Narrowing years of gaming experiences down to a favourite ten titles is something that has itself taken me years to get comfortable with, but I’m finally doing it.

My number eight spot goes to…

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The latest addition to the Mortal Kombat X line-up, wild west gunslinger Erron Black, bears a striking resemblance to another video game gunslinger, the unnamed protagonist others call “The Swordsman”, from Ubisoft’s Wii exclusive, Red Steel 2.

It turns out the character of Erron Black appeared in a Mortal Kombat comic book series, and that version of Erron bears even a great resemblance to The Swordsman.

Take a look at these pictures and disagree.

The unnamed hero, or "The Swordsman" from Red Steel 2

The unnamed hero, or “The Swordsman” from Red Steel 2

Erron Black from Mortal Kombat

Erron Black from Mortal Kombat

I suppose in the days of the old West it was hard (and probably dangerous) to be an individual when it came to fashion. Just ask John and Cole:

Colton White from GUN

Colton White from GUN

John Marston from Red Dead Redemption

John Marston from Red Dead Redemption

I’m being facetious about Erron and The Swordsman, and two pics don’t tell an entire story, but do a quick Google search and you’ll see what I mean.

Thanks to www.designntrend.com, gematsu.com,  and lady-eklipse.livejournal.com for the pics.

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samusThis is a damn good buy, especially for those like myself who didn’t pick up a Wii retail copy.

Unfortunately there’s no support for any controllers other than the Wii remote/nunchuck combo, but what did we expect?

I’m not huge on Prime 2: Echoes, but Prime and Prime 3 are absolutely incredible games, and certainly worth thirteen dollars to play for the first time, or the thirty-first time.

Metroid Prime looked absolutely incredible on the Gamecube back when it was released, and you better believe it still looks great today.

Prime 3 proved not only that Wii games could look amazing, but the Wii remote/nunchuck combo could be an immersive and intuitive control set up for first person shooters.

Reminds you how very welcome a sequel would be. Surely they’re already working on it…

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IMAG0574How in are GameCube controllers right now?

Not only have they instantly become relevant again (for a third time) after 12 or so years on the market, but people are so desperate to use them in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, they’re willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for the privilege.

You can’t get that adapter anywhere in Australia, that’s for sure- and it seems like the rest of the world is experiencing a similar shortage.

I thought it was a bit of a gamble for Nintendo to even offer support for its decade old controller in the new Smash game, considering there’s an exceptionally adequate new input device for Wii U in the form of the Pro Controller (or WUPC, as I shall call it henceforth).

I thought: Would people really want to pay for an adapter when the Smash Bros. target market have probably already forked out for a WUPC or two already?

Surely the physical layout of the GameCube controller isn’t that much better for playing Smash with than the new, sexier looking WUPC?

I wondered why would people want to go back to wired controllers after a full generation of wire free play.

Surely original GameCube controllers are so old now that they simply won’t function properly having gathered dust, grime and unexplained general stickiness after years in the storage boxes of thirty-something Nintendo fans the world over, I thought.

Well, I thought wrong. Wrong with a capital purple W against a yellow background.

Not only have the adapters sold out pretty much everywhere, but I can’t find a limited edition black GameCube controller anywhere, either. Bearing in mind, it costs 50 Australian dollars and at this point can only be used to control one Wii U game.

People still want to use the GameCube controller.

Tell them bitches get a stick, I'm done leadin' the blind

Tell them bitches get a stick, I’m done leadin’ the blind

I have three WUPC’s.

I bought Smash with the GameCube controller adapter. Sitting down to play on launch day, my friends had a choice of  GameCube or WUPC’s. Two chose GameCube, two chose WUPC’s.

Out of the two that chose GameCube, one had ALWAYS used a Wavebird to play Mario Kart Wii and refused to use anything else, so the chance to play with it again after some time was too much to pass up.

The other had mostly dismissed Brawl, so he was keen to relive the glory of our Melee playing days with his Spice Orange GameCube faithful.

I chose my original Indigo wired controller, the same one that came in the box with my GameCube all those years ago.

Turns out, the physical layout of the buttons is better for Smash than the WUPC’s.

Having the A button so accessible is a god send. You won’t get confused between “grab” and “shield”. The C stick is perfectly placed for Smash moves because from B to Smash is so natural.

I could go on, but I won’t because I want to get back to playing Smash with a twelve-year-old wired piece of plastic that still feels, looks, and performs better than any controller Nintendo has offered us since.

Nintendo, or anyone else.

It’s a pretty great testament to the impeccable design and function of the controller itself, and while people are touting DualShock 4 as the best of all time, I can’t see it being as enduringly popular or consistently requisite as the GameCube controller.

Now, if we could just have some GameCube games on Virtual Console

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whitegamecubeHave a look at this immaculate new white Gamecube controller. It’s brand new and it’s a Japan only affair, although you can apparently have one shipped to Australia through play-asia.

What a comeback story. The Gamecube controller is the best controller ever created, and despite its slightly off putting appearance is proving to be one of the most enduring in terms of popularity.

And a lot of that has to do with how great it is to play Smash Bros. with.

Anyone who’s played Smash for Wii U with the GC controller knows that it’s not just about nostalgia anymore- it now feels as though it was built for Smash Bros.

Nintendo’s flagship franchise can’t exist without it on a home console, and thankfully for the time being it doesn’t have to.

I first read about this delightful product on nintendolife.com.

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800px-GameCube_controllerIt was bound to happen. After a shortage of the adapters at retail in Australia, they’re selling for a small fortune on eBay.

I recently questioned whether or not I really needed to play Smash with a Gamecube controller now we have the Wii U Pro, but after testing both set ups out on the new game, it was apparent the GC controller is still the best way to play Smash.

Good luck finding the adapter, anyone who’s trying.

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800px-GameCube_controllerYou just can’t keep a good controller down.

Sony’s DualShock controller design for their Playstation machines has certainly stood the test of time, but using it generation after generation was a conscious, deliberate decision by Sony.

And a very good decision.

The expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly rings true as far as the DualShock is concerned.

The same can be said about Nintendo’s Gamecube controller, and although it had to take a back seat while its very creator threw avant-garde alternatives at us, it never really went away.

If DualShock’s enduring popularity has been justifiably requisite, the Gamecube controller’s has been justifiably irrevocable . People just want to keep going back to it.

And why not? It has everything.

Flawless ergonomics, a genius face button layout with those perfectly moulded triggers.. Then there’s the super solid construction, generous and quiet vibration feedback, and a left thumb stick that remains the most tactile and durable there’s ever been.

It’s no wonder Nintendo (and the fans) just can’t let it go. I realise the Wii Remote had to happen, and I’m glad it did, but I wish Nintendo had just made the classic controller for the original Wii a refined version of the GameCube design. Then they could have then refined it again for this generation and went with it instead of the Wii U Pro Controller, much like Sony did with the DualShock design.

I mean for heaven sake, they’re about to release a Gamecube controller adapter for Wii U, two generations after the cube itself went to that great gaming lounge room in the sky. (That’s my heaven).

Baby you so classic

Baby you’re so classic

As if that wasn’t testament enough to the enduring appeal of the design, there’ll also be official new Gamecube controllers for Smash Bros. One official Smash version, and a few super awesome character themed, fully functioning Wii U Pro controllers in that timeless Gamecube style.

(How these differ to an actual CG controller beyond aesthetics is uncertain, but there’s some nice images of them on EB Australia’s website)

I’m not completely convinced that the Gamecube layout is more optimal for playing Smash than the Wii Classic Controller Pro or the Wii U Pro Controller. I mean, they all have solid, comfortable analogue sticks and serviceable face buttons, as well as overall solid builds that can take a good squeezing and survive the occasional throw at someone’s head.

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I think the Smash appeal is more based in nostalgia, especially those who remember Melee more fondly than they do Brawl. I guess the thought of not being able to play Smash without a Gamecube controller is too much for some people.

Nintendo have not only recognised this, but they’re about to capitalise on it. In that sense, it’s a smart move by the big N, one of many they’ve made lately.

I’ve got heaps of Gamecube controllers lying around. I’ve also got three Wii U Pro controllers, and I’d like to use them for something outside Mario Kart 8.

But look how shiny I am...

But look how shiny I am…

Smash is the next big 4 player experience, and after spending $150 on three shiny new controllers, my inner accountant is telling me I should get some more use out of them. He directed me to EB Games Australia’s website where they’ve listed the adapter at $49.95, to really drive the point home.

Fifty dollars for another piece of plastic I don’t actually need? I could by a new game for that.

And that’s what I’ll do. Unless it’s announced that Gamecube games coming to Virtual Console, my ‘cube controllers, as magnificent as they are, will have to stay in their original boxes somewhere in my spare room for a while longer.

Although “It’s what i’m used to” is a completely valid reason for wanting to use the GC controller for Smash, is there any advantages from a gameplay standpoint? Leave a comment!

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nintendologoThere’s a neat chart from Nintendo showing lifetime sales figures for their machines.

Try as I might I can’t lift it from their website to show you, but here’s the link.

Not a bad track record, it would seem. I never knew the DS outsold the Gameboy. This is from a while ago but I just came across it and it’s cool, so check it out.

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wiiulogoI’ve already shared my dream first party Wii U line up, and while I haven’t had much to talk about lately, I thought I’d share my dream third party line up.

I hope it’s not totally obvious, and this isn’t a list about what games could “save” the Wii U or anything like that, it’s just the games I’d really love to see on the platform.

Leave a comment and let me know you’d like to see.

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I saw Lady Gaga’s crazy ass video for her new song “Applause” and I had to laugh when at one point she seems to become Oocoo from Twilight Princess. Thanks to digitalspy.com.au and clockfaced.com for the pics.

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