Having started life as an arcade game it's no surprise that Pokkén Tournament has its own controller. What is a surprise is that it's been shrunk down, had a few extra buttons added and been released for the Wii U version.
Despite its most obvious shortcoming being the fact that Pokkén is the only Wii U title that's compatible with this controller, is it worth its arguably bargain price tag for the one game alone? Watch the video below to see our full review of the peripheral and see it in all its matte white glory.
I had a preorder for this that I canceled when I found out that I couldn't play SNES games with it. Kinda regret it now, though, because that thing is really slick.
You say it wasn't that expensive in the UK but here in america it's like 50 bucks.
I do like knowing it works on the PC. might be nice for some PC fighting games.
"arguably bargain price tag"
So, please, quote a price, then!
I have an adapter that lets you connect a PS3, PS4 or USB controller to the Wii remote, so if I get this pad I may be able to use it for other games, albeit in a needlessly roundabout way.
That little red bit down there, is reminiscent of the same arcade controllers, except there's glowing LEDs in the arcade units!
It is still a strange design choice that Virtual Console titles are not compatible with a controller that perfectly supports it, yet it can function as a USB controller for various other devices.
It's probably not worth the money unless you're going to tournaments where wireless controllers can get a bit problematic sometimes.
I think the real market it's for are the people that have already been playing Pokken in arcades in Japan for months are are used to the shape of the controller already and don't want to use a different controller.
It does seem baffling why this and The Gamecube Adapter for Smash only work for their respected game. I would love to be able to use a Gamecube Controller for Mario Kart 8 actually.
Hmmm... ok, I'm sold.
I saw it listed for $19.99
It's 24.99 in the US.
It's actually a nice controller to hold. More comfortable than the Classic Controller Pro. The square L and R buttons are really good with a nice d-pad that does the job.
Being USB is really nice (I doubt you get any lag using a wireless controller, or any you would notice). I wish they placed a Home button on. I have to keep getting the GamePad to access Miiverse, but that's a minor complaint.
Hardware review: watch a video...because it's too much work to write about it. :/ I miss the old NintendoLife...
Looks like garbage
You say it can be used as a reasonably high quality USB SNES controller?? I might check this out...
Still rather ugly and rather pointless to me.
Probably best for the Pokemon super fans who must own EVERYTHING.
I could use a USB controller. I'm sick of having to resync my Xbox One Elite controller when I'm just using it for emulati-I mean perfectly legal games that I didn't pirate.
Just wanted to let everyone know that the Pokken Tournament demo is now available to download in Australia!
Welp, was gonna read the article, but it seems there is none here.
Pokken Tournament... Y U NO JOYSTICK CONTROLLER???
My Gamepad has been sufficient. The Off-TV play is great.
I just use an arcade stick that I hook up to the Classic Controller port.
its 30 in canada, where is the 50 dollars coming from?
I have the Capcom vs Tatsuko fightstick ready to rock this game. "tappitdy tap tap click!!"
Honestly, is this thing even sold in europe outside the UK? GameStop doesn't know of it, Amazon doesn't know of it and I really want it.
I pre-order this with the game haven't used it yet tho but can't wait too find out if the controller is quality or not.
@GoldenGamer88 can you import it easily?
@MadAdam81 Probably, yes. It's not that important to me as to warrant an import, though. Welp, gotta train my bro Pikachu Libre with the good ol Gamepad then.
@Dakt I've thought the same for ages. 😅
Idk if anyone else has thought this but...
OFFICIAL CONTROLLER OF DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
The uh.. Gray outline portion totally reminds me of the shape of the track
Hmm, good for raspberry pi. Maybe I should get this controller
@GoldenGamer88 You mean your girl* Pikachu Libre
My first impression seeing this game and controller in Japan last October was mixed. I thougt it tried to appeal to Nintendo/Pokémon fans first hand as traditional arcade controls (a.k.a. arcade/fight stick) might scare off newcomers as 'another fighting game that takes ages to remember all combos' and stuff. The controller didn't have more buttons than needed and the D-pad is recognizable to the Pokémon audience.
To me, the controller felt fine, kind of like a PS2 controller with slightly wider grip. I don't know who designed it, but if Hori replicated it properly it won't disappoint those considering a purchase.
Biggest problem, again, is Nintendo poorly supporting their own controllers. Why wouldn't this controller work with NES/SNES/GBA games? Why wouldn't the GameCube controller work ouside of Smash? Why did NSMBU need an update to support their own Wii U Pro Controller? Why? If there are enough buttons and it connects, support it Nintendo!!
It's a shame you can't even use the controller for virtual console games. That would have made it more appealing because it is similar to a SNES controller. I don't think I'll be buying.
I bought one of these in a Pokkén Tournament bundle from Nintendo UK Official Store and it ended up with it basically only costing me £10.00 when looking at the price of Pokkén Tournament seperately.
I also have another one of these Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad Controllers ordered on Amazon.co.uk for £9.99.
I managed to get it for a fantastic deal (It has since gone up to £19.99 on the product page) and then I had an unused £5.00 promotional credit. So I have effectively managed to get two of these for the RRP of ONE.
If anyone wants one, here is the link to the product page on Amazon.
(Temporarily Out of Stock)
@Detective_TeeJay Oh yeah, SHE is a girl, I guess ;3
Should've made Pokken Gamecube compatible and released this as a Gamecube controller. I'm sure 99% of the Pokken audience has a Gamecube adapter for Smash anyway... But you know, that would have made too much sense.
@Amiiboy To be fair, so should everyone else. Just listen.
Pre-ordered with Gameseek. Half the country are playing it before release day. Nothing. Surely it'll be here on Friday. Nothing. Day after. Nothing Rolls eyes
@Dakt he is beyond cute <3
@Manjushri I had so many problems getting one of those and now they have piles of them everywhere
@Dakt I knew you were gonna post.
These 'vlogs' serve zero advantage over an article, just write the review up. We don't visit NL to watch the useless videos Alex uploads.
I'll pass as I like playing it with the gamepad
I'll love the controller feels great. 25 bucks is defiantly worth it.
"Watch the video below to see our full review of the peripheral and see it in all its matte white glory."
It's not that I don't like Alex, but will we get to see the Hori Gamepad as well?
So disappointing that it doesn't work with anything except Pokken, I new this before I pre-ordered it though. Still be fun playing with Pokken but would have loved to use it in other games. Hopeful they with patch compatibility for it in for other games one day.
The thing is rotten looking and only works with one game. Why on Earth would I buy it? I wouldn't buy PT either, well certainly not for €60.
Unfortunately I accidentally had mine shipped to my parent's house so I won't be able to use mine until I head down there. Why are people complaining about the usage of the controller? It was designed to mimic the arcade controller this is no different from any other specialized controller. Many of which got very limited usage as well (flight sticks on 360 for instance as there were not a lot of ace combat games, rock band when it first came out is another one). It is the first game of what I hope becomes a series. As of right now it it just for one game but that may change if the pokken franchise takes off. And even if it isn't if you are in the habit of buying specialized controllers this isn't a big deal to be able to play the game as close to the original experience as possible. Then again I have fightsticks all over my place so perhaps I'm biased.
@JaxonH They must have changed it like immediately after this review was posted. Because I actually checked the price again before I posted my comment. Weird.
The funniest thing about this comtroller is that it only works with one Wii U title yet is usable with both the PS3 and PC. basically its become my 2D gaming pad on those platforms.
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