Before E3 this year, third-party accessory company PDP announced a GameCube-styled Wired Fight Pad that functions as a Wii Classic Controller (plugging into a Wii Remote), making it compatible with games on the last-gen system as well as some on the Wii U — it was clearly being produced with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in mind.
The company had promised that the controller was officially licensed, as was proven by Nintendo approving designs that actually match existing special Wii Remote designs, as was shown off at E3. Now, a retailer listing appears to show these will be arriving during the Holiday shopping season on 14th November, which should roughly tie-in with the Wii U version of the brawler; all three models can be found at this ShopTo listing.
Nintendo has since confirmed its GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, bringing existing and new — but still retro — controllers back into the market. That arguably shrinks the market and appeal for these Wii Classic Controller variations, though with modest pre-order prices these PDP controllers could be a cheaper option than the adapter.
You can see a few images of the Mario, Peach and Yoshi designs below. Are you tempted by these, or more likely to go with the official Wii U adapter for your existing or potential new GameCube pads? Let us know in the comments below.