A new accessory has been announced in regards to "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U. According to a report from Nintendo Enthusiast on May 21, PDP has revealed a new partnership with Nintendo to develop a controller just for the crossover fighting game. The Wired Fight Pad is priced at $24.99 and should be made available for the North American region later this holiday season.
The controller can't function independently as players have to plug it into the External Extension Connector of the Wii Remote, which may pose a problem for players who don't have a Wii since the regular Wii U console bundles do not come with the motion-sensing device. On the other hand, the Wired Fight Pad can also be used for the Wii console. In addition to "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U, the accessory can be used on games that support the Classic Controller and the Classic Controller Pro as well as specific Virtual Console titles.
The Wired Fight Pad also comes with various designs featuring some of the most popular characters from the upcoming title. Among the mascots mentioned so far are Mario, Princess Peach and Yoshi. A screen showcasing the in-game model of the green dinosaur from the official "Super Smash Bros" Facebook site can be seen near the top portion of this article.
The button layout for the Wired Fight Pad is designed after the Gamecube controller, which is the preferred accessory used to play the series even with the release of "Super Smash Bros Brawl" on the Nintendo Wii in 2008. The Wii U console does not have a port for the Gamecube controller, forcing players to purchase the Wired Fight Pad and possibly the Wii Remote.
"Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U should be coming out at around the same time as the accessory. The console version of the software product has a targeted winter launch time frame. It should be featured heavily next month as Nintendo has several events planned at E3 2014, which begins on June 10 in Los Angeles.