There are some Super Smash Bros. purists that have been playing through recent series entries with the Nintendo GameCube controller, an idea made entirely possible through the Wii's ongoing support of the peripheral. Up to this point, the Wii U had not offered such support, but all that is about to change. Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will indeed support GameCube controllers with the aid of a new peripheral and will release brand new controllers to go along with the game.
In a new video meant to hype the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Invitational at this year's E3, Nintendo unveiled a four-port peripheral that plugs into the Wii U, dubbed the GameCube Controller Adapter. Each port will support a GameCube controller, past or present. The video also unveiled a new GameCube controller adorned with the Smash Bros. logo.
The new adapter will presumably also lead to GameCube controller support for other titles, including Virtual Console titles and backwards-compatible Wii games. It could also be a sign that GameCube games are coming to Virtual Console. Nintendo has yet to confirm any of this, but Shacknews has reached out to the publisher for more details.
To check out all the details about the Smash Bros. Invitational, as well as see the new GameCube Controller Adapter, watch the video below.