During my intermittent, yet passionate trysts with Dame Wii, there has been one nagging point of annoyance. No, it's not the graphics, nor her refusal to kiss on the mouth; rather, it is the Wii controller. Having waved that ghastly wand until my arms could wave no more, I grow tired of its charms - favoring instead the warm, familiar comfort of "conventional" controllers.
Yes, one can always purchase the aptly-named "Classic Controller;" yet for those of us that crave old-timey goodness, its solid white frame and clear buttons stink of modernity. Thus, Nintendo sought to satisfy the craving of gamers - by which I mean only Japanese gamers - with the Super Famicom Classic Controller attachment for the Wii remote. Indeed, this gem of yesteryear is available only to Japan's Club Nintendo owners, leaving we Westerners feeling left behind, and reminded that however advanced we humans may believe ourselves to be, the specter of racism still haunts the land.
Luckily, thinkgeek.com has a rather convincing substitute. Priced at $20, the device seeks to mimic the look and feel of the classic Super Nintendo controller - on that left my thumbs thoroughly blistered when I was but a lad - connecting to the Wii controller to allow gamers to get the most retro goodness out of their Virtual Console purchases. So if you have some spare money lying around, and find yourself without the benefit of being Japanese, check out the controller at this link!