Retailers Claim Wii U Pro Controller Has Battery Life Of 80 Hours But Won’t Support Wii Games

With the Wii U’s launch drawing nearer and nearer most of the interest has been in the new tablet style GamePad, but of course the new console has a variety of methods to play its games. One of those methods is the Wii U Pro Controller, which if you’ve pre-ordered the ZombiU bundle you’ll find nestled somewhere in the box alongside a copy of the game.

Retail giants Amazon and GameStop have listed the Pro Controller on their sites with the following product description:

Your games, your way. However you think of your gaming style – hardcore, old school, or purely nostalgic – the Wii U Pro Controller puts you in the game. Designed for accessibility and extended gameplay comfort, the Wii U Pro Controller features the dual analog sticks and ergonomic button layout that you’ve come to expect, as well as a rechargeable battery that can last up to 80 hours on a single charge. The Wii U Pro Controller can be used for playing a variety of games – from packaged games at retail to downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop. Look on the back of Wii U game packaging to see which games use the Wii U Pro Controller. Not compatible with the Wii system or games.

It seems then that the Pro Controller will have a massive 80 hours of life on one charge which is fantastic but it’s the last sentence that has everyone disappointed: “Not compatible with the Wii system or games.”

If this is the case, and by the way this has not been confirmed by Nintendo, then it means you won’t be able to play Wii games or Wii Virtual Console games using the device. So games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which can be controlled using a Gamecube controller or a Classic Controller, will not be supported by the Pro Controller.

We’ll let you know if and when Nintendo confirm this, it wouldn’t be the first time retailers have got it wrong… Until then don’t get rid of those Classic Controllers!

[Source: Eurogamer]

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