Nintendo have revealed that an adapter will be released allowing gamers to play the Wii U’s Super Smash Bros. with Gamecube controllers.
The Gamecube controller Wii U adapter was revealed by Nintendo on Thursday during a video promoting the Super Smash Bros. invitational being held at E3 next month, though no date was given for the adapter’s release.
The adapter appears to connect to the Wii U’s USB ports, and will allow up to four Gamecube controllers to connect at once for the Super Smash Bros. multiplayer mode.
The adapter has been expected for some time, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii saw a large number of players choose to use a Gamecube controller over the motion-sensing Wii remote.
Whilst the Wii did boast the capability to use Gamecube controllers, the Wii U was not built with this function upon its release, leading many to speculate that an adapter would be released alongside Super Smash Bros. later this year.
It is currently unknown whether any other Wii U games will be playable with the Gamecube controller, though it seems unlikely that Nintendo would release a peripheral like this for a sole title, regardless of how successful it might be.
The fan support and nostalgic attachment to the Gamecube controller also suggests that Nintendo might capitalise by creating other titles supporting it.
Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS will be released in the summer, whilst the Wii U version will hit in the winter. No release date has been revealed for the adapter, though it’s all but guaranteed to be released in time for Super Smash Bros. later this year.