GameCube Controller Adapter adds GC controller support to Smash Bros and Wii U

It appeared that Smash Bros. veterans would have to jump into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U without GameCube controller support. It turns out this will not be the case, as Nintendo has unveiled a GameCube Controller Adapter (along with brand new GameCube controllers) that will come to Wii U.

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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.

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    May 29, 2014 12:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, GameCube Controller Adapter adds GC controller support to Smash Bros and Wii U.

    It appeared that Smash Bros. veterans would have to jump into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U without GameCube controller support. It turns out this will not be the case, as Nintendo has unveiled a GameCube Controller Adapter (along with brand new GameCube controllers) that will come to Wii U.

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      May 29, 2014 12:43 PM

      I hope the adapter is backwards-compatible with other games. I'd love to play Mario Kart 8 with the GC controller. (It would also save me a bundle on Pro Controllers.)

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        May 29, 2014 12:54 PM

        And hopefully it works with the Wii VC games since the stopped selling the Classic controllers, effectively making those games useless to newcomers. I'm trying to give them money for Zombies Ate My Neighbors, but the won't let me!

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        May 29, 2014 12:54 PM

        More specifically the wave bird which is one of the best wireless controllers ever

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          May 29, 2014 1:26 PM

          I still have mine, having sensed that it would be needed again one day. That time is now. (Well...soon-ish, anyway.)

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            May 29, 2014 1:30 PM

            Ditto. I actually took mine out of the closest a few days ago and the batteries in it still worked. The controller turned on lol.

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              May 29, 2014 4:51 PM

              I absolutely believe that. As weird as the GameCube controller layout can be for some stuff, the range and energy efficiency of the wave bird are legendary.

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          May 29, 2014 6:09 PM

          I agree. Still have 2 of them.

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      May 29, 2014 12:43 PM

      Touchdown!

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      May 29, 2014 1:03 PM

      Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!

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      May 29, 2014 1:10 PM

      Fuckin A!

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      May 29, 2014 1:21 PM

      Man that's pretty awesome-o

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      May 29, 2014 1:39 PM

      I guess this is kind of neat but I think I'd rather use pro controllers.

      But this is a very good option for those that still have GC controllers laying around and don't want to spend another few hundred for a set of 4 pro's.

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      May 29, 2014 1:58 PM

      Is the Gamecube controller way better than the Pro Controller for some reason?

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        May 29, 2014 2:03 PM

        It's really not. The button layout works well for some games but that's about all it has for it.

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        May 29, 2014 2:12 PM

        I love my Pro Controller, but the C-stick placement on the GameCube controller makes it ideal for Smash Bros.

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        May 29, 2014 4:10 PM

        It's what the best players are used to. Good on Nintendo for supporting them

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        May 29, 2014 4:12 PM

        For me, it's about added functionality. Nintendo made the U backwards compatible with Wii controllers; why not add support for GameCube controllers (which the Wii supported) as well? There didn't seem to be any compelling mechanical reason why GC controllers weren't supported right from the get-go. Except, of course, the likelihood that Nintendo wanted to develop a new controller to make more money rather than let GC owners continue using controllers they paid for in 2001.

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          May 29, 2014 4:23 PM

          It's amazing the level of backwards compatibility that Nintendo has this generation that they get little credit for.

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            May 29, 2014 4:33 PM

            Seriously. I would kill for this similar support for either Xbox One or PS4, because the monetary investment required for those new controllers is killer.

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            May 29, 2014 6:16 PM

            Not just not giving them credit, giving them shit for not supporting 2 gen old controllers from 2001.

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        May 29, 2014 5:59 PM

        No, the Pro controller is great - but if you've logged thousands of smash hours on the GC controller, you don't want to change your training.

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      May 29, 2014 3:42 PM

      $300 bundle with Smash, adapter, and GC controller?!

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      May 29, 2014 4:08 PM

      Awesome!

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      May 29, 2014 5:30 PM

      I wonder if it will work with the plethora of adapters for the GC ports (NES->GC, SNES->GC, Genesis/Atari2600->GC, etc)? I actually have adapters for most of my old/vintage/retro controllers to plug them into the bottom of a Wii Remote...but having options is cool.

      Hell, I even have a couple crazy Club Nintendo Super Famicom controllers I imported from Japan that hook into the Wii Remotes (I have one that I actually use...and one that I keep sealed in the box along with my sealed new in box SNES controller):

      http://i.imgur.com/SqgHyoD.jpg
      http://i.imgur.com/fx8ycfH.jpg

      (I also have boxed NES controllers and a boxed NES Max controller because I'm a crazy person about controllers: http://i.imgur.com/0w9BEsY.jpg http://i.imgur.com/frp3A1L.jpg )

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      May 29, 2014 5:31 PM

      I'm not a Smash Brothers expert...so I thought I'd ask; is there any advantage to analog control in smash brothers. I was wondering if an arcade stick would be useful or if its digital nature would hamper things.

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        May 29, 2014 6:18 PM

        I played a whole lot of SB using a D-pad. For the most part, it works great. Maybe even preferable, once you get used to it.

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