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Wii Classic Controllers No Longer Being Manufactured By Nintendo

Posted by Jowi Meli

Both Pro & original models have stopped production

Eagle-eyed Twitter user @kitroplious has spotted an interesting tidbit about Nintendo's Wii Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro. The following message was discovered on Club Nintendo while the user attempted to order a Wii game using his reward credit:

Perhaps this is an indication that Nintendo is eager to shift more units of the Wii U's Pro Controller (which, by the way, is incompatible with the original Wii); either way, it's slightly disappointing for users who may want to purchase and utilize the controller for the Wii's (currently) much more expansive Virtual Console service. Hopefully Nintendo will continue to grow its digital library on Wii U to alleviate these sort of compatibility problems in the future, while existing stock and second hand units are always options for the Wii's controller.

What do you think of this development in Nintendo's controller selection? Were you a fan of the Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro, and are you sad to see its production end?

Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip.


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User Comments (68)



Dreamz said:

There are enough of these in inventory circulation that I can't imagine that getting ahold of one will be an issue for several years at the very least.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

I suppose pretty much everyone who wants/needs a Classic controller already has it.
Also, they don't sell so extraordinarily well that they're going to be out of stock anytime soon, so it's not a big deal.



rylo151 said:

They have boxes full of these things at second hand and game retail stores most probably. I doubt you'd have much trouble finding one any time soon.



Mahe said:

This is a shame. The Classic Controller Pro is better than Wii U's Pro controller.



0utburst said:

I just came back to console gaming since the Famicom, SNES, Sega Megadrive, and the original PlayStation days (went PC gaming because of red alert and counterstrike). I bought a Wii U last November and now playing awesome Wii games I could find with my kid.

Is the classic controller a must? Or the Remote + Nunchuk is enough? What's the difference between it and the CC Pro? I wish they give the wii U a patch so the wii u pro would work on wii mode. Or the gamepad controller at least.



Starwolf_UK said:

@outburst If you're playing Virtual Console some games bought on the Wii side in Wii mode you need a Classic controler. Well SNES and N64 games.

The difference between CC and CC Pro is ergonomics and the original has analogue shoulder buttons (which I believe are unused). The golden CC Pros are quite easy to find due to the bundling with Goldeneye. It is just these kinds of new stories start up panic buying which increase the price in the medium term (short term as cheap sellers run out then everyone else thinks they are suddenly rare due to being discontinued so put their prices up).

Like with all Wii accessories, just each out for badly made Chinese counterfeits.



Inkling said:

I have an original Classic Controller and one of the sticks is a bit loose. Better get a new one in, stat!



Liquid_ice said:

I just bought one for Christmas. It works well, although I only have two games that support it.



Action51 said:

@outburst - Get one or two classic controller pros while you can still find them. They are pretty cheap and they are not essential, but very nice for certain games.

  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Arc Rise Fantasia
  • Samurai Showdown Anthology
  • Castle of Shikigami III
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

These are games that use the classic controller well, but it's not required.

I do think they are needed for certain VC games, but for retail games I think you can get away with Wii Mote or Wii Mote + Nunchuck for everything.



FineLerv said:

The Classic Controller Pro is a good controller, but I think we've mostly all moved on to the Pro-Controller, right?



JarusPokemon said:

I`m not really a fan of the classic controller or pro. I do want a pro version, but for now, I don`t like the original version.



MAN1AC said:

Its kinda weird how they're discontinuing and cancelling all this Wii stuff despite their new console being BC.



SMW said:

Shall I wait for N64 games on Wii U or buy a Classic Controller so I can play my copy of 1080 again? Theres no telling how long it'll take to get 1080 onto the Wii U VC, but I don't want to get a Classic Controller for one game.



rjejr said:

Got my kid a Classic Pro for his birthday last year. I've been using it to play Xenobalde the past week and I cant imagine playing it w/o it. May even go back and replay MHT to see how it plays.



FX102A said:

Currently have six of the things, two original (one boxed), 2 black pros, 1 red pro and 1 gold pro.

A blue one would have been nice, their d-pads are among some of the best I have ever used. Precise yet squishy and smooth, great for the Virtual Console Shm'ups like Gate of Thunder, Lord of Thunder and Blazing Lasers.



DiscoGentleman said:

Damn. I saw they were only $20 bucks on best buys site, was gonna buy one yesterday, saw they were unavailable for pickup at any location, thought it was just the site being weird, wake up this morning to see this news, and now they're not even on the site at all. $20 was a steal



King47 said:

It's not a must, but there are games that require no motion control that might be easier to play with a cc. Currently I'm playing xenoblade on my wii u with a cc pro, and I prefer it to the wiimote. The same is for FE, I first played it in the gc controller but the wii u didn't support gc controllers.



Nintenjoe64 said:

In the last days of Blockbuster, all Wii controllers were 70% off. I got 3 x CCPro for £18.

I loved the original classic controller except for the silly ZL and ZR placement (which has rendered them useless for certain games). I hope Mario Kart 8 doesn't force me to upgrade all controllers. Good thing that Wii U Pro controllers are being sold cheap by most places though!



Mario-Man-Child said:

I have six classic controllers, four of them unopened. I have two classic controller pro's (red & black) the red one is unused, got it with Xenoblade Chronicles the other day. That's eight in total

I bought most of my classic controllers on amazon for £11.99.

One of the best things about Wii was the classic controller, I love it.



TySoN_F said:

Hm, I should stop by Best Buy sometime to see if they still have any. It was 14.99 in my local BB but doesn't seem like it's even in the system anymore.



DarkEdi said:

If you have Wii retrocompatible version you can always use the gamecube controller to play Tatsunoko or SNK and N64 games. And for Wii U it is a must to use a classic controller to play Injustice in 2 player mode.

P.D. The Wii U classic is the same but not Wii compatible so i pass with this and i keep the wii classic controller.



0utburst said:

Thanks! I'll buy SNES VC on Wii U. I will get some N64 games too since I miss those along with the GameCube games. But if it won't come to Wii U VC, then I'd get them on Wii VC.

I'm definitely getting Xenoblade Chronicles but the cheapest I found is at 45 Euros + 10 shipping (I might get other titles to get most of the fee). On the other hand, Amazon Italy costs 60 Euros up to a ridiculous 500 Euros (bundle with the red CCPro). Same on Amazon UK. I'm not getting the German, Spanish, or French versions so I didn't check other Amazon sites.

Fire Emblem Radiant dawn costs 137 Euros on Amazon IT and 98 pounds on Amazon UK. LOL. I'd check my local game stores if they have one of those on the list. Else I'll pass.

I really need to buy one then for Xenoblade Chronicles.

Thanks to you all.

Whoa whoah I remember Samurai Showdown on Sega Megadrive.



Sean_Aaron said:

I just got a red CC Pro from the UK Nintendo shop, perfect for playing Xenoblade. I do prefer my original CC for Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom; otherwise it's CC Pro all the way!



Wonky_Kong said:

Just a question as someone about to buy a wiiU. Do the classic pro controllers work for games such as AC4 or SM3DW? because then i wouldnt need to buy a WIIU Pro controller.



TromaDogg said:

@Captain-Falcon You'd have to check the back of the boxes. I haven't got AC4 on Wii U (got it on PS3 instead) but SM3DWorld definitely allows you to use it, as does Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Need For Speed Most Wanted U as I was playing those with my friend over the weekend. Some newer games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze only support the Wii U Pro Controller though.



Ninhau said:

i managed to get a Wavebird some time ago, so this shouldnt be a problem



Genesaur said:

Not that it matters; I'll only use the Wii U Pro controller when I need that sorta thing.



Tasuki said:

Honestly this is no big deal, just cause they aren't making them doesn't mean you wont be able to get one heck there is online and also used stores like Gamestop or other Retro game stores. Heck I was in a Retro game store yesterday and they had a bunch of N64 controllers for sale, along with Sega Genesis and even a few NES ones.

As for the controller itself I prefer the pro model the original isn't bad but the pro is better. I have 2 regular CC and 2 of the pro gold ones that came with GoldenEye.



SphericalCrusher said:

I need to go buy a black one before I can't find them anymore. I've been doing a lot of speed running for games on Wii VC (through my Wii) and the only classic controller pro I have is gold (don't want to wear it out). lol. I have the standard white classic controller, but I love the CCP.



Corleonis88 said:

Why is nintendo stoping the manufacture of a controller that is mandatory for digital games they are selling on wii u (wii mode). Are they planning to add compatibility with wii u pro controller, or better yet, with wii u gamepad?



Insidious said:

Target in the US was clearancing these out in San Francisco. I got the Pro for $7.



Hy8ogen said:

I much prefer the Pro Controller. Apart from not have Analogue Triggers, the Pro controller is extremely comfortable and tight. Until this day I still cannot work out why Nintendo omit the analogue triggers. What were they smoking honestly.



BinaryFragger said:

I bought a couple of the Pro versions several years ago and they're really great controllers. I can't imagine playing Xenoblade or any VC games without them now.



unrandomsam said:

The dpad's on the original and pro are quite different and better for different VC games. I wish I had the SNES one. I have one of each trying to think of whether I should get a spare of both or not. (Cost me £35 for one of the extra length cord white Japan only Gamecube controllers brand new pretty recently).



Einherjar said:

If they dont counter it with controller emulation via gamepad / pro controller, this could turn into a problem fpr future buyers and the Wii Mode backwards compatibility.
Sure, these little buggers are sturdy as all hell, and etting one used wont be a problem, but this needs some counter measures nintendo, or it could turn ugly in the future.



AkinaChan said:

I JUST came back from picking up a Pro Controller for my Wii U lol XD Gotta have that for Mario Kart and Smash Bros XD

This doesn't bother me at all though as I have a white standard classic controller as well as the black one pictured. These will be easy to buy through online retailers for a while too, so no worries! :3



Neko_Ichigofan said:

@HylianJowi Thanks for the heads-up my Wii CCP is getting worn out a bit from excessive use so I'll need to get a new one to replace my old one when it eventually breaks.



HylianJowi said:

@Rukiafan No problem! As several people mentioned, it's likely to be a while before they totally go out of stock, but it is definitely worth noting.



Zombie_Barioth said:

Yep, it may sound like blasphemy to most of us but I'd hate to be in the shoes of someone who happens to overlook that you need them for certain things. A lot of people might assume you can use the remote+nunchuk for everything.

They might start selling them directly from their site, probably refurbished.



ogo79 said:

i got 2 myself, and one is still brand new, however, ill be hitting the store this week to get an extra new one and i will keep it boxed for a backup. love these controllers.



kyuubikid213 said:

I have two. I don't think getting two more would be difficult.

GlovePIE is glorious with them...

Love the original one, though. The Pro doesn't feel right to me...



ogo79 said:

the price for a new official wii pro controller brand new, has oh-so conveniently skyrocketed on ebay all the sudden...



DJ_Siniestro said:

I will be seriously upset if Nintendo drops support of the Wii Classic Controller on upcoming Wii U games. I am not spending an extra $50 an a new set [of Wii U] controllers just because Nintendo feels like it..



AshFoxX said:

I noticed this too when I redeemed my copy of Mario Golf 64 the other night, didn't think it was news to everyone else or I would have posted something about it to NL.



millarrp said:

I already have 4 of them, including one of the gold Goldeneye ones, so I'm not too worried. To be honest I may get rid of most of them if they allow for Wii U classic controller support on the Wii menu...



rushiosan said:

1. It could have been a wired controller, connected to USB or GC port. If you don't want wires at all, just give people a BT/Wireless connection too, but keep the wired connection as an option like PS3. I'm sick of recharging batteries every time I want to sit on my couch and play. That's the reason I'm using GameCube controllers in all games that support it.

2. 90% of Wii games could have implemented Classic Controller support. Basically, all games that support Nunchuck extension and don't have significative motion inputs (No More Heroes was a perfect example of how you could ditch the motion bulldoggeyoopsie if you wanted to) could have it. Being forced to play DKC Returns and Mario Galaxy without it is just criminal.

3. If production is stopping, then Wii U Controller should be the replacement for both Wii U (and its Wii mode) AND old Wii hardware. Playstation 2 controllers worked perfectly on Playstation 1, even with improved analog/pressure technology.



rushiosan said:

@NintendoDolphin Except for VC titles like Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country. It is literally impossible to hold the Y button and jump (B) at the same time. Despite that, GC controllers are the best thing that ever happened to Wii.



shinpichu said:

Hopefully if they're not making these anymore, Nintendo will make it possible to use the Gamepad/Pro controller for Wii mode VC games? Because otherwise, all SNES, N64, and some Genesis/TG16 games will be rendered unplayable.



Gameday said:

I actually love my cc pro controllers. Got the box set with Monster Hunter Tri 3 Black CC Pro & Goldeneye 007 Wii Golden CC Pro. I love em and i hate when games dont use them like DK Tropical Freeze Used every remote but it... Still great for VC games and some wii games though.



OneBagTravel said:

Just a heads up for people coming across this article. Some sites like Amazon are offering the Japanese version of the Classic Pro Controller (new). Apparently they're still being made in Japan.

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