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Help please: WiiU, young kids, what controllers?

xtencornfield 243 65 November 12, 2015 at 07:42 AM in Video Games (3)
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I haven't owned a gaming system in many, many years, so I'm completely out of the loop on the new systems. We are planning on getting a Wii U for xmas, probably the version with Super Smash Bros and Splatoon. I also already picked up Lego Batman 3 and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

We are 2 adults and 2 young boys (4 and 5). What controller configuration(s) would you suggest to start? It sounds like we would benefit from getting a couple wii remotes but what else? I don't want to go crazy up front but I also want to make sure we have what we need to play without it being super frustrating Smilie

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Depends on how bad@ss you are at SSB. Most choose the gamecube controller option for that game but I didn't bother, I have several Pro Controllers which are great and like 4 Wiimotes. Done.
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The Wii U controller sucks. The Wii mote controllers aren't much better. You can get 4 wii motes and 4 nunchuks for multiplayer gaming. Or you can get 4 Gamecube controllers, the best controller ever designed, and you can get an adapter (~$20) that lets you use them in the Wii U.
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Quote from xtencornfield View Post :
I haven't owned a gaming system in many, many years, so I'm completely out of the loop on the new systems. We are planning on getting a Wii U for xmas, probably the version with Super Smash Bros and Splatoon. I also already picked up Lego Batman 3 and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

We are 2 adults and 2 young boys (4 and 5). What controller configuration(s) would you suggest to start? It sounds like we would benefit from getting a couple wii remotes but what else? I don't want to go crazy up front but I also want to make sure we have what we need to play without it being super frustrating Smilie
Novakingwai is wrong. The Wii U pad is great, though it may be a bit big for your kids' hands. Get two wii remotes + nunchuks (if you want to save a few bucks, the nyko versions are good) and a pro controller if you want to have 4 controllers.

And FWIW, unless you mod your Wii U, you can only use gamecube controllers in smash bros.
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I recommend a pro controller and 2 wii remote with nunchucks. The gamepad is your 4th controller, and this setup gives you flexibility for future and the older games too. It is probably your least expensive option with the most flexibility. I use these controllers the most.

You can also get a wii mote with classic pro attachment for downloaded retro games. As a side note, I highly highly recommend Nintendoland for any family for great couch play, and it is super cheap
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Also, each game shows on the back of the case which controllers they are compatible with
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Novakingwai is wrong. The Wii U pad is great, though it may be a bit big for your kids' hands. Get two wii remotes + nunchuks (if you want to save a few bucks, the nyko versions are good) and a pro controller if you want to have 4 controllers.

And FWIW, unless you mod your Wii U, you can only use gamecube controllers in smash bros.
This is incorrect. Look up the Mayflash gamecube adapter. It will let you use gamecube controllers on any game that supports the pro controller (about 95% of games). It was the only thing that made the wii u playable for me.

The gamepad is huge even for adult hands and the battery life is even worse than the dual shock 4.
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Thank you for all of the responses. I'll mull this over a bit more but this gives me a place to start!
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Quote from Novakingwai View Post :
This is incorrect. Look up the Mayflash gamecube adapter. It will let you use gamecube controllers on any game that supports the pro controller (about 95% of games). It was the only thing that made the wii u playable for me.

The gamepad is huge even for adult hands and the battery life is even worse than the dual shock 4.
That's true. I forgot the Mayflash adapter. I know you enjoy that.

Also, you must have tiny hands. laugh out loud Battery life isn't bad imo (though I don't marathon 5+ hours anymore). You can buy a third party battery extender if necessary.
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That's true. I forgot the Mayflash adapter. I know you enjoy that.

Also, you must have tiny hands. laugh out loud Battery life isn't bad imo (though I don't marathon 5+ hours anymore). You can buy a third party battery extender if necessary.
I have pretty big hands. Just wasn't comfortable to hold. Got tired of Nintendo's crap anyway and sold it.
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