Surprise, surprise: It has been discovered that the latest Nintendo Switch system update stealthily added support for the GameCube Controller through use of the Wii U USB adapter.
The discovery was first put out in video form on the GameXplain YouTube channel. It shows the Wii U GameCube adapter plugged into the dock of the hybrid console — and the controller being recognized as a USB pro controller when pairing units. The user then is able to navigate menus with the classic controller and even play Fire Emblem Warriors.
Since posting, several other individuals have come forth stating that the GameCube controller is compatible with any current Switch game. The only setback? The controller does not feature a home, share, or left shoulder bumper button. However, this doesn’t impact a game such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which doesn’t utilize that shoulder button with much functionality.
— Grim Holston (@HolstonGage) October 24, 2017
As with any time something is snuck into an update without mention, plenty are already speculating at if this new functionality points to bigger things in the future — such as the rumored GameCube Virtual Console or Super Smash Bros. for Switch. Only time will tell, but for now, it’s a very neat bonus for the console.