Wii U Pro Controller makes hardcore transition easy

By Alan Ng - Aug 1, 2012

If you are stil worried about picking up the Nintendo Wii U due to concerns about ‘hardcore’ support, Nintendo apparently has you covered. In a new statement, the company has revealed that their new Pro Controller for the system was designed specifically to make the transition to hardcore a lot more comfortable.

It’s no secret that this was a big reason why many gamers opted against picking up a Wii. While Nintendo obviously has a core market in party games for parents and young children, the big money nowadays is in console shooters and Nintendo are looking to eat into Sony and Microsoft’s share of this with their new console.

Aside from that innovative touchscreen controller, Nintendo will be offering a Pro Controller which has a design that you’ll be much more used to with say the Xbox 360 and PS3 pads. Wii U hardware producer Katsuya Eguchi has spoken about their new controller in a recent interview with GamePlanet, insisting that the Pro Controller will have big benefits for hardcore gamers, but also developers as they start building their multiplatform games.

“We’re all gamers as well and we appreciate the interest of those [hardcore] gamers, and we don’t want them to feel left out, so we’re making big strides and changes in that area.”

If they didn’t have this pad and just stuck with the touchscreen controller, then Nintendo could have run into the same problems that the Wii U. Thankfully they didn’t though and we’ve already seen big name publishers such as Activision and EA adding their support to the upcoming console.

Black Ops 2 has already been confirmed for the Wii U, while other big games that primarily require controllers have already been confirmed as well, such as FIFA 13 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. With no date attached to either of the next-generation consoles from Sony or Microsoft, we have a feeling that a lot of gamers will just pick up the Wii U out of temptation. Hopefully playing the likes of Black Ops 2 on Wii U with a Pro Controller will offer the same experience that gamers get at the moment.

What are your honest thoughts on the Wii U? Is the Pro Controller tempting you into a purchase or are you still determined to wait for Sony and/or Microsoft?

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  • there needs to be some good games to utilize the controller

  • Judging by the lights on the bottom, you can hook up 4 Wii U Pro Controllers at the same time or 3 Pro Controllers and 1 GamePad! Multi-Player just became a new animal!

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      Actually, it’s 4 pro controllers and a gamepad for a whopping total of 5 players at the same time. Multiplayer is now beastly

  • This is a great controller for fps and third person shooters. However I would probably not use this for other games, as the face buttons look a little too far in. I might be wrong though, and I’ll definitely give it a try.

  • Mike Hunt

    The pro controller is great way for gamers to be able just pick up and play the conventional way, as i do sometimes sitting on my bed relaxing after a day at work. However the Wii U tablet controller just looks amazing! i am a huge FPS gamer, and having a screen on the controller just excites me. I would feel like a true solider in the battle field with his Swiss knife.B-)

  • I totally agree with this article.