How to Use a GameCube Controller With Nintendo Switch

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Those who purchased the GameCube controller adapter for Wii U can plug it into the Switch dock's USB ports and then sync the controllers from the system's settings menu. Unfortunately, the Switch has been severely lacking the usual Nintendo functionality during its 7-month life, which is surprisingly longer than it took to bring the feature to the now-defunct Wii U. This will make navigating back to the Switch's home page quite tricky. In addition, it appears the latest update also brought support for GameCube controllers, though it does not appear anywhere in the release notes. That, plus one of the aforementioned adapters, can save you the $70 you'd have to drop to get the Switch's modern-day equivalent, the wireless Switch Pro Controller.

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Almost every Nintendo Switch owner I've spoken to has professed their love for the portable console. And while there's nothing pointing to specific new announcements, at the very least, it works on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. And while its slick design allows for convenient local multiplayer using the pint-sized, removable Joy-Con controllers attached to either side, they're not exactly comfortable to hold. This option also lets you pre-load the digital version of a game to your device, so you can play right away when the game is released. This small but fantastic addition could have so many implementations in the future, and I hope Nintendo will take full advantage of this and utilize it fully. The ability to already use GameCube controllers could mean that we could be looking at another more refined and mechanically inclined Smash game like the GameCube's Super Smash Bros Melee.

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