Last week the Nintendo Switch received its 4.0.0 update, and it added video capture, the ability to transfer saved data between Switch systems, and new icons for your account. What everyone failed to realize is that it also added USB adapter support, which can be used for USB headsets and Nintendo GameCube controllers. Twitter user @MasterMewking tweeted out yesterday afternoon that they attempted to use a GameCube USB adapter and discovered “THEY WORK!”
When Super Smash Bros. Wii U was released in November 2014, Nintendo also released a black classic GameCube controller sporting the Smash Bros. logo. The stylish controller could be purchased alone or in a bundle with the game, and has the same plug-in as the original GameCube, making it usable with the old system but also allowing the USB adapter to be capable of supporting Nintendo or Wave Bird controllers for the GameCube. The adapter takes up to four controllers, making a Smash Bros. game night even more fun. This adapter is now compatible with your Nintendo Switch, allowing you to use any Nintendo, Smash Bros., or Wave Bird controller that you may still have.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is fantastic, but also $69.99. I love mine and have no regrets purchasing it, but some gamers may not play their system enough to justify that kind of spending on a single controller. Many Nintendo fans still have a GameCube console or at least a controller lying around because they were usable with the Wii. I have not had a GameCube in years but I never parted with my favorite games or my wireless Wave Bird Pelican controller. I also have the Smash Bros. controller because I was fortunate to receive the bundle as a Christmas gift when it released. If you have controllers and the adapter somewhere in a box or a cabinet, you are in luck and can use them right away. If you only have one or neither, the purchase is still cheaper than buying a Pro controller! You can find GameCube controllers in entertainment and used game shops around town, or on Amazon, for under $20. The adapters, name brand and third party, are also available on Amazon, and the most you will pay for those is $25. Following the links provided, you can get both for just over $30. What a deal, huh?
The main thought that I had from the news was, “Will they be including GameCube titles when they finally launch the Virtual Console for the Switch, and will it be out before the holidays?” The Nintendo GameCube is one of my all time favorite consoles, because it was sturdy, took up minimal space, and had great games that I enjoyed as a kid, a teen, and even now as an adult. It either had or started some of my favorite game franchises, and they are all titles that I would absolutely love to be able to download to my Switch. The original Animal Crossing, Pokémon XD, Harvest Moon: Magical Melody, and many more are ones that I truly hope to see on the Virtual Console. Really, any GameCube support would make me a very happy gamer.
It is a bit unusual that the support was not announced by Nintendo, but it may mean that they have something planned. There is an upcoming Animal Crossing announcement for the mobile game, so who knows what else they will discuss soon. It is almost November and the holiday season always brings good news and more games just in time for me to not be able to afford gifts for anyone in my family.
Sorry guys, but, Nintendo.
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