Last year Nintendo released an update designed to support third party peripherals on Nintendo Switch, and in the process accidentally added support for Gamecube controllers via the USB adaptor released for the Wii U. Now it looks as though Nintendo might be releasing proper licensed Gamecube controllers for its hybrid console.
This bit of news comes thanks to images posted on Reddit, featuring what look like officially licensed Gamecube controllers for the Switch. While they're seemingly made by PowerA, rather than Nintendo, the whole license deal means they might as well have come directly from the production line in Marioland. According to poster Mew_The_Creator, “Nintendo sent them to our facility to produce product layout for stores so the actual controllers aren’t in there, but the product is confirmed.”
The controllers themselves don't look all that different from the old-school Gamecube controllers that came out all those years ago. There are some extra buttons in the middle to match the Switch's new layout, plus lights indicating the player number, but other than that there don't seem to be any major changes. So don't go expecting the prospect of wireless functionality, amiibo support, motion controls, or anything fancy like that. Not based on this leak, anyway. So if you still have the right bits, these don't look like they'll be much different to using any old Gamecube controllers you have lying around.
We also can't see what connection the controllers have, whether it's USB or the old Gamecube-style. I would assume Nintendo wouldn't force players to use the same Wii U adaptor, but since Nintendo doesn't have a good track record of doing the sensible thing you can never be too sure. If you have that adaptor and old controller.
No doubt we'll hear more from Nintendo very soon, especially given our close proximity to E3. Seeing as how there's a new Super Smash Bros. game arriving this year, it would make sense for Nintendo to unveil any Gamecube controller support it has lined up - particularly given the pro scene's fondness for the classic gamepad. [Reddit via Ubergizmo]