The Gamecube is not too far off from turning a full 20 years old. Despite the classic home system having been succeeded three times now, its controller remains as one of the most iconic in all of gaming history. So much so, that Nintendo has kept it compatible with every one of the three aforementioned home systems since. This, of course, includes the Switch.
If the Joy-Con are too small for you and/or you’re not blown away by the Pro Controller, then using a Gamecube controller is a viable option as long as you have an adapter. The Switch randomly received compatibility with the Wii U’s Gamecube controller adapter last year. But, if you don’t have one those, then you can use one of the upcoming ones from Hyperkin.
They function similarly to Nintendo’s own adapters, taking up two USB ports on the Switch’s dock for full functionality. Once connected, you can use up to four Gamecube controllers on your Switch, just like on the original system. Although, in those near 20 years since the Gamecube was on the front lines wireless controllers have become all-the-rage. The Gamecube’s own wireless solution, the Wave Bird, is not compatible with Hyperkin’s adapter for some reason. Thus, your only option is to use wired-only Gamecube controllers (or you can try a GC-styled wireless controller made by CyberGadget). Just try not to pull your Switch down in the process. But, while this adapter omits that one feature, it does happen to include support for not only the Switch but also Wii U and even PCs. So, your Gamecube controller can go quite a long way with this thing.
Hyperkin has announced that this Gamecube controller adapter will be available as of December 7, 2018. Its price in Japan is set at 2,376 yen (which is $20.90). If this adapter is officially brought over to the West, hopefully, it will retain that modest price point.