UPDATE 10/27: It looks like the Nintendo Switch getting GameCube controller support was a total accident.
Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime explained that GameCube controller support was an unintentional component of the recent 4.0.0 Switch firmware update:
“In our latest system software update, it enables third-party peripherals to work on Nintendo Switch. As a result, the peripheral for Wii U that allows it to attach GameCube controllers also works […] I think it’s fair to say […] that that peripheral working was as much a surprise to us as it was to consumers.”
The update, which enabled the Wii U GameCube adapter and full controller support, had led many to believe that a GameCube Virtual Console library or a Super Smash Bros. announcement were on the way. Of course, both of those things may still be in the Switch’s future but as of right now, being able to use your GameCube controllers on the Switch is officially an unofficial system feature.
Original Story: Released last week, the latest version of the Nintendo Switch firmware (version 4.0.0) brings with it some notable improvements to the console, including the ability to transfer user profiles and saved data to another Switch console, and capturing gameplay video (albeit in a very limited capacity). As it turns out, there’s another feature buried within the update that is sure to make Nintendo fans happy: GameCube controller support.
As Kotaku reports, the Switch will now read GameCube controllers and allow players to use them with seemingly any Switch game. The only downside is that you have to use the Wii U adapter in order to connect them and those things were notoriously hard to find at the time of release a few years ago, so we can only imagine how difficult it would be to track one down now.
Should we take this as an indication that Nintendo is gearing up to release Smash Bros. on Switch? We don’t want to jump to conclusions but absolutely, that’s exactly what they’re going to do! Of course, we also have some ideas for GameCube games that need to be added to the Switch …
OMG! The GameCube controller works on the Switch! NOICE! pic.twitter.com/TJMxxxGhPq
— Gamer Dude (Jason) (@GamerDude_101) October 24, 2017