Nintendo Switch Supports The GameCube Adapter Now

The latest firmware has an additional hidden benefit.

News by Mike Williams, .

The latest Nintendo Switch firmware, version 4.00, offers new features like video recording and USB headphone support, but there's still more hidden deep within. Intrepid folks have found out that you can connect the USB GameCube controller adapter that Nintendo released alongside Super Smash Bros for Wii U. Once a GameCube controller is connected, it'll be seen as a USB gamepad on the Switch.

The Switch support for the GameCube controller extends to all games, you just have to make due without the ZL button. This means you'll be lacking features found in certain games, like Link's shield in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The fact that it works with every game actually makes it better than the original functionality on the Wii U, which only worked with certain titles.

Other USB controllers aren't supported by the newest Switch firmware, so don't try to hook up a DualShock 4 or Xbox One Elite controller to your Switch.

Fans are still waiting for Super Smash Bros to make it to Nintendo Switch in some fashion. Given the re-releases of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokken Tournament DX, folks expected that Smash wouldn't be that far behind. With GameCube controller support, maybe the dreams of Smash for Switch are a step closer?

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  • Avatar for jimgamer #1 jimgamer 5 months ago
    So happy I picked up this adaptor for seemingly one game only my kids played. Time to dust it off for all sorts of stuff. Those differentiated buttons a real boon for metal slug etc
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  • Avatar for Jaegermeist3r #2 Jaegermeist3r 5 months ago
    You could only use the GameCube controller on the Wii U with SSB for Wii U as far as I know.
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  • Avatar for NarpasSword #3 NarpasSword 5 months ago
    Any chance this means we will be getting GameCube games on the eShop soon? Because that would be great!
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #4 cldmstrsn 5 months ago
    hmmm seems like smash will be coming to the switch very soon.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #5 SIGGYZtar 5 months ago
    Any confirmation that the Mayflash adapter works for all four ports?
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #6 Wellman2nd 5 months ago
    Hopefully this is prelude to a glorious announcement of them making new GameCube controllers for the Switch with a follow up announcement of there being a new Smash Bros or GC virtual console support not far behind.
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  • Avatar for Drachmalius #7 Drachmalius 5 months ago
    If Nintendo doesn't make a lot more of these and sell them at a low price they are doing a bad job by Switch owners, period.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #8 donkeyintheforest 5 months ago
    So long as that ZL button missing isn't a big deal, I've got some fun ahead of me... As a true Mario Sunshine apologist, I can't wait to give it a try on what seems like its direct sequel: Mario Odyssey!!!!!
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  • Avatar for Vodka-Tonic #9 Vodka-Tonic 5 months ago
    It'll be interesting to see which controller feels best with Mario Odyssey; the Switch Pro, or the GC controller.
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  • Avatar for gigantor21 #10 gigantor21 5 months ago
    @cldmstrsn Either that or Gamecube games. I'd be glad either way (though both would be best).
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  • Avatar for MarioIV #11 MarioIV 5 months ago
    Imagine someone caring about using PS2 controllers on PS4.
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #12 chaoticBeat 5 months ago
    One step closer to a future with portable Metroid Prime.
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