Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Gamecube Support sign now

The Wii Classic Controller does not work with Gamecube games. We are petitioning you to add support for it either through a downloadable system update, or other means. It is a major inconvenience and unreasonable cost to force Wii owners to have Gamecube controllers in order to play their Gamecube games.

I recently contacted Nintendo Customer Support about the issue, and my question was completely dodged. Copies of my message sent and the one I received are included at the bottom for your reference. Names have been removed for privacy reasons.

For that reason, I am starting a petition in the hopes that it will make it happen. Here are a list of reasons supporting this argument:

1. The classic controller has all of the functionality that is required for the Gamecube controller: 2 analog sticks, a digital directional pad, four buttons (a, b, x, y), two analog shoulder buttons with a "click" at full press, and the "z" button.

2. The second analog stick and the analog shoulder buttons are NOT supported by any of the Virtual Console systems - wasted technology that if omitted could have made the controller substantially cheaper.

3. The original announcements about the classic controller were misleading. They made it seem like it would be compatible with Gamecube games.

4. The combination of 1, 2, and 3 caused me, and I would say probably many of the others on this petition, to keep some Gamecube games, but not keep our Gamecube controllers.

5. The Gamecube controllers are wired, which goes against the cleanliness of the wireless Wii controllers. I realize that Wavebird controllers are also compatible, but that is an expensive alternative, and further causes the usage of more batteries that will need to be replaced.

6. Using the classic controller would also promote the possibility of being able to return to the Wii menu without having to actually press the reset or power button on the Wii console itself. That is a major inconvenience, and is backwards to the Wiis menu concept. Wii games and all other Virtual Console games can return to the menu, why not Gamecube games?

My message to customer support:

Why cant I use the classic controller for gamecube games? It has all the required functionality that it needs, it just doesnt work. Also, theres no reason to have 2 analog sticks and 2 analog shoulder buttons if it is only to be used with the virtual console, where none of those systems support either feature.
Is it planned to have a system update or something in the future that lets you use the classic controllers with gamecube games?
Josh

The response I received:

Hello,

Good question. The Classic Controller for Wii is not compatible with Nintendo GameCube games. The Classic Controller is primarily used for playing Virtual Console games on the Wii Shop Channel. Also, look on the back of Wii Game Disc packaging to see which games use the Classic Controller.

Sincerely,

Nintendo of America Inc.
*name removed*

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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