I do have a Wii U, but I don’t have a Wii U ‘pro’ controller. Somehow, I haven’t made it far enough down the console’s flabbergastingly long list of potential peripherals to pick up the traditionalist gamepad.
So I don’t really know whether it’s a competitive alternative to Microsoft’s PC-ready Xbox 360 controller. That’s something you’ll have to work out for yourself, using this program.
Put together by community members TeHaxor69 and Daku93 at GBATEMP.net, the program allows you to add the Pro Pad to Windows’ Bluetooth Manager.
Its creators recommend following these instructions, originally intended for connecting a Wii Remote+ to PC, to do so.
“What I’m currently working on, is getting the Pro controller to be recognized as a XBox Gamepad, so you can also use the analogs as analogs and not just as buttons,” writes TeHaxor. “I hope to have something finished as soon as next week, but I can’t promise anything since I’m not very experienced in writing C++ code, which I need to do to accomplish this.”
All buttons are reportedly mappable, and support is included for rumble control – excellent news for fans of tickled palms. Ought to work a treat in noisy old Battlefield, don’t you think?