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I bought Secret of Mana and Zombies Ate My Neighbors on the Wii U via the older Wii virtual console.

But when I went to play, a message came up that I had to attach a "classic controller" or exit.

So I went and bought the Wii u pro controller on the premise that it is supposed to replace the classic controller for the Wii u. No change, same message.

So what do I have to do to play secret of Mana/Zombies Ate My Neighbors on the Wii U, from the Wii virtual console? Has anyone got them to actually work via the Wii U Wii-mote classic controller attachments?

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Because those games are on the Wii Virtual Console, they require some kind of controller that the Wii (not the Wii U) knows about - the system is operating without access to any of the Wii U specific stuff when you're doing this.

That means you need either a GameCube controller, or a Classic Controller attachment for a Wii Remote - and since a Wii U doesn't have any way to plug in a GameCube controller*, that only leaves the actual Classic Controller.

You can still use the Pro controller for Wii U games that support it, but for Wii content, it can't be done.

While the recently released GameCube Controller Adapter does allow you to attach GameCube controllers to your Wii U, the adapter is currently only compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - it is not supported in Wii mode.

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    Update your answer. As of the release of Super Smash Brothers for Wii U Nintendo also released an official adapter so you can use your Gamecube gamepad on Wii U :) – starcorn Nov 29 '14 at 17:37

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