E3 2018: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's GameCube Controllers For Switch Up For Pre-Order Now

You can pre-order Smash-branded GameCube controllers now.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrives on Nintendo Switch this December, and while it'll support several different controller options, the only way to play the game for many Smash fans is with a GameCube controller. At E3 2018, Nintendo confirmed existing GameCube controllers will be compatible with the game via an adapter, but if you don't have any or are interested in adding more to your collection, you can now pre-order one.

The Smash-branded GameCube controller is available to pre-order from both GameStop and Amazon. It retails for $30; however, if you purchase it from the former, be advised that it appears orders are limited to only two controllers.

As was the case with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the GameCube controllers require an adapter. Those who have the Wii U controller adapter will be able to use that with Switch. Nintendo is also offering a newly rebranded variety for those who may not have one yet. That is likewise available to pre-order now via Amazon and costs $20.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for Switch on December 7. It features the largest roster in the series to date; every character who has ever appeared in a Smash title is returning for Ultimate, including Young Link, Pichu, and Snake, who is voiced by original voice actor David Hayter. You can see the full Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster here.

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I wish there was an exact copy of the Gamecube controller, except with the following changes:


• Z on the left and right side

• slightly better materials

• clickable sticks

That'd be a dream for me on the PC. As it is I'll just stick with my PS4 controller.

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So is the new smash ultimate controller USB and you dont have to use the adapter?

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Here is to hoping they have a healthy supply. I'd like to get one closer to launch.

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One of the worst designed controllers ever, aside of the N64. It's like they just threw buttons anywhere and few games used the "C" stick, which wasn't able to rotate the camera. You always had to use shoulder buttons to rotate the camera.

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@Vodoo: I thought the Gamecube controller was a masterpiece. The A button as a primary button is emphasized, the B button is exactly where is should be and feels perfect. The C-stick was great too. Not to mention the high quality rumble that outclassed the others.

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@so_hai: Yea, I specifically remember the shoulder buttons being very springy and clicky. Very cheaply implemented.

I just found no order to the button layout, the bad shoulder buttons, and a C-stick that was rarely used, therefore wasted space. Then you had the 2 other buttons above the A button. A little difficult to feel your way around the controller.

The controller itself was solid, unlike the N64, but just disliked a lot of other things with it.

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@Vodoo: Actually the L/R buttons were a bit clicky...

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@Vodoo: Playstation controllers are much much worst. They are so uncomfortable.

GC controller is actually in my top 3, personally.

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Aw yiss

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I'll stick to my Platinum WaveBirds.

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LOL, the controller is cheaper now than it was during the Gamecube era!

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@brettsiebenhaar: That's so sensible, it's funny somehow. I guess. 🤔

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@asnakeneverdies: well knowing how expensive controllers are. I think the pro controller is like $30 right?

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@brettsiebenhaar: I don't know. I thought the Pro Controller was being sold for $70.

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@asnakeneverdies: for the Switch? I dont know, Gamestop had a controller for $30, I think it was the wired one.