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Classic Controller Pro Heading West?

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Nintendo's new Classic Controller spotted at E3.

A while ago, it was announced that Japan would be getting a new Classic Controller. This still hasn't happened - it'll be released in August, and they've already announced a differently coloured one for release on the same day - but it's apparently already clear that it will be released elsewhere as well.

The Classic Controller Pro has been spotted at E3, thus heavily indicating it will be released in at least North America. Knowing Nintendo though, it should also be released in Europe and Australia.

The Classic Controller Pro functions exactly the same as the old Classic Controller. The only real difference is that the four buttons on the top are now all shoulder buttons (instead of two of them being slightly smaller and wedged in near the center) and there's two grips so you can hold the thing like a GameCube controller.

Of course, no official announcements about its western release have been made. Japan's getting it in August, so it would make sense to release it elsewhere not too long after. If anything is announced, naturally, we'll tell you.

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User Comments (29)

Sabrewing

#1

Sabrewing said:

I have to admit: as much as I, myself, dislike the feature of rumble, I had hoped that this new Classic Controller design would incorporate it, so that it would silence the fanboys who want to see rumble in their N64 Virtual Console, WiiWare and regular Wii titles.

Kirk

#2

Kirk said:

I just hope it is as responsive and satisfying to hold and use as either the NES, SNES or N64 controllers because with the normal Classic Controller in every case I prefer the quality and feel of the originals.

I hope this can at least match them.

Also, it would have been nice if they had went the extra mile and included the likes of rumble, wireless and the ability to use it for GC games too but it's Nintendo so I'm not surprised they didn't.

They would have went the extra mile back in the SNES era...

Sean_Aaron

#3

Sean_Aaron said:

I'm cool with my existing CC, but the Z shoulder buttons are a bit annoying to access I must agree; given I've got a Classic Linker for Gamecube use, I suppose this could nicely replace my import white Gamecube controller...

Machu

#4

Machu said:

@Sabrewing
Surely rumble fanboys can just use a GC pad!?!

I use a Wavebird and have never seen the need for a CC. Rumble is an issue though, as half way through Majora's I suddenly shouted out "Stone of Agony".

Chunky_Droid

#6

Chunky_Droid said:

@Machu: Rumble was taken out of all the N64 VC games, they warn you before you download them. So a regular Gamecube pad won't work anyway.

Anywho, I'm lacking a game where I use the Z buttons on my CC anyhow, but it's nice to know they're better positioned in case I do find that mystery game :P

Machu

#7

Machu said:

ty chunky.

im not one for fine print so didnt know that. Good job I can remember where all the rumble holes are in both OoT & MM, don't remember what day it is tho'.

Pj1

#8

Pj1 said:

I'm hoping the new one is easier to use, I personally find Mario 64 trciky using the Classic controller but it's OK with the G.C one!!! it's my preference, I will buy one of these specially if they do different colours. That could mean different coloured Wii's are coming? but nothing was announced at E3...

Noire

#10

Noire said:

Meh, I don't really care about this one. The Remote works fine for NES, CC for SNES, and Gamecube for N64. Not perfect, but this new controller doesn't look like a significant enough upgrade for me to replace what I already have.

KDR_11k

#11

KDR_11k said:

I want it, the standard CC's lack of grips makes using the analog sticks unpleasant.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#13

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

I like my Classic Controller. It gives me that nice, SNES feel. If the grips were removable, I might consider it. I think that vibration would require a complete software update, which would take a long time to do. They'd probably have to make yet another CC just to accomodate for the new feature, and I doubt the GC controller would be affected.

As I've said before, I like my lineup of controllers. Remote for NES/SMS, Classic Controller for SNES/Genesis, and GC controller for N64.

Ricardo91

#14

Ricardo91 said:

This would make playing N64 games with the CC significantly easier, but I'm happy with my standard CC.

SilentJ

#17

SilentJ said:

I was going to buy a CC a couple months ago but I had a feeling this one would make it's way to NA eventually. Glad I held off. I'll be downloading the Donkey Kong Country games the moment I bring this controller home.

Twilight_Crow

#18

Twilight_Crow said:

I'd prefer to have the 3 in 1 adapter for NES, SNES and N64 controllers, but if they made it here I may get one of these for my Nintendo hardware collection.

Modern_Legend

#19

Modern_Legend said:

wow this is cool, maybe fps makers can make dual analog fps games for wii that will use this now that it looks like a 360 and ps3 controller!!!!

NintendoGamer

#20

NintendoGamer said:

I prefer the placement of the z buttons on this new Classic Controller, but I don't know if I will purchase it when it comes out. I have a WaveBird Wireless GameCube Controller that I am happy with and use a lot and a Classic Controller, which I use for some games. I'd definitely get it if I didn't have a Classic Controller already.

BulbasaurusRex

#23

BulbasaurusRex said:

Unless it can play GameCube games, I'm not interested.

GC Controllers can play everything that Classic Controllers can and play them just about as well (as long as you use the analog stick, not the D-Pad, with SNES and Genesis games), plus they're the only things that can play GameCube games, so I'll stick with the superior compatability of my GC Controllers.

jorenmartijn

#25

jorenmartijn said:

Hehe, ironically this brings to mind the motion control rip-of that Sony now has. Nintendo rips off Sony's controller style in return. :)
The button placement, including the analog sticks, are exactly the same as a PS controller, without those horrible symbols instead of A,B,X,Y. :)

bngrybt

#27

bngrybt said:

of course the original playstation controller was a rip-off of the snes controller with grips, and sony didn't add analog until after nintendo did with the n64, so who's ripping off who?

Darel18

#29

Darel18 said:

Well... with the 3 on 1 device that supports nes/snes/n64 controllers, I really don't care too much about this CC Pro

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