Alan Smithee

Another Nintendo Product Will Finally Hit the US

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Yup, that's just about as close to a DualShock and not get sued as one company can get.

Well it’s about fucking time we get our grubby mits on a Wii DualShock…err, I mean the Wii Classic Controller Pro controller. The once Japan-only will be hitting the shelves packaged with Monster Hunter Tri, which Nintendo is saying pushes the Wii’s hardware to the max. I’m not kidding, it’s in the Press Release. The bad news, Monster Hunter Tri doesn’t hit the shelves until April…

The controller resembles the Classic Controller with the analog sticks and face buttons and whatnot, but the main difference is that there are now palm handles and an extra row of shoulder buttons…so instead of appearing as a SNES controller with analog sticks, it now looks like a DualShock.

I can’t hate on it really because this will make playing Virtual Console games that much easier…and the pricetag isn’t bad either. For a paltry $19.99 you get either a black or white controller (which you then hook up to a Wiimote). Though, if you’re a Monster Hunter fan, you can get the bundle that has a controller and game for $59.99. That’s not too bad really.

SAN MATEO, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Capcom® Entertainment, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, and Nintendo of America today announced an exciting new bundle featuring one of the most highly anticipated titles for 2010, Monster Hunter® Tri, and combining it with the new Classic Controller Pro™ for the Wii™ system. The Classic Controller Pro’s more traditional control configuration will give gamers the ultimate Monster Hunting experience when the bundle becomes available in North America this April at a suggested retail price of $59.99.

“Monster Hunter Tri has made a huge splash in the Japanese market, and we’re confident the bundle with the Classic Controller Pro will give fans in North America plenty to get excited about,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing. “Gamers of all kinds enjoy playing games on Wii. Monster Hunter Tri delivers an incredible new experience on Wii, while the Classic Controller Pro gives players even more control options for their favorite Wii games.”

The new Classic Controller Pro includes a second row of shoulder buttons and ergonomically friendly grips. The Classic Controller Pro plugs directly into the Wii Remote™ controller, and until now, has been available only in the Japanese market.

The Classic Controller Pro will be compatible with more than 450 Wii, WiiWare™ and Virtual Console™ games. The Classic Controller Pro bundled with Monster Hunter Tri will be black, while both black and white versions of the controller will also be available separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The game will also be available without a controller at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Making its North American debut on Wii this spring, Monster Hunter Tri is one of the most strikingly beautiful titles developed for Nintendo’s Wii system. Pushing the hardware to the limit, Monster Hunter Tri depicts a living, breathing ecosystem where humans co-exist with majestic monsters that roam both dry land and brand new sub-aqua environments – a first for the series. Offering the player varied control configurations to suit their style of play, players can choose between the Classic Controller Pro, Wii Remote™ and Nunchuck™, or Classic Controller™ to slay the monsters that inhabit the world.

The Monster Hunter series has sold over 11 million units worldwide and has become a social phenomenon in Japan giving rise to training camps, dedicated festivals and numerous licensed products. According to Media Create, Monster Hunter Tri sold 520,000 units in its first week of release in Japan and became the leading title sold across all platforms for the week of its release.

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