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Nintendo reveals GameCube controller adaptor for Wii U
Nintendo reveals GameCube controller adaptor for Wii U
May 30, 2014 | By Mike Rose

May 30, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Newsbrief: Nintendo revealed a GameCube controller adaptor for the Wii U console this week, allowing for GameCube controllers to be used with the Wii U -- specifically for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Wii U installment.

Nintendo showed off the upcoming adapter via a tweet from its official Twitter account. The adapter connects to the Wii U console via USB, and offers four slots for GameCube controllers to be plugged in.

Although no additional information was given, it would appear that the adaptor will release alongside Super Smash Bros. on Wii U, due to launch in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year.

The Smash Bros logo embossed on the new GameCube pads, along with the wording of the Nintendo tweet, suggest that this might be the only game that works with the adaptor.

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Scott Lavigne
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This is great news for the Smash community in that it means a ton more GCN pads are going to enter the market.

Merc Hoffner
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Might this also now be a very neat solution for running GC pads on a PC? The adaptors exist, but not usually with 4 ports.

John Paduch
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They could have avoided this by NOT removing built-in GameCube controller support in the first place. But hey, now they'll get more money by making people buy an attachment, right? Sigh...

Justin Kovac
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Like the Kinect, not everyone is going to use it nor want to pay for that support. Plus for some games, one less trigger could be limiting.

They could have easily had told people to use the Pro U controller instead. This is a move to appease fans and show that they are listening.

Merc Hoffner
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I read an interview with someone at Nintendo once years ago where they said something like: If you put in a port, and that port cost $1 to manufacture, and you sell 30 million machines, that's $30,000,000 spent right there.

That's not to say they haven't put in ports that have gone unused, but in the interests of frugality, yes, absolutely they should cut ports out where they can. You're looking at this as a way to scam you, but when the engineers looked at their design they were probably thinking about how to not lose million of dollars.

Jeferson Soler
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@ John Paduch - Justin and Merc are right! For one thing, you don't need to buy the GC adapter if you don't want to do so. You can still use either the Wii U Gamepad or the Wii U Pro Controller for the Wii U Super Smash Bros. game and I'm assuming that there will also be the Wii controllers as options for the game. The GC adapter is just a way to give another controller option for the fans and this will be a good experiment for Nintendo on what other accessories the company could do as time goes by. Plus, I don't believe that the adapter will be exclusive to just the Super Smash Bros. game. It is possible that Nintendo intends on adding GameCube games into the Wii U Virtual Console and adding the GameCube controller as an option for those games would actually be a smart move, in my opinion. As a bonus, it is possible that the GC adapter may also be compatible with Wii games that have the GC controller as a controller option (like Super Smash Bros. Brawl) as well as with Wii VC games.

E Zachary Knight
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Something that I am unclear on, will Nintendo be reissuing the GC controller? If so, that would be awesome as I am in bad need of good 1st party GC controllers for my actual GC.

Also, I really really really hope that this adapter does not work exclusively with Smash Bros. I would hope that you could use it to play VC games and other games that support the Classic Controller.

Justin Kovac
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I really am fond of the design of the A X Y buttons (B should have been as big as the X Y). A then B are the most used buttons and some games might rarely use the X Y. It is a great design that I wish they stuck to.

Christian Nutt
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It's unclear, but the appearance in the image of a GC controller with a Smash Bros. logo on it implies that they'll be reissuing them, I think.

This seems to be a teaser only -- based on a tweet. I'm thinking we'll find out more at E3.

Ardney Carter
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I find it HIGHLY unlikely that this would work only with SSB. The margins just wouldn't make any sense.

I do have to snatch up a brand new controller or ten when/if they re-issue though. That Smash logo on the controller is too slick to pass up.

Jeferson Soler
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@ Ardney Carter - I agree with you! I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo is really going to go through with doing GameCube games for the Wii U Virtual Console.

Duvelle Jones
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Maybe, we'll have to see. At least I will have Melee if they do that...

Something that I can't really see as a negative (unless Smash 4 is that much better than it).

Mike Kasprzak
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As much as I want some degree of GameCube compatibility on the Wii U, I'm not holding my breath. Still a nice gesture that they're giving the hardcore smash community exactly what they want: GameCube controllers. It's nice to know that Nintendo cares.

Nathan Mates
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If this works with Mario Kart 8, I'm interested. The wheel controller has never appealed to me. My Wii has GC controllers plugged in so that Mario Kart Wii is playable.

Chris Melby
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The wheel controller was always just an option. I always used the Wiimote + Nunchuck for Mario Kart Wii.

When I get Mario Kart 8 I'm just going to use the Wii U GamePad, but I read that it supports the Wiimote, Wiimote + Nunchuck, Wii U Pro controller, and of course motion controls. No mention of the GC controller, but I think with a patch they could add support if it's not already available.

Ujn Hunter
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Wavebird or BUST!

George Menhal III
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Gamecube is a VERY strong contender for my favorite home console of all time, but the controller is easily my favorite ever released. That huge A button, the placement of B, X, and Y, the overarching kidney shape of the X and Y buttons, the nice rubberized finish on the c stick, the excellent analog triggers... there was just so much to love about it.

I want to be able to play some of my Wii U games with the Gamecube controller, but I would love it beyond belief if Nintendo would make the D-Pad bigger and fix the only flaw.

That connector peripheral looks like total garbage, by the way. Clunky and irritating.


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