I am just a Dad of two boys (9 & 12) and step below "casual gamer". They have been hounding me for a Wii U for two years and this year Santa is going to come through. We have a Wii with 4 motes and no other consoles. I have some PC handled controllers but they just use the mouse and keyboard. For obvious reasons I can't ask them about controllers. They will start with the standard Mario titles and maybe a Zelda, no M games yet. Smash bros is on their list of games and I think they played it with the standard Wii remote and nunchuck on the Wii. From my research so far it seems the GC controller is preferred by many enthusiasts of Smash, but is of limited utility for other games and I have heard negative comments about Smash with the Wii remote. Should I be including a couple of Pro Controllers in their stockings or something else? We have one 3DS but I recall reading that it was not a good idea to put it under the stress of playing with the Wii U. Thanks for helping me out.