Using an official Nintendo Gamecube controller with your Wii U isn’t simple or inexpensive: not only do you have to pay for an additional controller ($30), you have to hunt down a GameCube controller adapter, too ($20). It also comes with the additional caveat that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only Wii U game built to take advantage of the required hardware.
Enter the Hori Battle Pad for Wii U. This alternative controller mimics the appearance and performance of a GameCube input device, comes with the added benefit of support across a variety of games spanning Virtual Console, Wii, and Wii U—and it works right out of the box with your Wii U for just $25.
Branding on the controller is a little confusing: the box says it’s for Wii U, but the controller sports the Wii logo.