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Wii U Nyko controller with Xbox 360 comfort

If you decided to pick up a Wii U at launch or are considering buying one this year after a price cut, you may have been put off by the fact that the popular Pro Controller accessory which replaces the Classic Controller and is only available as a separate purchase, commands a rather high asking price of $49.99 – $10 more than what a Sony PS3 DualShock controller costs. Luckily, many third party manufacturers are coming to the rescue with a selection of cheaper alternative controllers and this week at CES 2013, we have one new pad to show you from Nyko which may just be the best third party Wii U controller yet.

It has become a normal practice now to see many sought after accessories only available as separate purchases, even when paying for a higher premium option – like the Deluxe version of the Wii U. We have seen the exact same thing with the Razer Edge tablet announced at CES 2013 this week, with consumers having to buy the key components that make the device so desirable – as separate purchases only.

The Wii U Pro Controller is a very nice pad and an obvious step up from the Classic Controller which featured on the original Wii. Some gamers now find that the Pro Controller is essential for playing games like Black Ops 2, but not everybody is going to want to fork out another $50 on top to use one, especially when games are still high priced at $60 a pop.

With that in mind, reputable accessory maker Nyko has stepped forward this week at CES 2013 and have unveiled a collection of Wii U accessories, such as a Charge dock Station and a Power Pak which will boost the battery life of the Wii U GamePad. What we want to focus on though is their answer to the Pro Controller, as they are bringing out the Pro Commander which is significantly cheaper than Nintendo’s version at $34.99 – while at the same time offering one major difference to the Pro Controller.

The Pro Commander features an alternative analogue stick layout to the one see on the Pro Controller, as you’ll see from the image above that the look is tailored towards what you’d usually see on a traditional Xbox 360 controller. A lot of gamers have obviously become used to this controller layout and Nyko’s Commander pad should be an even better alternative for those consumers who are specifically switching to the Wii U this year after previously spending all of their time on an Xbox 360.

If you are interested in picking one of these up, you should be able to buy one from February. Let us know if you would now prefer Nyko’s controller to Nintendo’s official Pro Controller. Do you always buy third party accessories now since official ones are usually so expensive?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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