TVG Talk – The Controllers to Play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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.
The Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus (Held Sideways)
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.

The New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
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.

TVG Talk – The Many Wii U GameCube Controllers

From PDP’s Fight Pad to Smash Bros’ Adapter, We Take a Look at All Licensed GameCube-Style Controllers.

It seems that Nintendo wants to please a very specific set of gamers lately, namely, Smash Bros. fans who prefered to use the GameCube controller on past entries of the series.
The use of this controller in the series dates back to Super Smash Bros. Melee’s original release way back on the GameCube, and when Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out on the Wii, and the Virtual Console release of the original Nintendo 64 title on the Wii, both which allowed the use of this controller, only fueled fans’ preference and use in competitive play.
So when the news arrived that Smash was coming to Wii U, it brought a lot of hype, but with it, the concern of fans that there was no way to use your ol’ reliable GC controller, but ever since, Nintendo has been bringing more and more ways to bring back the old play style.
The Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter and
GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Edition.

The Smash Bros. Adapter.

The first one we’ll be taking a look at is one that Nintendo developed themselves and that has brought joy to many fans.
The Smash Bros. Adapter allows you to plug in your GameCube and WaveBird controllers directly to the adapter which itself plugs to the Wii U via USB port.
The Adapter has a price tag of $19.99 USD on Amazon and each Smash-themed GameCube controller costs $29.99 USD in case of not having one already.
This is a perfect choice to truly bring back the play style enjoyed in Melee and Brawl, however, this comes with a price, since it’ll only work for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (At least won’t work with any existing titles nor Wii Mode) and it’s probably not worth it if you don’t have any GameCube or WaveBird controllers already.
The Mario-Themed PDP Wired Fight Pad for Wii U

The PDP Fight Pad

PDP is releasing a Fight Pad (Licensed by Nintendo) in the style of a GameCube controller developed specifically for Smash Wii U, it plugs directly into your Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus just like existing Wii Classic and Classic Pro controllers.
The controller also has a couple advantages over the GameCube controller, for example, it has two sets of trigger buttons instead of 1 and the Z button, the right analog stick and D-Pad are much bigger, and it has Start, Select and Home buttons, instead of just the Start button.
The Fight Pads will come themed after a famous Nintendo characters, the ones confirmed so far are Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Peach, and as mentioned before, will work with existing titles such as Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and all other titles that support Wii Classic and Classic Pro controllers.
The PDP Wii U Fight Pad is listed at $24.99 USD on GameStop with a release date of 2014.
The Luigi-Themed HORI Battle Pad for Wii U

The HORI Battle Pad

Yet another option for Wii U owners who want a GameCube-style controller (Officially licensed by Nintendo) is the Battle Pad for Wii U by HORI.
This controller too connect to your Wii Remote like the Wii Classic and Classic Pro controllers
The controller is made very closely in shape to a GameCube controller with very few differences, the first is that it has two sets of triggers instead of 1 and the Z button, it has Start, Select and Home buttons, and interestingly, is has a turbo button, with a switch for intensity of the turbo, the intensities are 5, 10, 20.
There’s two versions, one themed after Mario and the other after Luigi.
The HORI Battle Pad for Wii U is priced at $24.99 USD on with a release of November 21st.