Nintendo Switch Update 4.0.0 Adds GameCube Controller Support

Nintendo has quietly added GameCube controller support to the Nintendo Switch with the console's latest update, fueling a new round of speculation.


The Nintendo Switch received a massive update last week and it looks to be so big that new additions are still being discovered. Earlier this week, intrepid users discovered that the update has also enabled GameCube controller support.

The folks at GameXplain (via Kotaku) noticed the sudden GameCube controller compatibility, which allows for the GameCube controller adapter that was issued for the Wii U to work on the Switch. What's particularly noteworthy here is that while GameCube controllers only worked for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the previous Nintendo console, GameXplain has observed that the old-generation gamepads will operate on most current Switch games.

Sudden GameCube controller compatibility has particularly piqued the interest of the Super Smash Bros. community, who are taking it as another potential sign that a remastered Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is coming to the Switch. Of course, such an assumption is premature. Nintendo may simply be working on an entirely new installment of the franchise and need the GameCube controller to help test it out.

Another theory is that the long-awaited GameCube Virtual Console's arrival is imminent. The rumors of the GameCube generation going downloadable have been persistent since the Wii U's release, but there's still nothing concrete at this time.

Regardless of the reasoning, GameCube controllers now work on the Nintendo Switch. And while there's nothing pointing to specific new announcements, at the very least, it works on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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    October 24, 2017 11:20 AM

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      October 24, 2017 11:28 AM

      So Smash announcement on a Nintendo Direct? Or is it going to be saved for the Keighley's?

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        October 24, 2017 11:29 AM

        I love how the "real" name for the VGAs is "The Keighleys"

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          October 24, 2017 1:04 PM

          That does remind me that I should check on whether I'm getting a pass for The Keighleys.

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            October 24, 2017 3:38 PM

            Over/Under on whether it will be less cringe inducing than last year. I am guessing the there will be something like "EA Presents best Single player game"

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      October 24, 2017 5:43 PM

      I remember when the GameCube was first release Electronic Gaming Monthly did an interview with some people from Nintendo about it. In regards to the new controller, I think it was Shigeru Miyamoto who said he thought it would become the new standard and that we'd still be using its design in 10 or 15 years. I guess he was serious.

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        October 24, 2017 5:46 PM

        The radial button array should have continued on, really smart

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          October 24, 2017 7:30 PM

          Agreed, also the analog triggers have not been properly implemented on a Nintendo system since.

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