Official "GameCube" Controllers Coming For Smash Bros. Wii U

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Official "GameCube" Controllers Coming For Smash Bros. Wii U

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Nintendo has partnered with peripheral maker PDP to create a line of "GameCube inspired" Wii pro controllers, just in time for Smash Bros. Wii U.

If you ask any Smash Bros. player what their controller of choice is, the answer will always be the same. The GameCube controller. Nothing in the Nintendo arsenal of Wiimotes and nun-chucks and pro-controllers has come close to matching the feel of the original purple monstrosity, so you can imagine our sadness when we learned that it wouldn't be compatible with the Wii U, and thus, the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Luckily, Nintendo has just announced it is partnering with peripheral maker PDP to create a line of "GameCube inspired" controllers, that will plug into the bottom of your Wiimote like a standard Wii classic controller. The "Wired Fight Pad" should be in our hands just in time for the release of the new Smash Bros. GameCube fans rejoice!

The Wired Fight Pad, which will be an officially licensed Nintendo product, will feature fan-favorite Nintendo characters such as Mario, Yoshi, and Princess Peach with a shape inspired by the original Nintendo GameCube Controller. It's been given a RRP of $24.99 - not bad considering official GameCube controllers for the Wii go for around $50 these days.

The only thing I'm slightly annoyed at is now I have to go out and buy a whole new suite of controllers for my Wii U. I already have the pad, the remotes, the nunchucks, the pro controllers, and the classic controllers. Why didn't they just do this in the first place with the Wii classic controller?

Source: Nintendo Enthusiast

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Sounds cool but why the heck is it wired?

Bah, Nintendo. Usually I'd be excited for this except I already bought this thing just for the game:


That's what I get for thinking ahead.

I also find it kinda strange that it plugs into a Wii Remote, I'd much rather have an all wireless controller. No denying that the GameCube had one of the best controllers around though.

Wow, the Wii U is almost in purchase worthy. I need at least 1 of 2 things in order for me to buy a Wii U. Either they release a new controller with a longer charge life, OR they release a port of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Either one of those two and I'm really to buy my first Current-Gen console.

oh my god

I guess I have to spend about 30 more dollar on this game now.

Awesome... So, can it also be bundled with the game? Or maybe it can also be part of the "pending" Smash Bros Wii U bundle?

You know what? It's doesn't matter because I'm buying two of them, anyway...

Not bad considering official GameCube controllers for the Wii go for around $50 these days.

Whaaa? I have like four of those things and I don't even use them. Jeez, I really regret never developing my eBay account.

I no longer have to dread getting used to a new controller. I approve of this.

If it's as beautiful as it sounds I may get the controller and an adapter for my PC, then get angry at all the games that only accept Xbox controllers and nothing else.

I agree Steve, they should have just stayed with the Gamecube controllers, they are the best bloody controllers I have ever used. I consider it backwards not to use 'em.

Surprisingly, I've liked all Nintendo's moves recently. Can't wait to see how this new Smash turns out.

Edit: Scratch that last sentence, plugging in the Wii mote is really lame.

Smash tournament and Gamecube controllers... They just need to release a version with foxes only and Final Destination. The tournament players will probably stop complaining. Or maybe, they won't. I've seen people refuse to play the game if it's not melee or Project M.

The Gamecube controller remains my favourite, though having to plug it into a Wii mote will probably urge me to stick to the Wii U pro controller.

Random Argument Man:
Smash tournament and Gamecube controllers... They just need to release a version with foxes only and Final Destination. The tournament players will probably stop complaining. Or maybe, they won't.

Fox is one of the top tier characters and Final Destination is one of the best stages for fair matches, so it's understandable when your putting money into it. However, as someone who watches the tournaments, they don't just use Fox and play only in Final Destination. It's unfortunate they didn't balance the game enough so that's why there are always popular characters.

Random Argument Man:
I've seen people refuse to play the game if it's not melee or Project M.

I'm interested to know, what do they mean if it's not Melee?

I would approve if the controller would be N64 replica
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This looks and sounds awesome. GC controllers were nice, I think the pad will work nicely too, so maybe just getting 3 of these when the pricec finally drops a little.
Althou just playing with the wiimotes makes it a bit more challenging :P

Nazulu:
I'm interested to know, what do they mean if it's not Melee?

Super Smash Bros: Melee, the second Smash Bros for the Gamecube.

Also the best Smash Brothers, for reasons known only to Nintendo they removed most of the more technical moves from Brawl and slowed movement down slightly. It's not the same without air dodging and wave dashing damnit!

Maxtro:
Sounds cool but why the heck is it wired?

On one hand, I understand it, but on the other, it makes no sense at all.

A wired pad is better for a competitive game like Smash Bros, you don't want to be worrying about controller battery and connectivity, especially for tournaments.

On the other hand, the Wii U pro controller has a ridiculously long battery life, the longest battery life out of any controller I'm pretty sure. Strange that they're not using the same battery for this controller. Might be because it's a third party producing them.

Honestly, I'd rather just use the Wii U gamepad if this controller relies on being plugged into a Wiimote, a detail many people seem to be overlooking. Why can't it plug into the Wii U with a USB connection? The fact that it's wired doesn't diminish its reliance on the Wiimote's battery, does it (full disclosure, I never used the Classic Controller or anything)?

I actually have grown quite fond of the normal Wii U gamepad. Aside from the structuring making the normal L and R buttons a bit convoluted to use, the thing is quite comfortable to use and is a remarkable piece of technology. I don't like it quite as much as the PS4 controller based on the few times I've used that, but it's certainly no worse than the PS3 controller in my mind, which has been my mainstay gamepad for the last four years.

Steven Bogos:
I already have the pad, the remotes, the nunchucks, the pro controllers, and the classic controllers.

What reason is there, at this point, for you to own more than one Pro Controller?

I mean, I was considering maybe picking up a few more for MK8, although since I'm usually just fine with Remotes + Wheels there and I now know (just in time!) that this is coming out later I think I'll hold off.

I'm with everyone else on this - Why attach it to a Wii remote when you can just make a few adjustments to the GC controller to accommodate a Wii battery and Bluetooth sensor? I'd rather deal with a controller that's about as heavy as the Wavebird rather than have a Wii remote freely swinging around on a wire...

Now, how about making the WiiU able to play the GameCube games I love?

Honestly, though, I love my pro controller, and I think this attachment's more for milking nostalgia than anything else. Or maybe a good inexpensive alternative, now that I think about it.

Seriously though, Nintendo. GameCube backwards compatibility. Get on that. Please?

Steven Bogos:
If you ask any Smash Bros. player what their controller of choice is, the answer will always be the same. The GameCube controller.

Am I alone in preferring the Wii remote & nun-chuck? Not in general but for Smash Bros. I used to be prefer the Gamecube controller but then I got used to the Wii and I just feel like I have greater control than before :/

Maxtro:
Sounds cool but why the heck is it wired?

Its the preference of the fighting game community. Mostly because wireless remotes tend to cause interference between multiple players. Having wired controllers may be a bit outdated, but at least you won't have mixed signals during a major competition.

Sounds cool, but why didn't they make the classic/pro controller like that in the first place?

canadamus_prime:
Sounds cool, but why didn't they make the classic/pro controller like that in the first place?

I always questioned this as well. I never understood why Nintendo went with a design similar to the 360 controller instead of the ever so lovely GameCube controller.

OT: Welp, now I'm set on getting this controller for sure. Really I would always have access to the GameCube controller if the new Smash supported classic controllers on the Wiimote because of the Mayflash adapter I have (I highly recommend it). This just makes things easier for me.

I guess I have no choice, I must have this controller. I've only learned to play Smash Bros. with the Gamecube controller, even the original Smash Bros. had a similar control scheme which made going to Melee pretty easy.

I wonder if this could be used for other games too?

Auron225:

Steven Bogos:
If you ask any Smash Bros. player what their controller of choice is, the answer will always be the same. The GameCube controller.

Am I alone in preferring the Wii remote & nun-chuck? Not in general but for Smash Bros. I used to be prefer the Gamecube controller but then I got used to the Wii and I just feel like I have greater control than before :/

You are not alone!! The thing that's great in brawl is the fact you can reconfigure the controls, personally I make down on the + pad be jump, and disable up on control stick's jump. It makes every action be between my thumb and forefinger, and I wouldn't want it any other way, I even met a player recently who just uses a wiimote by itself and he was even damn good with it! My wife also uses wiimote and nunchuck...

Hero of Lime:
I guess I have no choice, I must have this controller. I've only learned to play Smash Bros. with the Gamecube controller, even the original Smash Bros. had a similar control scheme which made going to Melee pretty easy.

I wonder if this could be used for other games too?

If so then I can finally play Wind Waker HD with a "GameCube" controller. :D
I may have Mayflash adapter, but it won't work unless the games support classic controllers. >.<
Course this also means I can use my GameCube controller on all Wii and VC games on my Wii U, so there is that.

fix-the-spade:

Nazulu:
I'm interested to know, what do they mean if it's not Melee?

Super Smash Bros: Melee, the second Smash Bros for the Gamecube.

Also the best Smash Brothers, for reasons known only to Nintendo they removed most of the more technical moves from Brawl and slowed movement down slightly. It's not the same without air dodging and wave dashing damnit!

In that case, I agree. You can't improve games by cutting out fun game play elements. I never had to wave dash because Australia didn't have many players that could, but the air dodge was one of the greatest additions, giving you more alternatives to evade and surprise. I'll be very disappointed if they leave that out.

Neronium:

canadamus_prime:
Sounds cool, but why didn't they make the classic/pro controller like that in the first place?

I always questioned this as well. I never understood why Nintendo went with a design similar to the 360 controller instead of the ever so lovely GameCube controller.

Well, in addition to having the same general layout as the GamePad's sticks and buttons I would suspect it was a carrot to third-party developers to make it a little easier to port multiplatform games. And we've seen how well that has worked out...

Is there a way to make Wavebirds work with the WiiU? Because I still have a pair and they are like my favorite controllers ever.

Neronium:

Hero of Lime:
I guess I have no choice, I must have this controller. I've only learned to play Smash Bros. with the Gamecube controller, even the original Smash Bros. had a similar control scheme which made going to Melee pretty easy.

I wonder if this could be used for other games too?

If so then I can finally play Wind Waker HD with a "GameCube" controller. :D
I may have Mayflash adapter, but it won't work unless the games support classic controllers. >.<
Course this also means I can use my GameCube controller on all Wii and VC games on my Wii U, so there is that.

On one hand, I would be happy to use the Gamecube controller for Wii U Zelda games, but I thought the gamepad was actually pretty great for Zelda games too. Either way I am pretty happy that Nintendo realized they needed to revive the glorious Gamecube controller.

Steve Waltz:
Wow, the Wii U is almost in purchase worthy. I need at least 1 of 2 things in order for me to buy a Wii U. Either they release a new controller with a longer charge life, OR they release a port of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Either one of those two and I'm really to buy my first Current-Gen console.

New controller with longer charge life?

You mean...

You know... The controller with a battery that lasts longer than the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers COMBINED?

Dexterity:
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This is gonna sound random, but can you use that controller with the gamepad while using the gamepad as a screen?

FizzyIzze:

Dexterity:
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This is gonna sound random, but can you use that controller with the gamepad while using the gamepad as a screen?

I'm not sure, never tried. I just use the gamepad, the gamepad is quite comfortable despite what it looks like. The only flaw is that it weighs slightly more than other controllers.

FizzyIzze:

Dexterity:
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This is gonna sound random, but can you use that controller with the gamepad while using the gamepad as a screen?

Nope, it's either one or the other. If both are on and plan to be used then the Pro Controller will be player 2 because player 1 is always the default for the GamePad. Of course usually I just use the Pro Controller because the GamePad is useless on most Wii U games and isn't an integral part of the experience except in only a few early tech demo games.

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