An updated listing by GameStop reveals that the Wii U Pro Controller will have a battery life that lasts up to 80 hours on one charge. Not only that but the controller doesn't work with any Wii software.
So you can choose between a traditional controller with an incredible battery life or a gamepad that works with Wii games (at least I believe it does). Not sure how I feel about this. @mrbojingles Thanks for clarifying that.
The Game Pad doesn't work with wii games. only with Wii U software, to my knowledge. Correct me if I'm wrong. Wii Controllers work on the U though
And the Wii has a pro controller which begs the pointless question of why just not make that compatible with the WiiU.
I would wait for something official from Nintendo on the Pro controller not working with any Wii software. I wouldn't take Gamespot's word for it just yet. It wouldn't make much sense why it wouldn't work, what's so different about it versus the Classic Pro controller? The 80 hours is nice, although I could see it lasting that long if there is no rumble support on the controller.
@godmars290 The classic controller probably will be compatible with Wii U games that support the pro controller.
@Godmars290 Plus those pro controllers are horrible (classic controller is much better with third-party grips). Not to mention that that whole wireless-but-wired ordeal. I see myself using this controller much more than the pad itself to be honest.
Lolwut? Where is the connection between the Wii U gamepad and the Wii software? О_О
The title makes it sound like that "Bad Luck Brian" meme.
@Neonridr The Pro controller has clickable analog sticks, triggers instead of mushy shoulder buttons for ZL/ZR, a power button of it's own, and doesn't need the Wii remote to operate. Just a few of the differences.
Plus Wii games need the Wii remote. I don't know why people don't understand the difference lol
I didn't mean I didn't know the differences, clearly you didn't understand my post. I meant, it's a controller, why wouldn't it work with Wii games. I know how the controller works, I have one myself. But there is no reasoning to why the new pro shouldn't work with Wii games, it's just a controller, but has all the necessary buttons on it to work an existing Wii game.
What about games that use the onscreen pointer?
thats great battery life! i dont plan on using wii u for wii games any damn way so i couldnt care less about it not working on em.. Setting the gamepad on a dock, on a table, while using the pro is what i intend to do for most games whenever i decide im ready for one.. Cant wait til E3 nx yr.. There should be many great announcements made & hopefully ill get my wii u then.. Whats this "multiplayer only" thing about this? & i already know the rumble isnt too strong but i hope thats all BS
That's pretty good, actually! Thanks for reporting this new article.
I could care less about rumble, they invented it, and it's not that cool anymore. Give me less pro-controller please, this has been outdated design since the Gamecube.
It seemed like a pretty big deal to many when the ps3 dual shock didn't have rumble... Just sayin'... It has become a less than cared about feature this last half gen though.
Dualshock controllers have always had rumble, hence the dual "shock" name. It was the original sixaxis controller I believe your referencing.
Wasn't it more a big deal that nobody really cared about Sixaxis? I thought it could've went somewhere, Flower was a very suprising game for me. I'd rather have more battery life, though I do enjoy sound effects derived from the controller as well.
I hope it has rumble, I really like it. Games like Darksiders make cool use of it, when your life runs low, the controller starts to beat like a heart. It also helps be telling if you need to focus on the game if you start doing something else and fall under attack by Covenant or Helghast. And it adds a nice weight to the controller. I really didn't like how light the PS3 Sixaxis controller was compared to the Dualshock 3.
This pretty much sums up my thoughts on it as well. I agree whole-heartedly. Rumble isn't make or break, I used a sixaxis controller for almost 2 years before the dualshock 3, but it is a nice feature. Still not sure why Nintendo would skimp on the rumble for the pro controller(when they started rumble) and analog triggers (when they had em for gamecube) then charge $49 for it. I was expecting maybe $35-40 but I guess there's something I don't know about the technology to justify the cost.
Rumble is more tradition nowadays. It's pretty subjective, but rumble gives weight to the controller and makes me feel like it's not a cheap piece of plastic.
If given the choice between 2 technologies (Backward compatible or this 80 hour battery), Id want the 80 hour battery life.
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