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E3 2012: Wii U Will Have 360-esque Pro Controller

Looks like there's going to be more controllers available than just the screen-based main controller for the Wii U.

Tonight, at Nintendo's pre-E3 video presentation, they released a photo of the new Pro controller which looks pretty much like an Xbox 360 controller with a Wii U logo on it, and hopefully with a better d-pad.

This may also be Nintendo's solution to only having one screen-based controller available for a console in a era when 2-4 player availability is the standard.  You can also notice the recharge port at the top. In any case...can Microsoft sue for this design?

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  • Nolan Hedstrom 7 years, 1 month ago

    Get your Xbox out of my Wii U...

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  • Nolan Hedstrom 7 years, 1 month ago

    As far as suing for design goes, I'd say no. It's just different enough to be "different". The ABXY buttons and right joy sick are swapped and the center buttons are slightly different. Looks like it might be a little longer too.

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  • Heavens_Blue 7 years, 1 month ago

    A 360 controller with a good d-pad? Sold!

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  • robotmolester 7 years, 1 month ago

    The design looks really boring to me, and I wish they would just stick with one controller.

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  • Victus Unus 7 years, 1 month ago

    So doesn't this makes it, three different controllers for the Wii U. What the fuck Nintendo.

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    • CrossOutlaw 7 years, 1 month ago

      u mean 6.....the wii remote, wii remote plus, classic controller, classic controller pro, wii-u tablet, and wii-u pro. Hell make it 7 with the fucking balance board....why the fuck not...Geez talk about confusing Devs....what they fuck kind of controller are they gonna have their game support? Ohh shit we gotta support all of these or maybe just the wii-u ones, but what if someone wanted to use the wii remote plus? Do i make my game 2 tablets and 2 pro co-op.....or just 4 pro co-op.....the fuck

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  • Moom 7 years, 1 month ago

    The button layout seems a little odd to me. Going all the way down for the Y and B with your thumb just seems like it would be kind of awkward.

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  • J52 7 years, 1 month ago

    They should've stuck with something closer to the Classic Controller Pro. That thing's near perfect.

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  • Aged Milk 7 years, 1 month ago

    Looks like one of those crappy knock-off MadCatz controllers. The stick placement looks uncomfortable too. So much for people claiming Nintendo came up with original controller designs.

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  • joetm 7 years, 1 month ago

    The stick placement seems odd and uncomfortable. I don't see why Nintendo would just make a traditional console instead of using gimmicks. Hope this one turns out well, for Nintendo's sake.

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  • Qualitybeats 7 years, 1 month ago

    It's silly to judge the design philosophy of Nintendo, considering they've always did things their way and have yet to really fail outside of the Gamecube. And even then, I thought the GC designs were comfortable and "fresh".

    I personally think it took a Microsoft approach to look, and am confident that the controller will feel fine in our palms. The tablet...that's another topic.

    I'm excited to see what Nintendo is doing. I'm a fan of risky-ideas and change, and Nintendo often makes the best of those.

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  • Minyme 7 years, 1 month ago

    I love this. a 360-like controller for nintendo games? Yes please. Also I like the fact that they are giving the player a choice of controllers, than making someone play with wiimotes or ipads.

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  • sammonoske 7 years, 1 month ago

    Never liked the 360 controller. One of the worst that I have ever used. Side by side, the Pro controller is a mirror of the 360's. Nintendo is pretty good at imagining new and quirky things, this however is unimaginative and lazy.

    It's good they have a real controller, I just expect it to be "required" for games that might not support the Wii-tablet.

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    • Heavens_Blue 7 years, 1 month ago

      "Nintendo is pretty good at imagining new and quirky things, this however is unimaginative and lazy."

      Well, the classic controller pro wasn't exactly groundbreaking either, but that didn't matter because it wasn't the primary controller for the wii, it was the wiimote. The same can be said for the wii-u. The wii-u tablet is their primary controller. This is where they poured in all their creativity and inventiveness. By including the option of a pro controller, they're just being considerate of those who would prefer something more traditional for certain games.

      "I just expect it to be 'required' for games that might not support the Wii-tablet."
      Why? Even the classic controller pro was never required to play wii games. Although, it was required for certain virtual console games, but that was only because wiimotes didn't have certain buttons or stick control necessary to play certain games. The wii-u tablet on the other hand has every functionality necessary for all games. Aside from the tablet, there is no major distinction between the tablet and the pro like there was with the wiimote and the classic controller. The tablet has everything that the pro controller does. Even if a game utilizes a control scheme that doesn't require the tablet that doesn't mean you'll have to buy a pro controller. The wii-u tablet controller with it's physical buttons and sticks should function just fine.

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  • CrossOutlaw 7 years, 1 month ago

    dude i hate the fucking right analog over the buttons in this and the wii-u controller....ur thumbs feel more comfortable going towards the index finger....not extending away....i just get the feeling its gonna feel really weird in games where i have to jump with X or maybe its A....and then try to hit Y or X..i mean the d-pad is mainly used to switch items and such, but man even the middle...look at all those tiny buttons...is anyone gonna hit exactly the home button?

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    • CrossOutlaw 7 years, 1 month ago

      btw who is gonna buy this when they have a classic controller pro???? besides why do we need this if u got the tablet controller? i gotta buy both or something? wtf im confused

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      • Heavens_Blue 7 years, 1 month ago

        That doesn't mean the classic controller pro will be compatible with all wii-u games. Assuming that the wii-u pro is similar to the wii-u tablet, the wii-u pro will have clickable thumbsticks, which is something that the classic controller doesn't have. And for games that have control schemes where they use clickable thumbsticks, your only option is to use the wii-u tablet or the wii-u pro.

        "I gotta buy both or something?"
        No, it's optional. The pro controller is just the wii-u tablet minus the tablet. It's for people who want to play games, that don't require the tablet, with a traditional feeling controller.

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  • Dimensaur 7 years, 1 month ago

    I think it looks pretty cool. The A,B,X,Y button placement seems weird. I wonder how it feels in your hands?

    I don't really understand why so many people have been complaining about this. First people bitch about the tablet controller and now they bitch about this one, I don't get it. I can understand the worry of being forced to buy one of these things, that would suck, but from my understanding Nintendo did say that Wii peripherals will work with the Wii U as well so Classic Controller Pros should work if you have one already.

    As for Microsoft suing, I'd say they have no basis. I don't ever recall Nintendo suing Sony for the Move and if that didn't happen then I doubt anything will happen with this either.

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  • CrossOutlaw 7 years, 1 month ago

    man its tru looking at their old classic controller pro compared to this new one....they draw heavy from the 360 design...the triggers and shoulder buttons are a huge different from the classic...the overall shape reminds me of the 360, i think they even use the same font on the buttons in bold (the classic had small cased letters), but yeah i think this is just gonna divide the fucking community and devs...like which controller are they gonna support and the dam system only supports 2 tablets, how are u gonna do 4 ppl co-op, only support 4 pro controllers. What kind of controllers do ppl need to buy? i get the feeling nintendo is gonna say...buy 2 tablets and 2 pro controllers...ohh ur classic controller pro, umm i dont think the devs supported that controller so i dont think u can use it. man i swear nintendo is gonna make bank on just controller sales

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  • draked 7 years, 1 month ago

    Just announced, the new slimmer, 250 GB Wii-U Slim Model, featuring full kinect support and a free copy of Halo-U

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  • strudeloo 7 years, 1 month ago

    It's been confirmed that there can be multiple tablets connected to one Wii-U for use.

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    • CrossOutlaw 7 years, 1 month ago

      its confirmed that max the system can support 2 tablet controllers which sucks for 4 player co-op games...umm i got the tablet, i guess u can use the pro....

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  • TheOttomatic91 7 years, 1 month ago

    I see this as Nintendo trying to appeal to gamers who love and are used to the 360 controller (and believe me there are a lot of them). Despite my preference for the classic pro controller if this makes gamers for comfortable with buying and playing a Wii-U I'm all for it

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  • Semikami 7 years, 1 month ago

    I hope this one will come with the console. Otherwise this seems like a failure.

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  • Redfrenzy 7 years, 1 month ago

    Yeh the good thing is hopefully this does compensate for only being able to have one tablet per console. My problem is, the placement of the right stick will take some getting used to, especially as the controller is so much like xbox's, so it will be odd having to reach down for the buttons instead.

    Hopefully closer to launch, there will be a local shop where I can try out both the controller and the tablet controller.

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  • OlMuttonchops 7 years, 1 month ago

    That right analog stick looks like it would be extremely uncomfortable to use. I hope this isn't the final design.

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  • DDude 7 years, 1 month ago

    Does this mean the wii-u wont have headset/mic support? I am not a wii gamer so i dont know if the current wii supports it but the only port i see on that controller is usb. So that would mean you can only charge or use a headset?

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  • lemith 7 years, 1 month ago

    D-pad looks good at least.

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