Are colored Wavebirds on the horizon?

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  1. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

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    I haven't heard a thing about colored Wavebirds, but I haven't been paying attention, either. Any chance of colored Wavebirds in the next few months? (U.S. or imports)

    -Dave
     
  2. Jean-Michel

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    Nintendo has said they will "consider" it if the current model sells well enough. I don't know what they mean by "well enough" but I think it's sold pretty well. But AFAIK no colored WBs are slated for definite release anywhere in the world right now.
     
  3. Andre F

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    I love my Wavebird. My son can't get the cables which is a good thing.
     
  4. Dave F

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    Nuts. I was hoping for an indigo controller. Yes, it's being really picky, but I hate it when the controller doesn't match the console. [​IMG]
    -Dave
     
  5. Jean-Michel

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    Don't lose hope, I'm sure Nintendo will do them someday, they're just not on the schedule right now.
     
  6. Dave F

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    I bet they will be announced on Friday, since I plan to pick one up tomorrow. [​IMG]
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    Makes you wonder why Sony and MS can't do the same thing for their consoles. The Wavebird is the best controller ever created for a home console, IMHO.

    There is a wireless controller coming out for Xbox, but it's made by Mad Catz (strike 1), it costs $60 (strike 2), and it uses a built-in rechargable battery and comes with a docking station (strike 3; I prefer the long battery life and low maintenance the Wavebird offers with regular alkalines).
     
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    The current crop of wireless controllers for the PS2 are rather crappy, but Logitech has been working on theirs for awhile now, and it looks like it's finally going to come out in September. Check it out at www.ebworld.com. Looks like a nice controller.
    About ready to buy my 3rd Wavebird, thanks to Nintendo's Super Mario Sunshine bundle promotion.
     
  9. Joseph Young

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    Does the Wavebird have a built in rumble feature, or any way to add on a rumble feature? I ask because I have grown very accustomed to it and feel it's a shame for a controller to lack this feature.

    Thanks

    ~j
     
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    Logitech's got a similar model coming for the xbox as well.

    What freq does the wavebird use here in the US? does it use something different in Japan (most stuff does that is wireless)

    I've got the Madcatz wireless PS2 controllers and they are ok but kind of crappy. I like the feel of them (bigger than regular Dual shocks) and wireless does rule (puppy can't chew on them while playing) but I find I need to make sure the controller is pointed AT the PS2 while playing.
     
  11. Paul Richardson

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    I'd love to see colored wavebirds, as well as wavebirds with rumble. Screw the battery drain...that's why I use rechargables! That said, I've found I don't really miss the rumble feature all that much.
     
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    Quoth the Joseph:


    Joseph: the Wavebird lacks a built-in rumble feature. It does this to save batteries -- I actually don't miss it much. Considering everything you DO get with the WaveBird, it seems somewhat foolish to discount this controller for lack of that one feature.

    It's probably the only thing that's NOT good about the controller -- I love mine.
     
  13. DonRoeber

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    The wavebird also doesn't have rumble because the wavebird controller only knows how to send signals, not recieve them. Inorder to add Rumble to the controller, they'd need to re-engineer the receiver on the gamecube as well as the controller.

    I really don't miss the rumble much. Most games never really used it for anything important anyway. Not having wires is much more beneficial to me.
     
  14. Joseph Young

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    Thanks for clearing that up. Well, all I can say is, at least the reasons for no rumble pak make total sense from a practical and engineering standpoint. The whole idea of a wireless controller with such freedom and flexibility is almost too good to be true!

    ~j
     
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    I also wondered why nobody else has a good wireless. Does Nintendo have some sort of patented technology in theirs?

    I also want colours. Just so you can tell them apart at a glance. I'm sure they're selling well. Almost everybody here has one. Even the notoriously cheap me. Ok, it was a gift, but I was considering it.

    jeremy
     
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    It's just a basic RF receiver/transmitter. There's nothing particularly fancy about it which makes it all the more remarkable nobody else came up with it first (okay, I'm sure somebody did).

    I like the WaveBird design better than the regular GCN pad since it doesn't have the large "gap" in the middle. I don't like the rumble feature much anyway and the batteries last so long (I'm still on the set that came with the controller) that it is now my default controller.
     
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