Nintendo Switch Console Now Supports GameCube Controllers

Oct 26, 2017, 00:46
Nintendo Switch Console Now Supports GameCube Controllers

Which means if you insert the Wii U's USB Gamecube controller dongle into the equation - and of course, you have update 4.0 or higher - then your Gamecube controllers will be detected as USB controllers on the Switch.

In the console's latest system update, support for the classic controllers was added with no announcement. The GameCube controller, being a product of its time, obviously lacks a few buttons that the Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controller have.

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Connecting your Gamecube controller to your Switch is pretty easy, as long as you have the right adapter.

Now, lets get onto the rampant speculation as to why Nintendo might have added Gamecube controller support to the Switch... it's Smash Bros. The GameCube controller has no Z button on the left-hand side, plus there is no Home button, making it hard to return to the Switch's main menu from a game, notes GameSpot. Nice and easy. Presumably this won't work in handheld mode, because there's no wireless connectivity between the Switch and its dock.

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Because Nintendo doesn't really do patch notes, people have spent the last several days working out exactly what changed when last week's update hit.

It's a neat little feature, albeit one that requires Switch owners to use a USB adapter to wire up the GameCube gamepad to the Switch. This was huge for the smash community as some professionals in the esports scene won't even enter tournaments if they don't have their GameCube controller that has undergone years of continued use. However, controls at that time were very much limited, making the controller nearly unusable with most Switch games, notes TechRadar.

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