The Classic Controller Pro was designed on February 26, 2009 and released on August 1, 2009 by Nintendo. Its shape is more like the Nintendo GameCube controller and its layout resembles that of a traditional Playstation controller. It is an improved version of the Classic Controller to be used with Virtual Console games and other compatible software on Wii.
Whereas the original Classic Controller provided a traditional retro controller, this sleeker design provides a more traditional modern controller for certain games. It comes in White and Black. Just as the original Classic Controller, the cord plugs into the end of the Wii Remote like a Nunchuk Controller.
Differences from the Classic Controller
- The Control Sticks are farther apart from one another.
- The cord is located at the top of the Classic Controller Pro instead of on the bottom.
- Has handles on the side for easier grip like the Nintendo GameCube Controllers.
- ZL and ZR are larger and placed behind the shoulder buttons instead of next to them.
- L and R are digital instead of analog.
The Classic Controller Pro has the same uses as the Classic Controller.
- Works on the Virtual Console.
- Works as a controller on an assortment of Wii Games including Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Resident Evil 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Monster Hunter Tri.
- Works as a controller on some WiiWare games.
- Also works with Wii U and a handful of titles, along with the regular Classic Controller. Such games include Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
A limited edition Golden Classic Controller Pro was bundled with GoldenEye 007 for the Wii. The same controller was released separately in Japan.
A red edition was also released in Europe, commonly bundled with Xenoblade Chronicle, but was also available to be purchased separately.