Reviewed: September 21, 2002
Back in June I had the pleasure of reviewing the MadCatz Cubicon, and it was so comfortable it basically changed the way I thought of my GameCube. Now comes the latest creation from those geniuses at MadCatz, the MicroCON for the GameCube.
The MicroCON is a scaled down version of the Cubicon, ideal for kids or adults with smaller hands. The design and button placement is identical to its larger cousin; everything is just more compact. I was amazed at how solid this controller feels. The buttons and control sticks all have a great feel to them, almost more solid than the Cubicon, and the rubber grips fit snugly in my palms.
The MicroCON retains everything from the full-sized controller including the precise analog control, pressure sensitive buttons, smooth triggers, and dual Z buttons. The handy Macro button lets you program your favorite combos or special moves for easy access and the 8’ cable gives you an additional 2’over the standard controller.
I put the MicroCON through some rigorous testing with several games. It performed flawlessly, and I found I was able to play games longer and with practically no discomfort. I even tried switching back and forth between the full-sized Cubicon and was easily able to adapt to either controller almost immediately.
My only minor complaint (or rather observation) is that the 4-button cluster on the top of the controller is a bit tighter so you need to be extra careful not to inadvertently hit multiple buttons. This won't be a problem for kids with small fingers, but adults might have some initial difficulty. The D-pad is also smaller and bit twitchy.
The MicroCON might not be for everybody, but if you have kids (admittedly the main demographic for the GameCube) then this is the perfect controller for them. If you suffer from CTS or arthritis then this controller could be just what you are looking for. The smaller size is totally relaxing on your fingers and wrists.
Available in four translucent colors (Purple, Smoke, Blue, White), you can get one for every port on your GameCube, and at only $14.99 these controllers are half the cost of the Nintendo brand gamepad. MadCatz has delivered yet another quality game controller reaffirming the myth that “size does matter”, only in this case, smaller is better.