Switch Firmware Version 4.0.0 Allows GameCube Controller Support via Wii U Adapter

gamecube controller with wii u gamecube adapter

More hidden features?! Ever since Switch firmware version 4.0.0 rolled out last week, which included limited video capture and data transfer between systems, some hidden features have been discovered by players out in the wild. First, it was USB wireless headset support; now, apparently GameCube controllers are supported via the 4.0.0 update. The catch is that you’ll need one of Nintendo’s now-discontinued Wii U GameCube Adapters—you know, the one they were touting around the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?

Once you plug the adapter into one of the USB ports on the Switch’s dock, simply plug in your GameCube controller of choice and go to the Switch’s Controllers screen. Hit the L+R buttons as usual, and your controller should pair. There’s no word yet on which games support GameCube controllers, and I haven’t had a chance to try any of them out yet. One thing worth noting is that GameCube controllers don’t have a left Z button or a Select/minus button—you’ve been warned.

It’s awesome to see legacy controller support on Switch. I wonder if that means the inevitable Smash Switch title will be soon upon us…or perhaps we’ll be getting some GameCube Virtual Console announcement in the future.

Now, Nintendo, get me some Hyperkin Procube controller support, and then we’ll be talking.

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