Wii U Pro Controller
Wii U Pro Controller
|Type||Video game controller|
|Retail availability||November 18, 2012|
|Power||1300 mAh, Mini USB B connector (recharge)|
|Predecessor||Wii Remote (Plus) and Classic Controller (Pro)|
|Successor||Nintendo Switch Pro Controller|
Nintendo unveiled the Wii U Pro Controller at E3 2012; the controller is aimed towards attracting "hardcore" players to the platform with a more traditional design, to make the Wii U more competitive with Sony's and Microsoft's offerings. Many video game journalists have noted the similarity between the controller and Microsoft's Xbox 360 Controller.
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, however Super Smash Bros. for Wii U allows the usage of more than 4. Like more traditional controllers, it features standard analog sticks and face buttons. Like the Wii U GamePad and Classic Controller Pro and unlike other eighth generation controllers (i.e., the DualShock 4 and the Xbox One Controller), the triggers are digital (i.e., not analog).
Nintendo claims that the design of the Pro Controller is an “enhanced version” of the Classic Controller and "offers a richer experience". 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.
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