Classic Controller
Classic Controller
Console(s) Virtual Console (Wii), Basic Wii games and menus
Class Gamepad
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Release date(s) Unreleased
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Japan Launch/Current Price JP¥1,800/JP¥1,800
US Launch/Current Price US$19.99/US$19.99
UK Launch/Current Price £14/£14
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Screenshot of the Classic Controller

The Classic Controller is designed for the Wii's Virtual Console games. It plugs into the Wii Remote as an attachment. It is the most useful controller for playing Virtual Console games, as, in addition to the Nintendo Gamecube Controller, it is compatible with all of the Virtual Console games. It is also a controller that can be used as the main controller in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the first Wii game to use the Classic Controller. Other games that work with the Classic Controller are Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, Xenoblade: Chronicles, and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams.


In terms of layout, the Classic Controller is similar to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System's controller, but with the predominant addition of two analog sticks. The controller has the following inputs:

  • Directional pad.
  • Four face buttons - A, B, Y, and X clockwise from right.
  • Analog sticks below and closer to the inside from the directional pad and face buttons.
  • L and R buttons in the trigger position.
  • ZL and ZR buttons beside the L and R buttons, respectively.
  • +, Home, and - buttons with similar function to those on the Wii Remote. (The + and - buttons are captioned Start and Select, respectively.)


The Classic Controller cord comes from the bottom instead of the top of the controller, and is plugged into the Wii Remote in order to be used. The Classic Controller contains slots on its backside, the function of the slots was never officially clarified. Unofficially Nintendo of America employees explained that it was intended for use with an unreleased clip that could hold the Wii Remote on the back of the Classic Controller.

The Classic Controller cannot be used to play Nintendo GameCube games. The Classic Controller can only be used with Virtual Console games. Specific Wii games have been designed to function with it, however. When in the Wii Menu, the left analog stick takes control of the cursor when the Wii Remote is not pointed at the screen. The Classic Controller can navigate through the Message Board, settings menus and Wii Shop Channel. The Classic Controller can be used with emulated games as well.

The Classic Controller features two analog sticks, a +Control Pad, face buttons labeled "a", "b", "x" and "y", analog shoulder buttons labeled "L" and "R" and two "Z" buttons (labeled "ZL" and "ZR") next to the L and R buttons on the inside. It also has a set of "-", "HOME" and "+" buttons like those on the Wii Remote, with the - and + buttons labeled "Select" and "Start".

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