Advanced Controller for GameCube
Although the GameCube is blessed with the ability to have four player contests out of the box, the amount of third party gamepads that are on offer is not great and at £24.99 for each official gamepad it's going to cost you just under £75 to make four player gaming a possibility. Of course Joytech were on the ball and had an Advanced Controller available for the Cube's European launch. To make matters better the Advanced Controller only costs £14.99, a whole £10 cheaper than the official gamepad. Let's take a look at it.
While Joytech have retained the same button layout of the original gamepad, the overall shape is a little more funky looking and resembles something of Batman's utility belt. Thankfully the Advanced Controller has a bigger directional pad than the Game Boy like one, found on the official gamepad. The analogue stick has a concave surface which is smooth and has no ridges like the official gamepad. Thankfully the Z button has been ergonomically angled which is far better than the official gamepad which wasn't comfortable at all and if you look at most games the Z button has been kept for minor, infrequent functions because the Nintendo gamepad's Z button is very poor. The L & R triggers, A and B buttons are virtually identical to the ones found on the official gamepad. The C-stick has a concave surface instead of a convex one like the official gamepad and the X and Y buttons are more angular but whilst they might look uncomfortable this didn't prove to be the case at all. One extra feature the Advanced Controller has is the ability to turn off the force feedback via a switch that's placed above the start button. This is a nice feature especially if you have young children who don't like the force feedback.
Of course what we really want to know is how it performs. Let's have a look at how the Advanced Controller gets on in some of the top GameCube games.
Overall Score 8.1/10