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Why Did Nintendo Release The Wii U Pro Controller?

By aquizero on Jul 17 2012 01:54 PM
There is a new rumor floating around the Internet that Nintendo was forced to release the Wii U Pro Controller. Specifically, Michael Pachter suggested that in order for Activision’s Call of Duty to be a possibility on the Wii U, Nintendo needed a “normal” control. Of course, there are no facts that Activision forced Nintendo’s hand, but just the thought does make you wonder.

I am not against the release of the Wii U Pro Controller. I think it was a smart strategy by Nintendo to appeal to a wider audience of gamers, specifically those who don’t see outside the box. This is the same type of gamer that was appalled at their very first sight of the Wii U GamePad. Sure, the controller looks a little different. The size may be the most noticeable difference, especially in comparison to the Wii controller, which was extremely small. Upon further inspection of the Wii U GamePad, you will notice it is full of familiarity. The standard d-pad, analog sticks, a,b,x,y and z buttons are all there. If all these “standard” buttons are present on the Wii U GamePad, what is the real reason behind the release of the Wii U Pro Controller?

My opinion is “conformity.” There are still a large number of gamers and possibly gaming companies that hoped Nintendo would have conformed with the release of their next generation console. This, as we know, did not happen. It is unfortunate that Nintendo have to be very cautious by balancing the hardcore and casual games on this system. This is solely because the Nintendo Wii did not appeal to every type of gamer. Whether you want to pinpoint the problem as its graphics, the motion controls, the processing power or the minimal amount of third-party games, Nintendo is desperate to win back those who left. It is up to Nintendo to renew the confidence of these lost individuals and show them that the company now has the capability and willingness to release the games they want.

Does Nintendo really want developers to release games that do not utilize the Wii U GamePad? No. Do they want the gamers to only use the Wii U Pro Controller? No. The reality is thst Nintendo was pinned against a wall and had to “conform” slightly in order to appease the masses. Ultimately, I doubt that Activision gave Nintendo such an ultimatum. This was a decision that Nintendo made themselves.

What do you think of this rumor? Will you be using the Wii U Pro Controller?


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Comments: 10

It has almost always had an older style controller option when they released new systems.. i feel its for the younger players and the ppl who have grown use to the older controls.. its kinda like how the 3ds has an option to turn the 3d off yah know?
Personally, I think Nintendo opened a can of worms with the style of that controller.  It looks way too similar to the Xbox 360 controllers.  Let's hope no lawsuits happen.....
Oh yes options are a good thing I will agree but I do not necessarily think this was geared toward younger players.

Yes this controller is very similar to th xbox 360 controller but that issue was addressed by Nintendo already, stating that it was built for comfort and there are some distinct differences between the two.

The main issue I see with this is that it is an additional, optional item. I just wonder how well this is going to sell? Who will buy it? Would this controller work for multi-player games like NSMBU? If you seen the countless videos showing multi-player, one person is using the Wii U Gamepad and three/four others are using the Wii control.
Personally, I don't care what Mr. Pachter says about anything and Nintendo isn't going to let anyone TELL them what do to either. We all know that Nintendo marches to it's own drummer and will do what they want, when they want. Having this new controller will be a welcome addition to my ever growing cache of accessories for the Wii/WiiU. :) I never really enjoyed holding the Wii-Mote sideways even with the sleeves on, it was still uncomfortable.
I like the WiI U Pro Controller and I hope it will come wireless and a Built in rumble feature. Nintendo was not force to do anything at all. The Wii You could use like three different controllers for some games like Mario Kart and Smash Bros. People just don't look behind the box though lol

View PostBettiePage, on 20 July 2012 - 10:26 AM, said:

Personally, I don't care what Mr. Pachter says about anything and Nintendo isn't going to let anyone TELL them what do to either. We all know that Nintendo marches to it's own drummer and will do what they want, when they want. Having this new controller will be a welcome addition to my ever growing cache of accessories for the Wii/WiiU. :) I never really enjoyed holding the Wii-Mote sideways even with the sleeves on, it was still uncomfortable.

I agree with you fully. Nintendo marches to their own beat. More recently though they were forced to conform a little bit. Well maybe conform is not the right term, maybe they were forced to pay even closer attention to the industry.

Yes I agree that holding the Wii-Mote sideways does not feel comfortable to me. This is primarily why I have not completed New Super Mario Bros Wii. I tried to play it the other day and I couldn't. I have a sleeve too but it doesn't totally help. Now I can not wait to play that game using either the Wii U Gamepad or the Wii U Pro controller!

View Post@BigPure1, on 27 July 2012 - 12:42 AM, said:

I like the WiI U Pro Controller and I hope it will come wireless and a Built in rumble feature. Nintendo was not force to do anything at all. The Wii You could use like three different controllers for some games like Mario Kart and Smash Bros. People just don't look behind the box though lol

Yes that is for sure that this controller is wireless and does not use batteries. Yes, I can see the Wii U Pro being a success for games like Smash Bros especially!
I really don't see why everyone is making such a big deal out of the Wii U Pro Controller. I think everyone should be happy with what Nintendo is offering; it's an option. No one's going to eventually force anyone to purchase the new-style controller. It's all about preference and what works for the consumer.
I think people make a big deal when they feel that a company is copying a competitor. In this case it did seem that way based on the resemblance of the controller. The same thing is happening with Playstation's Battle Royale game being torn to shreds because of its direct influence from Smash Bros.
I do see, and understand the point you're making. There's no question that there are similarities between the two controllers. I believe there could be a possible design revision before the final product is released, but possibly only if there are patent infringements.

As far as Activision having any part in this, I call bogus.

View PostKevin, on 30 July 2012 - 01:07 PM, said:

As far as Activision having any part in this, I call bogus.

I agree with that. It is just fun to play into the rumors a bit.