Updated November 28, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 8 Best Wii U Controllers

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This wiki has been updated 2 times since it was first published in October of 2019. It wasn't the most popular console, but the Wii U has some excellent titles and interesting gameplay, thanks in large part to its wide variety of controllers and advanced control schemes. In fact, because the input methods were so closely tied to many of the games, there aren't a ton of high-quality, third-party devices, but there are still a few excellent models to choose from. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best wii u controller on Amazon.

8. Nintendo Balance Board

7. Hori Battle Pad

6. PDP Flight Pad

5. CooleedTek Classic Pro

4. Official Gamepad

3. Nintendo Pro Controller

2. Nintendo Nunchuk

1. Remote Plus

Editor's Notes

November 20, 2019:

You may notice that we have mostly OEM Nintendo products listed here, and that's for good reason. The Wii and Wii U were pretty closely associated with their various controller types, and as such, Nintendo manufactures far and away the best-quality options. In fact, every Wii U owner should have a Remote Plus and probably a Nintendo Nunchuk, and to enjoy some of the more complex titles you'll need an Official Gamepad. There are also a couple games, such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, that require a Nintendo Pro Controller. The Pro is especially well made, but it's also absurdly expensive, so if you're not a major stickler for pristine button action you can probably get by with the CooleedTek Classic Pro, which closely mimics the OEM version but just doesn't have quite the same build quality. The PDP Fight Pad will also suffice for those games, though you will need to plug it into a Remote Plus to work properly.

Also worth mentioning are the Hori Battle Pad and Nintendo Balance Board. The Hori is quite affordable, though it isn't compatible with Pro Controller titles, and the Balance Board is absolutely necessary to get the most out of the Wii U's interactive exercise component. Also, take a look at our rundown of some of the best Wii U games overall as well as some of Nintendo's other consoles.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on November 28, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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