The Nintendo Switch Now Supports GameCube Controllers

Kristi Paul
October 26, 2017

It was a long time coming, and a necessary step to bring the Switch closer in line with the PS4 and Xbox One. Update 4.0.0 adds a number of remarkable and welcome features, with the greatest compatibility with video capture and the ability to transfer data to the new system. Thereafter, the Switch console will read it, allowing players to use the controller for any Switch game.

GameCube controllers appear as "USB controllers", and GameXplain demonstrates that users are able to navigate the system menu and even play games like Fire Emblem Warriors with the old controller.

GameCube controller support has come to the Nintendo Switch. Once connected, it works like a wired Switch gamepad, sans modern conveniences like a "Home" button. GameCube controllers now have added support thanks to this update.

I don't know about the rest of you out there, but when we got our first official look at the Nintendo Switch previous year, my biggest question was how will I play my beloved Super Smash Bros. series?

To use a GameCube controller, simply connect it to the Switch's dock and pair it by hitting your L and R buttons. While this may not seem like a big deal for the casual audience, as often enough, they are just happy to play the game regardless of their controller. 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. If you don't want one, but still hate your Joy-Cons, the Switch also supports certain Bluetooth controllers.

The company has launched a campaign on Indiegogo for OJO, which is a Nintendo Switch dock with a built-in portable projector featuring speakers and a power bank.

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