Nintendo Co. this month demonstrated the new Wii U Pro Controller at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The new controller, to be sold as a separate peripheral for the hardware, includes a standard set of buttons and triggers found in default next-generation controller configurations.

The mold, inspired by Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 Controller, features a comfortable grip and switches the placement of the right analog stick to the top right and the digital buttons on the bottom right.

The new layout was a bit tricky to be accustomed to but functional. For Ubisoft Inc.’s ZombiU, the left and right analog sticks worked well for movement and aim. Users accustomed to the Xbox 360 layout will have to look down several times to remember the lower digital button placement.

The direction pad is soft, rocks around all corners, and is generally a better option than the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3 Dualshock 3 alternative.

The L, R, LZ, and RZ triggers held decent placement against the index fingers.

Wii U Pro Controller felt like a solid option for shooters and third-person action titles that don’t require the Wii U GamePad screen. It will be sold at a to be determined price.

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