There’s nothing in the world like wrapping your meat hooks around the smooth curvature of a GameCube controller. Nintendo’s masterpiece of comfortable engineering is the perfect weight, has the perfect resistance in its buttons, and is, without question, the supreme way to enjoy the Super Smash Bros. series.
And wouldn’t you know it? Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is being prepped for release this December, and Nintendo’s longtime partner in third-party equipment Hori has three new models of GameCube controllers coming to the Switch.
The three models are themed after Nintendo’s three most recognizable characters: Mario, Link, and… Pikachu. (Sorry, Samus. Those days are over)
【10月発売予定】「クラシックコントローラー for Nintendo Switch」が10月発売予定です！連射機能搭載で、疲れにくい軽量設計です！マリオ/ゼルダ/ピカチュウの3種類での展開です。
ピカチュウ: https://t.co/kjnSMGACOZ pic.twitter.com/NJP136Zh1P
— HORI /ゲーム周辺機器のホリ (@HORI__OFFICIAL) July 24, 2018
These will be released in Japan this October for ¥2,980 (roughly $30.)
In addition to Hori, North American company Performance Designed Products will also release its own Mario, Pikachu, and Link GameCube controllers. Unlike the Hori versions, which remain mostly loyal to the original GameCube design, these will remodel the controller slightly to replace the shoulder buttons and allow for the C-stick to be swapped in an out with a standard sized analog stick.
No release date or pricing information is available for these models.
And if all else fails, Nintendo will be releasing an adapter for the Switch which will let your original GameCube controllers plug right into the machine. This includes the…
Ooooooh, my hands. They’re in heaven.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released for the Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7.