GameCube controllers and Super Smash Bros. pretty much have gone hand in hand since, well… the GameCube. Since then though the two have become synonymous, mainly because Super Smash Bros. Melee, to this day, is the preferred Smash game in the series for
babies competitive players. The GameCube controller, and it’s popularity, have withstood the test of time, being ported once already for the Wii U Smash Bros., and now those beautiful controllers are coming to the Nintendo Switch
Yes, Nintendo has already stated that the GameCube controller will be coming to the Switch, BUT HORI is capitalizing on the controller’s popularity as well. The company has announced that THREE new GameCube controllers will be coming out for Nintendo’s latest console, the best part? They’re themed around three of Nintendo’s biggest franchises. Any Nintendo fan will instantly be able to recognize the games the controllers are based off of (see picture below). There is a yellow themed one, obviously an ode to Pikachu, the red one is for Mario, obviously, and the black one boasting a Hylian emblem is, of course, a nod to the Legend of Zelda.
Any Switch owner is aware that HORI is the go to accessory guru for Nintendo, so seeing this announcement, while exciting, shouldn’t come as much of a shock. Thankfully, HORI and Nintendo’s partnership means that the button layout of their controllers is practically identical to the actual Nintendo controllers, so fret not about wasting money on a shitty third-party controller, there’s none of that here.
The HORI controllers actually have a slight advantage of Nintendo’s controllers, they can connect through USB! For whatever reason, Nintendo controllers require you to also purchase an adapter in addition to buying the controller, so going with HORI’s controllers could actually save you money. The obvious negative here is that a USB controller isn’t compatible with the GameCube console… but this is 2018 so it shouldn’t be too much of a big deal unless you’re still kicking people’s asses on Melee.
Regardless, these controllers are priced at ¥2,980, or about $27 USD, or about 23 Euros, which means that they’re slightly cheaper than Nintendo’s product. Sadly, these controllers have only been announced for Japan (which means I did those conversions for nothing!), and there has not yet been any word on if they’ll come West. Obviously, with Smash Bros. popularity, I’m sure we will see these controllers stateside, but even if we don’t you can always just order one from Japan.