There's a Reason They're Called *MAD* Catz

A controller of good quality can be vital when gaming. If quality is your priority, I wouldn't recommend buying a Mad Catz controller for your GameCube.

Controllers come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of quality. The worst one, by far, that I have ever used was the Mad Catz wired GameCube controller.

Now, Mad Catz has a bit of a reputation for not having the best quality products, but I didn’t know that when I bought my controller. All I knew was that the wire on my old one was frayed, and I needed a replacement. So I bought one. Big mistake.

Madcatz Gamecube Controller

At first, it was okay. Sure, the buttons would stick sometimes, making it harder to game, but it was rare enough that I could deal with it. Over time, however, the buttons began to stick so badly that I was incapable of playing certain games at all.

Then I noticed something. I set my controller down for a moment, getting up to grab a bottle of water, leaving it completely unattended. When I returned, my character had somehow managed to walk into a wall and was continuing to move. I joggled the joystick a bit, and it stopped. I brushed it off as a freak incident and paid it no mind.

As I continued to play, I noticed that, in order to have my character remain stationary, I had to constantly hold the joystick. The moment I released it, he would begin walking off to one side until he hit a wall or some other sort of barrier.

These issues eventually managed to frustrate me enough that I ended up buying a new controller for my GameCube. This time, though, I bought a wireless Wavebird one and haven’t had a problem since.


GameSkinny Intern-Survivor Phase Gamer, Geek, Harry Potter fangirl

Published Aug. 19th 2013
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I don't understand how MadCatz is even still around. They really are the worst controllers ever made. Whenever I see one on a shelf at gamestop or anywhere else I cringe and walk away.
  • Xeraladin
    I had the EXACT same issue with a Mad Catz 360 controller. Steer clear folks!
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    I was going to buy a Mad Catz Wired Xbox 360 controller for my PC, but found a cheaper official one, glad I did now. I never knew Mad Catz were unreliable, thought they were just a bit well, mad.
  • J Nicole Miller
    You really dodged a bullet there. I know some people that like them, but I've yet to use a Mad Catz controller that's worked. I'm glad you found my article informational. :)

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