Wii classic controller pro to make U.S. debut in April

Nintendo and Capcom wrapped up Monday by announcing that the Wii Classic Controller Pro will make its U.S. debut in April for $60, and will come bundled with Monster Hunter Tri.

Wii owners can purchase the controller in black or white for $20 without the game.  The game itself is $50, while the game and controller combo is just $10 more.

“Monster Hunter Tri has made a huge splash in the Japanese market, and we’re confident the bundle with the Classic Controller Pro will give fans in North America plenty to get excited about,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo America VP of licensing, said in a statement.  “Gamers of all kinds enjoy playing games on Wii. ‘Monster Hunter Tri’ delivers an incredible new experience on Wii, while the Classic Controller Pro gives players even more control options for their favorite Wii games.”

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The Classic Controller Pro has several changes over its predecessor. The ZR and ZL buttons located on the controller shoulder have been moved — a slight mimic to the PlayStation controller.  The new controller also has two grips on both sides to increase comfort over long durations of gaming.

It also is connected to the Wiimote by a cord plugged into the top of the controller, not the bottom.

Despite high anticipation, the controller has been available in Japan only thus far.  Although U.S. consumers have had to wait a bit longer, there are now at least 450 Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare games supported for the controller.

I’m looking forward to this controller’s release in three months.