SNES-inspired Wii U controller spotted

Australian EB Games shop lists variant that combines Wii U Pro Controller and classic SNES input for around $49. [UPDATE]: Nintendo Australia has confirmed the controller is not an official Nintendo product.

Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console is a step towards the future, but that doesn't mean the company is forgetting its past. EB Games Australia has posted a listing for a new controller that appears to combine the Wii U Pro Controller with a classic SNES input.

The new and unconfirmed controller (at right) places the SNES input directly below the Wii U Pro Controller's thumbsticks. It includes the controller's iconic rounded form, as well as the same color-appropriate A, B, X, and Y buttons that appeared on the original.

The result is the "Wii U Controller - SNES version," which the site suggests will launch with the console in Australia on November 30 for AUD $48, or about $49. Listings for the controller are not available through North American or European retailers.

[UPDATE]: Nintendo Australia has confirmed the controller is not an official Nintendo product.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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kungfool69
kungfool69

i saw something listed on my shstem at work (JB Hifi), Wii U Retro controller $49 AU. soooooooooo getting it if its really that style (plus staff discount makes it only $35ish). now i  have never had good luck with third party controllers, steering clear of them since the N64, but maybe this will be good? considering JB Hifi has cut the price of the Wii U to $399 instead of $428, that gives me more reason to grab it!!

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Now this is exciting..

TheBlackEclipse
TheBlackEclipse

Okay... This may be the greatest thing ever. This is TOO good!

jhpeter
jhpeter

Cant wait to put my hands on this 80 hours of battery, gamepad, that looks awesome!

OtherFabbros
OtherFabbros

Old School rises on the modernshit...Finally, i hope the WiiU is the throwback that i expected!

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

hmmm, I like the idea, but i don't like the design, it looks very uncomfortable. But then again, I won't know for sure until i get one in my hands. if it's real my store will have some soon.

Ansem_Rev
Ansem_Rev

Ok so it's a 360 controller next...

rarson
rarson

The stupid thing is, since they didn't move the plus and minus buttons, the Select and Start buttons are completely unnecessary. So it's obviously just a mock-up, because there are two superfluous buttons on the thing.

robertico7
robertico7

Just perfect for playing the upcomming smash brothers title. I love it. Brings back the good memories too of the best console from nintendo, the snes. (in my opinion)

Wyckid
Wyckid

My SNES never had color coded buttons.  The buttons were lavender and purple...

gammerz26
gammerz26

Shouldn't "Y" be on vertical and "X" the horizontal?

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

Cool looking snesbox pad. I want it now.

Jadedfever
Jadedfever

Lol,what the hell nintendo,looks like 360 and snes made a baby controller XD.

Battle_Pants
Battle_Pants

Hey look! The SNES and the 360 controller made a baby. How cute... No, it's just ugly. Bring back the MegaDrive(Genesis) controller then we talk.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

All companies borrow ideas from each other, Nintendo are not the great innovators that many people believe, almost every peripheral that nintendo has released has been borrowed from elsewhere.  Admittedly, these devices were somewhat transformed but borrowed none the less.

HSV002
HSV002

Looks like a Xbox controller bent over an Snes controller and this is the result.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the only thing missing is the Live button on the center

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

Considering the overall shape of this controller...seems kind of pointless IMO.  What would have been cool is if the SNES part of the controller was detachable so that you get the actual feel of the SNES when playing downloadable games.  Then simply reattaching the SNES part of the controller back into the housing (extra buttons, etc.) to play Wii U games.

mrklorox
mrklorox

I would have totally bought one if it was an official Nintendo product. But I learned a long time ago not to buy third party controllers. Still going to get a real Wii-U Pro controller to use on my PC.

 

Then again that Ascii pad for with the six turbo switches was the best controller I ever owned for the SNES back in the day.

H-nugg3t
H-nugg3t

Anyone that knows the slightest bit about the history of video game consoles can conclude that the 360 controller was inspired by many other controllers including mostly Nintendo controllers. It's now time that Microsoft gave something back to the industry  and thankfully they has saved Nintendo development time by designing a decent model for Nintendo to use for third party games.

LeMeAtOm
LeMeAtOm

 @godzillavskong until our hands evolve into another shape, this is it. this shape of controller has settled into the norm after being sculpted, tested and designed from many years of study into the perfect outlay for the paws that we all have. So pretty much all controllers are going to look near on the same until we evolve or change how we interact with games. 

GeneralConker
GeneralConker

 @godzillavskong

 Shape itself, maybe, but its a comfortable grip, so I'm glad in that aspect.  As for the analog sticks, the Xbox 360 controller could be compared better to Gamecube's.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @godzillavskong To an extent but the analog is different which is a pretty big difference when it comes to actual usage. If they look really similar well, who cares? Its a controller, its about what feels best when your playing.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @FreedomPrime Hmmm... maybe. But I think I can see myself using it (if I ever get the Wii U, which I'm still VERY sketchy about). I just think I would hold it a little further down on the sides instead of how I would hold a regular controller if I'm just using the SNES part.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @Suikogaiden How do you get to the buttons easily when both sticks are on bottom? You know, like the DualShock?

rarson
rarson

 @Suikogaiden 

 

That's great, except the Pro controller already has this exact design, except without the SNES elements, so it has nothing to do with nostalgia.

rarson
rarson

 @gammerz26 

 

No. SNES always had the buttons labeled like that.

rarson
rarson

 @Battle_Pants 

 

Ew. Why would anyone want to play with a Genesis controller? They're cheap, dodgy, and horribly laid out.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @bongsyas_23

 I haven't played the 360 in a while, but aren't the joysticks, or at least the right one, in a little lower spot?

rarson
rarson

 @mrklorox 

 

I had one of those. Still prefer the original controllers.

Arseen
Arseen

@rarson @Battle_Pants Yep SNES ASCII pad was the best. Nintendo quality with turbo fire. Also it was even more comfortable to hold than original PAL SNES pad.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @tightwad34  @bongsyas_23 Ya, which does make a pretty big difference. I honestly prefer it that way, but its not to say I don't like this controller even if it looks like it is the Xbox one.

LeMeAtOm
LeMeAtOm

 @rarson  @littlestreakier the xbox controller is basically the son of the sega dreamcast controller. so the sega pads are bad argument is a little invalid there :) 

rarson
rarson

 @tightwad34  

 

Meh. I have one of those. Doesn't hold a candle to the SNES controller. But I've been spoiled by Nintendo controllers from the early days.

 

Plus, I don't care for the 6-button layout.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @rarson  @funny16

 No, it was just a regular controller with three buttons on the right top and three more right on the bottom of those. It was a fantastic controller, especially for 1990(or around that time).

rarson
rarson

 @funny16  

 

Are you talking about a stick? I've got some Saturn sticks that were pretty solid, but I never use them. Their gamepads suck.