Yes, you read that right; the Panda GameCube Controller has amassed a total of $1.2million over a period of 5 days, surpassing its initial goal of $100,000!
For UK gamers, that’s almost £1million raised of a £75,000 target, and it still has 25 days to go.
I think it’s safe to say that Panda Hardware are onto a winner with this one!
We recently wrote an article on the best wireless GameCube controllers and touched upon how and why this remote is still Nintendo’s greatest creation. It’s the ultimate way to play Smash Bros games to this day.
Let’s take a look at this epic controller in all its glory. it’s time to find out why the retro gaming world are going ape for it…
… or should that be ‘going panda’?
Checking Out The Panda Gamecube Controller
Here it is folks; the Panda GameCube Controller in all it’s glory! Looking at it on that plinth there, it’s not hard to see why the world has gone crazy for this thing.
It’s over 20 years since the GC controllers dropped, and while we’ve had new and exciting adaptations to the N64 like the Admiral Hyperkin Wireless N64 Remote, but we are still yet to have a revolutionary new remote drop for Nintendo’s Purple Powerhouse.
Enter the Panda, a completely customisable controller perfect for pro players everywhere.
So, at first glance, this controller bears a similar style to the iconic WaveBird with some amazing new features. We’re talking weights to give the controller the optimum feel and customisable shoulder buttons with adjustable heights.
Oh, and don’t forget some of the most premium parts around.
What Makes The Panda Tick?
Let’s get one thing straight immediately; this isn’t just another WaveBird copy or an alternative to the original GC remote.
The Panda GameCube Controller is the next stage in GameCube gaming, the next evolution in Smash Bros melee gaming and the only way to hook up to the best GameCube emulators on your PC.
This thing really is super customisable too. There are custom shells a plenty available to match it with your favourite game or personality.
With removable gates, the option to turn rumble on or off, additional triggers in easy-reach places and super smooth buttons that glide like silk, there really is no excuse not to use another controller ever agin.
The Panda GameCube Controller Kickstarter Campaign
The official Panda GameCube Controller Kickstarter campaign has seen some heavy traffic these past few days. Still, with 25 days to go, there’s still time to get your name down to join the lucky people getting a remote on release day.
As I said above, part of the appeal is that this controller can be used on both old GameCubes and modern devices thanks to the USB-C port.
And, at just $90 (around £67), it’s a small price to pay for such a clever bit of kit.
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 33 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.