I am fairly new to the Wii-U, only having the ability to play it since late August 2014. In the first few times playing, we played Mario Kart 8, and Mario World 3D. Being the new player, I got to use the Wii-U/Wii Remotes for these games. Immediately I found myself sucking bad, having an awful time playing anything on the Wii-U. Upon a trip to our local Future Shop, I found the Wii-U Pro Gaming Controller and thought it looked intriguing. I decided on a whim to pick it up, and I now feel, after using it for almost every game session on the Wii-U since, that it was a great investment.
The Wii-U pro controller, is very standard in form factor to the Xbox360/PS3 controllers you find today. It has the standard dual thumb-sticks as well as a directional D-Pad for the left hand. On the right side you find the normal X,Y,A,B buttons. There are the left/right shoulder buttons, and 2 left/right trigger buttons (labeled ZL/ZR respectively). The controller does not have any motion control sensors, so there is no motion controls like the standard Wii/Wii-u remotes. The controller has an apparent 1300mAH battery, equivalent to the Nintendo 3DS, and said to last about 80hrs of game time per charge, but as yet, I have not had any need to charge it. The Controller connects via Bluetooth, and each Wii-U console is capable of supporting up to 4 pro controllers.
I’ve gone on to use the Wii-U Pro controller with every game I play on the Wii-U. So far it has made every game more enjoyable for me, and comfortable in my hands. I no longer have the squarish corners of the remote digging into my palms, or the lack of thumb-sticks to make controlling the games clumsy. Everything is very responsive and smooth.
In the end, if you own a Wii-U, its worth buying the Wii-U Pro controller. It makes gaming a whole lot more of an enjoyable experience if you don’t have to use the remotes. I definitely recommend this product, and feel it was the best accessory for the Wii-U.