The Nintendo Switch is a prime example of just how far excellent first-party support can get a console in its early days. Although the Switch has been criticized for having a relatively light launch lineup, Nintendo has observed excellent Switch sales primarily due to games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Edition. That trend is expected to continue into the holiday season, as Super Mario Odyssey arrives in late October to further bolster Nintendo’s always excellent first-party offerings.
Unfortunately, however, first-party support for Switch peripherals and hardware has been less impressive. The Switch dock has been accused of warping the console, and Nintendo has also gotten backlash over its high price points on extra Switch controllers and add-ons like the Pro controller. Nintendo also hasn’t provided any form of support for fans looking to play the Switch with legacy controllers, either, but that problem might be solved now: third-party accessory company Mayflash’s GameCube controller adapter just received a new firmware update that supports Pokken Tournament DX.
Officially, Pokken Tournament DX is the only game that is fully supported by the adapter, which was originally designed for the Wii U but works for Switch as well. The adapter isn’t fully compatible with all games, as it has been noted to have difficulty with Breath of the Wild while functioning totally fine on Puyo Puyo Tetris, so it isn’t a perfect fix, but it’s a good temporary fix. Here’s a video of the Mayflash adapter working with Puyo Puyo Tetris:
That temporary fix is especially appealing because Nintendo’s own GameCube adapter for Wii U still doesn’t have functionality with the Nintendo Switch, and if it doesn’t by the time the popular Pokken Tournament DX arrives in North America and Europe, the Mayflash version might be the only option for fighting game lovers looking to employ the GameCube controller as their weapon of choice.
It’s important to keep in mind that Nintendo will likely address GameCube controllers functioning on the Switch in the future, as rumors continue to persist that a Switch virtual console version of the GameCube is in the works for Nintendo’s latest console. In the meantime, however, it’s nice to have an alternative, even if it is hit-or-miss on what titles that alternative supports.