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Nintendo no longer manufacturing Classic and Classic Pro controllers

It looks like Nintendo has quietly phased out the production of the Classic and Classic Pro controllers for the original Wii. No official announcement was given by Nintendo, but a screenshot surfaced yesterday when Twitter user @kitroplious purchased Mario Golf from Club Nintendo and was presented with an error message that informed him that the game needed accessories that were no longer being produced. You can see it below:


Despite the fact that these accessories are no longer being made, stores still have plenty of stock. Still, if you wanted to get your hands on the Classic or Classic Pro controller to use with your Wii remote, you might want to do so sooner rather than later, since they’re not being made anymore. Amazon has the original classic controller for $12, while the Classic Controller Pro will still run you $30.

For games that haven’t been made available on the Wii U virtual console to support the Wii U Pro controller, you’ll need a classic controller for Wii mode.

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  • hermaphrodite

    Licking ball sack

    • Blue Hernandez

      ……okayy….. O_o

    • Vriska Serket

      This isnt twitter. Go post what you’re doing there.

  • Rick Valenta

    The amount of controllers you can use with a Wii U is ridiculous. I have:
    1. Gamepad
    2. WiiMote (4x)
    3. Nunchuck (4x)
    4. Classic Controller (4X)
    5. Wii U Pro Controller (4x)
    That’s 17 Controllers for one system!! lol. I don’t mind about the classic pro controller being discontinued as long as they release a firmware update allowing the Wii U Pro Controller to be used for these games in Wii U mode..

    • ETeach

      And that’s just the controllers. Once you get into some of the other peripherals, like the balance board, wii wheel, etc… It’s crazy.

      • Rick Valenta

        Yes I also have a balance board, 2 nyko perfect shots, 4 Mario cart wheels, 2 dj hero turntables, 2 Wii Zappers, 1 Cabella’s rifle, a microphone, Wii U Gaming Headphones, and the Wii Fit U Meter. I recently bought a storage bin just to keep all this stuff in one place…

        • steveb944

          Oh man I feel your pain with those turntables. I haven’t picked up 1 or 2 since release and those huge boxes are just collecting dust. Don’t even get me started on PS2 Rock Band and Guitar Hero “instruments”

        • ETeach

          There an article called “how to survive the zombie apocalypse with your Wii” that pretty much illustrates just how ridiculous it’s gotten XD

    • Rick Valenta

      The layout of the Wii U Pro and Classic Pro are very similar, the Wii U pro is a little better and is wireless…seems like a no brainer to me. Patch time!!

    • Christian Schoff

      Discontinued doesn’t mean unusable. You just said you have 4 of them. Also holy crap! I can’t believe you have 4 Wii U controllers. :O I’ve just got the one for local multiplayer.

      • Rick Valenta

        One’s and afterglow and two are white, which have been on mega sale in the past..Nothing like 5 player Mario 3D world :D

        • Christian Schoff

          My family also does 4 player Mario World but 2 people use Wiimotes.

          • Carl Fin

            Both the Nyko one for $14 and it’s better than the Nintendo one. That’s some pile of Ninty you have there.

          • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

            I don’t know, I tend not to trust 3rd party controllers or accessories,for that matter. Everyone I bought broke on me because of it’s flimsy designs. I bought a 3rd party GCN wireless controller from Gamestop so I could play Brawl
            (Old school). The thing was pure garbage.

            Not only would the A button get stuck(constantly) after about 4 months, in the controller started overheating during long play sessions.
            The black rubber on the analog stick started melting and was coming off and leaving the residue on my thumb. I quickly threw that shit away.

            Haven’t bought a 3rd party controller since

          • Carl Fin

            Yeah, I’ve bought my fair share of garbage controllers (there was a horrible generic brand by gamestop a few years back that was broken out of the pack) but with the Nyko one I swear to god, it’s a nice piece of kit. I bought it on sale black friday (mostly to reach free shipping after buying a game) and when it came I was like “What the…”. The packaging was even super cool on it.
            I can honestly say it’s great six months later. I put it up there beside my DualShock 3 but the texture/feel of the controller is better. Actual reviewers online agree but for some reason there are copied and pasted “reviews” on seller sites stating the same old junk against all Nyko controller and touting afterglow as better. Strange, eh?

          • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

            Nyko might be one of the better ones. I think that piece of crap I bought was Mad Catz. They blow.
            Don’t ever buy from them….I don’t even know if their still in business but if they are, avoid them at all cost. I do remember buying their brand of memory cards when I had a PS2 (Nyko) They were fine

          • Carl Fin

            You know as soon as you look at the packaging and feel the plastic it’s made out of how much care they did, or did not put into it.

        • greengecko007

          How do you have 5 players in 3D World?

          • Jason

            Four people use Pro Controllers and/or Wiimotes, and one person can use the gamepad to collect coins, blow on enemies, and make invisible ? Blocks appear.

          • paddle008

            The game forces 1 of the 4 players to use the gamepad, you can’t connect more than 3 of the other controllers, do you have the game?

          • Jason

            Yes, but I never played with four people, so I didn’t know one of them was forced to use the gamepad.

          • C4

            That’s New Super Mario Bros. U?

            In 3D World you can use touch and regular controls on the GamePad at the same time, thankfully.

          • paddle008

            You can’t.

        • paddle008

          SM3DW is only 4 player.

    • BIG Franky

      holy shit bro, that’s kinda embarrassing.

      • Rick Valenta

        By embarrassing do you mean awesome? I’ve been jamming on my Wii since launch day 2007!!

        • JB

          Dude I’m with ya there! Though I’m up to my ears in Wii Remotes. I have 17 of those bad boys.

          4 Whites (original)
          4 White Motion Plus attachments
          5 Whites (with motion plus built in- one came with Wii Sports Resort)
          5 Blacks (with motion plus built in- one came with Wii party U)
          1 Gold (from Skyward Sword)
          1 Red Mario
          1 Green Luigi

          In addition I have:

          8 Nunchucks (4 white, 4 black)
          8 Classic Controllers (4 white, 4 black)
          9 Classic Controller Pros (4 white, 4 black, 1 Gold- from Goldeneye)
          Wii Balance Board
          4 Black Wii U Pro Controllers

          So yea.. Nintendo really suckered me out of some money. HAHA. Though to explain, I got all the Black accessories when I bought my Wii U at launch. I’m OCD about matching colors and whatnot. LOL

          The Mario and Luigi Wii Remotes were collectors editions along with the Skyward Sword one. Now all I need is the Gold Nunchuck and my life is complete! Though the prices on eBay for them are INSANE!

          • iamserious

            What’s the difference between classic controller and classic controller pro?

          • Jason

            Classic doesn’t have handles, and a Classic Pro has handles.

          • iamserious

            Got it thanks.

          • JB

            Ergonomics pretty much. They all have the same buttons, but the Pro is larger which makes the shoulder buttons more accessible. Of note, Classic has analoge shoulders, as the Pro do not.

          • iamserious

            Oh ok I see thanks.

    • alex toschi

      Kind of genius on Nintendo’s part. They probably made bank on these stupid controllers and peripherals and are laughing all the way to the bank with people’s money, where other companies just have one controller and most people only play online multiplayer so they don’t need more than one extra controller.

    • Shota

      Wii U Pro Controller (4x) holycrap that’s fuckin awesome! they are so damn pricey though >.<

  • ActivesiN

    so Nintendo im going to be able to use a Wii U pro controller with Wii games now in an upcoming software update right?

    • Beemo_Chop

      THIS /

    • Ultrasyd

      I really hope so !

    • jjbredesen

      Its not possible, but yes that would be awesome. (Pro controller does not use sensor bar..)

      • RennanNT

        The classic uses the sensor bar?
        I don’t see why they can’t make you use a Wii Mote whenever is needed (like starting the game).. I know that Nintendo won’t touch the Wii firmware for that, and thus no Pro Controller for Wii or VC, but it IS possible.

        • jjbredesen

          Classic controller i plugged in to the Wiimote that then uses the sensor bar, Pro controller uses a build in chip in the Wii U to communicate, and the Wii OS does not have the drivers to support it, so its impossible, its incompatible unless there is a add on released it can’t happen, and even if Nintendo bothered to make the drivers it would be useless.

          • RennanNT

            Pro controller uses Bluetooth like the wii mote (people even made a way to use it on pc, meaning no additional hardware required). As long as Nintendo bothers in make the drivers it is possible. But, again, I agree with you that Nintendo won’t do that.

          • jjbredesen

            Agreed on that they will not do it, but there is one more problem and that is the fact that its not the same type of bluetooth tech, i am not sure on the specifics, but you can’t simply pair a pro controller with your Wii like you can do with your phone, there is different firmware or atleast something in the pro controller that stops it from connecting, a work around is possible, but it will not happen so yes agreed.

          • darkcreap

            Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think it is impossible. They could well develop drivers for it since it is a Bluetooth device, as RennanNT says. Even if the Bluetooth version is not compatible as you mention, given that the Wii mode runs in a kind of separate mode, I think they could do some workaround to cheat the Wii and think the WiiU pro controller is a Wiimote plus a classic controller.

            Actually, I think that if they wanted they could allow input from the gamepad mapping it to the Wii mode as a wiimote+classic controller pro minus the wiimote functionalities. That would be very convenient for Wii virtual console games and games that use the classic controller. Nonetheless, it would be like shooting themselves on the foot: customer would lose the incentive to play in native WiiU mode certain games, since it would be 100% gamepad off TV mode in Wii mode.

          • jjbredesen

            Not saying that it is not impossible, but i am saying that it is impossible that they ever will do it.

      • peeer

        By the way, the Wii sensor bar is in fact only infrared leds that lets the wiimote’s IR cameras to figure out where you pointing at. And yes… The pointer feature from the Wii in the wiimotes is in fact an IR camera in the wiimote’s tip. The Wii knows where you are pointing because you are pointing an IR Camera at IR lights located in the sensor bar. So, the sensor bar is only needed when you want to use the pointer feature from the Wii.

        Here something to read for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_Remote#Sensing

        It comunicates with Wii console via bluetooth… That is why it is possible to use a Wiimote on PC. All you need is a wireless sensor bar and you can use the pointer feature on a PC as well. Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Nyko-Wireless-Sensor-Bar-Wii-nintendo/dp/B000LFJNG6 You can even replace the sensor bar with flashlights and/or candles if you want.

        • jjbredesen

          Yeah i know how the sensor bar works, but i thought that the bluetooth chip was in the sensor bar, not in the console, so thanks for correcting me, but its still a diffrent chip that does not have the drivers to use a pro controller, it would require a Wii update, and i am sure Nintendo will not make any further updates for the system.

          • peeer

            They might as well do it in a future update… I mean, the Wii U didn’t enable us to remote play Wii games at first and after an update it could. Tho I don’t think they will unless they feel its really necessairy and I don’t feel it will become a necessity anytime soon, at least for them lol. We will see what will happen in the future.

            Hell… Imagine the potential! They could even make it to work directly on the Wii U gamepad if they really wanted. I hope they will consider it in the future, seriously it would be nice to have and specially useful.

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah it would be really awesome to have it and it is possible, but i really don’t think that is what Nintendo will prioritize, perhaps if you make a lot of Miiverse posts they will listen :P

          • peeer

            What will probably happen is that if Nintendo doesn’t do it, hackers will. Which is sad when you think that you have to hack your console in order to be able to do what you should have been able to do with it by default. Its often like that too…

        • insomniac

          for a while i had to use candles spaced about 1 foot apart for my sensor bar (sunny windows work the same) my dog chewed

          my cord for mine.

      • Fred

        So what? Use a Wii remote to select the game then play with the pro or they could make it so the the analog sick moves a pointer to select the game.

        • jjbredesen

          Because it can’t communicate with the Bluetooth chip while in Wii mode, it does not have the drivers, and Nintendo will not make them, i want them to, but its not happening.

          All of the software for all games would have to be rewritten to use the new drivers and pro controller.

          • lonewolf

            And why are you so sure nintendo didnt made this already and all that they are waiting is to realese the update together with that summer update?

        • peeer

          The Wii already does this when you boot the Wii with a classic controller connected on it. You can control the cursor with the analog stick.

      • insomniac
        • jjbredesen

          Yeah and check the reviews :P

    • Thomas Vienna

      I was kinda hoping, with the update that allowed the gamepad to display wii mode, that the buttons on the gamepad would serve as a classic controller input. It’s kinda bothersome holding another controller while looking at a relatively small screen. I imagine this is what it’s like to play virtual boy.

      • ActivesiN

        that would be ideal

      • insomniac

        believe it or not the virtual boy was much more awkward. it killed your back having to lean into the thing. and it was THE ONLY way to play it

      • Ernie Sanguyo

        That would be really awesome if they updated to be able to play wii games on gamepad.

    • DisneyRadiance101

      You can still play Wii games with the classic controller, its not like they’re giving all the wii games an online update to no longer support it.

    • Shota

      i hope summer update adds this!!

    • MerryBlind .

      They better add that, and soon. I was so frustrated when buying my Wii U along a copy of Smash Brawl and a Pro Controller just for it, only to find out the Pro Controller wasn’t compatible! I barely played Brawl because of that, which is a shame because I was really excited to finally play it.

    • Spingebill Master of Darkness

      Hopefully we will be able to in the upcoming Summer update…..

  • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

    Am I the only one who’s kind of sad about this?
    I actually prefer this controller over the Pro Controller.

    • anthony optimo

      You’re not alone, my older brother prefers this discontinued controller to the Wii U Pro.

  • Ultrasyd

    I just hate the classic controllers. This controller in your hands, and the wire and a wiimote hanging at its end … pfff. Hopefully we now have the Wii U pro controller, a decent pad

  • Carl Fin

    Or you could just buy the Nyko version which is better and 1/4 of the price.

    • Vriska Serket

      Lol nyko 8etter?

      • Carl Fin

        You lolling clown. Yea the Nyko pro commander. It’s by far the best controller for the Wii U. If you google it which you probably did, all the big corporation fan boys have a good time lying about it, but if you actually owned it, you would see that it’s a fine product.

        • Vriska Serket

          Alright, 8ut usually nyko products are way worse and 8r8k a lot

          • Carl Fin

            Never heard this before, and I know people who know the difference between “8” and “b”. Imagine that.

  • Kyle Avery

    If you still have a wii chances you bought a classic controler. I sold my wii but I kept all but one wii mote

  • Dark-Link73

    I think discontinuing the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro is a good decision. Those controllers are not only inferior to the Wii U’s Controller Pro, but also compete Ruth and can create confusion among certain sector of the population whom are not acquainted with the differences between controllers.

    As for the concerns about Wii Mode, well, if you use Wii Mode then is most likely because you have Wii and VC games. If you have Wii and VC games, then most likely you already have a Classic Controller and/or Classic Controller Pro. If you are new to Wii U or happen to be I’m the very rare minority of people who might not have a Wii, them go buy one! The Classic Controllers are just being discontinued, not recalled. Internet and stone & mortar retailers will still have inventory for a few months to come.

  • NintendoFan

    Still £15.99 on Amazon UK, I’d get some while you can

  • alex toschi

    I wish I lived in an alternative universe where these controllers could have just been the one for the wii, and the wii motes were the accessories.

  • DisneyRadiance101

    Nintendo needs to support the Wii U Pro controller. Give us different colors, I don’t want to buy four black Pro controllers. How about blue, or red, or both.

    • anthony optimo

      GameCube purple and I’m in.

      • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

        Indigo,not purple
        Sorry my artist side is showing…

  • SinkyChan

    Hey uhm… The Classic Controller linked above is a knock-off… I’ve ordered one before, and they barely work. Just FYI. ;)

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Shocker.

  • anthony optimo

    Nintendo should consider releasing a Wii U bundled with the Wii U Pro Controller.

    Pro Bundle

  • SilverDrake20

    WARNING: The link you posted for the classic controller is NOT manufactured by Nintendo but a cheap Chinese knock off.

  • https://soundcloud.com/rauschenmaschine Kristian Kouvo

    There are good replacements out there e.g. wireless Gamecube controllers for old Wii and for Wii U controllers am sure there are several alternatives. No reason to worry.

  • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

    What the what? Um…you guys do realize that people are still using those for their Wii games,right?

    I hope you make an update to use those pro controllers and gamepad functionality for Wii games that uses them or else people are gonna get pissy

  • Michael DeVore

    I’m pretty sure Nintendo stopped manufacturing them Years ago when they were initially banned due to a patent case. Once that ban was lifted when they won on appeal Nintendo just sold the stock they’d been holding. So it’s not they’d just stopped manufacturing them. They’ve just finally run out of stock they were supposed to have sold years ago.

  • tronic307

    I have like 6 Classic Controllers (one in gold) plus 3 Tatsunoko vs Capcom Wii arcade sticks, so I guess I’m sorta OK with this. Probably quit when I have 10 tho.

  • PachterStation

    From reading other posts, the sensor bar for the Wii and Wii U are exactly the same, apart from the colour. The Classic and Classic Pro controllers also work with the Wii U. If Nintendo is phasing them out, that means they’re also phasing them out for the Wii U. I bet 99.9% of these controllers sold when the Wii was on the go. On top of that, most Wii U owners probably bought a Classic controller from having a Wii. There’s probably no market for these controllers after the Wii U was released. But Nintendo has pulled the plug on the Wii U, but will let it runs its course. Nintendo are never going to officially admit it. The odd few games here and there, so make the most of it.