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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good controller with a few small flaws

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    coldfire074
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    I am mostly satisfied with the Wii U Pro Controller. I got it for a great sale price, so I can't complain too much. PROS: - I like the feeling when each button is depressed. I expect no less from a first-party controller build. I think Nintendo has the best D-pad out of any other controller. - The controller feels nice in my hands. I can easily reach each button. - The battery life of the controller is very good, and the lithium-ion battery is rechargeable. The controller charges using a standard mini-USB, like Sony's DualShock 3 controller, rather than a proprietary port. You can use another mini USB to standard USB cable in place of the one included in the package if you wish, but the included USB cable is very nice and quite long. - The Wii U Pro Controller works in tandem with the Gamepad. You can control a single-player game with the Gamepad or turn on the Pro Controller and use it as Player 1 while using the Gamepad to manage inventory, interact with Miiverse, or view a map. Some games support four controllers with the Gamepad allowing a fifth player to interact as well. - The Wii U Pro Controller is often listed for sale at a much lower price than competitor's first-party controllers. CONS: - I would much prefer a matte finish to a glossy finish. - The right analog stick is located symmetrically to the left analog stick. When placing my hands on the buttons, I have sometimes pressed X (top button) while attempting to press Y (left button) because I am used to button locations on other controllers. It also seems like a little more effort to move my fingers from the ZL or ZR triggers to the L or R buttons than with other controllers. - The ZL and ZR triggers are digital. This doesn't allow for varying levels of button depression. So far, this has not been a problem for me at all. If I played racing games where I might want varying degrees of acceleration, this may be a more prominent issue. - It is possible this controller may not work with every game you might want to use it for. It did not work with New Super Mario Bros U out of the box, but that has been fixed through a title update. It does work with all Wii U Virtual Console titles and some Wii U eShop titles, but it is not backwards compatible with Wii Mode. It does not work with Nintendo Land or ZombiU's single-player campaign due to the design of each game; they were intended to be played using the Gamepad. Be sure to check controller compatibility with any game you might want to use this controller for. Overall, I have a favorable opinion of the controller and plan on purchasing a few more before Super Smash Bros is released for Wii U. I believe that game will control much more naturally with the Pro Controller, and it is my preferred method for playing compatible Wii U games and Virtual Console titles when not utilizing off-screen play on the Gamepad. 4 stars out of 5.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Thumb Contortionist

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    Vartuos
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    This is Nintendo's answer to the standard dual-stick controller included with most consoles today, the outlier being Nintendo itself, who included the Wii U Game Pad instead. The Game Pad is technically able to do everything a traditional controller can do, but when playing games that don't need a touch screen, the Pro Controller is the better option. After all, if your Wii U Game Pad breaks, you can't just buy another one. The Pro Controller has several advantages over the Wii U Game Pad. First of all, it's smaller and lighter, which should help for longer sessions. Game sessions can actually last quite a while too, since the battery life on the Pro Controller is at least 50 hours. Even if the battery does die out and you have to plug it in, the cable included with the controller is long enough to let you sit where you usually do. The controller seems plenty sturdy as well, so I imagine it should last a while. Unfortunately, the Pro Controller's button placement takes a lot of getting used to. The buttons and analog stick on the right side are switched on the controller compared to most others. This means that your thumb naturally rests on the right analog stick and you have to move your thumb down to reach the buttons. Even then, I generally only reach the top two buttons comfortably. The bottom two I have to stretch to reach. All in all, I wish the buttons and stick placements had been left alone. Lastly, the triggers are not analog, which means in a racing game, the triggers can't tell the game to apply just a little gas. It's all or nothing. This is likely due to Nintendo's decision to make the Wii U Game Pad's triggers digital only first, and this has been carried over for consistency's sake. In summary, this is not a bad controller. It's generally comfortable, especially for games that use both sticks, and it has great battery life. It's certainly preferable to the Wii U Game Pad when a touch screen isn't required. One other quick note: Please be aware that this controller only works in games that support it, and support is unfortunately spotty. Nintendo's insistence of adding motion controls to games that generally don't need any results in many games that could have easily been compatible but aren't, because the Pro Controller does not feature any sort of motion control whatsoever. On the plus side, Nintendo has shown they can patch previously unsupported games to allow the controller to be used, with certain buttons replacing motions when those motions are basic enough. New Super Mario Bros U is one example. Oh, and this controller will absolutely not work with Wii software and never will, so don't get rid of that Classic Controller just yet.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great controller

    Posted
    Hytime19
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    An excellent addition for the more action-packed and intense games. I'm accustomed to the style and layout of the xb360 controllers, but even the slight positional change of the action buttons and analog stick on the right are easy to get adjusted to. I can't complain about the battery life, as the item description points out, it's great. But, of course, if you play games constantly and for really long periods of time, no battery life is enough. The controller is very light, as compared to the xb360 controller, which is good. Motion-type sensors would've been great, but the games I've played (i.e., Mario Kart 8) use a combo of the ZL/ZR triggers and/or shoulder buttons to simulate the motion actions. Overall, I really like the pro controller and I hope more support for VC games will come soon.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    better than others

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    dd492941
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    I personally love the set up of the ds4 controller better than this, however, this is still a pretty comfortable controller. it's light but doesn't feel cheap and has a nicer feel to it than the Wii u touchpad controller. My major gripe is that there is no way to remap either controller and the buttons are oriented differently from both controllers so it is hard to get used to the layouts when switching from both all the time and as far as I am aware there is no gyroscope aiming on this which the touch controller has so that can be jarring between the two controller set ups as well. overall though I enjoy this controller, but it's not without its caveats.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Alternative to Standard Gamepad

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    kma68
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    The Wii U gamepad is great for off television play. But its size is cumbersome and the battery life is abysmal. If you find these issues annoying and while also enjoying playing your Wii U games on your television screen, then the Pro-Controller is a great purchase. Wireless, great battery life, and the standard controller size makes this controller a perfect addition to the Wii U console. The only issue is that the thumb sticks are still oddly positioned with the primary face buttons located where the right stick is found on the standard xbox/playstation controller. But this is something you'll get used to and does keep it in line with the layout of the Wii U gamepad.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Got it mostly right

    Posted
    nuomonkey
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    This was definitely a justified purchase. Needed mostly for playing Disney Infinity with my daughter. It requires a controller with access to several buttons. We have the original classic controller that plugs into a Wii remote, but the left thumb stick is in the most uncomfortable position on that one. This Pro Controller is much more ergonomic and comfortable for button mashing. The thumb sticks and buttons are smooth and responsive. The fact that it is rechargeable is also a big plus. My only complaint would be that I prefer the A, B, X, and Y buttons seem to be in the wrong spots sometimes, intuitively speaking. But I know that is a matter of preference.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but not complete.

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    dennniiss
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    This is the best controller for any system i've ever used. It feels great in my hands and actually feels like it was molded for me. Its light, but not too light. The two cons i have for this product are: No headphone port: you have you use the port on the gamepad if you want to have voice chat while playing online games. The rumble is weak: the rumble in the controller isn't as strong as a PS3 controller. The HUGE pro is the battery life! 80 hours on one charge! I recommend this controller for any Wii U owner. I also use this controller to play games on my MacBook so thats another plus.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nintendo greed

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    gamerboy
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    Bought because Splatoon required it for player 2 instead of the normal Wii remote which is the only reason we purchased it. We already have 10 in motion controllers from our 1st & 2nd floor Wiis. Son loves it, but, parents think it is absurd that all normal Wii/Wii U remotes wouldn't work in order for a #2 player. Son rates gaming 5+ stars as he rates the remote. Parents thoughts unchanged after son's enjoyment though! They rate the idea of it as a necessity in order to play 2 at once on one game a -5 (negative five stars) for nintendos part.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great to have a normal controller

    Posted
    AndrewCounty
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    This controller is great to have and gives developers a great reason to not leave the Wii U out when making cross platform games. The controller build quality is great just like any other Nintendo first party product. The D-Pad is great especially compared to other consoles' controllers. My main complaint with this controller is that the placement of the right analog stick is above the face buttons which is unlike any other controller and makes it difficult for me to hit the lower buttons (Y and B). Otherwise, it's great to have a dual analog controller for the Wii U.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just what we were looking for

    Posted
    Jason
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    We had a gamecube and also had a Wii and then got the WiiU and tried to use adapters to still just use the gamecube controllers with the WiiU. Although certain games you can, it never worked quite right. Going with the original manufacture's stuff is best. Work great, easy to connect, batter life is good, and decent built quality. Only did 4 stars because of the price. Accessories, especially when you go with manufactures stuff instead of knock off, is always going to cost you, but to just have it work, ... i guess it was worth it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great build quality and battery life

    Posted
    avidreader
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    I like the Wii U Gamepad, but I wanted an alternative since many of the games don't use the touchscreen, and the Gamepad's battery life is fairly short. The pro controller is a worthy substitute with an impressive battery life. I am still playing on the first charge of the controller, even after dozens of hours in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. My only complaint is the placement of the right analog stick, as I would prefer it to be placed underneath the four face buttons like other controllers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great controller

    Posted
    Irwin
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    The Nintendo Pro controller is probably the best way to enjoy most games for the Wii U. It feels well made, fits in your hands well, and gets the job done. Compared to an Xbox 360/One controller, the Pro controller feels a little bit light which slightly reduces the feeling of quality. I do wish the controller came with the option to use AA batteries instead of having to connect it to the Wii U through a USB cable. In the end, these are minor complaints and I would recommend the Nintendo Pro controller for the Wii U.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice controller

    Posted
    Prgm
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    Must have for anyone that wants to play Zelda or anything without the motion controls. This Controller feels a lot better in the hands compared to the Wii Pro Controller (which is hard to come by now). Its a simple controller without NFC or any frills. (Sadly this means games such as Breath of the Wild that take advantage of these features require the Gamepad for that segment). My only complaint is it feels very light and cheap compared to some of Nintendo's other controllers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great controller

    Posted
    Hardy19
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    I bought this controller because I expected to not like using the wii u gampad. Turns out I really do enjoy the gamepad but I'm still glad I picked up this controller, though I wish it was on sale. Controller feels good in your hands and is pretty comparable to controllers on other consoles. The right and left bumper buttons next to the triggers could use more depth to them though. A must have controller if you or your friends don't want to use wii motes when playing multiplayer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    Posted
    Double0zerO
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    Super lightweight and feels great in the hands, the buttons are butter smooth and the battery is fair. Even comes with a very nice +6ft. usb cable that definitely is quality. Sometimes I have connection issues that really ruin it for a 5 star rating but I have a ton of wireless stuff in my house so I'm not sure if I'm the problem or the controller. Though, I doubt its me. Either way, its my favorite of all diff controllers and a must have for my enjoyment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great for Mario Kart

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    Reaminator09
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    This controller works great for me. I needed a second controller to for when a friend came over so we could play Mario Kart. I don't like how I have a tendency to over-steer with the wii-mote so the feel of a normal controller helped out a lot. The only cons are the placement of the right thumbstick seems awkward, but that could be that I'm just used to the Xbox controllers. The other con is that the only way to recharge is via a USB cable, but that is minor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Must-Have for Long Hours of Play

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    Emily
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    I was playing with the included joycon controllers and this is by far one of my favorites from Nintendo. I play mainly Breath of the Wild and would not go back to the other controller. It is a bit pricie but it stays charged for a relatively long time. No issues with the controller its self. The camera and menu buttons are kinda close to the + and - buttons but if you don't mind the occasional screenshot or two, it's fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid controller

    Posted
    GreenTeaDrinker
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    Very solid controller and functions well. I love the button layout, as it is very similar to that of the competing systems. It's wireless, so it's easy to move around with the controller and less bulky. My only knock is that it's made of a glossy material that is prone to fingerprints, smudging, and the like. I understand that it's made like that in order to match the system, but I hope Nintendo opts for a matte finish for it's next console.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    Posted
    Quiles888
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    I rarely used the wii u in my house because I can't stand the gamepad or wii remote. After years of gaming with a conventional controller they just don't feel right. I purchased this controlled along with Mario Kart and I am very satisfied. It's light weight and rechargeable using the packaged in cable. The downside of the controller is the fact that the buttons are below the right stick. My hand begins to cramp after a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice controller, feel like a 'core gamer

    Posted
    amay23
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    Love the WiiU Gamepad, but wanted something with more of a 'pro gamer' feel for games like Madden and other action-adventure games (that underutilize the Gamepad). Button positioning takes some getting used-to, but it's basically the same as the Gamepad. I did notice that this control lacks the accelerometer of the Gamepad/Wii Remote and those actions are assigned to buttons (New Super Mario Bros U, for example).

    I would recommend this to a friend