Despite beginning its life in Japan with an unknown international future, Nintendo of America has announced that the Wii Classic Controller Pro is coming to North America in April for a mere $19.99 alone or with Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter Tri for $49.99. Some say that the Pro version of the Classic Controller is the version of the Wii peripheral that should have launched in the first place, but better late than never, I always say. Here's some of the press release in which the important difference between amateur and Pro models are detailed:
The new Classic Controller Pro includes a second row of shoulder buttons and ergonomically friendly grips. The Classic Controller Pro plugs directly into the Wii Remote™ controller, and until now, has been available only in the Japanese market.
The sad thing is that ordinarily I would upgrade to the new model, but I hardly use my existing Classic Controller anymore as it is, so I see myself holding off on this one for quite some time. Still, it's nice to see it coming overseas after all.