In time for the release of Super Smash Bros. 4, players will have another option for which controller they use to command their favorite fighter. According to Polygon, PDP, a popular manufacture of video game accessories, has announced that they have partnered with Nintendo to create a Gamecube inspired controller for the Wii U, named the “Fight Pad”. The controller will be an officially licensed Nintendo product.

The Wii U Fight Pad’s release will coincide with Super Smash Bros. 4’s launch and feature an entire line of Nintendo characters, including Mario, Yoshi and Princess Peach. The Fight Pad plugs into the Wii Remote’s accessory port and will work with both Wii and Wii U games that use the Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro, including some Virtual Console titles. The Fight Pad will retail for $24.99 USD.

An image of the controller has not yet been released.

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  • Anthony Moseley

    Sweet, and a pretty good price too! Most controllers these days cost about 60 bucks.

    • Zachary Leach

      It definitely is a good price, although I’m not sure what controllers you’ve been purchasing/seeing. Last time I bought a controller was at least 6 months ago, and it was $20 (and it glowed blue, because why not).

      • Anthony Moseley

        Most official X-Box/PS controllers sold at department stores typically cost around the $50-$60 range with Wiimotes still around $40. Now if we’re talking about those Nyko/Mad Catz brand controllers, then yeah that’s a different story. I’d like to know where you buy your controllers because I’m going to start shopping there, lol.

        • Zachary Leach

          I just went to my local Gamestop and bought one of the Afterglow controllers (for the Xbox 360) for $20. It’s a decent quality controller that’s very similar to the original controller, and it’s very comfortable to hold as well.

  • j10adn

    Which this controller. I can now fight the way i usually fought. Thanks Nintendo for doing something right for a change!

  • CEObrainz

    Nice idea, but it’s no better then the adapter you can buy for the original GameCube controller, although this will probably be cheaper then purchasing the two. I expect input lag to be similar to the other alternative, the only way I see this working is if the Wii U Pro Controller has a GameCube version.

    • john johsnon

      I believe that I saw you post about this: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wavedash/the-wavedash-controller
      But if not, there it is.

      • CEObrainz

        I did and it’s not worth it either. The best solution is the gamecube controller and adapter that Nintendo is releasing. You can also use a wave-bird controller with it.

        • john johsnon

          I don’t agree. I mean, I’ll definitely be getting that USB adapter, and I’ll probably get the GameCube edition of the Classic Controllers, but those won’t work on say… Pikmin, at least not Pikmin 3. My understanding is that Classic Controllers are being phased out, with new games favouring the Pro controller. That’s why I like the WaveDash.
          Now, what I haven’t quite figured out is what exactly that USB adapter does. Does it convert the GC controller to a Classic, or? If you know, I’d appreciate you informing Me.

          • CEObrainz

            From what I’ve read the controller will be seen as a 3rd party device by the Wii U. This means that the controller will act as a Classic Controller and not a Pro Controller from what I gather. This makes sense as other 3rd party controllers seem to do the same thing, unless there are some out there that I’m not aware of.

            If the controller was recognised as a Wii U Pro Controller then I’d say it’s the best controller you could buy for this console, however that seems likely from what I’ve said above.

            The adapter that Nintendo is releasing will allow GameCube controller use to games that support the GameCube controller. It would mean that games like Mario Kart Wii and SSBB can still use those controllers on the vWii. It would also allow a GameCube virtual console to work as the analoge triggers not found on the Pro Controller won’t cut it.

          • john johsnon

            Thanks for the clarification on the USB adapter. That’s exactly the device I want. I still want a GameCube controller that works as a CC and a Wii U Pro, though. Thanks, man.

          • john johsnon

            Hey man. Maybe it changes nothing for you, but I’m letting you know anyway. M2K and Armada are backing the WaveDash. If it’s good enough for them, particularly M2K, it’s good enough for anyone.

          • CEObrainz

            I don’t doubt that the controller is bad to use, I think all GC Controllers (even some 3rd party ones) handle very well. It’s the fact that the Wii U recognises it as a classic controller instead of a Pro Controller that irks me. I want to be able to use it with Need for Speed or Super Mario 3D World with ease.

          • john johsnon

            Are you referring to the WaveDash? Because that will be recognised as a Pro controller. That’s what is so good about it.

          • CEObrainz

            Can you show a source as the Kickstarter page doesn’t mention this at all?

          • john johsnon

            Gladly.
            “Any WiiU game that supports the WiiU Pro Controller, The WaveDash will function with.”
            Source: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wavedash/the-wavedash-controller/posts
            It’s all the way at the bottom, in their first update. They should definitely clarify that in the actual kickstarter description.
            I hope that that changes things for you. I definitely wouldn’t be supporting this how I am, if it didn’t act as a Pro.

          • CEObrainz

            Thanks, that’s the only worry I had about this controller. For it to be a Wireless GC Controller that works with games like Mario Kart 8 makes it the best controller currently for the Wii U. The description does note that the final shell will have a much better paint-job as well so no worries there.

            The only thing that gets in my way is the price including shipping to the UK, whilst it’s not too much…£40 can go towards components that I’m using to build my new laptop.

          • john johsnon

            Sure thing, man. Yeah, the end product will definitely be quality. I’m really excited about it.

            Ah, yeah, it does get expensive with the shipping. I should really get a new computer system, Myself. My current system can’t even run the Dolphin emulator… it’s really sad, but it runs most things, perfectly, so I’ll wait to get a new setup. Personally, I don’t have the patience to build My own system; I hate even switching RAM, and Drives, and the Graphics cards… and just… ugh. I’d rather buy a system that’s all set, add extra RAM and a Graphics if it’s called for, definitely put in a SSD, because they’re just so much better. But to build it from the ground up… gah… nah way. I get scared of breaking things whenever I open the system.
            I’m a really frugal dude, so for Me it came down to how much I’d use it. I’ve put in humdreds, probably over a thousand hours, actually, into Smash. That includes 64, Melee, and Brawl, so… it was easy for Me. I’m so into it, that I wouldn’t mind not eating for a week or two, just to get the WaveDash. I have a lot of attachment to the Smash series, and to the GameCube controller. It has been in My life more years than not. And I’ve never mispress a button with the GC controller, but with the button positions on the 3DS, the U Gamepad, the Pro controller… the Classic… I just can’t; I constantly mispress.
            Even if you don’t back it with money, tweeting about it, posting it on wherever, spreading it like the plague, sending it in to whichever sites you visit… that’d help so much. I seem to be the only one really advocating this product. I mean, I’m dedicated, but just Me isn’t enough.

          • CEObrainz

            I get you, I’ve put in many hours into Brawl alone and if Nintendo release GC Virtual console I’ll have more games to put hours into as well.

            In regards to PC’s I’ve always been hands on with them but my new Laptop will likely be custom built and the money I’m going to spend it too much to be looking at other products to buy/back.

            Spreading the word is a good thing, using Twitter effectively can do wonders for a product, you just need to know the right people to tweet to.

          • john johsnon

            Yeah. I think that that USB GC adapter hints, hugely, at some GC VC.

            Yeah, I get that. Especially since a heavy duty PC will be able to handle Wii U emulation, when it’s out, that is.

            Yeah, I’m trying, but I’m completely new to this whole twitter thing.

  • justinpr1234

    one more question….. WHICH RELEASE????? THERE ARE TWO ONE FOR 3DS ONE FOR WIIU I WOULD ASUME ITS WIIU BUT UPDATE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Peter de Keijzer

      I’m seriously hoping this guy is just a bad troll.

      • justinpr1234

        me or the guy who wrote this???

        • Ryan Haynes

          seriously, it should be pretty obvious as there’s no way (AFAIK) to use a separate controller with the 3DS, and if there were it would be pretty useless as that would remove the “handheld” part of it.

          • justinpr1234

            i know BUT WE NEED SUPIFUCS AND BETTER SPELLING ^^^^^

          • john johsnon

            Actually… there is… know what you speak of before you speak it.

          • Ryan Haynes

            Do tell, and don’t say “Circle Pad Pro”, because what I mean is an external controller.

          • john johsnon

            Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_PsLCsqhDs
            I’m still trying to figure out the how, but it’s clearly doable.

          • Ryan Haynes

            Hardware modification. I was talking more “official” means, but I suppose this is still a external controller.

            But like I said in my original post. It’s useless.

  • Zachary Leach

    Yes, yes, YES! I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to continue smashing on without my glorious Gamecube controller. Although it probably won’t be the exact same, it will still get the job done I hope.

  • Ryan Haynes

    It’s not a Pro Controller? There’s already adapters to use GC controllers as Classics…

  • Daniel

    They had me until “plugs into the Wii Remote’s accessory port”. The GCN controller was almost perfect…

  • Robert Knight

    Only $25? In today’s market of Officially Licensed Next Gen Controllers, this is an absolute steal!

  • john johsnon

    This is okay, but this: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wavedash/the-wavedash-controller is better. It’s a Gamecube Wii U Pro controller. It’s sick. Let’s make it happen!

  • Aaron Glover

    Wait, I thought they were doing a Gamecube controller adapter.