Scrapped Twilight Princess controller finally surfaces

Thought we were done with Twilight Princess stories? Sure the game's over four years old, and is about to be supplanted by the next console sequel in just a few months, but sneaking in at the buzzer is a surprising reveal of a proposed (but unaccepted) design for a Twilight Princess GameCube controller. The special edition pad was designed by Nubytech (famous for its RE4 chainsaw controller) but never made it out the door.

Above: Looks like a Hylian shield in the center, plus ornamental straps on the right handle

Above: The alleged package said controller would've shipped in

Nintendo's pretty picky about using its characters on third party controllers, so that's one strike. The looming launch of Wii and general disinterest in GameCube probably sealed the deal, especially when you consider how hard Nintendo would try to distance itself from "complicated" controllers in the early Wii months. Even if it HAD shipped, it would still be one of the extremely few Zelda-themed controllers. The only other one that comes to mind is the N64 gold controller that launched alongside Majora's Mask in 2000.

Above: Zelda usually shipped inside gold carts, so a gold controller made sense

With hindsight as your guide, would you have picked this up?  I would've bought one on principle alone. Though that strap looks like it'd be a pain to work around.

[Source: Gamerzines]

February 15, 2011




  • RideZeLitenin - February 16, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    I'd like to see a Skyward sword WiiMote skin... or perhaps just a full-fledged wiimote itself.
  • Nintendophile - February 16, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    Addition to my previous post: Perhaps Midna is hiding under the leather guard?
  • Nintendophile - February 16, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    It looks like the leather guard would have been removable, used more as a "decorative" piece while the controller isn't in use. I think the whole thing looks wicked!
  • laurenhiya21 - February 16, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    it's not bad looking, but that buckle looks rather uncomfortable...
  • SeattleSound - February 15, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    Hopefully it's not as clunky as Madcatz's shitty Gamecube controllers.
  • 510BrotherPanda - February 15, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    The wrist guard looks really uncomfortable.
  • batmanboy11 - February 15, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    That's kinda cool looking.
  • FOZ - February 15, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    Looks like a turtle, and where is the start button?
  • WalrusTusks - February 15, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    That thing looks awful and cheap.
  • db1331 - February 15, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I would have bought one for sure, but I would have kept it in the packaging. It looks cool, but it would be too impractical to play with, just like the RE4 one.
  • WillisTron - February 15, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Hell yea this looks awesome
  • paganpoet - February 15, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Apparently, Nubytech has never heard the saying "Less is more."
  • Outlander - February 15, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    I would have bought it even though I'm not much of a zelda fan. That controller just looks cool. (Something I never thought I would say about anything related to the GameCube)
  • Hydrohs - February 15, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    I definitely would have bought that, just for collection purposes.
  • icedoesnthelp - February 15, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    I would have bought it as well, just for a collectors item, never to be used, shelved away.
  • LarzimusPrime - February 15, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    I actually love it, I woulda bought it tbh
  • litrock - February 15, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    That is a super ugly controller, so I probably wouldn't have bought it. But then I don't think I've ever bought a novelty/branded controller so I'm probably not the market. That said, it's been a while since I looked at a gamecube controller. Man, what a mess of interesting ideas (some of the nicest shoulder buttons ever, an early focus on simplifying controls down to a main button by emphasizing the A button) with incredibly sloppy execution (Z button, C nub, EVERY OTHER FACE BUTTON).
  • Sy87 - February 15, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    Wow thats looks almost as bad as the RE4 controller. Sure it looks cool but can you really play with it.
  • 5DollarFootlong - February 15, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    o_O wow. that looks cool

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