Super Smash Bros. 3DS Would Be Even Better With This GameCube Controller Mod

A modder has come up with a way to use a GameCube controller to play 3DS games.

Nintendo plans on offering an official accessory that allows GameCube controllers--the preferred choice of many Super Smash Bros. players--to be used with the Wii U. That leaves 3DS owners looking forward to the new Super Smash Bros. with fewer control options, as the only way to play the 3DS version is with the system's built-in controls. That is, unless you're one modder, who has come up with a way to use a GameCube controller with his 2DS.

The modded system's unseemly back.

As documented on the 3DS Capture forums (via Tiny Cartridge), a modder by the name of loopy has devised a way to connect a standard GameCube controller to the handheld. The video below documents the results, as loopy shows Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition being played (in 2D) with the external controller.

"What I do to amuse myself," loopy says of the project. "I repurposed an old capture board. Along with the standard buttons, the GC analog stick is also mapped to the 3DS d-pad. C-stick also goes to Y/X/B/A."

Even with the issues of the ugly-looking back and the 2DS screen being so small that you couldn't sit far away, there will no doubt be Super Smash Bros. players interested in trying this for themselves. Unfortunately, loopy doesn't plan on selling the mod to the public. "If I were to sell it, I'd just make a DIY kit (bare board), it would be very cheap to make," he explains. "Selling it is probably not worth the trouble. Installing it isn't simple and I wouldn't want to deal with all the botched installs."

If there were a way to use a GameCube controller with 3DS--be it an official solution or a mod like this--would you be interested? Let us know in the comments.

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47 comments
aramil83
aramil83

i would like to see a mod to allow me to play 3ds games on tv....

ZeEzO
ZeEzO

street fighter on Nintendo just seems right... but I'm old so whatever.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

To say the 3DS Smash Bros would be better with this patchwork is to distrust in Masahiro Sakurai's vision. 

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

Oh come on... If your going to mod, at least make it clean...

metallinatus
metallinatus

Or you get a Wii U and play SSB like a real SSB player.

ratchet200
ratchet200

And that's how you break your neck!

theKSMM
theKSMM

In my opinion this is no more ridiculous than the people who carry around six-button controller cabinets to play various fighting games.  If you're competing at a high level, then the built-in controls of the 3DS may never meet muster for you.

If Nintendo made a product like this that could be easily connected to the 3DS wirelessly or via a plug-in, it would be fabulous.  They won't do that, of course, but it would still be fabulous.

deadpen
deadpen

Sooooo people want to play with a controller that happens to be bigger than the screen the game you are playing is on? Why don't you just play the Wii U Smash brothers? Then you can play on a 70" tv with surround sound and not have to do some Frankenstein mod to play it with a controller.

danusty
danusty

OH GOD! what have they done to that beautiful 2DS?! please end it's suffering!

enuo9
enuo9

I'd pay about $30 for something like that. Professionally made of course.

Willy105
Willy105

I don't see how that makes it better; unless you are one of the old Melee holdouts that never got used to a different control scheme with Brawl. 

Spazzh20
Spazzh20

This kind of defeats the purpose of calling it a handheld.

elheber
elheber

Should've modded the screens into the controller itself.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

nice :D but the Playstation gamepd remains to this date the best gamepad ever made, proof is Sony never made another one just improved on it more and more, remember the horrendous looking first silver PS3 gamepads ? XD

Shouoken4Peace
Shouoken4Peace

Okay, this, + being able to stream your 3DS game feed to your big screen television. We're set.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Just hits home that this version of the game is awkward and unnecessary.

NoHyperbolePlz
NoHyperbolePlz

People really can't wait for the Wii U version can they.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

It's not really fair if people can use that online though...

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

You can actually do that? But then again, I play Street Fighter and didn't have a problem playing on 3DS so I should be fine.

mr_azim
mr_azim

Way to mod the most convenient handheld ever with the most confusing and ridiculous controller.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

No way. NO WAY. I want this now.

Wait... nevermind. I didn't see the second picture. If it was a simple plug & play, I'd take one.

rushiosan
rushiosan

@HonorOfGod Maybe that's because: a) it's a cheaper 3DS game system; b) it's easier to mod because the unit doesn't have a flip.

hystavito
hystavito

@deadpen Most people probably don't but modding stuff like this isn't just about doing something that most people want.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@deadpen They won't let me take a Wii U on an airplane.  TSA be trippin'...

theslider
theslider

@Printul_Noptii the gamecube controller does seem to lack some buttons and features compared to others but it actually got a lot of awards at the time the gamecube came out because of the slick design and ease of use. The "missing" buttons also served it's games as it forced developers to think about the controller layout in a better way than just slapping a function to a button press.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Printul_Noptii And what system did the Playstation pad originate from? Yes, it's based off the SNES.... first ones added two extra shoulder buttons. Then came the two analog sticks.

justinka777
justinka777

@Thanatos2k  even if it is, everyone has been begging for a handheld smash bros ever since the series debuted.

waltherpenne
waltherpenne

@Tiwill44 It cannot. Nintendo will simply block mods/hacks ;) Hackers are bad this time. They have done too much. Nintendo will fuck them in the ass this time ;) Also remember: You can`t even play Smash Bros online without an NNID. That means => Nintendo will know what you use. Nintendo can ban you. They are allready banning some bought games (which were bought with fraud credit-cards)- and some illegal Mario Kart 8-bonus-codes.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@mr_azim Gamecube has the best controller ever made IMO, not even 360 pad can beat it

deadpen
deadpen

@theKSMM LOL I don't think they would let you take a DS that has wires and chips clued and taped all over it either. It sort of has this IED feel about it.

danusty
danusty

@xOmniCloudx @Printul_Noptii for most things but 3D games. that analogue controller the saturn had was disgusting to look at and I also apply that description to how it felt to play with.

danusty
danusty

@Stebsis @mr_azim both the 360 and the gamecube controller are the worst controllers ever made IMO, specially the gamecube one. I have a gameboy advance player for my gamecube and it was extremely frustrating playing action games such as the different castlevanias with the GC controller thus I bought a PS2 to gamecube controller converter which I also use on my wii, I also have one for PC gaming. if there was a PSwhatever to 360 converter I would buy that also, then again for my 360 I have 2 of those sweet powerA controllers, only problem with them is the d-pad and right joystick being swapped.

Zombies101
Zombies101

@Stebsis @mr_azim I don't understand why people love the Gamecube controller so much. IMHO the Wii U Pro is soooo much better.

truth326
truth326

@Thanatos2k @justinka777  How is this NOT a good idea? Do you know how many people have a 3DS but not a Wii U? If Nintendo were to make the gamecube controller attach to the 3DS then they would make a lot of money, especially if you could also hook it up to your television. It's like it's own personal system.


How is this not a good idea?

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Zombies101 @Stebsis @mr_azim I agree to some extent. If you're used to the Gamecube controllers, it can be hard to adapt. However, once you manage to do so, you'll enjoy the Pro controllers.

waltherpenne
waltherpenne

@truth326 @Thanatos2k @justinka777
"How is this not a good idea?"

Because you then are cannibalizing the 3DS-games. Thats why they make them not compatible with WiiU. Its handheld-games dude! If Nintendo would decide to bring smash Bros on TV, i would no longer buy it. Why?

What is the point in buying a handheld-game for a TV? Or a TV-game for a handheld? And yes, dude- there are very big differences between a handheld-game and a console/TV-game.