US retail chain Best Buy is currently selling the White Wii U Pro Controller for a reasonable $25. The White Wii U Pro Controller normally retails for $49.99, so if you’re after one, then be quick about it. The offer is only for today and is only available to online customers.
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In order to play Wii games on the Wii U, you must perform a system update on the new console. The Wii U GamePad shuts off when you access Wii Mode, as Wii games cannot be played with the Wii U GamePad or Wii U Pro Controller. Also, Wii Mode seemingly excludes some Wii Channels; the only Wii Channels available for download are The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword fix and the System Transfer application.
To access the Wii Shop Channel on Wii U, you need to sign in with your Nintendo Network ID.
According to IGN Executive Editor Richard George, the new 6.2-inch touchscreen controller, the Wii U GamePad, lasts for three to five hours after one full charge, which takes roughly 2.5 hours. George also reconfirmed that the Wii U Pro Controller lasts for 80 hours after a full charge, which takes approximately 4.5 hours.
Those of you looking for something a little retro-themed for your Wii U may want to take a closer look at this Super Nintendo themed Wii U Pro controller. The peripheral isn’t developed by Nintendo, but is available via a third-party peripheral manufacturer. Australian games retailer EB Games will be stocking the device, which is about $30 less than the estimated price for the official Wii U Pro Controller.
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According to GameStop, the Wii U Pro Controller can last up to 80 hours on a single charge, which is certainly a longer duration than the Wii U’s main controller, the Wii U GamePad, after one charge. For the sake of comparison, an Xbox 360 controller lasts about 25-30 hours with new batteries.
Although Wii U is backward compatible with most Wii games, GameStop claims that the Wii U Pro Controller cannot be used with any Wii game; you cannot use any of Wii U’s controllers to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, for example.
The Wii U Pro Controller features the dual analog sticks and ergonomic button layout that you’ve come to expect, as well as a rechargeable battery that can last up to 80 hours on a single charge.
Brian Ashcraft, a long-term writer for Kotaku, has just published an article titled “I hate the Wii U Pro controller”. Ashcraft says that the Wii U Pro controller is just too light and says that it’s comparable to Sony’s original PlayStation 3 controller, the Six Axis. Another point that he brings up is the fact that the rumble feature on the controller is very subdued compared to the Xbox 360 controller and the Dual Shock 3. You can read his full opinions here.
Although Wii U GamePads will not be sold as standalone products in North American retailers, consumers can purchase a Wii U Pro Controller for $49.99 as it will not be included in any of the two Wii U bundles. The Wii U Pro Controller will launch alongside the Wii U console in North America on November 18th.