You Can Use An Old Gamecube Controller On The Nintendo Switch

You Can Use An Old Gamecube Controller On The Nintendo Switch

Nearly every Nintendo Switch owner I’ve spoken to has professed their love for the portable console. And while its slick design allows for convenient local multiplayer using the pint-sized, removable Joy-Con controllers attached to either side, they aren’t exactly comfortable to hold. Luckily, Nintendo’s latest 4.00 software update for the Switch lets you use one of the most beloved controllers of consoles past: The Gamecube controller.

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Connecting your Gamecube controller to your Switch is pretty easy, as long as you have the right adaptor. It depends on the two USB ports on your Switch dock, and only works when your Switch is docked (it shouldn’t be much of an inconvenience, the Gamecube controller is wired anyway). According to Ars Technica, third-party adaptors aren’t as dependable as Nintendo’s official Gamecube controller adaptor. In the past it was sold online by itself or as part of a bundle including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Unfortunately, the adaptor is no longer in production, so you might have to pay a bit extra to get your hands on one.

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If you’re a Nintendo fan (or, more likely, a die-hard Smash Bros. lover), you probably have an old Gamecube controller lying around. That, plus one of the aforementioned adaptors, can save you the $99.95 you’d have to drop to get the Switch’s modern-day equivalent, the wireless Switch Pro Controller. The Pro Controller doesn’t require an adaptor and can control the Switch when undocked.

While the Gamecube controller works with every Switch game, it’s missing a few shoulder buttons found on the Switch, meaning you’ll be losing a bit of functionality when you plug it in (though you’ll have more control when compared to a single Joy-Con).

If you don’t have a Gamecube controller, you’ll have to hit up some resellers or your local video game store to get an official one (they’re no longer in production). If you don’t want one, but still hate your Joy-Cons, the Switch also supports certain Bluetooth controllers. 8Bitdo makes the $69.95 NES30Pro, a compact Bluetooth controller that doesn’t impact the console’s portability the way a clunky traditional controller would.

Your old GameCube controllers now work with the Nintendo Switch [Ars Technica]

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