News: Nintendo Defends Wii U Pro Controller

Despite announcing SmartGlass for Xbox 360 as a direct response to the Wii U’s GamePad, Microsoft recently denied claims that the 360’s tablet support is not the company’s way of copying Nintendo, before going on to state that the Wii U is more of a copy of the Xbox:

“I think their Pro Controller makes a lot of sense with the platform they’ve built. They are building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability. Now they are really making an on-ramp for the back catalogue of games that are on 360. It is easy for those games to move over to Wii U.”

When pushed for a response, a Nintendo representative went on to reiterate what was said during the Wii U Pro Controller’s reveal during a recent Nintendo Direct broadcast:

“The Wii U Pro Controller is an enhanced version of the Classic Controller Pro that has been designed specially to work with the Wii U console. It simply offers another way to play and more options for developers to use. We do not compare ourselves to other consoles.

Are you sceptical about the design philosophies of the Wii U Pro Controller, or are you just pleased to see Nintendo embracing multiple control schemes with its upcoming console?

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