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Beware of fake Wii U Pro controllers on Amazon

Sub-sellers on Amazon are offering counterfeit Wii U accessories.

Nintendo offers plenty of Wii U accessories, including the Wii U pro controller. While the regular pro controller retails at $50, some of them have been spotted for as low as $30. Turns out, those are counterfeit ones, and they’ve been sold on Amazon.

Wii U pro controller boxAmazon, the largest online retailer in the world, has several sub-sellers that use its site as their shop. And some of those sellers aren’t as trustworthy as you might think. One Wii U owner purchased a Wii U Pro controller on Amazon and found out that there was something “off” about it. The controller wasn’t working properly either, with the analog sticks malfunctioning. Then he purchased a Pro controller at Best Buy, and found out there was a huge difference between the two.

While the real and fake controllers look similar, he reports that the buttons on the fake one are too “tight” and that its buttons and build quality isn’t as good — which comes as no surprise. But it’s hard to spot the fake controller, as on the surface, it looks like the real deal, and even comes in a box that’s nearly identical to the genuine Nintendo controller.

A simple way to make sure you have the real Wii U pro controller, is to buy it from authorized sellers, such as game stores, Best Buy, and other retailers. Also, the real controller costs $50, while the knock-off costs around $30. However, Amazon needs to crack down on these sorts of products and sellers on its site, as many gamers buy the controllers thinking they’re genuine, since they’re bought on Amazon and not some shady-looking site.

Check out the gallery of the real and fake controllers below. Can you spot the fake one?

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  • iceazeama

    oh shit

    • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

      Luigi is a fake clone of my person

  • Aqua Team

    Got mine 100% from gamestop

    • Andresbuu

      Me too.

  • Matt

    Wow good to know was really considering ordering one from amazon last night. That ain’t happening now!!!

    • Andreas Sunde

      Ordering from Amazon is safe, just make sure you buy from the right sources, in this case Nintendo. Yes, you can easily see this on Amazon.
      I ordered mine with my WiiU from Amazon, no problems at all.

  • Aqua Team

    Oh fake control doesnt have “battery” indicator on the top like real one

    And control on top (back) doesnt have ZR or ZL, id hate to get ripped off like that lol

  • Clel

    One of the best ways to spot one is just to look at the top customer reviews. Really is a foolproof method.

    • Nintendofreak

      what if those are fake too

      • Clel

        They wouldn’t get top customer reviews then.

        • Baum 「ツリー」

          You won’t believe it I guess, but there are people that pay for bad customer reviews on all sites like amazon or at websites for hotels.

          • Clel

            I totally believe it, as I’ve encountered it many times. However, if you read all of the top reviews, or at least scan them, you’ll get a good idea of it. They won’t be able to pay ALL the commenters.

          • Jeffery02

            That’s why I usually only read the 3 stars and down to see how bad a product is. The less bad it is, then the more I trust it.

    • Aqua Team

      Yea even if its real like the Wii U pro Controller SNES version, that version got wayyy bad reviews, like its broken or sumthin

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Yeah, that one sucked. Loved the looks of those, to bad it was crap. Really wanted to buy those.

      • Cameron

        From what I can gather, the SNES one doesn’t behave like a normal U pro controller, but it acts as an original Wii Classic controller. I don’t own one, but that’s what I’ve heard.

        A shame too, I thought it looked pretty cool…

        • MTGSWE

          It also said it acts like a sideways wii remote.

    • MTGSWE

      But what if the people buying it are more than just fools? :O

      • Clel

        *brain explodes*

        • MTGSWE

          hehe >:D

    • DereX

      Brilliant. Be smarter than the controller.

    • DK_Hadouken

      The Nintendo seal is always the best way. If you look at the first image, the fake box has no seal.

      • LonDonE247

        funny that is article went up now, a few years ago i bought a wii classic controller pro off amazon, it was pretty cheap, and as soon as i got it, i could tell the build quality felt off, but it could fool the biggest Nintendo fans easy, what gives it and the above controller away are the buttons and the feed back you get when you press them, and also the analogue sticks, on my wii classic pro knock off, the sticks were horrendous, the dead zone was insane, and the buttons would some times stick, and it just felt tacky in comparison to the real deal, one thing Nintendo nails always is the controllers, after all allot of the controller features we as gamers take for granted today, Nintendo invented, or perfected, and made the norm, but amazon needs to clamp down on this sort of thing, there are so many Chinese knock off products on the site, and trust me they know about it, but dont do jack shit till allot of people complain, sad but true! even their prices recently i have noticed are rubbish, a few years ago they used to have the cheapest prices online, but not anymore! but their customer service is second to none, it is AWESOME!!!

      • Jason Wilkins

        This means nothing. If they are willing to imitate Nintendo’s trade dress (box design), they are almost certainly willing to imitate their logo. The fact that they didn’t is just evidence of a really crappy counterfeiter. Most counterfeiters I’d wager would never make such a silly mistake.

      • Dark Talon

        I bought one of these, unfortunately. The box actually does have the seal, but it does not fold out the same way–that flap is glued to the inside. The problem is they’re all listed under the same SKU. There’s really no way to verify other than not buying from any third parties. The good news is that Amazon’s customer service is great and I’m getting a full refund.

  • Johny

    oh shit :/ i hope not many poeple get the wrong bad impression of “nintendo made” products.
    THANKS ALOT for the GREAT article

  • Nintendofreak

    like i always say its better to pay full price that to be a cheap ass cuz in the long run it will be expensiver

    • Tecpedz94

      It will be more expensive**… Yes indeed!

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Wonder if I bought a fake Wii U. It is slow, got bad graphics, doesnt have as many shaders as PS3, is unable to run Frostbite 2 and 3, way to weak for Unreal 4, weak RAM, slow operative system, underclocked CPU, weird controller with old tech touch pad… I strongly believe it must be a fake one. How do I check it out?

    • Clel

      Lol, people don’t realize you’re kidding.

    • Mario

      You bought your Wii U at Amazon?

      • Magnus Eriksson

        This is how it looks :D

        • MTGSWE

          looool!!! :D That makes perfect sense :)

        • Clel

          No man, that’s legit. You trolling or something? HUH?! HUH?!

          • Aqua Team

            Its A WiiDS!!

        • Jack5221

          LOL! I see what you did there :P

        • manowaffles

          Facebook?

          Yup, that’s how you can tell it’s a fake.

          • NatT96™

            hahaahhahaahahahahaahah, skype instead of Wii U chat. Yep.

          • manowaffles

            Since Skype is now owned by Microsoft, doesn’t that make this a new X1 controller?

        • NatT96™

          JXD always rips off devices…I think thats the S9100

        • tronic307

          This just in…

        • Mario

          That doesn’t look anything like the WiiU!

    • Aleksander

      haha your mother

    • Aqua Team

      Ill have to run some diagnostics. Send it to me lol

      • Magnus Eriksson

        lol :D with all my games?

        • Aqua Team

          Yea dont forget the pro controller :P

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Thanks for helping me out here. Very generous of you. :)

    • Andreas Sunde

      Yup, that def sounds fake.

    • Andresbuu

      Lol do you even like Wii U?

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Yes, but dont tell anyone.

        • Andresbuu

          kk ….. -_-

    • tronic307

      EVERYTHING has more shaders than PS3! You may be a victim of hardware counterfeiting.

    • val berger

      don’t really wanna go down that path again, but don’t believe everything some studios say about this system. It may be far more powerful than you think. I’m not even one of those fanboys who actually believe it would have so AWESOME technology, but when some studio claims it wouldn’t get their engines running on a WiiU while they somehow manage it to port it to mobile devices, then it may be more like a strategic decision. WiiU userbase just isn’t big enough for some companies to develop for it while we see with games like Watch dogs that studios obviously are able to bring their multiplatform/generation-ports to the WiiU as well, if they just want. So it may lack of some shaders, the PS3 is capable of processing, but may offer far more other stuff within it’s GPU to make that be forgotten in no time, as soon as some studio figures out how to make use of it.
      But I agree with the OS. It’s not like home console OS would be usually that fast, but in times of mobile devices it seems kinda odd that every app on my phone starts in no time and takes forever on that multicore system. that being said, I just had to mention those engine-issues :)

      • Magnus Eriksson

        was a joke

  • mralloverit

    Got mine from Best Buy. looking at the pics, it’s obvious that the one on top is real. The directional pad and ABXY buttons are a deep grey, not black like the one on the bottom. and the print on the sticker is darker on the top controller. For now, if you’re buying Wii U accessories, pay retail thru established sellers. Won’t be long before we start seeing a counterfeit gamepad.

  • Jon

    well, I am glad I didn’t get mine off amazon then :D gamestop all the way for me :)

  • MTGSWE

    Ugh. Poor people being ripped of :/

  • http://wiiudaily.com/ Monomon

    The difference is that one controller has grayish ABYX buttons.The other one has piano black.

    • Celtics_For_Life

      The glare, lighting whatever its called

      • manowaffles

        My brother bought a Wii Motion Plus which turned out to be fake last year. The buttons were different from the real ones, it is a different material not just the lighting of the picture.

  • Brandon Betlej

    Well did he send it back? Ive sent plenty of stuff back to amazon

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/purepuchi Severus Swerve

    Here’s something. The Wii U price has shot UP on Amazon UK. It was little over £230 for a duelux Wii U 32GB with Nintendo Land and now, from Amazon it’s over £300. I almost had enough for one and now it seems I need to reserve another £70 *sighs*

    • Andreas Sunde

      Wow, glad I bought mine in March. Got it for like 200£.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/purepuchi Severus Swerve

        Kind of a stupid move. Just because sales are up doesn’t mean they should boost the price another £70, or in your case, £100. The £230 I saw was a very attractive price.

        Greed, eh

        • Andreas Sunde

          Probably because of higher demand.

  • Nintedward

    Do ya know what I HATE on Ebay and Amazon…. When you buy a used game only to discover that a dog has seemingly been chewing on the box AND the book is missing :/

    So many times , I’ve been trolled like that.

    • MTGSWE

      That sounds horrific. I would freak out about it. :/

      • Nintedward

        They have misleading small print and it’s hidden away on the page.

        Its really annoying , must of happened about 10 times lol.

        • MTGSWE

          Well I’l be damned. I have never been in that situation. Amazon must be a really unsafe place to buy stuff in.

          • Mickey Mouse

            Also, they’re one of the dearest sites for games and accessories.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          amazon is really good about fixing that kinda thing though. Usually about a half hour with CS will get you what you need

    • Andreas Sunde

      And that’s why you don’t buy used games online. As much as I hate Gamestop, i’d rather buy used games there than online. Or even better, meet the original owner/seller in person and see for yorself.

      • Elem187

        Gamestop charges $5 less than the new game… might as well spend the extra $5 and buy new.

      • ancientgamer

        ive bought tons of used games on ebay, and most times i was surprised how much better shape it was in i than i thought it would be, always check the seller rating and reviews

    • Cameron

      That happened to me once.

      After I lost my original copy of Pikmin 1 for GC I bought a used copy from Amazon, and he listed it as “Like New”. I got a box with counterfeit art (It was freaking printer paper), water damaged books, and the disk was really scratched. It still ran, but some of the menu textures were corrupted.

      I was furious.

      • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.moberly Benjamin Moberly

        I would cry. Pikmin being treated in such a cruel way. Not all pikmin can survive in such watery environments!

      • Nintedward

        Exactly. The most recent one for me was Mario Golf Toadstool tour for Gamecube off Ebay. Scratched disc , No book , damaged cover and case.

        And I swear I remember reading the condition was good or great or something.. :/

    • Elem187

      Happened to me, thankfully I only paid $20 for NSMBU… I can live with the small bite mark on it.

  • http://twitter.com/SeroReviews SeroReviews

    That screw… that’s the confirmation that its a fake lol

    • manowaffles

      Look at the face buttons too!

      On the real ones, the buttons for A, B, X, & Y are a more matte finish. The fake ones are closer in composition to the body making them shiny and wear paint faster (though that could be due to poor quality paint rather than material.)

  • Ricardo de Lima Thomaz

    You can tell it is fake by the glossy d-pad and buttons and by the golden screw on the back! Nintendo does not make any glossy buttons and all it’s screws are black

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Amazon sells a lot of cheap chinese knockoff crap. I know many people that have bought cheap laptop and cell phone batteries only to have them explode and ruin their device.

  • peeer

    Nothing new to the world of internet, Ebay usually has tons of these. Just don’t buy from sellers that comes from China, China is counterfeit country.

  • Justis Bistawros

    I don’t even go on Amazon.

    • JamesJose

      amazon is awesome, you just have to check if it says “fullfillment by amazon” to be 100% true that what you are buying is the real deal.

    • NatT96™

      U like Ebay I’m guessing:Heres a story:
      I bought Jenga blocks from E-Bay and got moldy bread sticks.

  • JB

    That’s why I RARELY buy from the sub sellers unless they have sold a lot of products and a lot of positive customer reviews. Otherwise, I only purchase from an Amazon authorized seller. It’s the same with eBay. I make sure they have excellent customer feedback. I usually pass on items that come from China (though I have scored a couple times on items from there)

  • Lusunup

    no no no! i bought one off ebay for $25 :’-( i must check it!
    edited: looks like a got ripped off… but it still feels and last as long as a real pro controller :/ i don’t know what to do…

    • JB

      You might be fine (hopefully) if it makes you feel any better, I’ve bought 4 of mine via ebay for 20 bucks each. They were official and in perfect condition. The good thing about ebay is that they give you buyers protection, so if you receive it, and it’s not the item as described, they’ll work with you and the seller to get your money back so as long as you payed for it via PayPal.

      • Lusunup

        But you know thats probably why my remote kept changing courses when i played monster hunters.. the analog stick was not broken so i thought it was no big deal (so i just re-synced it) it came in the Offical nintendo seal box but its a fake. >,< i feel so used after 2months with this controller Im not going to miss it.

        • manowaffles

          My brother had a similar syncing issue with a Wii Motion Plus controller that was a fake too. He had to resync it at least once a play session if not more.

  • Starfoxguy

    It’s things like this that make me scared to buy from other people online.

  • Jack5221

    Thanks so much for this! I was on Amazon last night and noticed Pro Controllers going for 30$. I told myself I’d wait until Friday to get one, since thats when I get paid. Good thing I read this. Looks like I’ll have to stop by Best Buy and get one, no big deal.

  • Andresbuu

    My friend hates Nintendo and he went to my house.We played Nintendo Land,he was laughing so hard and he liked it.Two weeks later,I asked if he still hated Wii U and he said yes.NO LOGIC I TELL YOU!!!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I hate people like that :/ ignore a fun experience due to brand loyalty. I’m not a huge xbox person, but I love the Hell out of gears, and it’s only on Xbox. I’d get one for that reason

      • Genesect4ssb4

        Im not a huge Xbox guy either, but I LOVE Fable. Im not a Sony fan, yet I love Crash and God of War.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      I know what you mean. My youngest brother has a friend that says all Nintendo has is Kiddie games. Funny enough he is also the type of person that throws a fit when he loses at CoD and claims others were cheating. Sad part his this person is like 27 years old.

      • Elem187

        from ages 18-26 I was calling Nintendo kiddy games as well, but now I call “dudebro” games kiddy games… I mean think about how many people on COD just start screaming obscenities in open chat. Its mostly 12 year olds playing these games.
        The real reason your brothers friend hates Nintendo games is because its too challenging for him to handle, so he bashes and pretends he is awesome at CoD, but in reality its the auto-assist aiming feature that lets him get rack up kills.

      • Andresbuu

        Real men play Nintendo games (Well in 6 years I will be a man)

        • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

          Some video games know no age. Despite them being rated E does not mean they are Kiddie games. It just means they do not need violence, blood, or sexual content to be considered fun. Nintendo is king of making these games that anyone that can hold a controller in their hand can enjoy.

          Sad part is that games rated M find their ways in the hands of children too young to play the game and that seems to be perfectly fine with some but if you play a game rated E you play kiddie games and are made fun of.

          • Andresbuu

            I have only one M game, its AC3. But yet I meant that kids like my age try to be cool and play COD.So I was implementing that real men play Nintendo games.

    • Revolution5268

      fanboys man….bunch of drones you have as ”friends”

  • howling_wolf1334:[

    Oh my!!!

  • miiandmario

    Make sure it has the offical nintendo seal, and your good.

  • Linskarmo

    It’s just freaky how close looking they are. I’m pretty sure mine’s legit, even though I did get it from Amazon. I’m guessing that the best way to tell if it’s the official version is to see who it’s sold by. If it’s not Nintendo, don’t get it, that’s my advice.

  • manowaffles

    This has been an issue for years. My brother bought a Wii Motion Plus Controller from Amazon to replace a damaged one. It wasn’t working right, so we took it apart, low and behold, it was not the same. It was apparent even just by opening the battery pannel that something was different.

    The paint on the buttons and face of the controller seems to wear off much quicker as well.

    • Genesect4ssb4

      I was reading this and all of a sudden the letters jumped around. I was like WTF? Then I saw you were editing this.

      • manowaffles

        Sorry, I tend to reread better after I post rather than before!

        • Genesect4ssb4

          its alright

  • Ice Climbers

    So Zelda Hyrule Historia…..

  • Kaihaku

    Thanks for spreading the news on this. This is really disturbing.

  • Jeffery02

    First the GBA Pokemon games and now this? I hate having verify the authenticity of Nintendo products. Everyone steals from Nintendo; Sony, Microsoft, pirates, and even Apple.

    • Clel

      While I agree that a lot of ideas have been stolen from Nintendo, fake controllers are made for almost every controller out there for every console. So it’s not like Nintendo is ‘the target’ for counterfeit products.

      • Jeffery02

        I never claimed that they were the only target. I was only saying that they are a victim. As a Nintendo fan, these fake products affect me more than other fakes do, so these are the ones I hate. My point still stands though, even if it’s also true for Sony, Microsoft, and other electronic companies out there.

        • Clel

          Agreed

  • RetroReese88

    i bought a pro controller with my deluxe system at gamestop and it’s analog sticks malfunction from time to time

  • NatT96™

    I mean, if it works.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.moberly Benjamin Moberly

    I’m still amazed that I saw one of these selling for $50 at Best Buy. $50 for a controller? I can picture a 50$ Gamepad maybe but for just a wireless controller? Jeepers.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      I guess they are just going for market price since XBOX sells their wireless controllers for $60 and wireless PS3 controller goes for $55 MSRP

    • thedeciderU

      this is a normal price range for wireless controllers. wii motion plus go for about $40.

  • Fuzunga

    I’ve had some weird experience with Amazon marketplace sellers. I bought a used SP once and the day after it arrived, I got another package with the same order number but a DS Lite inside. It was one of those good flukes, but I’ve had more bad experiences than good ones.

    • thedeciderU

      it is impossible to find a genuine sony playstation one memory card that does not delete your games. i’ve ordered three from different places and gotten the same p.o.s. take that will save your game, but only or a couple weeks at a time if you’re lucky. it will randomly ask you to reformat. doing so will delete all content. however, if you don’t reformat, there’s no way to get to your data.

      it’s madness…

      • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

        Wow, I found some at a dollar store once. Like one of the ‘everything’s only $1′ kind of store. They came in a two pack. So they were literally $0.50 a piece, Surprisingly, they were the most reliable memory cards I ever had.

        • thedeciderU

          haha lucky!

  • Steve

    Ah counterfeits. This reminds me of how I got into the Mario series. I was 8 years old. At that time, I was really opposed to the Mario games. I would not even try playing one. One day, my mom went to China for a job related conference (she worked for a chemical company, I believe). When she got back, she brought me 3 gameboy advance games: a Madagascar game, a Zelda game, and an Incredibles game. But when I opened the Madagascar box to play the game, I did not find a Madagascar game cartridge. I found a Super Mario World game cartridge. (This was from China, so its all fake)

    Then I thought: “eh, might as well play it.”. And from there, I started liking the series and continue to like it to this day.

  • Revolution5268

    this is why i don’t buy from online.

    • peeer

      Its easy to spot the bad stuff, just look that the seller is not located in China.

  • Revolution5268

    why doesn’t anyone contact nintendo about this?

    • peeer

      Nintendo can’t do anything, the real problem is that it is LEGAL in China to counterfeit anything that is not coming from China. Like if Nintendo was a China company it would be illegal in China to counterfeit Nintendo stuff but since its not a China company it’s legal.

      Also in China they are so good at counterfeit that I read somewhere they could fit a counterfeit car part on the original car and it fit like it was made by the original makers of that car. I don’t remember what brand and model it was on that article but they made a counterfeit of that specific car model. Some peoples took the door from the counterfeit car, put it on the real car for testing, and it was a perfect fit. Just like the original, no water leaks from the rubber seals ect…

  • Nikola Matanović

    As much as it is a bad thing, fake controllers are a good choice for people who don’t have money. I bought a fake classic pro (5$) just so I could play Tekken and a fake wiimote plus (12$) so I could play some Nintendo Land games. The quality isn’t the best but they get the job done. I’ll probably get a fake pro controller when the prices drop.

  • Michael Taylor Hawthorne

    Not what i wanted to hear, i just bought a pro controller from Amazon

  • ancientgamer

    there is no nintendo logo on fake box, noticed it right away, anything nintendo/ps/ms will have their company name plastered all over the packaging

    • manowaffles

      I think that’s because of how the pictures are taken and how the boxes folded appart. The Seal is on the front side of the box, but in the one that folds back to be visible while on the other it folded forward making it not visible.

      That is an interesting note that the boxes are made from different initial cut-outs.

  • Al_G_Funguy

    I got a fake controller through Amazon.
    The seal on the underside of the box says “Nintendo seal” not “Official Nintendo seal”.
    WTH.

  • Ryan House

    has anyone brought this up with amazon

  • Ryan House

    This article should be forwarded to Amazon themselves. Since Amazon is a USA company first an american should bring it to their attention