Nintendo: No plans for Classic Controller Pro in US

Publisher confirms redesign for Virtual Console-friendly gamepad is not currently scheduled for release stateside.

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Last week, Nintendo quietly slipped onto its official Japanese Web site the first details on the Classic Controller Pro (pictured). Unfortunately, the reason for Nintendo's lack of noise on the new peripheral is that the publisher currently has no plans to release the Classic Controller Pro in the US.

It was nice while it lasted...

"At this time, we do not have any plans to launch the Classic Controller Pro in the United States," a Nintendo representative succinctly confirmed for GameSpot. The Nintendo rep provided no explanation for the company's decision and did not comment on regions other than the US.

A redux of the more-traditional gamepad primarily used for Virtual Console games, the Classic Controller Pro features a number of aesthetic and ergonomic tweaks over its original iteration. Namely, the ZL and ZR shoulder buttons have been moved behind the existing L and R top buttons in a manner similar to Sony's Dual Shock line of controllers. Also calling up images of the PlayStation gamepad, the Pro features protruding hand grips. Lastly, the Wii Remote connection cord now extends from the top of the controller instead of from the bottom.

The Classic Controller Pro is expected to be released in Japan this summer. A price point has not yet been revealed.

Discussion

119 comments
superfakerbros
superfakerbros

Maybe they'll release it in US later on...I hope because I would really want this for Brawl,MKW,and other games.

UltimateXShadow
UltimateXShadow

Is Nintendo's decision possibly influenced by that Anascape lawsuit from a few years ago? Either way, this is sad news for me.

rattamierda
rattamierda

ROPULAR ANGELCAGE, your are right, dead riging its an old game, but for another console, the fact is that i dont like using a NGC with new controls for the wii. And right angelcage, rattamierda in spanish la palabra se traduce como el excremento sino el comportamiento de alguien atravesado es un expresion netamente colombiana, ¿¿¿estamos??? so thats what you were looking for??

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

I hate Nintendo's "father knows best" kind of talk. They act like as if they know what is best for everyone despite what people really think. Delaying the DSi for countries apart from Japan, now this controller that I want. Now that Nintendo is dominating this gen (as far as sales charts go), prepare for more of this crap.

gameking5000
gameking5000

Good thing I'm not in the U.S, so I may be able to purchase it if they release it here

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

theres a place called the internet that you can like import games/accesorries proud importer since 1990

maxgil2
maxgil2

Dumb move...ah well import for me.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Too bad. I was looking forward to the updated controller. Nintendo would have had something.

Justinge3
Justinge3

Ya calssic controller PRO with new colors sould be on US, or im leaving mothers basement and going to live in japan to enjoy my new pair of classics :) hehe

Foggel
Foggel

brendanhunt1: Well, microsoft favors you guys ("NXE"... yeah. for american residents), so Nintendo throws the rest of the world a bone. Yay.

Samus_rules
Samus_rules

Damn right now if that plugs into the GC port I'm getting one. I lost my GC controller =(

DrKill09
DrKill09

Looks nearly the same. Regardless, couldn't you just import?

phudabulah
phudabulah

The original was a horrible controller and this one is no different.

fennec_fox
fennec_fox

Strange move... I personally would have rather preferred a 'WaveBird II", that would plug into a GC controller port, have built-in rumble feature and (possibly) a tiny mic for some of the SEGA VC games... This to me is rather useless - I play all my VC games with a GC WaveBird, and am mighty happy about it.

phase4illini
phase4illini

I'm having a hard time with the fact that Nintendo is basically selling something I already own. How about a few legitimate features that would make the purchase of the Pro actually worth the money that I've already once spent on the classic. I don't know, say true wireless that doesn't require a cord, or maybe a rechargeable Li-ion battery. As it stands this is simply a way of fleecing customers.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

The cord coming out the top is even worse than coming out the bottom. With the bottom you can put the Wiimote on your lap or something. With the top, it'll either get in your way or be stuck around the back.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

They don't want to get sued for infringing on Sony's controller design here in the US, that's probably why they won't release here.

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

Haven't we outgrown this whole "regional" thingy by now? It's annoying, especially considering that the PAL regions usually gets the shortest stick.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

robx360 ... However there is really nothing for the hardcore gamer (talking about the wii). I will stick with my 360. I'm sure many PS3 peeps feel the same way. I;m not going to hate on the Wii or PS3. .-.-.-..-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.- Eh? and since when the PS3 is a ginmick toy for little kids only and with only a few real games, with busted graphics, sound and controls? Come on, keeping saying the old line: "PS3 have no games" is dumb by now. Yes, 360 have more games, but 360 had a whole year head start... is clear the it HAVE to have more games than the PS3

redskinStu
redskinStu

I guess everybody is going to have to find some other reason to go on living.

dragonbattousai
dragonbattousai

I like the Classic Controller as is. If one thing needed changes I would say they need to have the two analogs shorten since it feels pretty high on my thumb than what I am use to.

robx360
robx360

I don't think Nintendo copied from Sony. One could argue that Sony may have copied from the SNES. In the end who really cares. Most people are talking about Nintendo's crappy Wii remote. I am happy for Nintendo. However there is really nothing for the hardcore gamer. I will stick with my 360. I'm sure many PS3 peeps feel the same way. I;m not going to hate on the Wii or PS3. In the end there all video game consoles. Even though they all try and be more than that.

Ospov
Ospov

wouldn't have bought it anyway

otanikun
otanikun

Oh well, it's an expected loss, but it's not a huge one

zaveline
zaveline

But Seriously i Really Want a new Resident Evil Game on Wii Or A New Kid Icarus Or Kingdom Hearts that would Be Awesome and Season 2 Of Strong Bad

zaveline
zaveline

is it me or the wii is getting worse this that looks alot like a PS3 Controller Rip-off (and no i am not a sony Fan boy) but i hope wii will come to its senses soon i really want a new Zelda Or Mario Game but im happy With Rock Band 2 And Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition

teknicz
teknicz

The Classic Controller is my favorite controller, hands down. It just feels so right. I'm sure the Pro version will come to the US sooner or later.

Inconnux
Inconnux

Personally I don't like console controllers, so I wouldn't bother with it... for fighting games I just use a GC controller. For the rest the Wii remote is far superior (next best thing to a mouse/keyboard). If they really wanted to innovate they would create a mouse/keyboard that could be used for FPS games. They are just testing this in the Japanese market to see if it sells, if it does I would expect to see it in North America.

jazilla
jazilla

nintendo is king again. who knew?

jadefury27
jadefury27

eh... no big deal. just find it on amazon following it's release.

Stonetowerghost
Stonetowerghost

definitely b/c the classic controller has already been banned in the US. If Ninty wins the appeal to keep selling it we'll prolly see it stateside.

ropumar
ropumar

rattamierda@ Dead rising for the wii, is not only a old game with only new controls, but a worse game than the original.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

@ rattamierda errr.... you know that dead rising IS actually an old game with new controls for wii rigth? on another thing... your nickname... you know what "Mierda" means in spanish did you?

rattamierda
rattamierda

This control looks nice, but i dont care if the control will be launched only in japan, I AM WAITING FOR REAL GOOD GAMES FOR THE WII (thanks capcom for dead rising, and i still waiting for fatal frame) no studip old games with new controls, whats that!!! pikmin new control!!!, mario tennis!!! come on nintendo your mario galaxy, mario strickers charged, mario kart wii, super smash bross brawl and metroid prime rocks, but i still waiting for games as the games for xbox 360 or ps3

Servieux
Servieux

meh, figures Japan would get the better loot. at least it's not a coloured wii.

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

da chub - all the companies copy each other in some way.... none of them are true pioneers across the board. You get a good idea that sells, and everyone will inevitably want a piece - that's the way of the world

da_chub
da_chub

guys, nintendo isnt the company that copies everyone. That is microsoft and PS. N64 brings analog, PS copies. Wii does motion, everyone else follows. i dont like the current classic controler, so i dont mind a new design.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

DualShock Wii? Come on nintendo be a little original, is just a white dualshock2. No thanks, keep the crappy stuff away from me.

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

Oh well, it's just a controller, no biggie for me...

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Well this is a little disappointing. I love my old GC controllers, but the cords are too short now, with the way I have my gaming set up. Well mebbie this won't be set in stone and they change their minds. I just could really use something to make me blow the dust off my Wii. I haven't touched it since the second Tales of Symphonia.

jrmet1999
jrmet1999

I could buy it on ebay or amazon japan!

jrmet1999
jrmet1999

I could buy it on ebay or amazon japan!

mprezzy
mprezzy

I don't want to be the stick in the mud here, but I don't see much use in getting bent out of shape. 1. It's a Japanese company. They don't really have any obligation to the U.S. to do anything for the U.S. 2. I'm quite sure there will be plenty on Ebay to find anyway. 3. "At this time" is what the guy said. It's not even set in stone yet. I just don't see any reason to really get up in arms over this.

Xhawk2004
Xhawk2004

Its really tiring after awhile to see how much cool stuff Japan always gets when it comes to video games, wether it be periphials like these, or just cool bonuses for buying games. Ive lost count of how many things I would have loved to get over the years :(