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No Classic Controller PRO for the US?

Posted by Damien McFerran

Boo! Nintendo has 'no plans' for Western release

If you’re the kind of person who becomes unreasonably animated at the thought of new peripherals then you probably broke into a broad grin when you read about Nintendo’s new Classic Controller PRO the other day.

A revision of the existing Classic Controller, this updated model is more of an ergonomic amendment than anything else; aside from the Playstation-style prongs, the biggest change is the that the ZL and ZR shoulder buttons are now behind the existing L and R top buttons – another nod to the design of Sony’s joypads.

However, before you start planning a potential purchase you might want to be aware that Nintendo isn’t so keen on the idea of the pad making its way out of Japan.

The official line is as follows:

”At this time, we do not have any plans to launch the Classic Controller Pro in the United States.”

Of course, as if so often the case in the world of videogames, this stance may change over time, but you have to question just how essential this controller is if its maker isn’t even considering releasing it in every territory.

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User Comments (8)



LinktotheFuture said:

Bummer. Of course if they put out a classic controller with turbo, then I would be even happier than having this.



Wiiloveit said:

Clearly, then there's nothing special on it's way in future (eg Dreamcast / PlayStation) - although to be fair, it does have the same amount of buttons as the standard classic controller anyway. On a similar note: what was the middle "button" for on the top of the standard classic controller?



tootie_kicks said:

There were some clip things on the back of the classic controller that looked like they were going to be used to hold something steady, and were released when you pushed that middle 'button'.

I always thought it'd be used to clip the Wiimote on there with a special attachment. Using this thing would create gameplay possibilities (point at the screen while still using pad classic controller, which you can't do if it's just hanging off your wrist or laying on the chair), something similar to how the GameCube mic hooks up to the GameCube controller with that attachment thing that came with Odama. (If anyone remembers that).



Cyber_Axe said:

"another nod to the design of Sony’s joypads" which were designed by Nintendo in the first place.

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