The Brazilian Gradiente GCCs

Back in 2002, Nintendo tried to enter the Brazilian market with the GameCube. However, due to some laws that restrict imports into the country, Nintendo had to find a loophole to officially sell their merchandise in this market. A deal with Gradiente, a local electronics company, allowed us to see two special variants of theContinue reading “The Brazilian Gradiente GCCs”

Panasonic’s Walking Simulator

After releasing the Q console, Panasonic decided to delve a little bit more into the world of video games. And so two years later, PIN Change (Panasonic Innovative Navigator), a subsidiary of the parent company, released a simulation game for the GameCube, along with some of the most obscure hardware for the console. Ohenro-San: HosshinContinue reading “Panasonic’s Walking Simulator”

Platinum GCC Hybrids, Quick Update

That’s a funky one; a few days after posting the previous blog about those weird Platinum hybrid shells, a friend found a standard platinum controller, but with a darker logo. The controller is a standard T3, regular grey shell with the pretty silver paint sprayed on top of it. However, the logo stamped on theContinue reading “Platinum GCC Hybrids, Quick Update”

Platinum GameCube Controller Hybrids

There’s a mention on Wikipedia that Nintendo of America kept selling Platinum GCCs on their online website up until 2012. Only one out of the five standard US colors, weird. Luckily, there’s a source that links directly to the Nintendo Online Store’s listing that is surprisingly still up on the Wayback Machine – see itContinue reading “Platinum GameCube Controller Hybrids”

Comparing the T3 GameCube Controllers

For those who don’t know what those “T3” controllers are, they’re the revised versions of the GameCube controller with the more durable stick mechanisms. A big deal. Check the “Guides” section of this website for more information. This will be a pretty quick overview, straight to the point. I will be using four T3 variantsContinue reading “Comparing the T3 GameCube Controllers”

The Forgotten E3 2002 WaveBird

The WaveBird was announced all the way back at Space World 2000, and after a bunch of delays, was finally released on June 10th 2002 in the US. However, about two weeks before it hit the shelves, a few managed to slip into the hands of avid Nintendo fans. It was offered as a MarioContinue reading “The Forgotten E3 2002 WaveBird”

Tracking Down a Crystal White GameCube Controller

That’s a Crystal White GC controller, part of a set given away through a contest to promote Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, limited to 150 units. If you want more info about the contest, you can always check my entry page for the controller. It used to be in my collection, but I’ve started selling andContinue reading “Tracking Down a Crystal White GameCube Controller”

The Club Nintendo Controllers (2/2)

You can read part one here: The Club Nintendo Controllers (1/2) Alright, we covered the Club Nintendo, Mario and Luigi GameCube controllers in the last post, but after the October 2004 N.O.M. (Nintendo Online Magazine) issue, three more were to be released; Gundam Char WaveBird, Club Nintendo WaveBird and Wario. Let’s dive into it! TheContinue reading “The Club Nintendo Controllers (2/2)”

The Club Nintendo Controllers (1/2)

You can read part two here: The Club Nintendo Controllers (2/2) Yesterday I was working on citing all my sources for all the retail controllers (It’s done!), and I found a website where all the Japanese news articles about entertainment from 2000 to 2009 are listed. And well, I looked into 2003 and clicked onContinue reading “The Club Nintendo Controllers (1/2)”

Who Made the T3 Controllers?

When you look at some of the early GameCube controllers (T1/T2), you can see a part number on the left of the main stickbox. On top of that, a big MITSUMI logo. We know that Mitsumi was the manufacturer producing the GameCube controllers for Nintendo, so that’s all good. However, after the 2003 production hiatus,Continue reading “Who Made the T3 Controllers?”