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Switch’s 4.0.0 update now allows for GameCube controller support with Wii U GameCube Adapter

Posted on October 23, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in GameCube, News, Switch, Wii U

Here’s something very neat about Switch’s new firmware update. If you’ve installed the new 4.0.0 update, you can get GameCube controllers to work with the console. You just need the Wii U GameCube Adapter that Nintendo sold back in the day.

Once you’ve plugged the adapter in, you can pair the GameCube controllers to your Switch in the main menu. On the controller settings page, press L+R as you normally would. And that’s it! It should be working when you’re back on the main menu, and can work with games like Fire Emblem Warriors.

The only issue is that the GameCube controller doesn’t have a left Z button – there’s only the one Z button on the right, and only has a start button, so you can’t go back to the main menu. But hey: maybe GameCube controller support could be brought back for the eventual Smash Bros. Switch or theoretical GameCube Virtual Console?

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  • StrawhatEevee

    This is smashing good news!

  • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

    You all know what this means right?
    RIGHT?

    • Exy

      Finally we can expect to see the Nintendo Puzzle Collection on modern hardware.

      • Zeebor

        Don’t tease me like that, hoe. We never got that game in the states, and the closest we’ll ever get to an actual Panel de Pon 2.

    • Ardisan

      Super Mario 64 HD :^)

    • Chaos_Knight

      YES!

      Capcom vs SNK 2 EO is coming to Switch!

  • awng782

    Holy sh*t…did not expect this at all.

  • ecoutercavalier

    This update just keeps getting better. Why wouldn’t they announce these additional features?

    • ≈ KobobKC ≈ ᔦꙬᔨ

      It’s fun finding the features by ourselves (by ourselves I mean the community) instead of Nintendo just telling everybody.

    • KnightWonder

      Maybe they wanted us to figure it out for ourselves. Would it have been as exciting otherwise?

  • LordDisco

    That GameCube Virtual Console can’t come soon enough! This is awesome!

  • ≈ KobobKC ≈ ᔦꙬᔨ

    This means we can use the DK bongos as controllers now too, right?

    • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

      I guess you are right hahaha

    • Leading to the inevitable “Let’s play BotW Master Mode final boss blindfolded with my feet on DK Bongos via GameCube adapter”

  • Vigilante_blade

    Good thing. Sad a lot of games won’t work with it since there is only one Z button. If they bring a VC though, I’d be happy. Problem is finding an adapter at a decent price.

    • Ragnell

      I have mine thankfully!

      • Vigilante_blade

        Good on ya. I just hope more games will allow tailored GC controls in them.

        • Rooftop

          I have seen the official adapters in stock still at some stores here, but I’m guessing you’re not from the Netherlands. Too bad importing and decent price don’t always fit it one sentence. You sure the official one isn’t still somewhere online for the original price?

          • SweKiwi

            What are they retailed for in the Netherland?

          • Rooftop

            At around €30 as far as I can check from my computer. 🙂

          • Vigilante_blade

            Yeah, I will try online. Thanks!

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            I use a 3rd pary one and works great, it is the same i used in in the wiiu and it is very cheap in amazon

  • Jacob

    Not only no left Z button, but L3 or R3 either. can confirm it works on Zelda Botw as well.

    • Robert Hastings

      Works in Stardew and Sonic Mania.

    • SweKiwi

      But aren’t there some buttons missing?

    • Aline Piroutek

      A least in Virtual Console games from NES to 3DS the games will not have a problem. Only WiiU games uses L3 R3 ZL ZR.

  • JasonBall

    Will work for MK8 since only one left trigger needed. But botw is out of the question. Unsure of other games since I don’t own any.

    • Vigilante_blade

      I might buy MK 8 Deluxe just for that

      • Ragnell

        I spent my discover card cash back on mk 8 deluxe lol

      • JasonBall

        I can’t understand fetishes with gcn controller

        • Vigilante_blade

          It just feels so good in your hands. It was a mistake to not keep the core design of it in future console iterations.

          • Indielink

            I will agree with you here about how good it feels. In my opinion it’s the most comfotable controller ever made.

          • MagcargoMan

            It feels great, but I think I like the Xbox 360 controller a bit more. Only thing that sucks about that is the D-Pad, but you never really need to use it much, so eh.

          • Indielink

            I’ve never been much a fan of Microsoft’s controllers. I know they’re considered the perfect controller in terms of comfort but they’ve just never fit in my hands quite right. One of my buddy’s has the 150 dollar Elite controller and I’m just ehh about it.

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            yeah it feels to good in my hands but somehow the Switch pro controller has achieved a similar feel for me but I know it you will never love that controller because it has your kriptonite whiting….GYROSCOPES haha.

            pd: did you discover if Mario Odyssey have no motion control already?

          • Vigilante_blade

            The jury is still out on this one. I asked a youtuber that had a leaked copy and he told me he felt like there were parts that seemed to make it mandatory, but he wasn’t 100% certain. He only played with detached joycons.

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            only with detached joycons? what a monster

          • Vigilante_blade

            He didn’t try all of them, so it isn’t quite conclusive.

        • Tlink7

          I like the GC, but I honestly prefer how the Wii U/Switch Pro Controllers feel

          • SpectralDynamite

            Same.

        • MagcargoMan

          I used it for Brawl and TMNT: Smash Up but other than that I was happy to use the Wiimote + Nunchuk combo for other games where the GC controller was compatible like Mario Kart Wii.

    • Adrian Brown

      It is possible, however no map and I think no runes. But hey, you can still ride a horse and enjoy Hyrule while using a GC controller 🙂

      • JasonBall

        Oh, and no scope or crouching.

        I believe runes work, but no targeting because no ZL.

        • Nope

          No raising a shield either, since those two are mapped on the same button. Runes work just fine though.

  • Aiddon

    Now the speculation begins

  • Robert Hastings

    I can confirm it works with first, third, and indie games.

  • Ragnell

    Switch keeps getting better

  • theFooFighter

    15 years and 4 console generations my old wavebird is ready for another few thousand hours

    • Adrian Brown

      They should rebrand it as the Nintendo Controller.

    • Vigilante_blade

      Best controller of all time. IMO, I just want them to make a pro controller based on the Gamecube, adds the ZL / ZR buttons, improve the D-pad, adds a home button and a select button, make sticks clickable, and call it a day. E.g., a modernized GC controller you can use in all games.

      • Ailan Hidaz

        Maybe you can tweet the idea to 8bitdo, those guys seem to make all sorts of retro-remastered nintendo controllers!

        • Vigilante_blade

          Could be. I know Hori made a fantastic one for Wii U.

      • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

        I would put in an altar

    • Exy

      I wish I had more than one.

    • Aline Piroutek

      Now we need new Wavebird Controllers back to sale.

  • Adrian Brown

    Now I want to play Odissey with the GC controller!

    • Vigilante_blade

      Sadly, it uses ZL, and Gamecube only have the equivalent for ZR, so I’m not sure if it can work. Everythign else is there though.

  • TruExtent

    Problem. It isn’t working for me. I tried switching which USB goes in what port, activating outside and inside the find controller menu, switching controller ports… What am I missing?

    • TruExtent

      Oh and I went into the settings and turned on the wired option. Didn’t work either.

      • Arcimago Gix

        https://www.google.it/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/6ifkow/mayflash_gamecube_adapter_now_works_with_the/ iit’s the mayflash adapter , not the official. The GCC only works like a Pokken Pad, without analogic sticks ( only Dpad Mapping).

        It’s an old news and you won’t be able to use all GCC’s functions and the official GCC adapter won’t work

        • TruExtent

          Nope. Using the Wii U adapter. Got it.

          • TruExtent
          • SweKiwi

            Is that a Pebble on your arm?

          • TruExtent

            Moto 360. It came with my phone in a bundle deal I found a year or two ago. I needed to replace my Pebble that I was using at the time since it was acting up.

          • SweKiwi

            :/

          • Aline Piroutek

            Nice NES

          • TruExtent

            What? No comment on the SNES or classic iMac off to the side? XD I’ve probably had that NES for about 7 years, maybe more. Found it at a garage sale. Came with the NES, two controllers, a power pad, a light gun and finally TMNT1 and Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet. The guy only asked for 5 bucks. But because I was overexcited (and stupid) I gave the guy 7 bucks for it. Imagine my disappointment when I realized the light gun didn’t work on modern TVs. 😛

      • TruExtent

        GOT IT. I ended up trying a second controller to see if it would recognize it. Finally got a signal through! Then I plugged the original one I was trying back in and got it to pair just fine.

        • Arcimago Gix

          It does t work to me and i have the original Wii u adapter too

          • TruExtent

            Remember to press L & R. Hold them if you have to. Do like I did and try a different controller. Once I got the second controller I tried through, the first one started working as well.

          • TruExtent

            Oh and another thing, I just went into the settings and turned off the Pro Controller Wired Communication setting. GC controllers are still working.

          • TruExtent

            Finally I went into button test. The Z button responds as ZR and the Start button responds as +. Everything else responds as you would think.

  • Zeebor

    And so the rampant speculation resumes.

  • menschmaschine

    Does not work well with ACA Neogeo games. The control stick isn’t responsive and you’re force to use the D-pad.

  • SpectralDynamite

    This is definitely good news. I, however don’t want to use anything less than a fully-functional controller, meaning all the things the Joy-Cons and Pro Controller can do (motion, gyro, the home button, clickable sticks, ZL, capture, etc.) have to work, so it’s those or bust for me.

    Well, those and this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOxhIoEx_Gk

    But yeah, great news!

  • dathip

    THIS IS SO AWESOME!! IMAGINING PLAYING METROID PRIME 4 JUST LIKE METROID PRIME 1 AND 2 ECHOES!!!!!

  • Lolo

    Just tried this on splatoon 2. You can’t swim…dang, that’s rough.

  • Roto Prime

    QUE COÑO?!!! Is this a joke? I will lose my mind if I can play Xenoblade 2 with Gamecube Controller ;_____;

  • ECM

    Argh! But *not* WiiU Pro Controllers!

    (I realize they want me to buy several SW Pro Controllers but…no.)

    • Aline Piroutek

      And no Wii Remotes.

      • Dunnington

        And no N64 controllers.

        • And no Virtual Boy controllers.

  • awng782

    Smash Switch and/or GameCube Virtual Console has to be coming. There’s no way Nintendo could just add in GCN controller support so causally without something that will make meaningful use of it.

  • Chad

    Does it support 3rd party adapters?

    • Ramon

      It’s supported the Mayflash adapters since the 3.0 update.

    • César Tribst

      Mine is a 3rd party adapter (I think it’s Mayflash, not sure) and it worked just fine.

  • Don Zaloog

    Apparently, this only works with the Nintendo made GameCube adapter because my Mayflash one isn’t working.

  • Locky Mavo

    Bring on the GameCube VC games!

  • Dunnington

    GAMECUBE VIRTUAL CONSOLE I’M COMING FOR YOU BABY

  • MagcargoMan

    I’m still annoyed they didn’t do this for Wii U.

    Actually, I’m still annoyed they didn’t make enough of the damn things so I could get one in the first place.

    • theFooFighter

      They became much easier to find after a while. I walked right into GameStop and picked one up no problem about a year ago. If they’re hard to find it’s because it’s an accessory for a dead console more than anything

      • MagcargoMan

        They never had any at both EB Games and JB Hi-Fi whenever I checked in. And this was before the official Switch reveal too.

  • Vigilante_blade

    Apparently, you can use everything in the rabbids game by using the D pad instead of the ZL button.

  • GAMECUBE VIRTUAL CONSOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joshua J. Slone

    In most ways it seems to treat it as a Pro Controller with parts missing. One notable thing missing is it seems there’s no rumble at all. Maybe the HD rumble implementation is too different to automatically convert to GameCube compatible? I suppose if a future game like Smash is properly made to support this it would make rumble work.

    • Most people anticipate that it will (and should!) be used primarily for Smash and Gamecube VC titles anyway, so if those work properly every other application is just a bonus.

  • Whoa what this is awesome news even apart from the fact that it all but guarantees incoming Smash port/GC Virtual Console