Nintendo is Making a GameCube Controller Adapter for the Wii U

Nintendo is Making a GameCube Controller Adapter for the Wii U

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The USB box will let owners connect up to four GameCube controllers to their Wii U console.

Nintendo released a snazzy trailer hyping the Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 this year, but the most exciting news came at the end of the video (seen below).

To be released alongside Smash Bros. Wii U in Q4, Nintendo is making a GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U console. The USB-powered box allows for up four GC controllers to be connected to the system, something many a Smash Brother will enjoy come Winter.

Nintendo also teased the hardware in a tweet earlier today.

While wired GameCube controllers (and presumably third-party knock-offs) will work with the box, Nintendo has yet to say if everyone's favorite WaveBird wireless controller will work as well.

The new adapter box will be on display during E3 next month, so we'll be sure to take a look and offer up some impressions.

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Didn't think they'd hit both the remake controllers and the adapter, but I guess some folks don't want to waste their pretty damn expensive by now vintage controllers.

While we're milking the old school market, might as well make a Super DS app for the Wii U, hah.

It's nice Nintendo gives people this option but you are still having to drop money on either this adapter on the re-made controller. It's almost like, for serious or competative games, Nintendo's newer 'innovative' control schemes are, shall we say... sub optimal. It's almost like they would have been better sticking with having the pretty excellent Gamecube controller as the default instead of making people drop extra money to supplement their SKUs that quite badly need those added extras. After buying (or re-buying) Wiimotes and all that extra stuff you'd want the Wii-U starts to feel a lot less value.

You don't have to buy a Dual-shock style remake for the PS4 because they stuck with a controller that wasn't like tying hams to your wrists.

Scrumpmonkey:
It's nice Nintendo gives people this option but you are still having to drop money on either this adapter on the re-made controller. It's almost like, for serious or competative games, Nintendo's newer 'innovative' control schemes are, shall we say... sub optimal. It's almost like they would have been better sticking with having the pretty excellent Gamecube controller as the default instead of making people drop extra money to supplement their SKUs that quite badly need those added extras.

You don't have to buy a Dual-shock style remake for the PS4 because they stuck with a controller that wasn't like tying hams to your wrists.

you can still use the dang tablet or pro controllers quite easily

the wiimote is pretty much the only controller that actually hurts to use

for the most part, i think this is for melee players who haven't actually bothered to learn anything else

My initial reaction: "They didn't ALREADY have Gamecube controller compatibility in the WiiU? Why not...?"

weirdee:

Scrumpmonkey:
It's nice Nintendo gives people this option but you are still having to drop money on either this adapter on the re-made controller. It's almost like, for serious or competative games, Nintendo's newer 'innovative' control schemes are, shall we say... sub optimal. It's almost like they would have been better sticking with having the pretty excellent Gamecube controller as the default instead of making people drop extra money to supplement their SKUs that quite badly need those added extras.

You don't have to buy a Dual-shock style remake for the PS4 because they stuck with a controller that wasn't like tying hams to your wrists.

you can still use the dang tablet or pro controllers quite easily

the wiimote is pretty much the only controller that actually hurts to use

for the most part, i think this is for melee players who haven't actually bothered to learn anything else

It's still playable yes but it's far from optimal. The Gamecube controller is the height of Nintendo's controller design. I find it funny that after more than 10 years of controller 'innovation' the gamecube controller is still far and above the best control scheme for one of Nintendo's biggest titles, a title that is hoped to help save a system that for many epitomizes why they prefer less gimmicky control schemes. If you use a GC controller you're going to have a distinct advantage over any of the other control schemes.

EDIT;What the hell? What's with all these double post issues today?

This makes me so happy. Partially because the Gamecube controller is one of my favorite controller designs, but this also means I'm not going to be dropping money on two or more classic controllers once I get Smash Brothers.

Also, is this an indication that they're finally going to release Gamecube games on virtual console? Because I think they were talking about it on the WiiU's announcement, and we still haven't heard anything about it. There are a bunch of excellent Gamecube games that deserve to be rereleased in some capacity.

I hope this adapter is compatible with WiiU's normal Wii mode, there still are a lot of games that used the GC controller on regular Wii games.

Also, I'm dissapointed Ninty hasn't done a "PS2 Classics" with NGC games yet, but also the Virtual Console as a whole has been a massive dissapointment (no N64 games on WiiU's VC), so being dissapointed at Ninty has become a regular thing lately :/

Pretty snazzy, to say the least. Nice to see that Nintendo is giving Smash Bros. players a choice here. Use the newer controllers (which is apparently blasphemous to the "pros"), buy the wireless Gamecube one, or use old controllers with the adapter. I'm leaning towards the adapter myself, considering the pile of Gamecube controllers I have lying around.

Now, if only it would support GC emulation (if that's even the right word).

I wonder if they'll start making new controllers. Probably not, but I can hope.

I say the wavebird will work. Its receiver uses the same connector anyway.

I hate to be the one guy, but I think they just lost a lot of potential sales with this. A controller adapter is great, but if they went with a Bluetooth connection on the box, they'd also snag a lot more sales through buyers that don't own a Wii U but do own a Gamecube.

In addition to the adapter, maybe offering a Bluetooth-enabled Gamecube controller might have sold just as well as the wireless adapter just on the basis of those who have heard how great the Gamecube controller is, but don't want to be limited to a Gamecube, Wii or have to use special hardware for it work anywhere else.

I notice in the picture that it takes up both of the Wii U's front USB ports. Seems strange to me that it uses the two ports if that picture is accurate, but either way this means I'm hopefully gonna start seeing more of the little GameCube controller icons on the back of boxes. :D
While we're at it Nintendo, hows about removing that little restriction you put on the Wii U's OS that prevents mini-DVDs from being recognized, in this case GameCube games, seeing as the Wii U's drive is just a modified Wii Optical Drive, and the Wii Optical Drive is nothing more than a modified GameCube one. That's one of the reasons why the last 2 Nintendo consoles have had good backwards compatibility, they literally are just the old console hardware-wise just modified a bit. I remember before back when the Wii U launched Nintendo said that there wasn't GameCube backwards compatibility because there wasn't a GameCube controller slot for it, but now there is so it is possible now Nintendo. If not that then at least do GCN Virtual Console titles, because it's literally the only home console you don't have playable on the Wii U. Hell, you now have GBA games on the Wii U instead of the 3DS... >.>

Scrumpmonkey:
It's nice Nintendo gives people this option but you are still having to drop money on either this adapter on the re-made controller. It's almost like, for serious or competative games, Nintendo's newer 'innovative' control schemes are, shall we say... sub optimal. It's almost like they would have been better sticking with having the pretty excellent Gamecube controller as the default instead of making people drop extra money to supplement their SKUs that quite badly need those added extras. After buying (or re-buying) Wiimotes and all that extra stuff you'd want the Wii-U starts to feel a lot less value.

You don't have to buy a Dual-shock style remake for the PS4 because they stuck with a controller that wasn't like tying hams to your wrists.

Well the Wii sold extremely well simply because it had that shitty gimmick controller.

However, the Wii U pad feels exactly the same as regular controllers. But you can only have one per console, unless you want to drop a crapton of money to buy a second one. If someone's so incredibly picky and annoying about their controller that they claim they're unable to use the Wii U gamepad, then they have MUCH bigger problems they should be tackling rather than "this controller is different".

I can tell you've never actually held the Wii U controller, else you wouldn't be making your post. You're only making the post so you can be as cynical as possible against something that has virtually no downsides to existing.

The Wii U is no different controller wise to the PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 or Xbox One. You get ONE controller when you buy the console, and you have to buy any additional controllers separately. The only difference is that the Wii U allows you to choose from 4 different controller options (not including gamepad).

It's not required for you to buy additional controllers. The option for the controllers is just there in case you want to use something different.

Oh and I should also note, quite a few Wii U games won't work with the Wiimote, only a few first party titles do, and ALL of them work MUCH better with the Gamepad or a controller.

Now the question is:

Is the cord long enough? The GC controller cord was disgustingly short. If this cord is anything less than 6 or 7 feet, I will be very disappointed.

I wonder how much this will cost? Of course the purists whom swear by the GC controller will get one eve if it goes for $50-100. Also, the menus can be navigated with a GC controller, right? I hated having to dig out and load new batteries into my wiimote to press one button twice just to play some Wind Waker.

Neronium:
I notice in the picture that it takes up both of the Wii U's front USB ports. Seems strange to me that it uses the two ports if that picture is accurate, but either way this means I'm hopefully gonna start seeing more of the little GameCube controller icons on the back of boxes. :D

My guess is the data runs through one port and both power the adapter. Four controllers might be too much for one USB port's standard 500ma. especially with good ol' rumble. It's like those external DVD drives for laptops the also take up two USB ports. Maybe the instructions will say you can use only one port on the Wii U when only one or two GC controllers are connected or you can plug the grey cord into a wall charger if you need the other port. That's just whats running through my head. Ninty could be doing something weird, so no one can (easily) use these for Dolphin.

While we're at it Nintendo, hows about removing that little restriction you put on the Wii U's OS that prevents mini-DVDs from being recognized, in this case GameCube games, seeing as the Wii U's drive is just a modified Wii Optical Drive, and the Wii Optical Drive is nothing more than a modified GameCube one. That's one of the reasons why the last 2 Nintendo consoles have had good backwards compatibility, they literally are just the old console hardware-wise just modified a bit. I remember before back when the Wii U launched Nintendo said that there wasn't GameCube backwards compatibility because there wasn't a GameCube controller slot for it, but now there is so it is possible now Nintendo. If not that then at least do GCN Virtual Console titles, because it's literally the only home console you don't have playable on the Wii U. Hell, you now have GBA games on the Wii U instead of the 3DS... >.>

That would be nice since I could get a Wii U and pack up the Wii. Though, I think they're being cheap on the backwards compatibility end. They could have remapped the GC buttons to the pad and pro controllers and had full GC compatibility from the start. There was more than enough for Z and full L/R trigger function(analog and the click at full depression).

weirdee:
Didn't think they'd hit both the remake controllers and the adapter, but I guess some folks don't want to waste their pretty damn expensive by now vintage controllers.

While we're milking the old school market, might as well make a Super DS app for the Wii U, hah.

They're not very expensive. I got mine (my other ones broke from misuse, I guess) a year ago for $18. The questions that remain are how expensive the Wii Remote attachments and adapter will be and when they will come out (hopefully soon, since Mario Kart 8 is just about out).

I doubt Nintendo would have a DS cartridge thing for Wii U now that Iwata outright said in his executive briefing months ago that DS emulation via Virtual Console can and likely will be done.

I like how they revealed the peripheral to a porn groove. Such taste nintendo. Thanks for reminding us of the sexiest controller that you ever made and then threw away for your long white waggle stick.

Now please go back to it permanently.

The inevitable has happened I see.

Although there are things to be said about having to reach back 2 generations for a controller for your current gen game, I am quite pleased with this option. Instead of having to buy Wii-U Pro controllers I can now buy one of these adapters and be done with it.

Now, how about an OS update so that we can control the menu with the Gamecube controller.

A bluetooth one could have been better, but that is nice. It is one of the better controllers :)

This actually raises an interesting question in the future of controller style. I always assumed that the future was going to sort of have all controller congeal closer to one type of ubiquitous controller layout for third-party convenience. It appeared to be the two-joystick, four-button, bumper/trigger control pad start/select scheme. I was disappointed a bit that symmetry seemed to be winning over functionality-informed design (see my essay/post on controller design), but if Nintendo keeps releasing more options AND SUPPORTING THEM AND ADVERTISING THEM, there might be the potential of just the opposite happening - instead of a standard, there could be many standards, which might also be good for those of us who want that.

I look forward to the day when some at-home programmer makes drivers that would let me hook that little box up to my computer: anything to get me away from that damn 360 controller.

That said, I'm glad they are releasing this thing as I really didn't want to have to shell out for a controller just so I could play smash at my friend's house.

Norix596:
My initial reaction: "They didn't ALREADY have Gamecube controller compatibility in the WiiU? Why not...?"

There's already WiiU controller and the WiiU pro controller, so really there isn't a huge need for it, especially since the WiiU doesn't play Gamecube games. That being said, I do wish Nintendo had stuck to the more organic layout of the Gamecube controller for their pro controllers instead of just copying the Xbox/playstation design.

flying_whimsy:
I look forward to the day when some at-home programmer makes drivers that would let me hook that little box up to my computer: anything to get me away from that damn 360 controller.

That said, I'm glad they are releasing this thing as I really didn't want to have to shell out for a controller just so I could play smash at my friend's house.

Hook up a PS3 controller if you are that desperate to get away from the 360 controller then?

 

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