Topic: Pro Controller

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Sorry if theres already a topic on this, but I have a Wii with the Pro Controller and am planning on getting a Wii U for Christmas and was wondering besides it being wireless is there really any difference between the Wii and Wii U pro Controller? Am I ok still hooking the Wii one to a Wiimotote or is there somesort of experience that I can only get through the Wii U controller?

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Most of the time, at least with games like Splinter Cell and Mass Effect 3, only the Wii U controller is accepted. I believe this is because the Wii U version has clickable analog sticks. Other than it has vastly superior design and 80 hours of gametime, so you definitively ought to get it.

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Well, I'll compare the two for you real quick.

In favor of the Wii U Pro Controller, it's damn near the perfect controller, real talk. It's fully wireless, and charges via USB in the console while it's turned on, or in a computer USB port, or in a USB wall charger. The controller holds an 80 hour charge, and let me tell you, that's A LOT. Most controllers don't last more than 30 something hours. The controller's ergonomic shape is also a huge plus, and personally I think it bests both the Dualshock and Xbox controller. It's so weightless and conforms perfectly to the hand. It's by far my favorite traditional controller I've ever owned. I HIGHLY recommend getting one.

In favor of the original Wii controller, it's cheaper to keep what you have instead of buying the new controller. But that's probably the ONLY benefit to it.

It's not fully wireless like the new one is, it runs off the Wiimote batteries which is nowhere NEAR the 80 hours you'll get with the new one, and it's just not shaped as ergonomically as the new one. It's also not compatible with as many games as the Wii U Pro Controller. Granted, there are quite a few games that do allow the old Pro Controller to be used alongside the new one (games like Wonderful 101 and Rayman Legends), but you will certainly miss out on games such as Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3, ZombiU (multiplayer), Injustice Gods Among Us, Darksiders 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, Splinter Cell Blacklist, New Super Mario Bros U, New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3 and Zelda: Windwaker HD... ALL of which allow for the new Wii U Pro Controller but not the old one.

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I have one and even though it's a really great controller, I've barely ever used it. Maybe I haven't played enough Wii U games, but I always stick to the GamePad for whatever I'm playing. Even something like Wind Waker HD, which only supports the Pro controller and not the Classic Controller, I'll be sticking to the GamePad controls. Off TV Play and maps/inventories on the touch screen are just so handy to pass up on. Of course you'll probably want to pick one up for multiplayer titles, especially games like 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and SSB. Most new titles are phasing out compatibility with the Classic Controller, so you'll end up with one eventually.


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Since I bought mine, it's the only controller I've been using (unless the gamepad is required).



I also recommend getting the Wii U pro its an awesome alternative pad, plus its good for local co-op games.



The Wii U Pro controller is amazing. It just feels so natural to me.

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Can't believe I've waited this long to get one (have had the Wii U since launch), but just ordered a Wii Pro controller today for Wind Waker HD. Woo hoo! Can't wait to get my hands on it after reading some of this thread.



Thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments! We are getting the Wii U for my kids, well mostly me and so I'm just looking into it all.

One other comment and I'm sorry if I'm already going off topic, but here goes, to play a Wii U system do I need an HD TV or is it compatable to a normal TV just not as good graphics?

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Its still compatible to a normal tv but u could get some issues like with the format because some games dont do 4:3 or at least i didnt get them to run in this format also u would need an additional wii scat cable.
I hope i didnt get this wrong, or it was just my incompetence to get mh3 running in 4:3

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