Snuck into the announcement that the Wii U controller will be officially known as the Wii U GamePad, Nintendo has declared its intentions to win over gamers not interested in playing Wii Sports or more re-hashed Mario games, by unveilng the Wii U Pro controller at E3 2012.
Nintendo Wii U Pro controller: Build and design
Instantly the Wii U Pro controller strikes up more than a passing resemblance to the Xbox 360 controller in terms of looks and the way it sits snug when held in two hands.
It also sports a similarly black finish but will be available in white as well. As you can see from our pictures, the extra gloss does mean it's a haven for fingerprints. The battery is hidden inside the controller, so lacks the bulky nature that the battery casing gives the Xbox 360 controller.
As with our time with the GamePad, the Pro is surprisingly very light which should make it ideal for prolonged gaming sessions.
Nintendo Wii U Pro controller: Features
We spent some time using the Wii U controller playing Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, one of the third party titles primed for the Wii U, a game Nintendo worked with TECMO KOEI to re-make the Ninja Gaiden 3 game that received criticism for being too easy and too much of a button-bashing fest.
There are shoulder buttons and trigger buttons that sit enclosed inside the controller's body while a mini-USB port can be found on the front edge of the device as your means of charging.
Nintendo Wii U Pro controller: Verdict
In terms of comfort, we can't fault the Wii U Pro controller. It essentially offers a similiar experience to Sony and Microsoft's official controllers, but doesn't feel as heavy, but it is marginal on that front. We love the ZL and ZR triggers which are more tucked away and makes the Pro ergonomic and combine nicely with the analogue sticks.
Our issues come with regards to the positioning of the face buttons which are extremely low in comparison to the PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers and in our time with a fighting game like Ninja Gaiden III Razor's Edge it felt difficult to perform button combinations without scrambling our fingers around the pad.
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