The only way they won't release a new controler IMO is if the play style of Brawl is much different. Anyone play Sony's Battle Royal?
But looking at the Nintendo's regular controller or whatever you call it it has a diamond button configuration like the 360 and PS3, with a bit different spacing (which I hate). The gamecube's button configuration were so unique. Using the Y button as a safety for your guns in MGS Twin Snakes? Genius. And something about Wind Waker too.
Devolution requires disc check to run games but currently Dios Mios doesn't. And I'd hate to see piracy nab nintendo this generation as it did the last. As I would also find it a bother to switch to my old wii to play my GC games.
And, if Nintendo plans on having GC virtual console, surely that can be exploited, ya?
@cwjakesteel: the difficult thing about making GC games VC downloads is that the Wii U has 32gb at most (25 usable) so between game saves and various other things it will be tough to fit GC games as well. And how many of us who've spent all that hard earned money on the GC games in the past will want to buy them again if we can just rip them and USB load? Though I guess we can store excess data on an external drive (must be a special Wii U only format). But I'd rather just play my legal game backups than have to spend more on them again. I'm projecting GC Virtual Console games will be $15-$20 (if N64 is $10 you know GC will be more)