Nintendo Switch update secretly brings GameCube controller support

Game Cube Controller Support Sneakily Added for Switch

As the GameXplain video demonstrates below, the Switch now supports the use of GameCube controllers. GameCube controller support would also practically be a prerequisite for getting serious players to support any upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for the Switch, should Nintendo ever see fit to announce one. Hmm. We can now hook up the GameCube controller adapter for Wii U to our Switch consoles to use the fan-favorite peripheral - which is now compatible with four straight Nintendo home consoles in a row, it should be said.

Personally, as someone who is looking to purchase the Nintendo Switch at some point sooner rather than later, this news is fantastic.

So, yes, you read that headline correctly: play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or any Switch game for that matter, with a GameCube controller. The pad will be recognized as a wired USB pad.

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The Nintendo Switch has just gotten a new update that adds a lot of nifty new features, but there also seems to be something that Nintendo didn't include in the patch notes. Once plugged in, the controllers can be synced through the settings menu by pressing the L and R buttons. The pairing will happen and it should work seamlessly even though the controller is decades old by now.

You will have to make some concessions on certain Switch games using a GameCube controller, though.

Nintendo Switch's system update 4.0 is the gift that keeps giving. Match version with local users is an option that automatically updates all installed games to the latest version and there is no need for each individual user to do it.

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