**Updated 12/3/14** Today, PDP actually announced new additions to the Wii U Fight Pad line, including Link and Samus. I think I’m going to have to replace the Yoshi suggestion below with the Link controller, because it’s even more badass. Close call, though.
It’s undeniable that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is quickly becoming a fan favorite for the console. The game currently has a 9.2 user score on Metacritic, and also has a 93 Metacritic rating with every gaming outlet praising just how great the game looks and plays. But what can make Super Smash Bros. Wii U even better? Simple — a handy, dandy Wii U controller for you to use instead of a Wii remote. Trust me when I tell you that using a proper controller with the Wii U instead of the remote that comes with it (or the Wii U gamepad) is a much better experience when it comes to certain games like Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart 8.
There are a ton of Wii U controllers currently on the market, so without further ado, check out our list of the 5 most badass Wii U controllers to use with Super Smash Bros.
1. PDP Yoshi Wired Fight Pad
Your best bet for a great Wii U controller is to check out what PDP has to offer because they have the most badass controller on the market: the Yoshi Wired Fight Pad. The controller plugs right into the bottom of your Wii remote, and it’s compatible with all Wii/Wii U games that support Classic Controller and most games on the Nintendo Virtual console. It’s officially licensed by Nintendo and works perfectly with Super Smash Bros. Wii U. And just look at that thing — a white base, green and gold with a green Yoshi egg on the top. If you don’t want one of these in your living room, you’re doing it wrong. And by it, I mean life. You’re doing life wrong.
2. HORI Battle Pad for Wii U (Luigi Version) with Turbo
If you’re looking for a cheap Wii U controller that still functions well and looks great, check out HORI’s Battle Pad. Specifically, we think the green and blue Luigi version of the Battle Pad is the way to go, although the red and blue Mario version looks great also. But, we’ve always favored Luigi — he’s the underog; the number two; the brother who doesn’t get as much recognition. The Battle Pad for Wii U features short stroke shoulder buttons, 3 turbo settings and a large D-pad, and is modeled after the original Nintendo GameCube controller. So, give Luigi a nod for once and pickup HORI’s Luigi Battle Pad.
3. Nyko Pro Commander for Wii U
Having a Wii U controller modeled after the original Gamecube controller is truly great, but what if you prefer a more modernized style of controller. The Nyko Pro Commander has a look and feel more similar to an Xbox One controller than a Gamecube controller, although it’s still unique in its own right. Its ergonomic design and soft touch finish make it ultra comfortable to hold, and it stops your hand from cramping up after longing gaming sessions. The shoulder buttons are trigger inspired, so not only does it work well with Super Smash Bros. Wii U, but it also works well with the latest shooters on the Wii U. The downside of the Nyko Pro is that it won’t work in Wii mode. But, if you’re like me, you no longer need the Wii since there’s now a Smash Bros. and Mario Kart for the Wii U.
4. PDP Afterglow Pro Controller
If you’re familiar with PDP’s line of Afterglow products, you’ll already be familiar with the cool blue glow. PDP has an Afterglow Pro Controller for the Wii U that brings that cool blue glow to your Wii U gaming. The controller connects wirelessly to the Wii U console and has a button to turn the lights on or off (as all Afterglow products have). The controller comes with rechargeable lithium polymer battery and 8 foot mini usb charging cable (as if you don’t have enough of those already). The controller is clear when the lights are off, and has a similar design to the Xbox 360 controller, so it’s comfortable to hold. And, best of all, it works with Super Smash Bros. Wii U.
5. Evil Controllers’ Peach Inspired Glossy Pink Controller
Although they’re a bit pricey, Evil Controllers always has quality custom controllers, and their small line of Wii U controllers are no exception. The custom Peach Inspired Glossy Pink Controller is perfectly pink and features modern dual analog sticks and an ergonomic button layout. The included rechargeable battery can last up to 80 hours on a single charge — that’s unheard of! It works with Wii U games and games from the Nintendo eShop and virtual console, but it doesn’t work with the Wii system or its games. Still, it’s one of the best Wii U controllers on the market, especially if you can find a deal on it. It also comes in Luigi green, Mario red, glossy orange, glossy yellow, sticker bomb and blue urban colorways. If you’re willing to shell out $80 for a Wii U controller, Evil controllers has the best looking controllers of the bunch. But if you’d rather save a buck or two, you might want prefer one of the other Wii U controllers mentioned on this list.