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Performance Designed Products Announces GameCube-style Wired Fight Pad for Wii U


The leading third-party manufacturer of video game accessories to release a line of Nintendo GameCube inspired controllers for Wii U, aligning with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Sherman Oaks, CA – 5/20/2014 - PDP is proud to announce that they are partnering with Nintendo to develop the Wired Fight Pad, a new line of Classic Controller inspired by the original Nintendo GameCube™ Controller.

The Wired Fight Pad is licensed by Nintendo and designed for use with the Wii and Wii U consoles. The Wired Fight Pad plugs directly into the Wii Remote External Extension Connector. Players can use it for Wii and Wii U games that support the Classic Controller, the Classic Controller Pro, as well as some of Nintendo’s Virtual Console games.

The Wired Fight Pad will feature fan-favorite Nintendo characters such as Mario, Yoshi, and Princess Peach with a shape inspired by the original Nintendo GameCube Controller.

The Wired Fight Pad will be available at game launch at your local video game retailer this holiday season for an estimated SRP of $24.99.

For any and all press inquiries on the Wired Fight Pad, please contact pr@pdp.com.

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Anonymous
21 May 2014 07:22

Wired... to a wireless controller.

Why?
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21 May 2014 07:37

...is that controller the one they're talking about in the press release? In what way is that controller inspired by the GameCube pad?

A GameCube shaped Classic Controller would be ideal(it wouldn't get around the concerns tournament players have about no wired controllers but that doesn't bother me) but this is not that solution.

EDIT: Ah, I looked around and apparently the picture is of the old Fight Pad, so it sounds like this really is going to be a GameCube controller shaped Classic Controller. Awesome! And great to have it be a Nintendo endorsed controller too, hopefully their involvement will make sure it's solid.
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Anonymous
21 May 2014 08:28

If it wirelessly connected to wii u like the wii u pro controllers Id be interested. Im not tethering myself to a remote again. Do people seriously think being attached to a remote is less annoying than simply getting used to the wii u pro controller's standard button layout?

Also they call it wired fight pad as if its made to avoid wireless interference for fighting games that require precision. But if its tied to the remote its still wireless and prone to slight interference. This is all kinds of stupid.
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21 May 2014 09:44

ok, here is the fight pad. now we need a street fighter, mortal kombat, marvel vs capcom and those games.
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21 May 2014 10:03

Would it really have killed them to include a "C-Stick" somehow? Not that I'm advocating or hating the use of C-Stick in Smash Bros ... I just don't think it's worth having a wired gamepad that is immediately shoehorned to only work for games that don't use the second-analog stick because 'it was made to be a fighting pad'. Might as well have made it a sturdy HORI-style arcade pad with a longer cable. I'm all for comfortable reach and being Gamecube-like, but I'd rather it be versatile and useful for other games out of the box.
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21 May 2014 10:18

YUCK! No D-Pad!!
...or is that thing a D-pad?
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21 May 2014 10:34

jasonmaivia wrote:YUCK! No D-Pad!!
...or is that thing a D-pad?


Ugh, yeah, way to miss the point of a controller like this guys.

Even if that stick was actually a flat, microswitched digital pad (yeah right) it still looks lopsided and uncomfortable.
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21 May 2014 10:36

EDIT: I've found a review on the controller (for PS3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGBGxBa783A

"Inspired by Gamecube", but released two years ago on other consoles and was $10 cheaper.
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21 May 2014 10:36

OMG! I need this for Smash Bros! It'll take some getting used to, but much less time than having to use the Wii U Tablet!
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21 May 2014 10:41

Mamma Jynx wrote:OMG! I need this for Smash Bros! It'll take some getting used to, but much less time than having to use the Wii U Tablet!

Maybe you should take a look at the video review. It could save you money, if it's true.
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21 May 2014 10:47

jasonmaivia wrote:
Mamma Jynx wrote:OMG! I need this for Smash Bros! It'll take some getting used to, but much less time than having to use the Wii U Tablet!

Maybe you should take a look at the video review. It could save you money, if it's true.


Might want to read the second response to this topic...it will save you further embarrassment
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21 May 2014 11:15

SW4J wrote:
jasonmaivia wrote:
Mamma Jynx wrote:OMG! I need this for Smash Bros! It'll take some getting used to, but much less time than having to use the Wii U Tablet!

Maybe you should take a look at the video review. It could save you money, if it's true.


Might want to read the second response to this topic...it will save you further embarrassment

I was confused. Thanks for that.
But now I'm wondering if it'll have an actual analog stick similar to Gamecube's that looks and functions well. I guess that means the bean-shaped buttons are back, too? I hope they're smart enough not to add on the Gamecube's stupid Z button on the top like the original (please fix it).
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21 May 2014 11:25

Sisibakbak wrote:EDIT: Ah, I looked around and apparently the picture is of the old Fight Pad, so it sounds like this really is going to be a GameCube controller shaped Classic Controller. Awesome! And great to have it be a Nintendo endorsed controller too, hopefully their involvement will make sure it's solid.


So that fight pad pictured is out now? I'd like to try it out sometime... Now I'm wondering what this new "Gamecube" pad will look like and if it functions as a CCP or an actual Wii U gamepad. If it functions as a CCP and SSB4 is actually able to use CCP, it would probably be easier to get one of the many GCN->Wiimote adapters to use an ACTUAL Gamecube controller (emulated as a CCP). The ones I've tried out at least work pretty well, and the only downside is if you're playing a game that requires two L shoulder buttons (which I'm sure Smash wouldn't).
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21 May 2014 11:31

Hopefully there's a review for it as soon as it comes out. I wanna know if it's worth buying because the pro controller isn't cutting it for me.
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21 May 2014 11:37

No one seems to be carrying the Fight Pad pictured with the article (not even GameStop, eBay, or Amazon). PDP doesn't even have it on their website. I've only seen it for sale for PS3 and Xbox 360. Even though the pictured controller may not be the one announced in the article, I'm wondering if it was ever released at all for Wii/Wii U.
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21 May 2014 12:03

jasonmaivia wrote:No one seems to be carrying the Fight Pad pictured with the article (not even GameStop, eBay, or Amazon). PDP doesn't even have it on their website. I've only seen it for sale for PS3 and Xbox 360. Even though the pictured controller may not be the one announced in the article, I'm wondering if it was ever released at all for Wii/Wii U.

Yeah I'm starting to think that the pictured controlled (called the Wii Versus Pad) wasn't ever released - no hits on eBay or Amazon (even for other hard to find PDP accessories like their Wii headsets, you can usually find one or two hits). I also used WayBack on the PDP website and couldn't find any mention on their Wii page, looking through all the archived 2011/2012 pages. A shame, it looks like it could have been a nice controller...
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21 May 2014 13:09

I own the Xbox 360 version of this pad, mostly as a PC gamepad with a good d-pad since the stock 360's d-pad is hot garbage, and I can definitely vouch for its quality. I used mine just as much for platforming heavy games like Dust: An Elysian Tail, Guacamelee, and Cave Story just as much s I've used it for fighting games and beat 'em ups. It'll be a fine pad for Virtual Console and Wiiware titles that support it.

The microswitch d-pad basically handles like a miniature arcade stick, and while it looks like it would be loose and inaccurate, it is in fact quite tight and responsive, goes in 8 directions, and best of all, it clicks every time it changes a direction, which makes it very responsive and tactile. However, it is an no way an analog stick. This pad is purely for 2D games that benefit a d-pad over an analog stick.

That said, it's a Classic Controller, which means NSMBU and Tropical Freeze don't support it (Gotta buy a $60 Pro Controller if you don't wanna be tethered to the GamePad!), and NSMBWii and DKCR only support it if you hack the game via homebrew to force support. Besides, the Pro Controller and GamePad themselves already have Nintendo's excellent d-pad, so I don't see why you'd want this unless your friends are really into the FGC-won't-touch-this Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

This pad came out a bit too late for my tastes, especially with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom's online dead and buried. I don't really know if I can recommend this unless you're really into Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and don't wanna shell out the cash for a fightstick on a console that has one notable traditional fighting game. Might be a good PC gamepad if you used one of those Classic Controler > USB converters, since it doesn't have the 360 version's problem of having buttons represent analog triggers PC games don't always support...

Edit: Though, if that Pokken thing is what we're all hoping it to be...

Edit2: Oh wow, reading the article a bit closer now, I now realize the article's picture is hugely misleading! Disregard everything I just said, I just discussed an unreleased, nonexistant controller!
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21 May 2014 13:14

Lakster37 wrote:
jasonmaivia wrote:No one seems to be carrying the Fight Pad pictured with the article (not even GameStop, eBay, or Amazon). PDP doesn't even have it on their website. I've only seen it for sale for PS3 and Xbox 360. Even though the pictured controller may not be the one announced in the article, I'm wondering if it was ever released at all for Wii/Wii U.

Yeah I'm starting to think that the pictured controlled (called the Wii Versus Pad) wasn't ever released - no hits on eBay or Amazon (even for other hard to find PDP accessories like their Wii headsets, you can usually find one or two hits). I also used WayBack on the PDP website and couldn't find any mention on their Wii page, looking through all the archived 2011/2012 pages. A shame, it looks like it could have been a nice controller...


I thought it looked like an underbaked Genesis controller!
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21 May 2014 14:52

Dunno if it's true or not but apparently there is such a thing as an adapter for the Gamecube controller so you can play it on Wii U. The player I heard it from got it on eBay and it works fine. Haven't checked it out myself but it's always an option.
(Just wish I knew when I tried to play Brawl on my Wii U. Man, what a pain that was.)
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21 May 2014 16:05

UGH, this thing looks terrible. And it's still wireless, lol. I don't know what they were thinking.
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21 May 2014 17:02

This looks more like a Saturn controller with a long grip on the left and Neo Geo Pocket Color like analog. While I like the 6 face button style, I'll pass and just use Pro Controllers.
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22 May 2014 14:55

@SushiemanX

This isn't the controller.

That said, explain how you think there will be wired controllers on a system that has no ports.

The only possible spots are the USB slots, which, there are only 2 on the front, and 2 in the back of it.

You'd have to position the Wii U sideways or something.
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22 May 2014 19:59

If this is the controller we heard about, they completely 100% missed the point of making a GameCube-style controller.
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24 May 2014 15:03

Apparently nobody is actually looking at the comments to see that the picture shown up above is NOT the controller the actual topic is about.

I don't know why that picture is there.

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