The Nintendo Switch Now Supports the GameCube Adapter, Apparently

Muriel Hammond
October 25, 2017

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Nintendo ought to get a little bit more progressive as time moves on. The only other peripheral you'll need is the GameCube controller USB adapter Nintendo released for use with Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U. It's still possible to pick up both the official and third-party versions of this USB adapter.

Classic Nintendo GameCube controllers can now work with the Nintendo Switch via a USB adapter, following a version 4.0.0 system update released late last week. However, the software update added one secret capability to the Switch, i.e., the support for GameCube controllers. Once plugged in, the controllers can be synced through the settings menu by pressing the L and R buttons. You can pair four controllers at once. For a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, that equates to not having access to your shield. Until then, enjoy trying to wrestle with the GameCube controller's weird button placement during your Splatoon 2 sessions. Obviously the Smash Bros. speculation threads on social media and various message boards has risen sharply due to this development, and we don't mind it.


Once hooked up, all games that can be played using a Switch pro controller can also be played using a Gamecube controller, with a few obvious caveats.

We'll keep you guys updated. Also, some of the button combinations the commentator was used to on the Switch controller changed slightly when using the GameCube controller.

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