i have to say that i don't had a gamecube back then when this game came out and also never played the first one but nonetheless, this game really holds up.
The controls are fine, they worked for me really well. i wish i could play this game with the GC controller just to experience the different controls and such but since this version is cheaper and more accessible for new players, it was ideal for me.
i'm glad i bought this, even though it has been a long time since its original release, i don't regret this purchase.
well, i just share my thoughts and impressions coming from a guy who never grew up with a gamecube and never got the chance to play great games such as this one and others back then.