Nintendo recently updated it's Nintendo Switch to version 4.0, and with the update a new feature has been discovered that has the gaming community speculating left and right. Apparently, you can plug in a controller adaptor and get up to four Gamecube controllers working on one Switch!
So how do you do it? The process is relatively simple:
- Ensure your Switch is set to accept wired controllers via settings
- Plug the Gamecube adapter in through the back of the console
- Plug in Gamecube controllers
- When asked to sync controllers, hit L and R on every controller you wish to sync
The process isn't perfect, and some users have reported it takes multiple attempts to sync a Gamecube controller and that ZL commands don't work as of yet. Some have speculated this is why Nintendo didn't announce this addition to their firmware update, as they like to have features pretty polished before rolling them out to the public.
As to why Nintendo made Gamecube controllers compatible with the Switch, the buzz is already circling the web that a new Smash Bros game is in development. While that might be true, it seems highly unlikely that this game would be so far along in development (unless it was a port) that Nintendo would need to work in this feature prior to an announcement being made.
Personally, I believe that Nintendo is putting the finishing touches on the Virtual Console system, and is going to announce Gamecube games for the platform very soon. That said, there aren't many games people would rather play with the bulky controllers beyond Smash Bros, so who knows what Nintendo is planning?
What do you think the reason for adding Gamecube controllers to the Switch is?