GameCube controller support added to the Nintendo Switch thanks to update 4.0

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To take advantage of the feature, you will need the GameCube controller USB adapter that Nintendo released for use with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and of course a GameCube controller. It was a long time coming, and a necessary step to bring the Switch closer in line with the PS4 and Xbox One. While Nintendo didn't list the feature in its official release notes, the new controller support was discovered and spread on Twitter yesterday, then quickly confirmed by others.

GameXplain showcases the GameCube controllers being used for the brand new Fire Emblem: Warriors on the Nintendo Switch.

GameCube controller support on Nintendo Switch is now a thing, boys and girls.

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).




Last December, reports swirled that the Switch would introduce GameCube games to the Virtual Console library.

To this day, the GameCube controller is often cited by most Smash players as being the best way to play a game within the series. If nothing else, I'm just happy that another one of my purchases from the Wii U era will stop collecting dust and start to get some use again. If there were to be a new Smash title in the future, it would certainly be a good idea to have the controller support ready.

Apart from the video capturing feature, the company has rolled out another neat feature that brings GameCube controllers support. What is nice about the implementation on the Switch is that support is not limited to a single game.

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