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This is the Wii U Controller in All Its Glory

Posted by James Newton

Touch screen, analogue sticks, buttons and all

You wanted a good look at the Nintendo Wii U controller — here it is.

The controller does indeed contain a 6" touch screen as well as all the buttons found on the Classic Controller. Here's the full list of gadgetry it contains:

New Controller:
The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home
button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

What do you make of the new controller?

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User Comments (89)

nmozdzier

#3

nmozdzier said:

Have you seen the back of it? There is a little protrusion on the back for your fingers.

jayjay99

#4

jayjay99 said:

!!!! wen i saw this on e3 i was like ( say waaat!!!!) THIS IS A GOOD INVESTMATE!!! 6 inche screen...and is the first touch screen controller!!! lol i think i see the future/***

Imperfect

#5

Imperfect said:

no, the zelda they showcase was just an example of what Zelda COULD look like in the future. So far from browising other sites it seems that all the impressions have been very postive.

Tasuki

#6

Tasuki said:

I dont know it reminds me too much like an Ipad. I am not that impressed with it. Personally I think they should have just made a cable to connect the 3DS to the Wii U and use that for a controller on the Wii U, kinda like how they had the cable to use a GBA on the Gamecube for a controller on some games, and just included a simple controller like a Wiimote or something.

The Wii U controller looks like it is going to be the most expensive component of the Wii U and I am afraid its going to make the Wii U more expansive than it should be. Its will almost be like you are buying two consoles a home one and a hand held one.

StarDust4Ever

#7

StarDust4Ever said:

I'm genuinely afraid that Nintendo will not be able to sell well if this controller is too expensive. It looks like it would cost at least $100 extra to buy a second controller for multiplayer.

hal

#9

hal said:

Prediction: the Wii U will start at 299.99 usd! I think the control will probably be $99, too.. would be very interesting if it were $80 - $90! But they probably aren't expecting it to make as much as current Wii controls..

KaiserGX

#11

KaiserGX said:

You can only use one WiiU controller at a time. No need to buy more, keep your Wiimotes though.

JamieOStaff

#12

JamieO said:

I really like the look of it, although I am interested in learning more about its physical depth, the back of it looked a bit chunky in the videos. I can't wait to read impressions about how the Wii U's controller feels to hold and what it is like to play games with.

The reel of third party games trailer in the conference demonstrated a few FPS games, so perhaps devs will be more keen to port PS3/ Xbox games using the two Circle Pads without worrying about changing their core system to incorporate motion controls.

I enjoyed the devs description of it as a 'Swiss army knife', with the touch screen, accelerometer, motion controls, rumble and twin circle pads this controller can cope with pretty much any game genre.

Nice design, Nintendo.

vherub

#13

vherub said:

One of the nice things about the wiimote was battery life/efficiency. I know that isn't as in demand as other specs, but this controller is going to be an energy hog. I mean, it is impressive and it will be tough resisting wanting to use it all the time.

Robo-goose

#14

Robo-goose said:

When I first saw the new controller, I immediately hated it.
I thought it looked retarded, but looks can be deceiving, and in this case, were!
So far, it looks like this controller is going to be amazingly great for gameplay. I can't wait to try it!

arrmixer

#17

arrmixer said:

I personally think the extra controller issue is out the window if only one wii u controller can be used at a time....
either way I can't wait to try this baby out... I'm just happy for the 3rd party support as well...
Also, Imagine an Other M sequel using this technology and with HD awesome!!

Wolfenstein83

#20

Wolfenstein83 said:

It's kinda cool, and I can't believe it's even real.
I love Nintendo, but they sure do come up with some wacky ideas.
I thought the GC controller was crazy back when that came out, and now this blows everything away.
Nintendo truly loves to be un-conventional, and I guess that is doing well for them.
I haven't even got a 3DS yet, now we have HD systems with screens in the controller...I cannot even imagine what would be coming down the road six or seven years from now, but I hope it's good!
This whole thing is crazy, but I gotta try it before I can really say what I think about it.

pntjr

#21

pntjr said:

i hope u guys are wrong, and it comes with 2 Wii U controllers! Playing with Wiimotes are not the same!

Doma

#23

Doma said:

God help us if future games end up being dependant on that thing.

Skotski

#24

Skotski said:

@16 & @18
:P A lot of people assume they know what the public wants.
Nintendo often proves those assumptions wrong.

Not saying people who don't like it have a problem, just saying that: Nintendo often MAKES the market, rather than just selling to one that's been there.

Skotski

#25

Skotski said:

@23
Think of it this way: get it to sell, redesign it, create a new one... and we're on our way to omni-tools/pip-boys. :P

TeeJay

#27

TeeJay said:

@ Tasuki: What? Cables? That's old school, man. We could use your idea but make it wireless. It's already been done between the DS's and the Wii.

JayceJa

#28

JayceJa said:

it needs a more ergonomic shape i feel, just some grips around the edge would be enough
holding such a flat controller will get annoying

XyVoX

#29

XyVoX said:

Im a bit confused, so is this the only controller for the new Wii, what about the NEW motion controls for this new Wii then?

komicturtle

#30

komicturtle said:

Best move- keeping all controllers and accessories compatible. Seems like I'll be using my Classic Controller Pro for Smash Bros on WiiU. Not bad at all :)

NSBlueLighing

#31

NSBlueLighing said:

Headphone plug in? For when you just play it on the controller and not hear the tv show on? Some dev said headphones and playing it in bed. Screen dimmer? Wi-Fi i guess is in the controller or in the system obviously and just protrudes to the controller the webpage! IS ANYONE ELSE NOT SEEING THE FUTURE! 1980 movies had tablet type computers and now iPad and Wii U. Movies arent always fantasy's!!!

NSBlueLighing

#32

NSBlueLighing said:

Also i guess no specs on the controllers GPU and CPU but i bet its high. Price range controller $100-$120 console $140 total $260 my guess. Because well yes controller most likely worth more than console because console is just HD and CPU hard drive(no probably to make the console more affordable) and the tech to transfer video to the controller maybe $300. IDK!

Burning_Spear

#33

Burning_Spear said:

@13 ...
Re: "This controller is going to be an energy hog."

It's rechargeable, so as long as it can make it through a full-day's session, we should be OK. And you may be able to turn the screen down or off for certain games.

1080ike

#35

1080ike said:

Just wish WiiU was still GC-compatable, or at least allow you to use a Gamecube controller, because it's my favorite controller for Smash Bros. I'm not saying I don't like this new one, because I do, but sometimes, you need to just go with a conventional controller.

rjejr

#36

rjejr said:

Agree with HAL - $299 and $100. I also thought 1 WiiU controller only but haven't seen that stated anywhere. I'm guessing like the Move most games will require only 1 but then you'll have the occasional 2fer.
That Zelda photo screams DSi.
Stated this earlier (lost track of where too many posts today on my part) but does anybody else see this being used as a Sony Dash alarm clock while it isn't being used? I mean you have to set the controller down somewhere right,and the WiiU is made to be horizontal even though it's exactly a Wii with smooth edges, so might as well get a digital picture frame out of the deal. Doesn't the 3DS come with a charging stand?
This is just like when Nintendo made the Wiimotes for Gamecube but decided to package them w/ 1 1/2 Gamecubes duct taped together. This is an HD Wii (think Xbox360 Elite) with an add-on Move/Kinect in the box. I'm not daming it, but that's what it is, but with Gamecube support appartnely dropped.

Rockmirth

#37

Rockmirth said:

the ironi is funny today people say this thing is the worst idea ever, but in 2 years or so sony and maybe mircosoft will both make a controller just like this and tell them they did it before nintendo

TKOWL

#38

TKOWL said:

Alot of people thought the same thing about the Wii when it was unveiled.

ToastyYogurt

#40

ToastyYogurt said:

Hey guys, I think you can only connect 1 Touch-screen controller to the Wii U at a time. You guys can stop going "OMG EXPENSIVE CONTROLLER" now.

Moco_Loco

#41

Moco_Loco said:

This controller adds another degree of immersion when used with the TV (I really like that you can look to the right and left and see things that are off-screen), and it doubles as a handheld gaming system for home use. I really like what I've seen so far and my daughters also thought it looked cool. The tablet-shaped design is perfectly aligned with the current market, but this tablet has buttons!

Like everything that Nintendo does, it won't appeal to everyone, but this has the potential for mainstream appeal. I can't wait to be able to play console games away from the TV, and even play more mature titles while my kids are watching some evil show from Disney or Nickelodeon.

Metal_Slugger

#43

Metal_Slugger said:

I'M SO MAD I GOT TO WAIT A YEAR!!!! THAT IS INSANE!!!! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING SHOWING US THIS SO EARLY ON. I WILL SLAP REGGIE AND THAT JAPANESE GUY! :)

komicturtle

#45

komicturtle said:

1 Controller is enough. The controller doesn't add any other physical buttons, so playing with the Classic Controller Pro will be your best friend in case you don't want to playing using the tablet. I know I'll be using my CC Pro for Smash Bros, for sure. Then again, it's coming to 3DS and because both the WiiU Tablet has slide pads like 3DS, it'd be good practice while I'm on the go and come home to WiiU's version.

FPS need to support pointer controls, else I will completely overlook them. Support the WiiU Tablet/CC Pro and Wii Remote+Nunchuk is a bonus.

oldschoolplayer

#46

oldschoolplayer said:

I like how the controller offers different view points. Hopefully it can do a full 360 and not just left, right and "over". The screen on the controller is a great idea. This is what I'd like to see developers do with it: since Nintendo is all about the multi-player experience, there should be games that are 4 Wii U controller compatible but without the expectation that a person owns more than just one. Instead, other Wii U owners can bring their controller over for 4 player insanity in the same room. The players could be looking at different parts of the same area on their screen or going off on their own with the tv as the main map or attacking a main boss from different sides of it. Or, taking this further with on-line, the same as above but also with a single player leading teams of other wiimote players in one place against other teams from all over. The Wii U controller could be used to show where opponents are. Imagine doing this with a FPS or an RPG or maybe even a fighting game. I doubt this would happen but I think it's a great way to utilize the technology without breaking the customers account and encourage more people to play on-line.

WaveBoy

#47

WaveBoy said:

@Komicturte92
I totaly agree with you about the Wii remote.

I mean I'm just not sold on this idea....creating a new window into the game world does open up the door for some unique, devilishly creative and super fun possibilities...But at the same time it's a step back from the wii remote. No pointer controls obviously! which is a massive letdown....But are you suprised it's a glorified I-Pad, you can't use the bloody thing like a Wii remote anyways.

Anyways, the Wii remote/Nunchuck better take front stage for 3rd or first person titles like the enivitable Metroid Prime 4 or a new Resident Evil for example. i'm not settling for traditional controls on the Wii U controller regardless of how cool some of features and new gameplay elements are in incorperated into the screen. traditional Analog controls for aiming regarding first and 3rd person titles doesn't fly with me in this day and age. It's complete and utter BS if developers don't use the wiiremote/nuncuhck for these types of titles. I too will overlook these types of games if they dont make use of the Wii remote.

I also would of loved to see a wireless nunchuck or wireless Classic controller. As for the Wii Remote Plus, it's honestly the perfect design anyways, it performs like a dream too so no real improvement needs to be made honestly. And speaking of the wii remote, I'm totaly getting that Gold Zelda Wii remote plus. B-)

jkshaz

#48

jkshaz said:

Two fears that I will need alleviated.

1) That things looks ridiculously bulky though I have heard reports saying it isn't that bad.
2) I'm afraid that thing is going to be insanely expensive. With all its functionality I'm not sure how it couldn't be.

Deviant_Mugen

#49

Deviant_Mugen said:

Personally, I think the controller looks phenomenal and can't wait to see what new play-styles Nintendo creates with it...

@Skotski: Speaking of Pip-Boys, if Bethesda doesn't bring Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas (GOTY editions) to the Wii U, they'll really be missing out on a golden opportunity. As long as the games launched bug-free, I wager they'd become the definitive console versions, with Pip-Boy navigation being much more fluid and akin to playing the games on a PC...

McGruber

#56

McGruber said:

Just like the Wii I think it will advance gaming. As of right now though Nintendo has shown/done nothing to convince me they are "winning back" hardcore gamers with this nor the 3DS (which had a weak showing too esp from 3rd parties)

Portista

#57

Portista said:

I love everything about it but the REAL question is... how much it will cost!

Token_Girl

#58

Token_Girl said:

At first I was worried about the cost of many controllers.

Then I was worried about the fact that it actually seems like it can only handle 1 controller (streaming HD video with no lag onto one device is a feat, after all), and it would ruin the opportunities for split screen.

Then I heard SSB was being developed for both Cafe and Wii. 3DS/DS player? Sweetest news ever! Add some videos showing unique multiplayer options (2-4 vs. 1 type things) and the fact that we won't have to worry about buying extras if there's only one makes me a happy camper!

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

Homer_Simpson

#60

Homer_Simpson said:

Not really sure why this is using sliding circle pads rather than proper analogue sticks. The circle pad is fine as a compromise for the 3DS, but why the heck are they using it here when it isn't needed?

luminalace

#64

luminalace said:

People who compare the Kinnect to the Wii U controller are being silly! Apart from the camera interface, they are nowhere near the same thing!

The console is HD but it's the controller that will change the gaming lives of people who buy it!

LEGEND_MARIOID

#65

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I read a few hands ons on the internet and I'm happy to confirm, it would seem the controller is slimmer thanthe video suggests. Maybe we're all sub-consciously thinking of the uDraw tablet and applying it to the ergonmomics of the image? I mean why aren't we thinking it may be almost as slim as the ipad for instances ;-) .....it isn't quite as slim as that btw.

I think it has ace potential and may bring yet a another new era in gaming. The interactionism between the tv console and the control is very unique and interliigent. Hope it turns out good.

AltDotNerd

#66

AltDotNerd said:

You know what you can do with the Kinect and PS Move now? Stand in front of it, and (waves goodbye)
And those who say this is madness. No...THIS...IS...WII U!

dizzy_boy

#68

dizzy_boy said:

how come every gen, nintendo controllers get more elaborate, and more expensive.
i suppose that`s the price to pay for innovation huh?

CowLaunch

#69

CowLaunch said:

Nintendo could be their own worst enemy here. I'd be quite content enough with the caliber of games on 3DS: Super Mario, Smash Bros. Luigi's Mansion, Mario Kart, Paper Mario...

The main innovation seems to be convenience, in terms of gameplay there doesn't seem much advancement from the Wii (even a backwards step as some suggested, with no pointer controls).

GameCube was an update in power, but the GBA couldn't produce the same types of games. With funds limited and the 3DS looking quite able, I might be happy to stick with the handheld.

But it's early days yet, and that Zelda footage does look good...

JimLad

#70

JimLad said:

It's a swiss army knife really, it does pretty much everything except pointer controls (kind of does by holding it up to the screen) besides you can use it alongside your Wii Remotes anyway if you feel the need to swing a sword/racket.
To be honest, I think this controller will make better use of motion control (or more essentially, tilt control) than the Wii remote ever did, because it's naturally two handed, and screen can add a whole new dimension to that motion just like it does with 3DS. Also it gives you infinite more buttons should you need them.

As for cost, I don't think the idea is to buy extra ones. I don't know if they're going to keep selling Wii remotes or Classic controllers or something else to fill the other slots. But I'd imagine you just buy the console and use the one that comes with it.

Personally I love it, cumbersome as it may look. It combines everything that's great about the 3DS with a traditional controller layout.

3230ru

#71

3230ru said:

nintendo made exactly what I wanted to have, a perfect handheld, but not portable to play wii games(and especially WiiWare and VC), while some TV shows going bla-bla-bla in the background and at last but not least I will be able to actually do this while lying on the couch !!!!.... oh, and that hide-and-seek game looks pretty fun too )

J-Forest-Esq

#72

J-Forest-Esq said:

Hm. I'm worried about the battery life. Looks like I'm going to need to buy some more rechargeable ones. .

FantasiaWHT

#75

FantasiaWHT said:

Didn't Nintendo learn anything from the size of the original Xbox controllers? Looks much too big to be comfortable playing for long periods.

Rob_mc_1

#76

Rob_mc_1 said:

After looking at this controller, I can see its a complete safety hazard. No wrist strap, no rubber jacket. Now if you whip it at your HDTV you break 2 screens. For shame Nintendo, for shame.

Nintendoverse

#77

Nintendoverse said:

I don't think there's a chance in hell that Nintendo will sell the controller for $90-$100. My guess is that they'll be around $50-$60.

chiptoon

#78

chiptoon said:

I'm pretty stoked. But I don't find this nearly as wild as teh Wii was when it launched.

Also - I wonder if they'll be able to use the PS3 and Vita combo to do the same thing. If so it woulden courage 3rd party support. The WiiU controller is basically a Vita tied to a console.

DarkKirby

#79

DarkKirby said:

When I saw the Wii U controller the 1st thing I thought was...

Why doesn't the 3DS have a 2nd Circle Pad in the same place.

Nothing against the Wii U controller just... why doesn't the 3DS have a 2nd Circle Pad in the same place! It would make camera control development a snap instead of trying to figure something else out for it.

XyVoX

#84

XyVoX said:

CAN ANYONE ANSWER me is this the only controller for this new Wii U or is there going to be some sort of other motion controller?

GamersCorner

#85

GamersCorner said:

It's hard to judge without using one but it looks too big to get a good grip on to me. No innuendo intended.

jimmoon

#86

jimmoon said:

i think im getting too old to play video games. i find new systems unattractive and the games for them are even worse

jimmoon

#87

jimmoon said:

@38 the psp is playable on a tv with the right accessories, so was the GBA. So It's not like the wii u controller is all that new.

James

#88

James said:

@XyVoX This is the new controller. For motion control it supports all previous Wii accessories — Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, Balance Board etc.

Also, the official description confirms this is rechargeable, so you won't need batteries :)

GTWarrior77

#89

GTWarrior77 said:

The new controller looks great. I like the idea of playing games on the device itself without using your tv.
Does anyone know if there is an input for headphones? Didn't see any on the videos. It will not make sense for it not to have one.

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