Nintendo Shows Off New Wii U Tablet Controller; Xbox 360-style ‘Pro’ Controller

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 3rd, 2012 at 11:43 pm,

Wii U Controller Redesign

Last year’s E3 saw Nintendo show off a more slightly-more-primitive version of their next-generation console, the Wii U. However, after another year under the hood – and just months from its Winter 2012 launch – the new system now looks ready to appear in final form.

The company revealed the final design of the Wii U’s Tablet controller during their pre- E3 Nintendo Direct video earlier tonight. And while the controller is still without an official name, it does boast some impressive changes.

The finalized Wii U controller contains changes from previously leaked  images – including two analog sticks, as opposed to the “nubs” that were present in the prototype version. These sticks can be clicked in to act like buttons, much like those in most modern day controllers. The buttons have also been moved around to enhance comfort – the d-pad and face buttons are no longer directly below the analog sticks. Nintendo’s Saruto Iwata says the new placement, plus the addition of rounded grips on the back of the controller should help gamers who plan to play for long periods of time.

The new controller also boasts some new features – the most impressive of which is a TV button. Users can press this button to switch to their TV and use the Wii U Tablet Controller as a remote control. The controller will also feature NFC technology use in Skylanders.

Wii U Pro Controller


Nintendo also unveiled the Wii U Pro Controller – offering a more traditional design for those who would rather not use the Tablet. The Pro Controller uses a design similar to that of the Xbox 360 controller, though the analog sticks are placed symmetrically like the PlayStation 3’s DualShock 3. It looks like Nintendo found the “best of both worlds”, so to speak. The controller also has USB port, opening up the ability to do away with batteries. This could also allow gamers to plug the controller into a PC, though a third party would probably have to make software to support that.

With the Wii U, Nintendo is doing something really special – it’s giving players choice. Those who prefer a traditional controller can use the Pro controller, while those who want to make use of the Tablet’s features can still do so. The Classic Controller was also available for the Wii, however few games used it, forcing many to play with the Wiimote. Both controllers look very comfortable nonetheless, but it’s still great to give gamers options.

What do you think of the controller redesign?

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Source: Nintendo Direct

TAGS: E3 2012, Nintendo, Wii U

  • Mforce

    Great idea on nintendo’s part, while i still doubt I will buy the WiiU, I think its a great idea that since they’re so late with joining hardcore gamers again, they can still reach casual gamers with this choice. Now they will truly reach the goal they had set

  • nickp

    The Wii U GamePad will feature a TV control button that lets you use the controller as an infrared TV remote

  • Androol

    That classic controller is pretty, and although it’s kind of a minor thing, I really like that TV remote control ability. I never actually bought the Wii classic controller (since I had a GCN controller to use instead), but didn’t it require being plugged into the Wii-mote? I’m very glad that they changed it to be its own thing, and it looks like it may have a USB port on the top, which probably means a rechargeable battery, PS3-style. I like that too. And of course I’m glad about the increased comfort factor of the GamePad.

    Can’t wait to see some games!

  • Matt

    The Pro controller looks like it sucks.

    • Poncho

      This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read, because it’s so stupid. No seriously though, it was funny.

      • Matt

        How is it stupid? I just gave my opinion on the Pro controller.

        • andy

          its funny cause you basing you opinion on a singular picture when we all know that pictures don’t represent the feel, size, and weight of an object

          • Androol

            To be fair, he did say it LOOKS like it sucks, which I think is a fair judgment to make from a picture. Or at least, it would be, except the controller doesn’t appear to me to be capable of suction at all. Unless he meant, like… it sucks electricity in through that little port on the top.

          • Matt

            It’s exactly like Androol said, I said that the Pro controller LOOKS like it sucks. I judged the controller’s looks, not its performance, or rather, its ability to enable performance. The reasons I said that the Pro controller LOOKS like it sucks is because the analog sticks are above the D-pad and buttons. Also, I think its shape is a little funky.

          • andy

            i agree it doesnt look the best but i guese what i’m saying is that you shouldn’t look at the picture and assume rahter you should endevoir to find a hands on preview somwhere and base you opinion on that

  • EastOfTheAnduin

    Mr. Iwata is Awesome.
    As much as I love my Grandfather, I don’t think I need any video conferenced Zombie Killing Tips from him.
    Thanks, but I think I’ll probably keep my sweet Logitech Harmony remote.
    I hope that Pro Controller’s USB isn’t just for plugging into the Wiimote.
    Mr. Iwata is Awesome.

    • Poncho

      Games are coming, my friend. This Tuesday. Tune in to E3

      • EastOfTheAnduin

        Yeah. BUT…that’s like almost two whole days away!

  • theshadowgamer

    too much variation, too much unconfirmed announcements.
    i would say that casual gamers would be confused instead of being interested.

  • brandon

    So they made a controller that was a hybrid of the PS3 and XBOX360?

    Not what I expected.

  • TaboriHK

    Something about the button being below the joysticks makes me really hate that Pro controller. I’m not sure what actual effect it will have but my brain screams “bad design choice.”

    • DarthMalnu

      My thoughts exactly. It seems like any extended play would lead to some serious discomfort… though I do appreciate that they’re at least trying.

      • yea

        My main complaint about ps3/xbox controllers is that the joy sticks are below the buttons this is sick

  • Patrick

    If it’s at all the the Wii classic controller than I will end up getting a madcats one. That controller sucked. I hated playing with it on Monster Hunter.