Published on November 24th, 2008 | by James Smythe0
Review: Snakebyte Retro Controller for the Wii
For those of you that despise the mess of wires and enjoy a bit of retro gaming on the Wii there are a growing number of solutions for you. One of which is the Snakebyte Wii Wireless Retro Controller.
The manufacturer of this controller, SnakeByte, a European peripheral manufacturer that is offering an increasingly large range of peripherals for the NDS, PS3, PSP, Wii and the Xbox 360.
The Wireless Retro Controller is quite simply what it says on the box, a wireless version of the retro controller.
The controller works by inserting a wireless dongle into the Wiimote, and it requires 2 batteries on top of the 2 you already have in the Wiimote. This is one thing I did think that was bad about the controller, just think of the number of batteries you could potentially go through? Though to be fair this is an unavoidable issue.
The controller itself is well built, it feels really solid, I haven’t used any 3rd party retro controllers but I did use a 3rd party Gamecube controller (which I cant remember the name of) and I found the build to be quite poor.
Performance wise the controller met all expectations, it works just as well as the official Nintendo wired version and I had no issues with losing connection. I have not played it enough to test hw long the batteries last but all seems well so far.
The controller currently retails at £29.99 in comparison you can get the Official Nintendo Wii Classic Controller for £14.99.
In conclusion the controller is excellent, and if you hate having wires everywhere then it is a must buy, however if you are not that bothered about wires I am not sure if double the price is worth it. I would however happily pay £5-10 more than the official wired controller.
Along with the Snakebyte controller I also received the Snakebyte Wii Premium Component Cable, again this is what it says on the box. Some of the features of this premium cable include:
- Optimal picture quality with 480p signal
- Anticorrosive gold plated contacts for ideal signal quality
- Metallic cinch connectors with rubberised grips
- Additional stereo audio cinch connectors
- Solid copper wires with multiple shielding
- 2m cable length
My first reaction to the cable was very positive, the build quality is considerably better than that of the cable supplied with the Wii. All the metal connectors are gold plated and noticeably heavy compared to the cheaper Nintendo ones. The cable is also wrapped in a plastic/fabric sheath which decent improvement over the rubberised cover of the normal ones.
I have been told that the component cable is supposed to retail at £14.99 but I can currently only find it available on Amazon for £23.59.
If you are looking at upgrading your cable or want to get the best picture possible out of your Wii then I 110% recommend this.