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?”

My Last Project, Documenting the Internals

Things have been slow here, I’ve been doing other things and well, I’ve found and documented most of the things that can be found and documented. However, I’ve been procrastinating on quite a big project for a few months. This is a work in progress, and once it’s done I will upgrade the internals guideContinue reading “My Last Project, Documenting the Internals”

The Nintendo VIP 24:7 Controllers

When I struggle to find information on a controller, it’s usually due to a language barrier; I don’t speak Japanese or any of the Asian tongues, so I have to crawl my way there using a funky mix of the Wayback Machine and Google translate. However, for the case of the Nintendo VIP 24:7 controllers,Continue reading “The Nintendo VIP 24:7 Controllers”

Update on Missing Information

Retail prices on the 6 standard controllers (Indigo, Jet Black, Spice Orange, Indigo/Clear, Platinum and Emerald Blue) in South Korea and their precise release dates (December 14th 2002). Precise release date of the Mario controller from VIP 24:7 in Europe (2005). Original price (Stars) for the Grey WaveBird from VIP 24:7 in Europe. Precise releaseContinue reading “Update on Missing Information”

The Rumours and Mockups

Ever since Nintendo hinted about the existence of the Dolphin project, fans have been drawing (and making) mockups of what the next gen controller could be. I’ve seen a bunch of them going through my research for this site, and funnily, some of them are still confused to be real prototype units. A bit ohContinue reading “The Rumours and Mockups”

A Look Inside a GC Controller Prototype

I thought I’d share a teardown of my NR Disc (Full Speed) controller as a followup to the page I wrote on the Ver.B devkit controllers. The seal (sticker on the handle) was already peeled off when I bought it – the controller however was never opened before, as the screws were sealed with threadContinue reading “A Look Inside a GC Controller Prototype”

The Mystery of the 900 MHz WaveBird

It’s been going on for over a decade, there is a rumour circulating around about a 900 MHz version of the WaveBird, supposedly an early version that was later upgraded to 2.4 GHz. However as much as I searched, I’ve never found an official statement about it, not even a confirmation of its existence. JustContinue reading “The Mystery of the 900 MHz WaveBird”

Club Nintendo WaveBird Original Price – A Quick Update

For those who have seen HamarFan’s original article, you may have noticed that every Club Nintendo controllers had their original price listed in the description… except for the Club Nintendo WaveBird. This information seemingly got lost, no news articles were written about it in any language, and Nintendo nuked their Club Nintendo website (see previousContinue reading “Club Nintendo WaveBird Original Price – A Quick Update”

IGN’s Bad Crop

Back in the early days of my collection, I found an old article by IGN that talked about a special WaveBird for Japan. The article lost some of its shape, it used to come with this badly cropped picture, which seemed to be from an official promotion. A lot of questions came from it. IContinue reading “IGN’s Bad Crop”