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Nintendo Reveals New Wii Controller 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-so-different-after-all dept.
IGN reports that Nintendo has unveiled the Classic Controller Pro, a new input device for the Wii of a more typical design than the Wii Remote. "From the info we've already got on the PRO, we know it's a larger controller, not only in thickness, height, and width, but it also makes use of one of the more well-received concepts out there, which is the extension grips, which gives it a GameCube, Xbox Controller S/360 look. As you can see, the Z buttons (Z/L and Z/R) are larger now, and placed like the R1/R2, L1/L2 setup found with Sony controllers. The PRO even borrows from the Nyko Classic Controller and Click Grip."
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Nintendo Reveals New Wii Controller

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  • Um (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Masami Eiri (617825) <brain.wav@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Saturday February 28, 2009 @02:19AM (#27020881) Journal
    It doesn't look like a Wiimote replacement. If anything, it's a Classic Controller with grips slapped on. The summary makes it seem like it's to replace the Wiimote.
    • Re:Um (Score:5, Insightful)

      by artor3 (1344997) on Saturday February 28, 2009 @02:33AM (#27020945)

      It doesn't look like a Wiimote replacement. If anything, it's a Classic Controller with grips slapped on. The summary makes it seem like it's to replace the Wiimote.

      What part of "the Classic Controller Pro, a new input device for the Wii of a more typical design than the Wii Remote" was lost on you?

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Forkenhoppen (16574)

        What part of "the Classic Controller Pro, a new input device for the Wii of a more typical design than the Wii Remote" was lost on you?

        Actually, if you want to go splitting hairs, it's really a new input device for the Wiimote, so the OP does have a point about the description being a touch misleading/inaccurate. ;)

      • It should read "of a more typical design than the Classic Controller". You do not use this to replace a Wiimote. You use this to replace a Classic Controller (or Gamecube controller - but not for Gamecube games).

        To be honest, it seems a bit pointless to me. Having a classic controller around for SNES and other 8- and 16-bit era games is nice, since the form has the nostalgia value, as well as a proper button layout (A/B/X/Y in the proper places for SNES games). A Gamecube controller works very well for N64

      • by bonch (38532)

        The Classic Controller doesn't replace the Wii Remote. It simply plugs into it.

    • Re: (Score:1, Redundant)

      by Secret Rabbit (914973)

      You need to re-read the summary then. Because, it doesn't say what you think it does. Also, if you would have RTFA, you would have seen this, "Behold the new Classic Controller PRO from Nintendo". So, hardly a replacement.

    • by spinkham (56603)

      Yeah, it's a classic controller with grips. It looks better then the old classic controller, but I wish they'd just reintroduce the Wavebird instead. I have one and it's much better and more convenient then the Wii Classic controller..

  • New? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Johnson90512 (1487551)
    Sure it does look sleek, but it is much of an old gamecube controller
  • by daath93 (1356187)
    Was this really necessary? It looks to STILL have a wire necessitating connection to the wiimote. Why switch from a completely wireless gamecube pad for that?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by ActionJesus (803475)
      Sorry, but you clearly don't understand how technology works. If it wasnt possible to have a wireless gamecube controller [amazon.co.uk] 7 years ago, why should it be possible now?
      • by daath93 (1356187)
        its not that i don't understand, its that i think its fantastically silly that my girlfriend's wireless wii controller requires to be connected by a wire to a wireless wii remote. anyone who doesn't see this as completely crazy has no place to lecture on understanding "technology".

        Clearly it is YOU who doesn't understand that "technology" has been leaving cables behind for controllers for quite some time.
        • You fail, dude. He was on your side. He was sarcastically saying that yes, we had wireless Gamecube controllers seven years ago and that you're right: we should have them today as well.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by tepples (727027)

      Why switch from a completely wireless gamecube pad for that?

      Tetris Party, Dr. Mario Online Rx, and probably several other WiiWare games are compatible with the Classic Controller's protocol. They are not compatible with that of the GameCube controller.

    • by Ant P. (974313)

      Do you want a $20 joypad that plugs into the wiimote you already have, or a $40 wireless one with non-removable added battery weight to hold (batteries which you'll either need to buy an extra set of or swap from/to a wiimote incessantly)?

      • by tepples (727027)

        Do you want a $20 joypad that plugs into the wiimote you already have

        I own two Wii Remotes, and the games support four. So if I'm not going to be using the Nunchuk or MotionPlus accessory with any 4-player games, I'd almost rather buy two Classic Controllers with integrated remotes (the way the Balance Board does it) at $40 each than two Wii Remote + Classic Controller bundles at $60 each.

  • Um... (Score:3, Funny)

    by drsquare (530038) on Saturday February 28, 2009 @04:40AM (#27021423)

    To me is just looks like a Sixaxis painted white.

  • Bring out a wii version of the Wavebird - that really was my favourite of the controllers on the last gen systems. The biggest thing (not just wavebird specific) was being able to tell what buttons you were pressing without looking down because of the different shapes. The Xbox controllers in particular took ages for me to get accustomed to.

  • "Borrows"? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Lord Lode (1290856)
    It says in the article it "borrows" from the Nyko Classic Controller. But to me it looks like EXACTLY the Nyko Classic Controller except for the Nyko label and a slightly different look of the grips! I suppose Nyko and Nintendo are related to each other then?
  • It's just a shell for the classic controller. This is no different than the "steering wheel" shell for the wiimote.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by tuffy (10202)

      It has to be a new controller because the two Z buttons have been moved. That said, it's easy to confuse it for something like the Nyko shell because its front design changes are so minimal.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by jabithew (1340853)

      It's not. You're confusing the new Nintendo product (or should that be 'new'?) with the existing third-party grip for the classic. The top image is Nintendo's offering, the lower the third-party.

  • This just in... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Quarters (18322)
    Company makes product, plans to sell it to make money. Seriously, how is this news?
    • by lag10 (667114)

      Company makes product, plans to sell it to make money.

      Seriously, how is this news?

      That same reasoning could be applied to any story.

      Take "Government mismanages huge sums of taxpayer funds..." for example.

      Rinse, repeat. It's the same story, but occurring at a different time. That's why this is news.

    • by grumbel (592662)

      New first party controllers happen only once every few years, so this is quite unexpected news. On the other side its of course just a classic controller with hand grips bolted on, so not all that exciting.

  • I really hope it has the Gamecube style handle grips, and not the PSX style nubs. I have big hands and found the GC to be a supremely comfortable controller.

    The PSX derivations still hurt my middle->pinky fingers if I squeeze one for too long, and Sony should be outright embarrassed for not improving the DS3 design. They retreated when their prototype batarang style was ridiculed, and all we got was a wireless DS2 with mushy shoulder triggers.

    This released picture only shows a top view, so I have my fi

  • While the original Wii controller is innovative, it is too simplified to allow certain modes of game play.

    I wonder if this addition is meant for Virtual Console gaming, and, if not, would it be too late to breathe new life into the already family oriented console.

    • by grumbel (592662)

      This controller is nothing new, the Classic Controller has existed since day one, this one just changes the form a bit, but doesn't add any extra stuff. It can be used in Virtual Console games and a few Wii games such as SmashBros, just as the original Classic Controller, its not meant to replace the Wiimote and most Wii games will continue to use the Wiimote, just as they have in the past two years.

  • Shouldn't they be trying to get the Wii MotionPlus [slashdot.org] to market?

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