To the surprise of few, manufacturers will release Gamecube-style controllers for the Nintendo Switch ahead of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s release.
The fun starts with hardware manufacturer Hori who took to Twitter to showcase GameCube-style Switch controller featuring themes based on Mario, Pikachu, and Zelda. They are joined by PDP who are also releasing GameCube controllers featuring similar themes. Actually, these controllers share quite a few similarities. They’re all expected to be available before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they feature a wired connection with a 10-foot long cable, and the price and availability of their international releases are currently up in the air.
The biggest difference between the two models is that PDP’s controllers will feature a removable C-Stick that can be replaced with a more traditional joystick. Purists may balk at that idea, but it’s a pretty handy optional feature for those who prefer a slightly more modern take on the classic controllers.
On top of all of this, Nintendo is releasing an official GameCube controller for the Nintendo Switch in December. However, unlike the third-party models, this controller will require a controller adapter peripheral to work. If you happen to have an old GameCube controller lying around, you’ll also be able to just plug that into the available adapter.
So what’s the deal with these GameCube controllers (cue Seinfeld beat)? Well, some consider the GameCube controllers to be the best overall controllers that Nintendo has ever made (at least in the semi-modern age). However, their popularity in this instance is directly related to the popularity of Super Smash Bros. Melee. The GameCube Smash Bros. game continues to be the franchise’s most popular installment on the competitive scene. That being the case, many hardcore Smash Bros. players will forever associate the game with the GameCube controller.
If you didn’t live through the GameCube era (or want to revisit the console) be sure to take a look at our retrospective look at how the GameCube forever changed Nintendo and the gaming industry.
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