So today was the release day for the Wii Classic Controller Pro here in the US (out in Japan since last year -_-), and thought I head over to Gamestop to pick one up since I recently picked up Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom (playing the game with the wiimote is sacrilege). Truth be told, I only discovered the existence of this version just last week after I got fed up with using the wiimote for TvC. No matter how you look at it, you can’t deny that it shares more resemblance to the PS2/3 controller than anything Nintendo has ever released >_>.
The whole package is glued shut so you gotta rip the box to get the controller out.
So the second impression I got is that it looks like the SNES controller with ergonomic extensions. The buttons are tactile, quick to pop back up and not spongy-feeling so I guess I can assume it’ll be responsive… important for a fighting game.
Top/face of controller = shiny, glossy (aka fingerprint magnet) surface. Behind/bottom = textured matte plastic
The controller is very plain and very simple… and very light. It almost feels as though it is hollow inside but solid construction nonetheless. I like the weight of the Dual Shock more… then I realized the horror- the controller doesn’t have rumble! OMG! Not too much of a loss but it really takes some of the impact feel out of the game.
Haven’t got the time to take it for a spin yet so no write-up on how it actually performs ^^;. Hope I can use it later tonight if the TV is free…
UPDATE: Got a chance to give it a whirl for an hour or so last night and the controller made me realize just how limiting the wiimote was for TvC. Very responsive and comfortable indeed. Maybe a bit toooo responsive as a slight accidental nick on an adjacent button will cause an input. I feel the buttons are a tad far but a bit too close at the same time. There is some distance from Y to A but I often “nick” the B on occasions (when doing combos) and it sends out my partner to assist ( could change the control for that). The D-pad is also highly responsive and in a sense, not exactly precise… I can just keep “rubbing” the (Z + H) and I’ll be spamming SHORYUUKEN all day. No set backs yet other than it draws power from the wiimote instead of connecting directly to the console (I don’t believe in this wireless controller trend).