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Which additional accessories are required to be able to play gamecube games on the wii? (besides a Wii and a Gamecube game)

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A Wii, Gamecube games of course, and you will also need:

  • Gamecube gamepads (nothing else will be detected once you enter gamecube mode. You will have to turn off the Wii to leave the game, for example, like you would on a Gamecube)
  • Gamecube memory cards, if you want to save.
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Can you use the classic controller with gamecube games? –  Neil Aitken Jul 9 '10 at 7:39
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@Neil - when you start a gamecube game, the console enters a "Gamecube mode", and behaves like a gamecube only. Wiimotes are not recognized anymore, only the GC controllers and memory card, and you can't get back to the menu without rebooting. –  Gnoupi Jul 9 '10 at 8:05
    
@Neil effectively, No, as the classic controller requires the wiimote to operate, which won't be recognized in "Gamecube mode" –  alexanderpas Jul 9 '10 at 10:44
    
Thanks for the info. I knew wiimotes wouldn't work, but didnt know if Nintendo had built something into the classic controllers to allow them to work in Gamecube mode. @alex I also wasn't aware that the classic needed a wiimote to work. I guess it transmits it's data via the wiimote? –  Neil Aitken Jul 9 '10 at 10:45
    
@Neil - Yup it is the wiimote that contains all the hardware required for wireless interfacing with the wii itself. (bluetooth) - this is also the reason the classic controller is wired to the wiimote –  alexanderpas Jul 11 '10 at 21:23
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