Wii U Pro Controller

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The Wii U Pro Controller is a controller of the Wii U that can only be used in the Battle Dojo mode in Splatoon.


The Wii U Pro Controller is an optional accessory for the Wii U that serves as an alternative to the Wii U GamePad. It acts as the successor to the Wii Classic Controller and was replaced by the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. It has the same overall button layout as the Wii U GamePad, excepting that it features the power, home, minus, and plus buttons in the center. However, it lacks motion control sensors, camera, NFC Pad, headphone jack and touchscreen.

Battle Dojo

In the Battle Dojo, one player can use the Wii U Pro Controller to play on the TV, to pop as many balloons as they can, against their opponent using the Wii U GamePad. This is the only functionality available for this controller in Splatoon.


  • Left Stick: Primarily used to move the player's Inkling forward, backward, left, and right.
  • Right Stick: Used for menus, such as the weapon select and pause screen.
  • ZL: Allows players to transform into squids. In this form, Inklings can move faster through their own ink and jump farther.
  • ZR: Allows players to splatter ink using their weapon.
  • R: Allows players to use their sub weapon.
  • X: Causes the player's Inkling to jump.
  • Y: Resets the camera angle, allowing for quick corrections.
  • A: Used in menus to select specific actions and options.
  • B: Used to deselect a chosen weapon in the weapon select screen.
  • D-Pad: Can be used in Battle Dojo menus like Left Stick.
  • Plus: Used to pause and resume in in a Battle Dojo match, and adjust the controls on the weapon select screen.


Pro Controller + Wii Remote combo.
  • Multiple Pro Controllers and a Wii U GamePad can be seen inside the Battle Dojo hanging on the wall. There are three white controllers, a black controller and a white GamePad on the left side and two black controllers on the right side.
  • Battle Dojo matches can also be played with a combination of Wii U Pro Controller and a Wii Remote Plus or Wii Remote with a Wii MotionPlus accessory, which was hinted at in Sunken Scroll 26, pictured below. This allows the player using the Wii U Pro Controller to have motion controls. To perform this, the player must hold down on the D-Pad, hold down B, and press ZL and ZR as described on the Splatoon Tumblr, Squid Research Lab.