Nintendo Switch Now Features Gamecube Controller Support
Last week, Nintendo released a new update for the Switch that brought a host of new features to everyone’s favorite hybrid console. However, one of the most interesting ones wasn’t mentioned in patch notes and was only recently discovered. It turns out that the Switch is now compatible with Gamecube controllers.
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This development is interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, the Nintendo Gamecube was the last Nintendo console to feature a standard controller. The Wii, of course, introduced the motion-controlled Wii Remote, the Wii U was a strange tablet design and the Switch combines the best of the Wii and the Wii U featuring motion controls and a truly portable gaming console.
The other interesting thing about this news is that it ties into rumors of a new version of Super Smash Bros. coming to the Switch. Aside from the original Nintendo 64 game, every version of Smash Bros. released since the Gamecube has been playable with a Gamecube controller. Of course, a lot of this was due to control issues. As neat as the Wii Remote was, we can’t imagine trying to play Smash Bros. with motion controls. However, we should take these rumors with a grain of salt. After all, the Switch has a standard controller in the form of the Pro Controller so it’s possible the Gamecube compatibility is just a neat bit of fan service.
In addition to the Gamecube support, the recent Switch update added a handful of new features to the system such as the ability to record gameplay, transfer saves to other systems, and pre-order games from the Nintendo e-shop.
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