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Nintendo quietly added GameCube controller support to the Switch

Nintendo Switch: GameCube controller support

Last week, Nintendo pushed out a major system update for the Switch which added several long-awaited features, including video capture, new profile icons and the ability to transfer save data and user profiles between consoles. It was a long time coming, and a necessary step to bring the Switch closer in line with the PS4 and Xbox One.

In addition to the list of features that Nintendo highlighted on its website, there were a few other surprises included in version 4.0.0 of the Switch software. For example, on Monday, Twitter user Master Mewking discovered that following the update, the Switch now has full support for GameCube controllers.

In order to get the controller working on the Switch, all you need to do is plug in the GameCube adapter (there are multiple available), plug in a GameCube controller, tap the Controllers button on the main menu and hit L+R to pair the controller(s). Based on reports, virtually every Switch game supports the GameCube controller.

The only real issue is that the GameCube controller doesn’t have all the same buttons as the Joy-Cons, which will make some games more difficult or impossible to play. But the fact that GameCube controllers work at all is going to be very exciting for Nintendo fans who believe it’s the best controller the company ever made.

This new feature also raises questions about the rumored GameCube Virtual Console that may or may not be in development for the Switch. If Nintendo is planning on re-releasing games like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wind Waker on the Switch, it would make sense to add GameCube controller support as well.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.