Wii U Pro Controller

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Wii U Pro Controller
Wii U Pro Controller in black
TypeVideo game controller
GenerationEighth generation
LifespanNovember 18, 2012
  • 2 × analog sticks
  • Digital d-pad
  • 10 × digital face buttons (two buttons found under analog sticks; controller features additional button for syncing purposes)
  • 2 × digital shoulder buttons
  • 2 × digital triggers
Power1300 mAh, Mini USB B connector (recharge)
PredecessorWii Remote (Plus) and Classic Controller (Pro)
SuccessorNintendo Switch Pro Controller

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. It is available in black and white.


Nintendo unveiled the Wii U Pro Controller at E3 2012.[1] Many video game journalists have noted the similarity between the controller and Microsoft's Xbox 360 Controller.[2][3]


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.[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).

The Wii U Pro Controller uses the same 1300 mAh 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] The charging cable can plug into any USB port.

Nintendo states that the design of the Pro Controller is an “enhanced version” of the Wii's 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]

See also[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.