Your old GameCube controllers now work with the Nintendo Switch

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Which means if you insert the Wii U's USB Gamecube controller dongle into the equation - and of course, you have update 4.0 or higher - then your Gamecube controllers will be detected as USB controllers on the Switch.

The Nintendo Switch's 4.0 update added a number of interesting things. It turns out that the Switch is now compatible with Gamecube controllers.

In order to get the controller working on the Switch, all you need to do is plug in the GameCube adapter (there are multiple available), plug in a GameCube controller, tap the Controllers button on the main menu and hit L+R to pair the controller (s).

If you're a stickler for the older hardware, preferring the feel of the GameCube's asymmetrical controls to these modern "Pro" gamepads, you're in luck. First of all, the Nintendo Gamecube was the last Nintendo console to feature a standard controller.


Almost every Nintendo Switch owner I've spoken to has professed their love for the portable console. This was huge for the smash community as some professionals in the esports scene won't even enter tournaments if they don't have their GameCube controller that has undergone years of continued use. In the past it was sold online by itself or as part of a bundle including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Unfortunately, the adapter's no longer in production, so you might have to pay a bit extra to get your hands on one.

To this day, the GameCube controller is often cited by most Smash players as being the best way to play a game within the series. Other USB controllers, such as wired Xbox 360 game pads, still aren't recognized when plugged into the Switch.

As the GameXplain video demonstrates below, the Switch now supports the use of GameCube controllers. If you don't want one, but still hate your Joy-Cons, the Switch also supports certain Bluetooth controllers.

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