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Nintendo Switch update adds GameCube controller support

by Brandon Russell | October 24, 2017October 24, 2017 12:00 pm PST

Nintendo fans have been chomping at the bit over GameCube games potentially coming to the Switch, and a recent update makes that dream a little more real.

When the company introduced update 4.00, it came with a slew of handy features, including the ability to record video. Turns out, Nintendo also quietly added GameCube controller support.

There are several videos on Twitter that showcase the famed controller working with Nintendo’s latest console. It’s everything you hoped for—and more. (My question is: Who even decided to try and see if the GameCube controller would work with the console?)

Users can use the GameCube controller with the Switch via Nintendo’s Wii U adapter; up to four controllers are supported at once, which would be pretty great for a new Smash Bros. game.

Apparently, support for the controller is a little spotty right now, and getting it to work can potentially take several attempts. Nintendo could simply be testing it out to see what compatibility is like with existing games.

Naturally, the news is fueling speculation about GameCube games arriving on the console, which Switch fans have dreamed about ever since the console launched. Nintendo has yet to announce anything of significance, but it’s easy to see why people are so excited by the prospect, especially now that GameCube controller support has been added.

My feeling is: bring back Mario Kart Double Dash and I’ll be happy.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.