A game is only as good as the controller it is paired with. Every gamer has specific tastes and when investing in a third party controller- you have to be very careful. A good balance of responsive buttons, tight analogs, and comfortable design is the optimal setup. Does the Interworks Unlimited Retro Classic Controller meet these standards? On a very positive note, this controller is compatible with the Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Android phones, and Android tablets.
Interworks Unlimited Retro Classic Controller
Putting Retro Classic Controller through the paces with a wide variety of genres has highlighted many of its strengths and weaknesses. The first game to get tested was Pokemon Rumble U- a 4 player, cooperative action game. Team up with friends and tackle dozens of enemy pocket monsters at once. Almost immediately I found myself struggling a little with dealing with the somewhat awkward button placement.
Aesthetically this appears to be an Xbox 360 controller that either swallowed a Super Nintendo controller or was attached to it at birth- Basket Case style. This strange amalgamation presented the occasional problem with more modern games. When they say ‘Retro Classic,’ they really mean it. Pokemon Rumble U ended up being a little too contemporary for this control scheme.
The next game in the rotation was Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Even when paired with the clumsiness of the button layout, Sega’s Mario Kart clone managed to play perform fairly well. This is not to say it went on without a hitch, as I often found myself struggling with the controls on more difficult missions. Drifting, a trademark boosting method for the series, was considerably more frustrating with the Retro Classic Controller.
The more fast-paced the game, the less responsive this offering of Interworks Unlimited proved to be. I decided to try my hand at a couple of fighting games through both the Wii U itself and its backwards compatibility. Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Clash of Ninja revolution 3 all performed fine under the Retro Classic Controller- but admittedly not as well as the Wii U Pro controller. One big exception came in Injustice: Gods Among Us. The Retro Classic’s design was not at all suited for this DC crossover.
A half hour of Fist of the North Star 2: Ken’s Rage felt unsatisfying thanks to the unforgivably archaic layout of the Retro Classic. I consistently found myself trailing behind in co-op thanks to fumbling with the unintuitive controller. The same scenario played out in any game that required quick reflexes- the Retro Classic just couldn’t keep up. If your gaming needs are slower, steadier, and less risk-oriented, you’ll find the Interworks Unlimited Retro Classic Controller to be a fine substitute. If your taste is more on the wild side- you’d be wise to invest in a Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller.