If you're more familiar with classic gaming controllers, the Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller is perfect for you. Nintendo's screen-less controller features carefully positioned thumb sticks and buttons for a comfortable gaming experience.
Designed for accessibility and extended gameplay comfort Dual analog sticks and ergonomic button layout Rechargeable battery lasts up to 80 hours on single charge Please note - Not compatible with Wii system or games
Works perfectly fine as a controller, just isn't the most comfortable thing to hold. The best part is that its rechargeable like the tablet controller. Can't tell you how much I've spent on batteries over the years with the Wii remotes.
I purchased a Nintendo Wii U Pro controller and my first impressions were ( its really nice looking ). Unfortunately after use that is all I can say about this Nintendo product. You would think that this controller would be compatible with every Wii U game made to date, but thats where you are dead wrong.
The Nintendo Pro Controller gets slippery in your left hand due to the slippery top surface of the grip and the shoulder buttons ( L & R ) are constantly being triggered when you use the triggers ( ZL & ZR ) . The control in games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World and especially Super Mario Bros U is simply not that accurate or tight. The characters slide a few mm when you need them to stop absolutely dead or die, and many times the controller doesn't recognize a button function. It says on the screen to press A to start but the B button will start it just as well and the same applies to the X & Y buttons ( both are the same command ) and that becomes a problem during the game. If you hit two buttons at the same time like ( A&B ) the character on the screen simply stops or falls from the sky.
For certain moves the game will prompt you to hold the X & Y buttons at the very same time to achieve a move, but that is not required. Holding one or the other is all that is needed ( not both ). So its obvious the person who made the controller was and is out of touch with who ever developed the software. Its almost like all the Wii U software was originally intended for another controller but at the last moment a decision was made to use the Pro Controller instead. Many of my friends both virtual and real ( about a dozen ) have also experienced the very same occurrences about what I have just stated.
Sony has the very worst controller designs to date and made the PS3 controller with two toggles at the bottom. Nintendo insanely made a similar error by placing the two toggles at the top, but the Nintendo Pro is tens times a better design than any Sony controller and that includes the new PS4 controller as well. The left side toggle position on the Pro controller is absolutely excellent but the position of the right toggle is one of it's problems.The position of the right toggle forces the position of the four buttons to a lower than normal position in comparison to other controllers. Put a Sony controller and an Xbox controller and the Pro controller all side by side and you will see what I mean. In a FPS game I must admit though the right toggle is absolutely in an excellent position but the digital trigger buttons ( ZL & ZR ) are not that great on this controller for a FPS game, and as previously stated, you will trigger the two shoulder buttons accidentally and quite often.
The Nintendo GamePad is the very best controller for all Wii U games but I personally find it wide and heavy and prefer a normal style of controller. I own a PS3 and an Xbox 360. For the Sony console I use a Power A Controller the Pro model that sells for less than $20. and it is the best controller I have ever used on the PS3 and available at Amazon .com and Amazon.ca. It has a Dongle for the wireless function on the PS3 and has the same Xbox 360 button configurations. It works absolutely great and is less than $20.
I recently received an email from a person on line about a really good controller she found for the Wii U that only costs $39.99. Its available at any EB Games or Gamestop location. It comes with a 6 month in-store return policy, and has a one year manufacturer warranty ( you pay the shipping one way ).
It is the same size as the Nintendo Pro Controller but is much easier to hang onto due to the grip inlays ( lines ) and fake rubberized texture surface and the shape of the grips. Its all flat black paint with a 4 section blue Nintendo colour led lights ( like on the Xbox controller ) surrounding the Home button . The Home button does have a click when you push it in and the Home button doubles as both the on and off button and the menu button. It "pairs" to the Wii U super quick and easy using a red button just like all Nintendo controllers. It has an Xbox 360 button configurations and the head of the toggles are the same size and shape as the xbox 360 controllers. My only complaint is that the (A) button is a little too far to the right, but other than that, it is the best Pro controller for the Wii U that is currently made to date and works very well with the three games named above. Its well made but is lighter than the Nintendo Pro controller ( I like that ) and the triggers feel more like normal triggers when depressed. The shoulder buttons are large and stick out further than the Nintendo Pro controller and "never" get accidentally set off. The lithium battery holds an honest 40 to 50 hours of game play and It charges by a USB cable supplied.
It's made by " Biogentik " and its called the " Biogentik Elite Pro Controller for the Wii U " and after using it for a week it is by far the best Pro Controller made to date. Is it perfect ( absolutely Not ). Is it better than the Nintendo Pro ( absolutely Yes) . I Hope my review is helpful.Read more ›