The Wii U GamePad is great for a handful of games, but most of the time I find myself just using the classic controller for the majority of its library. When it comes to precision on a console, I just can't seem to wrap my brain around my hands being so far apart with huge screen in the middle. First-person shooters are the worst. I just don't understand using my thumbs in ZombiU one bit. Closer together is always better.
When it comes to fighting games, precision is an absolute key, which is why I am quite certain that the GamePad will not be the best option for the incoming Super Smash Bros. game. Nintendo seems to agree because it and PDP have just announced a new controller designed for the game called the Wired Fight Pad.
Nintendo also knows where its decisions have worked best on controller design, and it is modeling the Wired Fight Pad after the greatest controller it has ever invented. I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who hated the GameCube controller, hands down Nintendo's most comfortable and usable invention to date. Sometimes, I like to just hold one in my hands for the relaxing and soothing sensations it generates. I don't even need a game.
The Wired Fight Controller will be available this holiday season for $24.99 and work with any game that supports the normal Classic Controller line-up. Hopefully, it will be compatible with Bayonetta 2, because that and the Wii U GamePad are a couple I am not yet convinced will ever work.
Editor's Note: Ron, you need to try the Pro Controller. -Joey
No doubt, this decision was inspired by fan demand, because the GameCube controller has proven to be the most popular when playing all other games in the Super Smash Bros. series. On the contrary though, it goes in the face of Nintendo's recent message of stressing the importance of the Wii U's touch screen, of which it said it was going to focus on during its Nintendo Direct presentation at E3 this year.
Is this a back pedal, or does Nintendo just realize how important getting Super Smash Bros. right truly is?