Super Smash Bros. Wii U Works with GameCube Controllers -- Here's How

Nintendo tweets an image of a GameCube adapter and even a special Smash Bros.-themed controller.

Like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl before it, this year's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be playable with GameCube controllers. "Get excited!," Nintendo said on Twitter about the announcement.

The Wii U does not have GameCube controller ports like the Wii does, so how is that going to be possible? As shown in an image today, Nintendo will offer a special adapter, though there's no word yet on how much this will cost or if Nintendo will release a bundle that includes it.

There's also a special Smash Bros.-themed GameCube controller in the image, suggesting that Nintendo might offer that for purchase as well. We have reached out to a Nintendo representative and will update this story with anything we hear back.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launches this summer, with the Wii U version to follow this winter. You don't have to wait that long to play the game, however, as Nintendo has partnered with Best Buy to let gamers play a special four-person Wii U demo at stores across the country in June.

Nintendo will hold a special Smash Bros. Invitational event at E3 2014 next month, where 16 top Smash Bros. players will duke it out for the title.

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VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Woopdie do.

I'll be using the Wii Pro controller. You know... the one that looks like a normal controller.

Shouoken4Peace
Shouoken4Peace

I hope that adapter is compatible with the Wavebird controllers. I love those things.

Poodger
Poodger

A GameCube adapter already existed. It just wasn't from Nintendo.

Elite_Bushido
Elite_Bushido

Calling it now, its gonna be 50 bucks because Nintendo "cares" about its fans

Super_C
Super_C

Prediction: They're going to announce an upscaled (wind waker style) Super Mario Sunshine at E3, making use of the GC controller.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

@Super_C LMAO but lets hope for our sake they give a better E3 presentation than last year and you have to admit Mario Sunshine was F'n Awesome I'm hoping/dreaming for a Metroid 

ekolite
ekolite

@Super_C That may just come true.  They are due for a new addition in pristine HD remastering.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

I wish the Pro controller had just been the GameCube controller but with and extra Z button on the left side, a proper analog stick on the right side rather than the nub and the diamond arrangement of face buttons.

It probably would have been the best standard type controller ever.

IgOr2099
IgOr2099

THANK YOU!!!!  This controller feels awesome, it's my preferred way of play smash on any system. I'm curious if this would work with Brawl as well.

JonahTHD
JonahTHD

@desert_thief @IgOr2099 Well if the GCN controller adapter didn't work in Wii Mode, that would be a reason why it wouldn't work with Brawl as well.

hillyarb
hillyarb

@daikkenaurora12 Serious fighters prefer a wired connection to avoid any lag issues from wireless controllers. This is also considered the definitive controller for ssb.

Sage9
Sage9

why even make a new console if no games use it's features and the only thing the console has going for itself is half baked sequels with old controls and mechanics.

Sage9
Sage9

@abHS4L88 @Sage9 the Wii U. this article is about the Wii U.
Though I guess you're right. Titanfall is just CoD. The Order is just old-timey Gears Of War.
All other games are sequels with old coding. (Uncharted 4, Halo 5, Infamous: Second Son, Dead Rising 3, etc..)
The game industry is at a stand still. There are no fresh ideas left.
Atleast with the PS4 games use the touchpad and the light. (not that I've played a PS4)

I hope with E3 in a couple weeks we'll see some new IPs for all consoles that use the console's unique features as a primary focus.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Sage9

We don't necessarily need new ideas (but of course new ideas are welcome) but innovation, whether it be blending of different ideas or taking existing ideas in new directions. 


Some franchises I'm fine with not making huge strides forward because they're nearly perfect the way they are so why change something that doesn't need anything extra aside from more content maybe (best example for me would be Smash). 


As far as the PS4 goes, the light (from my understanding) hasn't really been used and the touchpad has been used in rather sparingly and is far more limited than the GamePad.


I do hope that there are more games that utilize the unique features of the systems which is why exclusives tend to be my favorites and must have titles.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Sage9
Which console are you talking about? Don't answer I know exactly which console you're talking about, just pointing out that right now (and based on the upcoming games) the same holds true for also the PS4 and XBoxOne. So far every new IP to have come out has barely delivered anything "new." 

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Kind ironic that using classic controller is the most exciting news for a Wii U. 

nccpeter
nccpeter

This is just wrong on so many levels.

goodemon
goodemon

so glad I have my platinum wave bird. Ahh wireless ftw,,

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@goodemon The whole point of this is that it is a wired controller, for tournament use. Wireless is terrible due to input lag.

justinka777
justinka777

I was never able to fully get used to any other controller for smash bros (god dam wii poop stick). this is the best news ive heard all week.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@justinka777 Almost everyone I ever played Brawl with used the Wii controller with the sideways "old school" style, without the second motion controller. After playing like that for a long time I tried with a GC controller once and I played so horribly I barely dare speak of it...

Poodger
Poodger

@DawnBlue @justinka777 I know NO ONE who plays with anything but the Gamecube controller. Who on Earth are you playing with?

hystavito
hystavito

I think it's really cool for them to make an adapter for that old a controller.  It's also funny, because everyone rips on Nintendo for selling us the same games over and over, and now with that specially branded controller they might be selling an old controller again :).


Oh, and it's probably also slightly annoying to some people that this adapter wasn't just available from the beginning.

hillyarb
hillyarb

@hystavito I've never understood the argument that Nintendo sells the same games over and over. They have franchises yes, but I really don't see them abusing them to the degree everyone seems to believe. SSB and MK are usually once a generation games, Zelda, Metroid aren't much more frequent. Other publishes milk their franchises way more, I'm looking at you Assassins Creed!

starerik
starerik

This is the best thing that has happened to the Wii U. I really hope Wii U is able to emulate GameCube games as VC and not just using the Wii mode, but we'll see...

exedeath
exedeath

If they could make my Wii U play my Gamecube games, then it will truly be the best next gen system.

darkteddi
darkteddi

Super Smash Bros Wii U bundle with GC controller and adapter.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

I'll give the pro controller a go first. But honestly, playing Smash on a GC controller is where it's at.

MarioFanaticXV
MarioFanaticXV

Now give us a firmware update so that the Wii U can play GameCube discs!

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@MarioFanaticXV @Dragon_Nexus Possibly. But it's not as simple as you seem to think it is.

It's still difficult finding a PS2 emulator that works on PCs to a decent standard. Xbox emulator? Forget it. Even Playstation 1 emulation is a little wonky.

You're trying to make a thing act like a completely different thing. It's like rying to make toast with your microwave. Sure it'll work, but it's not really the same.

MarioFanaticXV
MarioFanaticXV

@Dragon_Nexus @MarioFanaticXV No monetary gain? You don't think there are people who would be influenced about whether or not to buy a new console by whether or not it can play older games? That opens up a lot more playability for a platform, and gives a lot more incentive to buy it. For those who already have older games, it gives them more incentive to switch over sooner since they can just swap out their old console. For those who don't, it gives them a reason to look back and buy them, both of which mean more sales for the company.


Now if you want to argue that there's not enough demand for such to be profitable, that you might be able to argue (though I doubt either of us has the necessary figures to argue that one way or the other), but to say it wouldn't have any gain at all? That's just ridiculous.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@MarioFanaticXV @Dragon_Nexus But the Wii U does play older games. It just doesn't play Gamecube games.


How much financial gain is there from Gamecube games now? You think any of those games are still making money for Nintendo?

MarioFanaticXV
MarioFanaticXV

@Dragon_Nexus @MarioFanaticXV But with those emulators, the development team has to work on everything on their own. If Nintendo did it officially, they'd be working in-house, and would easily be able to look at source codes and the like. They'd have access to tons of information which unofficial emulators simply don't have in development.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it'll be like the simple flipping of a switch, but it's nothing like the process of making an unofficial emulator from the ground up.

Sage9
Sage9

@Dragon_Nexus @MarioFanaticXV PS3 can perfectly emulate PS2 via software only.
Wii U should be able to emulate GC games given that fact. (Though Nintendo don't do anything that people want so it won't happen.)

hansolo1138
hansolo1138

The Wii U uses the same architecture as the Gamecube and Wii. IBM powerPC cpu, AMD gpu. It's possible.