Be prepared to only use your Smash Bros. GameCube controller for the game it’s branded after, as it seems that the controller won’t function with any other Wii U games; no, not even the Wii games that support multiple controller variants.
It was initially thought that Nintendo’s gracious decision to bring back the GameCube controller for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would also mean players would be able to use it with other games. The source of all this came from Nintendo directly, specifically its online store, in which the adapter’s own listing said as much. Today, however, Nintendo announced the opposite, with the original text explaining the compatibility now replaced and nowhere to be found.
It turns out it was all a big misunderstanding; somehow, “compatible with all games supported by the Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro and Wii U Pro Controller,” made it past everyone at Nintendo and onto the official product page for the adapter.
It’s an unfortunate turn of events for many that may have been looking forward to using the GameCube controller for games such as Mario Kart 8, but to be fair, the GameCube controller was only officially resurrected for Super Smash Bros..
Speaking to Eurogamer about the matter, here’s what the Nintendo UK rep had to say:
The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U is compatible with Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U specifically – it is not compatible with any other Wii U software. The adapter is also not compatible with Wii and we apologize for any confusion.
The updated listing for the adapter echoes the above statement, but also acknowledges the existence of the previous item description that started this whole thing.
While disappointing, it’s hard to imagine that the GameCube controller’s exclusive Smash Bros. support will dissuade anyone that was already dead set on buying it (admit it: it’s pretty cool). As said before, the controller is only getting a second life because of the upcoming Wii U game, so this development shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. If anything, this will probably cause a surge in people trying to get the controller to work with other games (through less than official means). The Internet is determined like that sometimes.
How many of you are disapoointed by this news? Or is it mostly irrelevant, since most players were only going to play Smash Bros. with it anyway?
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U releases on November 21, 2014. Its 3DS counterpart has been doing quite well since its own launch last week.