Wii U Pro Controller

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Wii U Pro Controller
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Video game controller
Generation Eight generation
Retail availability November 18, 2012
Power 1300 mAh
Input
  • 2 × analog sticks
  • Digital d-pad
  • 10 × digital face buttons (two buttons found under analog sticks; controller features additional button for syncing purposes)
  • 4 × digital shoulder buttons
Connectivity Bluetooth
Predecessor Wii Remote (Plus) and Classic Controller (Pro)

The Wii U Pro Controller (Wii U PRO コントローラー?) is a video game controller produced by Nintendo for the Wii U video game console.

History[edit]

Nintendo unveiled the Wii U Pro Controller at E3 2012 with the aim of attracting more "hardcore" gamers to make the Wii U more competitive with Sony's and Microsoft's offerings.[1] Many video game journalists have noted the similarity between the controller and Microsoft's Xbox 360 Controller.[2][3]

Features[edit]

The controller functions as a secondary controller released for the console, available separately. The Wii U system can be connected to up to four Wii U Pro Controllers at one time.[4] Like more traditional controllers, it features standard analog sticks, face buttons, and triggers. Like the Wii U GamePad and Classic Controller Pro and unlike other eight generation controllers (i.e., the DualShock 4 and the Xbox One Controller), the triggers are digital (i.e., not analog).

The Wii U Pro Controller uses the same 1300mAh CTR-003 battery found in the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS,[5][6] which can last up to 80 hours before needing to be recharged.[7]

Nintendo claims that the design of the Pro Controller is an “enhanced version” of the Classic Controller and "offers a richer experience".[8] Certain games with flexible control schemes, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Trine 2: Director's Cut, are also compatible with the Classic Controller. The Wii U Pro Controller is not compatible with previous-generation Wii games.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franich, Darren (June 3, 2012). "The Wii U Pro Controller looks very familiar...". EW.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kain, Erik (June 5, 2012). "Nintendo's Smart Decision With Its Wii U Pro Controller". Forbes. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Grubb, Jeffrey (June 3, 2012). "Nintendo’s Wii U Pro Controller may make Microsoft blush". VentureBeat. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ How to Sync a Wii Remote with a Wii U Console
  5. ^ "Wii U Pro Controller and 3DS share the same battery". gonintendo.com. November 9, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "We Opened Up The Nintendo 2DS And Found A 1300mAh Battery Inside". nintendolife.com. October 3, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Wii U Pro Controller Boasts 80-Hour Battery Life - IGN". Uk.ign.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ Liebl, Matt (June 12, 2012). "Nintendo defends Wii U Pro Controller design". GameZone. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Wii U Pro Controller Not Compatible With Wii Games". Tomshardware.com. Retrieved November 26, 2012.