Unlike the classic controllers which needed to be plugged into a Wii remote, the Pro Controller sends wireless signals independently to the console via Bluetooth. It also features its very own power and sync button. Like the Wii U GamePad, it's also one of the first Nintendo controllers to feature clickable analog sticks.
A vast majority of Wii U games support the Pro Controller. The controller does not typically come with the Wii U system; unlike the Wii U GamePad.
The Wii U Pro Controller is for those who want something more traditional than the larger Wii U GamePad. The controller shares the same buttons and general layout of the Gamepad, but resembles an Xbox 360 controller in shape.
The lightweight nature of the controller makes it proficient for long play sessions. The battery life for a full charge is very long, losing its charge at around 60-80 hours. The controller changes through a long USB cable that can connect to the Wii U system or USB ports on other devices.
Unfortunately, the Wii U Pro Controller has no earphone/headset jack. Depending on the game, voice chat is commonly done through the Wii U Gampad microphone or a seperate headset that connects to the Wii U system itself.
It is worth noting the Wii U Pro Controller is not compatible with the Wii mode or digital Wii games.
- The Wii U Pro Controller was announced at E3 2012 by Nintendo.
- The controller uses Bluetooth to connect to the Wii U like the Wii Remote so, there is way to play with more than 7 of either controller in any combination. This is not applicable in most cases but, there are some games like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Runbow where the max player count isn't possible with just Wii Pro Controllers.