Much to Nintendo's chagrin, not too many people picked up the Wii U for whatever reason. I know I skipped that generation. But now that the Nintendo Switch is selling like hotcakes, they're than happy to "re-introduce" us to games that were originally released on the Wii U. Mario Kart 8 got re-jigged as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Pokken Tournament got jazzed up as Pokken Tournament DX. And now we have reason to believe Super Smash Bros for Wii U (aka "Smash 4") is on its way to the Switch too, because the console now supports GameCube controllers.

Remember how the newest firmware for the Switch was pushed out earlier this month, bringing support for USB headphones, video capture, and transferring game saves? Apparently, it also delivered a new secret feature that had gone unnoticed until now.

When Smash 4 was released on the Wii U, Nintendo also released an accessory that let you use GameCube controllers with the Wii U. Smash people love that controller and rightfully so. As it turns out, if you plug this adapter into the Switch, it will also recognize any GameCube controllers you connect to it. It just shows up as a USB gamepad.

The mapping isn't quite perfect, because you'll miss out on the ZL button, you won't have a proper "select" button, and you can't "press" the analog sticks for L3 and R3 action, but it's otherwise super functional and could prove very useful for the right kind of game. Like Smash 4 Deluxe or whatever they want to call it. Super Smash Bros for Switch, maybe, just to maintain the previous naming scheme.


Now the challenge is finding the official GameCube adapter for the Wii U. Unsurprisingly, it's in short supply these days and third-party resellers are taking advantage. It seems like they're going for about $50 online. While it hasn't been confirmed, it's possible that equivalent third-party accessories -- like this one from Hyperkin for $29.99 -- could work too.

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