The special Pokken Tournament controller that was previously announced for Japan will be making its way to the west. The controller replicates the one that can be found on the Pokken Tournament arcade machine. US retailer Amazon has it listed for a March 16th release and says it will cost $25. However, you should be made aware that the controller doesn’t work with other games and is wired.
In what is likely the most ingenious concept of Wii U’s lifespan, Hyperkin is currently testing a GameCube-esque Wii U wireless controller that will be fully compatible with Wii U Pro Controller titles. Not to be done by some of the other third-party controller announcements this week, the new controller titled “ProCube” showed up in a reddit post on /r/SmashBros early yesterday. Unlike Nintendo’s proprietary Wii U GameCube controllers, the ProCube is able to sync via the same method as a Wiimote or Wii U Pro Controller, making the “Wii U GameCube Adapter” completely unnecessary. Even more interesting, the controller (utilizing an additional few buttons) is fully compatible with any of the 130+ Wii U Pro Controller titles, meaning you can use this modified GameCube controller with games such as Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.
The ProCube is still in its prototype stages, however Hyperkin hopes to have it at EVO 2015 to get player feedback. The current price expected is somewhere between $30-40, with no definite release date.
However, along with the major Smash news today, Nintendo has stealthily released a $.99 app (titled “Smash Controller”) on the eShop that allows players without a Smash cartridge to use the 3DS in the Wii U version.
The app is available now, so make sure to pick it up if you don’t have enough controllers to fill your eight-player roster!
Investment site The Motley Fool is reporting that Logitech’s recently unveiled iPhone controller, the PowerShell, could ultimately mean the death of Nintendo. The publication says that Apple is already more important than Nintendo as a recent study showed that there are 126 million mobile gamers. In comparison, Nintendo has sold about 35 million 3DS consoles worldwide. However, it should be mentioned that Apple has yet to announce a first party controller for the system.
But Nintendo’s reliance on handheld gaming is dangerous, and potentially fatal. With Logitech’s new controller, Apple’s phones could finally get the sorts of the games that attract core gamers. When that happens, the reasons to own Nintendo’s handheld will plummet.
According to CVG sources, Sony may very well abandon the DualShock controller design with the release of the company’s inevitable next-generation home console, which will probably be called the PlayStation 4. Instead, Sony’s PlayStation 4 controller will supposedly include biometric sensors and an LCD touchscreen, not unlike Nintendo’s new Wii U GamePad. Similar to how the Wii U console is compatible with Wii Remote controllers, gamers may be able to interact with Sony’s forthcoming home console via DualShock controllers.
You can play New Super Mario Bros. Wii with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination, but the forthcoming New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U doesn’t support that control method. New Super Mario Bros. U launches alongside Nintendo’s new console on November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe and Australia.