Wii Classic Controller Pro launching with Monster Hunter Tri

Capcom's online action game given April launch window, $60 bundle with North American debut of Nintendo's updated pad.

Two hit Japanese Wii products will be making their long-awaited North American debuts in tandem. Capcom today announced that when Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii arrives in April, it will be accompanied by Nintendo's Wii Classic Controller Pro.

The black Classic Controller Pro will be bundled with Monster Hunter Tri.

The game will be available on its own for $50 or in a bundle with a black Classic Controller Pro for $60. Those wanting the controller but not the game will be able to buy it a la carte in white and black versions for $20.

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 DualShock 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 the bottom.

The controller's similarity to Sony's efforts is one reason to pair its launch with that of Monster Hunter Tri. The Monster Hunter series debuted on the PlayStation 2 and was console-exclusive to Sony's systems prior to Tri's release. Even that game was initially announced as a PlayStation 3-exclusive. However, citing the "high development cost of titles for PS3," Capcom said in October 2007 that it would be releasing the title for Nintendo's console instead.

Monster Hunter is already a best seller in Japan, where it went on sale last summer. Multiplayer is a central part of the action game, which will sport four-player online co-op, as well as two-player split-screen action. Lone gamers can also compete in a single-player mode, questing through the game's remote wilderness with a survival expert companion. GameSpot's preview has more details on the game.

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174 comments
the_Great_Fall
the_Great_Fall

@wahyudil The regular classic controller will work for this game.

wahyudil
wahyudil

I loved gamecube controller better than PS dual-shock like design ... too bad classic controller not supported this ....

Princess_Rectum
Princess_Rectum

I've been going on about this for a looooong time. I remember that controller design way back when the Wii hadn't been released yet, and Nintendo said it'll support both the Wiimote and the classic controller. IMO they fudged up and didn't follow through on that. If they kept that tactic going, I'm sure the Wii would have much better support overall.

kumarrish
kumarrish

its good specially d wire is comin out frm up not from down...it must be good

X-RS
X-RS

well see i alerady picked a 3rd party one up at the source (10 bucks), so im alright.

CPUX
CPUX

....10 dollars for a PS3 like controller...on the Wii.... ...Worth it.

wraithbladeuk
wraithbladeuk

2 extra triggers and grips isn't enough to make me part with my cash I'm afraid. Pretty cool if you don't own/have trouble using the exsisting Classic, but otherwise not worth replacing them with this.

goatman1
goatman1

@ Hvac0120 Because it's already attached to a wireless controller (the wiimote). Just put the classic controller attachment in the bottom of the wiimote like you would the nunchuk (or nunchuck I forget which spelling haha!) attachment.

Allerletzt
Allerletzt

Why are we just now getting a classic controller with grips that might help me HOLD it? I can't even use the current one because my hands are too big to fit on it AND hit the buttons.

ASG_
ASG_

So basically a refurnished Gamecube controller?

itsmrbungle
itsmrbungle

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zaiwen
zaiwen

LMFAO ...as always NA gets the last piece of the pie.. at the very least you'd still get it

SleepingDragon7
SleepingDragon7

Now I'm excited, I need a Classic Controller and I'm waiting for the game. Will definitely get the bundle.

Op_Meteor
Op_Meteor

its also only fair that nintendo copy sony's controller since sony's controller copied the snes controller...LMAO

jakarai
jakarai

Damn I wish this was on PS3 instead of the Nintendo Wii.

sparkypants
sparkypants

That looks like a really uncomfortable Playstation Controller.

playtimetech
playtimetech

that is so nice,,hehe...i will prepare for it..

GamerofMario1
GamerofMario1

Will the new controller support Virtual Console games like the regular Classic Controller? If so, then I must get it!!!!!!

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

Holy crap that looks like a Playstation controller! Only fair for nintendo to rip off Sony's controller since Sony ripped off the designs for Nintendo's Wiimote and nunchuck. Anyways this game is gonna be sweet! I'm gonna get this and No More Heroes 2! Woot!!!

Pattonfiend67
Pattonfiend67

good stuff! this game is gonna be RAW! already have a translated japanese version that sometimes works, lol, but this has more features and looks waaaaaay better! will be buying this one for sure, the package deal...

TheDere
TheDere

At least now I wont have to use the crappy wii remote or the current classic controller.

Kiro96
Kiro96

dont really see a differance between classic controller and classic controller pro

diggyman
diggyman

nintendo probably isnt going to support this controller as much as we might hope. It mostly has to do with what developers make for it, but with the temptation of PS3 and 360 nearby, most 3rd party developers will focus more attention on them, since they have more graphical pushing power. Nintendo has the non-gamer market in a chokehold, so they're gonna keep making poo for them. Don't get me wrong, I love Nintendo, I just dont see the hardcore game count jumping up because of this new controller.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The controller looks comfortable and cool... But why can't they have a wireless classic controller? _

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

Hopefully publishers will make games only using the classic controller so Nintendo can gets some real games on there system not more crappy mini games or games with bunnys

DoorKnob22
DoorKnob22

This must be what the 14th good game on the Wii? COME ON NINTENDO, YOU GOTTA TRY TO KEEP APPEALING TO THE TEEN-MATURE GENRE. God this looks so good though, I keep finding irony at the how the PS3 is getting motion controls or something and now Wii is getting a very "interesting" looking controller.

Moose_4
Moose_4

I love how mad Sony fan boys get when they "think" nintendo is stealing stuff from them. The controller might look like the ps2 one, but why dont you all go look at the SNES controller, and then see how the PS1 controller come out, exactly the same apart from the R2 L2, then N64 introduces 3D stick, then WO, sony decide to wack 2 on the original controller. And dont get me started on the most unused SIXAXIS on the PS3 controller to try and compete after the Wii had been unveiled, atleast they dont make them anymore. Nintendo is original, shame others have to copy instead of sticking to what they do!

Lokolopes
Lokolopes

Everybody wants Monster Hunter 3 for PS3, am I right??

trollkind
trollkind

F U Nintendo, first you snatch Monster Hunter from the playstation, then, to mock me personally I presume, rebuild the controller. Or they want to tease me "come on, buy it. See it's juuust like the Ps2". Hmm, actually I'll just stick to the Ps2 and PSP versions I guess.

ivanfred
ivanfred

I will try Monster Hunter Tri only if people confirm that the controls are not frustrating as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP. No target lock would be inexcusable and unacceptable.

tjkuno25
tjkuno25

The wire sticking out at the top connects to the Wiimote. Therefore, it's quasi-wireless since it's not directly connected to the system itself.

superfalcon1234
superfalcon1234

it is not wireless in the photo. is there a wireless classic controller???

fauljosh
fauljosh

This has turned this into a maybe purchase to DEFINITE buy.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@Binarynova Have to agree - no wireless is pretty disappointing.

Mushroomhead2
Mushroomhead2

This is Nintendo getting back at Sony for ripping off their stuff for so many years :D

shinspikes
shinspikes

Stupid, why won't they give us the same japanese wii controller?

Binarynova
Binarynova

Awesome! They've needed a wireless classic contr.o... wait a minute!

Yojimbo25
Yojimbo25

The game and controller looks great. I can't wait!!!

PlainOldGamer
PlainOldGamer

I can't wait for this! And the Classic Controller Pro is just the icing on the cake. Mmmm cake :D

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

They should put the sticks like the gcn cotroller, or just release a gcn controller for the wii altogether, it's my favorite.

evilross
evilross

imagine that...... A game released with a peripheral for the Wii. Who would have thought it?

SIMIFU
SIMIFU

Nintendo is always and will be Original, notice how every other console has copied nintendo.(motion controls and even the avatar system)

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

For those with only a Wii, this game is gonna rock! I am glad Capcom decided to bring it over. And finally, online co-op on a Wii game, its about time! I might even by this myself.

K3A12
K3A12

It would be nice if the classic pro controller could be compatable with gamecube games. because the second had gamecube controllers suck. and mine are all worn out

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

Nintendo isn't ripping off Sony, Capcom made a homage to the Ps2 controller for this game

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Gee, ya think it was about time Ninty?