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Switch's newest update adds Gamecube controller support, prompts speculation that Smash Bros. and GCN virtual console is on the way


Jason Clement

Nintendo's Switch has just been updated to firmware 4.0, and with it brings a surprising new functionality: compatibility with the Gamecube controller adapter.

 

Keen fans will be quick to note that the Gamecube controller adapter originally released for Wii U in order to serve as a way for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U players to use the GCN controller while playing.

 

While it's possible Nintendo is just adding functionality to ensure fans have a wide array of control methods available to them, it's also sparked speculation that either a new Super Smash Bros. title or Gamecube Virtual Console titles are on the way.

 

Both have been rumored for some time now by industry insiders, but the Smash title is especially interesting given that an enhanced port of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U was rumored to be in the works for Switch. Nintendo has been mum on the title up till now, but with the Switch lineup wide open for next Spring, fans have been speculating that Smash may be the big multiplayer release for that time window. Only time will tell.

 

Source: GoNintendo

 

What are your thoughts on Gamecube controller functionality being added to the Switch? Do you think news of Smash for Switch is imminent?

Edited by Jason Clement



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I really don't want them to port Smash WiiU to Switch because that's just time and resources they could be using to make a new game. They would have to really Mario Kart 8 Deluxe it up with several new characters and stages (not just combining stages from both versions either) to even make it worthwhile. I'm content to wait a few more years for something fresh.

 

But Gamecube virtual console totally needs to happen like yesterday. All the best games are impossible to get on disc for a decent price anymore so having them digital for around $15-$20 would be super sweet. As long as they put Chibi Robo and Fire Emblem Path of Radiance since those are some of the stupidest of stupid expensive GCN games.

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8 hours ago, Venom said:

I really don't want them to port Smash WiiU to Switch because that's just time and resources they could be using to make a new game. They would have to really Mario Kart 8 Deluxe it up with several new characters and stages (not just combining stages from both versions either) to even make it worthwhile. I'm content to wait a few more years for something fresh.

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Honestly, I'm not sure what I want. A new Smash game would be ideal, like you said, but I totally see them doing a "Definitive" version of Smash 4 which combines everything from 3DS/Wii U, while adding a few new characters, stages, and maybe even another new mode on top of that.

 

The strongest evidence there is for this is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and given that Smash 4 didn't sell colossal numbers like Brawl did, I could see them wanting to give it a second shot at life. That, and it'd be tough to make a new game with THAT many characters (unless they're straight up copies of their Smash 4 counterparts). We'll see, though! I expect we'll get another Direct in December or January that might tell us more.

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14 hours ago, Jason Clement said:

 

Honestly, I'm not sure what I want. A new Smash game would be ideal, like you said, but I totally see them doing a "Definitive" version of Smash 4 which combines everything from 3DS/Wii U, while adding a few new characters, stages, and maybe even another new mode on top of that.

 

If they added an adventure mode (like the one from Melee) or a proper story mode then that would be awesome, but I don't really see them adding any modes that would require that much extra work. I guess the same could be said about new characters though (more work than they're worth) so maybe I should just stop wishing for things and just wait and see what happens. :P

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At this point, I think they'd be better off just making a new Smash or making Melee HD, or something. A port though, I agree, would be a rather large waste of time and resources, especially with the Switch having been out for over 7 months now and having an incredibly bare bones library of games and still no virtual console, even if it's kind of a meme now. Either way, I'm looking forward to a Smash title without Sakurai working on it, just from the negativity he brings to those trying to play the game competitively. 

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