Nintendo’s Gamecube controller is the most beloved game controller among the Smash Bros. fans. There could have been a strong cult following for the N64’s large analog pioneering controller, but the devotion to the preferred fighting choice has lived past two video game system generations.
Both Microsoft’s and Sony’s controller layouts have remained completely unchanged. Nintendo, however has went from remote and nun-chuck to a iPad looking device. So, without a plug-in to allow a Gamecube controller to be used in a Wii U game, there are solutions from Nintendo and devoted fans.
On May 30, the company that’s been delivering its Mario mascot to gaming systems, told Smashers they’ll be able to use Gamecube controllers with an adapter for the Wii U. This adapter will release for the new Super Smash Bros. game announced for release in Summer for the 3DS and Fall for the Wii U.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 29, 2014
A possible quick cash in for the company is also a serious nod to fans. The posting hypes up the game for those looking to compete in the new of the franchise. Even gamers craving more nostalgia get a chance to re-create any fond memories of playing Super Smash Bros. Melee. Melee ended up being the game choice in the Evo Smash Bros. tournament last year.
Nintendo knows the excitement around the game and the dedication of fans when it comes to competitiveness of Smash Bros. players. The adapter will let players choose their preferred fighting style if they’re willing to pay the extra cost. Super Smash Bros. Brawl saw four controller options: The Wii Remote, Wii Remote and nun-chuck, Wii Pro Controller and Gamecube Controller. Now, the total looks like five choices for the upcoming fighter.
Pleasing fans with the announcement is sure to surprise others and already companies are crafting their own devices for consumers. Performance Designed Products (PDP) is going provide their own Wii U fight pad, made to play Super Smash Bros., ready when the game is on shelves. The fight pad takes much of its design inspiration for the original Smash controller. Correction: six controller options.
Let us not forget the many who are able to make their own iteration of Smash centric controllers. A Kickstarter by Wavedash LCC is placing a goal of $399,000 for its own. About 30 days are left to go and there is about $7,000 collected. The list of new features is sure to catch the eye of anyone looking to go beyond the Nintendo options.
- Gone is the Right analog stick of old, replaced with a full size analog stick for better comfort and control.
- Each controller will have a USB rechargeable battery inside.
- Dual “Z” Bumpers. (Note: The new Pro Controller for the WiiU labels the BOTTOM triggers ZR and ZL, while the Bumpers are R and L. We will follow this naming convention as well.)
- Larger D-Pad for classic control.
- “Clickable” L/R Analog sticks.
- This controller will function exactly as 1st/3rd party controllers for the WiiU do now. No Wiimote or adapter needed.
Nintendo has not made it clear if it will follow Wavedashe’s lead and develop its own new controller. Still, the love going into this game from a small Kicstarter and Nintendo creates an atmosphere a unique environment for Smash Bros. fans. Now, the correct total could result into seven controllers. Seven is a lucky number, and it can be luck for a fighting franchise to have this much attention for a controller once compatible with an entire library of games from one generations. The Gamecube controller is standing the test of time because of only one title. The controller may smash its way into future titles.
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