Gaming is an expensive hobby- no one is denying that. If you want to stretch your dollar as far as possible and amass a vast collection of games- purchasing third party controllers is a great way to save. Wii U owners are fortunate enough to have a varied selection of traditional controllers to compliment the gamepad. The Afterglow Pro Wii U Controller is among the most popular alternatives to Nintendo’s first party offering. Just what kind of performance can you expect from the Afterglow Pro?
The first round of games that my Afterglow Pro was treated to consisted of action RPGs and adventure titles. An intense battle against the demon armies of Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper came to a satisfying conclusion thanks to the relative comfort and intuitive design of the Afterglow Pro. An epic face-off against the Green Nargacuga in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate went without a hitch- thanks in part to the responsive triggers and button layout. Afterward I successfully soloed an arena battle with two Baleful Gigginoxes.
The only action game that the Afterglow Pro Controller underperformed in was Sonic Lost World, where the controller simply couldn’t keep up with the blast processing. I found that, when paired with the Afterglow Pro, Sonic’s speed was hindered in multiplayer by sudden jerkiness and bouts of sluggishness.
An hour of Pikmin 3 left me feeling more than a little underwhelmed. It isn’t a bad controller by any stretch, but the analogs are stiff and the buttons are too small. A quick attempt to give the Afterglow Pro Controller a chance to outperform Nintendo’s Pro Controller proved fruitless after an otherwise enjoyable session of The Wonderful 101. The Afterglow Pro, while awesome to look at, somewhat disappoints in real-time strategy games.
Getting away from the RTS genre, I tackled half an hour of Darksiders II. This open world RPG features intense combat and a veritable ton of content. The Afterglow Pro had no trouble stringing together lengthy combos with the dual blades and revolver. The one thing I should mention is that in action heavy games, the Afterglow Pro’s dual rumble motors can be a little disruptive.
While the battery was still alive and strong, I took this opportunity to connect the 8 foot mini-USB charging cable. PDP’s Afterglow controllers tend to look amazing, but drain rechargeable batteries for this very reason. Luckily you can easily disable the light show if you are unamused by it. With a literal jump to another genre, I started up New Super Luigi U.
The terse time limit and challenging nature of the game really put the Afterglow Pro to the test. On the one hand, the classic Mario gameplay went unhindered by PDP’s controller. On the other hand, it didn’t perform nearly as well as the gamepad. As a final wild card, I decided to pit the Afterglow Pro against Tank! Tank! Tank! for a brief session. It took only a few minutes of being obliterated by dragons before I went right back to my gamepad. Be warned potential buyers of the Afterglow Pro, it does not work well under time limit pressure.