To use a GameCube controller on Switch, you'll need a special adapter that Nintendo initially made to connect GameCube controllers to the Wii U. Once you connect your GameCube controller via the adapter, the system will recognize it as a USB controller. The Switch's 4.0 update (which dropped last week) came with support for the classic GameCube control pads. But don't worry, if you are happy to use a wired controller, then Hori has you covered with its officially licensed Switch HORIPAD for under $30.More news: See all the highlights from Lonzo Ball's stellar second game
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Button mapping isn't ideal - there's no home button on a GameCube controller, as an example, but it's still pretty neat. We may start to see GameCube games making their way to the previously promised virtual console on the Nintendo Switch. This means that, for instance, you'd have to play through Breath of the Wild without a shield. It also doesn't work for all controllers - an Xbox One controller won't show up, for example - so this is a targeted decision to make the Gamecube controller work with the Switch.
If you don't have a Gamecube controller, you'll have to hit up some resellers or your local video game store to get an official one (they're no longer in production). The Wii, of course, introduced the motion-controlled Wii Remote, the Wii U was a odd tablet design and the Switch combines the best of the Wii and the Wii U featuring motion controls and a truly portable gaming console. What is nice about the implementation on the Switch is that support is not limited to a single game.