Nintendo sneakily enabled GameCube controller support for Switch

Posted October 26, 2017

To use a GameCube controller on Switch, you'll need a special adapter that Nintendo initially made to connect GameCube controllers to the Wii U. Once you connect your GameCube controller via the adapter, the system will recognize it as a USB controller. It was a long time coming, and a necessary step to bring the Switch closer in line with the PS4 and Xbox One. Thereafter, the Switch console will read it, allowing players to use the controller for any Switch game. Melee. Smash Bros. for GameCube is still huge in fighting game circles, and the GameCube controller is the preferred way to play it and its sequels - which is why there's a GameCube controller adapter for Wii U in the first place.

GameCube controller support has come to the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch now supports Gamecube controllers. You can find this feature in System Settings - Users - Transfer Your User and Save Data. However, controls at that time were very much limited, making the controller nearly unusable with most Switch games, notes TechRadar.

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Another theory is that the long-awaited GameCube Virtual Console's arrival is imminent. Assuming you can get your Switch to recognize your GameCube controllers, you can then use them to play presumably any of the Switch's games - in GameXplain's video, for instance, we see Fire Emblem Warriors played with one.

Apart from the GameCube controller and video capture support, the update also brings 12 new icons for two different games.

When asked whether the Switch would support GameCube games in an interview, deputy general manager Yoshiaki Koizumi gave the usual "nothing to discuss" company line.