The Nintendo GameCube Controller, or DOL-003, was originally released in 2001, bundled with the Nintendo GameCube. Because of its compatibility with the Nintendo GameCube, the Nintendo Wii, and the Wii U (with a special attachment), it still is widely used as of 2013.

Departing from the 3-pronged design of its predecessor, the Nintendo 64 controller, the GameCube controller features two grips with a joystick and directional pad on the left side, a small start button in the center, and the A, B, X, and Y buttons along with a C stick on the right side. On the top edge of the controller are the left and right triggers, and the Z button located slightly above the right trigger. The controller also features a built in motor to provide "haptic feedback", or rumbling, while playing games.

A Nintendo GameCube controller is fairly easy to identify. If you flip over the controller so the buttons are facing down, you can find "Nintendo GameCube Controller DOL-003" engraved on the left side behind the C-Stick. This page specifically addresses a wired GameCube controller identified by a 6 foot long cable extending from the top of the controller and lacking an on/off switch and a battery pack as seen in the the wireless version. The standard colors include silver, purple, orange, and black, but there are several special edition colors like clear or gold.

  • 2.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches
  • 11.2 ounces
  • 6 foot (1.8 meter) cable
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • Joystick: 2
  • Directional Pad: 1
  • Buttons: 6
  • Triggers: 2
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 3 months
  • MSRP: $34.95 USD

Oh, no! If something is wrong with the controller, diagnose it on the Nintendo GameCube Controller troubleshooting page.

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