The bird works alright - but I find that I lose more Mario Kart races when I play with it. I wonder if latency has anything to with that. . . its probably just a mental set back. I for one like wired controllers because when you are done and you want to put the controller down you tend to drop them - but the wire lets you ease them down slowly without taking your time to carefully place them. Now obviously the wii controller has to be wireless, but I for one think wireless controllers are overrated. . . Now wireless keyboard and mouse on the other hand. . . thats the way to go. At any rate GC is still a great system and I would reccommend picking up a second hand system with a few games and "wired" controllers at a swap store - but I would also reccomend getting mario kart. . .obviously. The good thing about swap stores is that you can get rid of your crappy games (like the non goldeneye bond games for 64 for example) And put them toward something new - Like GC. I would reccomend looking into that for anyone interested in picking up a gamcube - and if you really get into it you could pick up twilight princess when it comes out too.