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Wii U Pro Controller to Retail for $49.99 in North America
« on: September 13, 2012, 06:28:33 PM »

The Pro Controller will come at a premium price.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/31714

Noticeably absent from Nintendo's press conference today was the pricing for peripherals and accessories. Since then, the price of one of the key new controllers has been revealed. A Nintendo representative confirmed to the folks over at Polygon that the traditionally styled Pro Controller will retail for $49.99 in North America.

This price point falls in line with the prices that the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers launched at, though both can be easily had for less at this point.

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Re: Wii U Pro Controller to Retail for $49.99 in North America
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2012, 06:37:07 PM »
Unless it has gyro and the like, that's too much.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2012, 06:38:17 PM »
No rumble and no analog triggers and they still want $50?
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Re: Wii U Pro Controller to Retail for $49.99 in North America
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2012, 06:45:53 PM »
Fucking rip off.  The Gamepad will probably be traditional enough to suffice.  A classic controller pro on the Wii is HALF this price!

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2012, 07:02:48 PM »
Wait, no rumble AND no triggers?!  This controller is going to be a tough sell at that price.  Sounds like they are trying to persuade people to use the wiimotes.

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2012, 07:34:48 PM »


I thought for sure they had rumble. I remember at the Nintendo event the person told me the final product would have rumble. What are triggers again?

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2012, 07:36:23 PM »


I thought for sure they had rumble. I remember at the Nintendo event the person told me the final product would have rumble. What are triggers again?


Analogue L&R buttons.  Like the L2 and R2 buttons on the PS3 controller.

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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2012, 07:38:59 PM »
A classic controller pro on the Wii is HALF this price!
Less than that. I mean, the Wii U Pro controller doesn't need a Wii remote to function but still...

No rumble? Fine, but that battery better last at least as long as the Wavebird did AKA forever.
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2012, 07:51:42 PM »
Ouch!! When you combine this with the prices of the Wiimotes not changing it looks like they want to make up all of their lost revenues on peripherals.  Didn't I see the the Gamepad was going to sell for like $170 in Japan?  Double ouch!!!

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2012, 07:59:35 PM »
Ouch!! When you combine this with the prices of the Wiimotes not changing it looks like they want to make up all of their lost revenues on peripherals.  Didn't I see the the Gamepad was going to sell for like $170 in Japan?  Double ouch!!!

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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2012, 07:59:56 PM »
It's a weird balance. Nintendo makes most of their money on software. Turning a profit on hardware and peripherals is extra. If they lowered the price, they may sell more, like how you might buy 2 of something if a second is half price instead of just buying the 1. However, Nintendo probably figures (or flat-out knows), they will make more by just marking up hardware and peripherals since people have to buy these things (and most likely will) to get the most out of their products.

I will probably end up getting 2 Pro Controllers. Looks like it's back to man-whoring so I can afford everything...

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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2012, 08:01:13 PM »
At this price I won't be surprised if there is little support for this peripheral.  Think how many times games would have been improved with simple Classic Controller support and that never happened. 

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2012, 08:09:12 PM »
I will probably end up getting 2 Pro Controllers. Looks like it's back to man-whoring so I can afford everything...

How much?

At this price I won't be surprised if there is little support for this peripheral.  Think how many times games would have been improved with simple Classic Controller support and that never happened. 

I've been out of the loop a bit here.. but I'm going to assume the Pro controller is the X-box looking controller shown at E3, correct? Who needs it? How will this make any game better?? I'm still not a big fan of the GamePad because it might make 3rd parties stick to default dual analog controls for FPS games which I loathe after the awesomness that is IR control, but at least the GamePad does MORE than the Pro controller so why even bother with it???

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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2012, 08:13:13 PM »
At this price I won't be surprised if there is little support for this peripheral.  Think how many times games would have been improved with simple Classic Controller support and that never happened. 
The difference is that Wii U is easy to port to (for now) and is pretty much a gimped version of the console's main controller, the Gamepad which the console can only support 2 of simultaneously. I think the Pro Controller has a really good chance of being the Wii U's go-to controller for most local multiplayer games.
I will probably end up getting 2 Pro Controllers. Looks like it's back to man-whoring so I can afford everything...
How much?

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Re: Wii U Pro Controller to Retail for $49.99 in North America
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2012, 08:16:45 PM »
Iwata said the Pro Controller was for those who wanted to play with a more traditional controller so they arms don't get tired.
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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2012, 09:16:06 PM »
arms get tired from holding a controller on your lap? fat slobs.
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« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2012, 10:02:39 PM »
My classic controller pro will work with Wii U games... right?

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« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2012, 10:08:02 PM »
My classic controller pro will work with Wii U games... right?

Yes, all Wii controllers are confirmed to work.
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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2012, 10:11:55 PM »
My classic controller pro will work with Wii U games... right?
Probably not unless developers specifically code Classic Controller support into their games. The Classic Controller is missing some of the Wii U Pro Controller's functionality in the analog stick click. I can't imagine that being such a barrier for most games, but you're pretty much at the mercy of developers and whether they feel like including Classic Controller support. In other words, I wouldn't count on it all the time. I mean, you couldn't even use the Gamecube controller on the Wii Menu.

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« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2012, 10:39:43 PM »
this controller DOES have rumble and analog triggers. This controller is just like the WiiU gamepad, just without the touchscreen.
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Re: Wii U Pro Controller to Retail for $49.99 in North America
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2012, 11:08:40 PM »
Where did you see "Analog Triggers"?


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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2012, 11:34:25 PM »
Yeah, the only thing that's really been confirmed is the digital "click" of the sticks.. aka L3 and R3 (what will Nintendo call these buttons?!) These suckers better have rumble. Or papa's gonna fight.
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« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2012, 11:42:58 PM »
(what will Nintendo call these buttons?!)

Nintendo already said, they are ZL and ZR
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« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2012, 11:53:41 PM »
Naaaaaaah.... I think that's incorrect. ZL and ZR are the shoulder trigger buttons - according to this picture anyway.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/media/26111/4/19.png

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« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2012, 11:55:51 PM »
Ahh, blame Wikipedia. LOL
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