The Wii U Gamepad, the Pro Controller, The Gamecube Controller, the Wii Remote, and many more.
When Super Smash Bros. came out on the Wii U, many people wondered what controller should they play with, should they stick with the controllers of previous generations? Or should they go with what the Wii U has to offer?
The Wii U Gamepad
When people think of the gamepad, a fighting game might not be their go-to genre, but Smash Bros. has implemented it in a way not too different to the way the Pro, Classic and Classic Pro controllers work, and while it might not be the best one on this list, but if you have a Wii U, chances are you have it since all new Wii Us come with one you won’t have to pay for one, and it’s definitely a good alternative, albeit a bit too heavy and bulky.
The Pro Controller
Probably the best offer from this generation, the Pro controller has that standard controller feel and look, it’s very lightweight, and the battery lasts many, many hours, most multiplayer games require this controller, particularly fighting games, the controller is $49.99 USD but it isn’t that expensive when compared to the Nunchuck, Classic, Classic Pro and Gamecube since you don’t need anything like an adapter or the WiiMote to play.
The Classic and Classic Pro Controllers
While today they’re almost obsolete, the Classic and Classic Pro controllers were the equivalent to the Pro controller on the Wii, but their compatibility goes a little further from that, since you can use them on the Wii U on Wii Mode and on some games compatible with the Pro controller, many people use these to this day.
The reason we’ve put them together on this list is that they are considered by many games to be the exact same controller and Smash Bros. is no different, whether you prefer the flat feel for your sidescroller fighting games or you prefer it with handles is the controller for you.
They aren’t very easy to find nowadays but if you had one from the Wii days or are lucky enough to find one on your local store, they’re a great way to experience Smash Bros. and all the other games compatible with them.
The Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) + Nunchuck
If you had a Wii, chances are you have these, and while these might not be the best way to play a fighting game like SSBU, it’s still descent, and if you want to play local multiplayer they’re great to fill up player spots.
Easily the most limited way to play Smash Bros. since you don’t have the 4-button layout, nor the analog stick, nor the shoulder buttons, it’s one controller that all Wii and most Wii U owners have, we would suggest this controller if you’re on a budget or want to play 8-player Smash without buying any more controllers and have more Wii Remotes than Nunchucks.
While these aren’t the best way to experience Smash Bros., many players got used to them from the 3DS game and if you want to complete your controllers for Multiplayer Smash, these are good enough for the task.
3DS owners should be warned, you need Super Smash Bros. for 3DS to be able to play with your portable system as a controller.
The GameCube Controller (or WaveBird)
Longtime Smash Bros, fans consider this to be the ultimate controller to play with, and while the controller is more than a decade old, it still holds up well to today’s expectations, while it does lack pushable analog sticks, sets of 2 shoulder buttons per side, none of that is used in Smash Bros., but, while the nostalgia is strong with this one.
It’s also not that necessary if you have the Classic Pro or the Pro controllers since they both give a similar feel, the controller is a little expensive considering it’ll only work with Super Smash Bros. on your Wii U, and the Adapters are incredibly hard to find and when you do, they’re very expensive, for even more than $100 USD.
Considering it’s price and little compatibility with your Wii U, we’d only truly recommend if you already have one, and even then, you might want to wait until a new wave of adapters comes around.
So what controller will you be using? Are you going to buy new controllers? or stick with what you’ve got? Tell us in the comment section bellow.