Club Nintendo members for 500 points.



19. Club Nintendo Mario
(Japan/Europe exclusive)
Retail Availability:
August 24, 2004
Rewarded to Club Nintendo members for 500 points.



20. Club Nintendo Luigi
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
August 24, 2004
Rewarded to Club Nintendo members for 500 points.



21. Club Nintendo Wario
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
August 24, 2004
Rewarded to Club Nintendo members for 500 points.



22. Club Nintendo Wavebird
August 24, 2004
(Japan exclusive)



23. Char's Gundam Copper Wavebird
(Japan exclusive)
Retail Availability:
August 24, 2004
Released through a Club Nintendo contest to coincide with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam. Only 1000 were produced.

 

Izuhu

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What about the "Resident Evil 4" chainsaw gamecube controller






I'm pretty sure it was a exclusive
 

RockinRudy

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What about the "Resident Evil 4" chainsaw gamecube controller






I'm pretty sure it was a exclusive

I'd play melee with it and I would make sure to play consistently with it. So I could strike fear into the hearts of my opponents. The Controller screams mind games.

Edit: I have found ZERO on Ebay. I have found PS2 versions of this controller in used game stores and ebay. The Gamecube Version must be rare.
 

TerenceLau

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the emerald blue controller should go before the white colored one chronologically. it might seem rare in america though it's quite common in japan. i'd also like to see a clearer explaination between the final fantasy controller vs the white colored controller.
 

Windrose

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could you possibly provide links to where each controller is purchasable? to my knowledge, only the white one is available for purchase now from playasia.com

the platinum (silver) one used to be sold for ~$23 on nintendo.com but they've discontinued that :(
 

TerenceLau

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in america, i haven't found any sites that actually sells it. personally i use a third party site to be able to bid and purchase used emerald ones from yahoo japan auctions. i could easily find emerald and occasionally the mario/luigi/wario and other special (bundle) variations on there.
 

finalark

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Damn, Japan got some really nice looking controllers. It kind of makes me sad that the US only got purple, black and silver consoles.
 

crush

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Damn, Japan got some really nice looking controllers. It kind of makes me sad that the US only got purple, black and silver consoles.
Not true at all bro, you're forgetting the Heineken gamecubes exclusive to the land of the free

Also anyone kno wtf that transparent red og nintendo controller that kou was using at apex13 is?
 

Soloist

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the emerald blue controller should go before the white colored one chronologically. it might seem rare in america though it's quite common in japan. i'd also like to see a clearer explaination between the final fantasy controller vs the white colored controller.
I'm aware that they're very common in Japan. And this list wasn't meant to be in any sort of order. But now that you've mentioned it I'll probably move it around and put them in order from earliest to latest release date.

Comtrolelr!
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Did you put mittens on to type that last word? :secretkpop:

This is what I'm using now:

The Ken Combo (which I think looks awesome)
 

DarkStarStorm

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I noticed that the cords on the Purple ones are more rigid. And also the Spice is a millimeter longer and taller than my black one. Both are Nintendo brand. Also, the Wavebird doesn't seem to have much if any lag...
 

Lithium017

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Why did you take my list essentially directly from the forum N64forever without giving credit or asking permission?

Runs the channel Nintendo Collecting
 

CamZ

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OMG!! I want that Char one SOOOO BAD!! Char is my favorite villain of all time. My original name was gonna be Char: the Red Comet too!
 

N1c2k3

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Is there a list of the actual hardware variations of each? I know that most if not each model had slight differences physical, as someone mentioned (I believe the black is slightly heavier than say, the orange, and one of the models' shoulder buttons have slightly stronger springs). Things like that...
 

snaprocks

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The black is heavier than the orange and purple. I have all 3 and I feel the black is heavier.

Also the purple feels (thicker) than my black one.
 

Ethos13

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Anyone know where i could find one of the char's gundam copper controllers?
 

Sideslick

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So no mention of the Smash 4 bundle controllers?

America got the black one. Japan got the white one.
 

RandomiZed

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What happend to the clear gamecube controller? Also didn't Japan get both Smash controllers?
 

RandomiZed

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Oh okay i also wanted to know if that white smash controller was 3rd or 1st party so now i know that
 

JoeTango

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S: Clear, All the Club Nintendo controllers
A: Emerald, White, Black
B: The rest of em
F: The smash logo controllers
-F: Hori pad

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