You Can Only Use The Wii U GameCube Controllers With Smash Bros. - Update 2

You Can Only Use The Wii U GameCube Controllers With Smash Bros. - Update 2

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The Wii U GameCube Controller adapter is compatible with all games that supported any variant of the Wii Classic or Pro controllers.

Update 2: Nintendo responded to our request, and stated that the original listing on the UK store was indeed a mistake. It clarified: "Please note 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 prompted by our earlier listing"

Update: The listing for the GameCube Controller adapter on the website has been changed, and no longer includes the line that states it is compatible with Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, and Wii U Pro Controller titles. We have reached out to Nintendo for clarification.

Original Story: A listing for the Wii U GameCube Controller adapter on Nintendo UK's official website has stated that it will support a wide variety of Wii U titles. According to the listing, any game that supported either the Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, or Wii U Pro Controller will be compatible with the GameCube Controller adapter.

This is great news, as it was previously believed that the adapter would only function with the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but supporting games that use the Classic and Pro controllers means that the vast majority of Wii and Wii U titles will be supported.

The GameCube Controller adapter will be released alongside Super Smash Bros., as a stand-alone purchase, or in a bundle with a copy of the game and an additional GameCube controller. It plugs into the two USB ports on the front of the Wii U, and allows up to four GameCube controllers to be used with the system.

Nintendo is also releasing some new Super Smash Bros. themed controllers to go with the new title.

Curiously, the listing also states that the adapter works with the older Wii console, which already contains ports for four GameCube controllers.

Source: Nintendo UK

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I have got to check this out! Sounds fun. I still have a wavebird I'd love to use for Resident Evil 4.

But will it work for Rayman Origins?

*checks*

...Classic Controller. Awesome. :)

LOL R.I.P. using any of the other control methods from now on....

Nintendo is about to make a buttload on gamecube controller purchases

edit:

Just saw the update.....

R.I.P. any interest nintendo had in me getting a wiiU

Kinda seems like a stretch, but with Nintendo acknowledging the popularity of the Gamecube controller, I cannot help but wonder if the sales would have any effect on what their next console might be down the pipeline.

Let me know if that makes absolutely no sense. Either way, I already have the Smash Bros. bundle preordered. And if this is to be believed, it would render the purchase of a Pro controller unnecessary.

Update: Fiddlesticks.

Nintendo have since retracted this statement according to EuroGamer. The controller is only compatible with Smash Bros

Given the USB plugs, if they make this compatible with the PC, I'm certain that Nintendo just made many a happy person, and they'll see a lot more sales involving non-owners of the Wii U. If not, well, give it a few weeks and custom drivers for PC and other systems will come out for it...

I wish they would make the Gamecube controller the standard Nintendo controller. It's just so different from the others that it would be a better image for Nintendo

Nintendo could use front-end patches on their system to enable Gamecube controller support for other WiiU titles fairly easily. They should seriously consider doing so to give this adapter some further purpose and value.

That way, they avoid situations like this, where they blueball everyone wanting Gamecube controllers back (which is, IMO, still their best controller to date).

This makes me happy, you don't need to leave the past behind :)

Nintendo, so does it work with other games or not? Was this a an accidental leak? I don't know why they wouldn't just announce compatibility for the get go. Is testing still going on before they decide whether to make it official? It sure would sell more 'cube controllers and these boxes, too.

With the GameCube controller compatibility, Nintendo could make a patch to their Wii emulator to allow GameCube games to be played again. And that would be fantastic.

Steven Bogos:

Curiously, the listing also states that the adapter works with the older Wii console, which already contains ports for four GameCube controllers.

Only if you have the Gen 1 model:

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Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii#Other_models

Dr.Awkward:
Given the USB plugs, if they make this compatible with the PC, I'm certain that Nintendo just made many a happy person, and they'll see a lot more sales involving non-owners of the Wii U. If not, well, give it a few weeks and custom drivers for PC and other systems will come out for it...

I doubt it. Wii Speak used USB but Nintendo never released drivers for that as and far as I'm aware, no one was ever able to get it to work. Then again, Wii Speak was kinda dumb to begin with; providing this functionality for PC certainly would get them some extra sales and goodwill. I hope for the best, but I can't realistically see it.

happy_turtle:
Nintendo have since retracted this statement according to EuroGamer. The controller is only compatible with Smash Bros

Which honestly seems dumb, because while I understand that they want the GamePad to be used more, if they aren't going to use it and there are better controller methods, use those. Seriously, I've not used the GamePad for any full Wii U game I have, and I have over 18 of them. The only time I use it is when I'm forced to use it because I have no other choice. For example, I've played through 3D World 100% twice, and only used the GamePad for the Captain Toad sections, and for the 3 or so levels that actually require it.

Artemicion:
With the GameCube controller compatibility, Nintendo could make a patch to their Wii emulator to allow GameCube games to be played again. And that would be fantastic.

Technically the Wii U already can play GameCube games. The Wii U's hardware is nothing more than upgraded Wii hardware, and Wii hardware was upgraded GameCube hardware. That's why the backwards compatibility on the Wii was entirely accurate. It's the OS that blocks the system from reading mini-DVDs and as such reading GameCube games. Originally since there was no way to plug in a GameCube controller, the ability to play them was blocked out. With this adapter, they have no excuse for that now.

YES!, the GameCube lives!11!!!! :D

... Although technically speaking, it's been alive for a good 13 years, the Wii uses a slightly modified version of the GameCube's architecture and the WiiU is still capable of playing Wii games, so... yeah, we've finally come full circle :)

Also, what about the Wii games that used the GameCube controller and the Classic Controller, will it simply detect it as a GC controller?.

EDIT: Goddamit Ninty, why did you crush my soul like that!?, it can only be used with Smash :(

Dr.Awkward:
Given the USB plugs, if they make this compatible with the PC, I'm certain that Nintendo just made many a happy person, and they'll see a lot more sales involving non-owners of the Wii U. If not, well, give it a few weeks and custom drivers for PC and other systems will come out for it...

Well, I still own my GC and a copy of Melee and Soul Calibur 2... I'd be pretty happy to emulate it and use the GC controllers, instead of the 360 ones, they're not bad controller mind you, some of the best I've ever used, but it's just not the same to play GC games without a GC controller :)

actually nintendo updated this and said it's only compatible with the super smash brother gamr on wiiu and nothing else

Neronium:
Technically the Wii U already can play GameCube games. The Wii U's hardware is nothing more than upgraded Wii hardware, and Wii hardware was upgraded GameCube hardware. That's why the backwards compatibility on the Wii was entirely accurate. It's the OS that blocks the system from reading mini-DVDs and as such reading GameCube games. Originally since there was no way to plug in a GameCube controller, the ability to play them was blocked out. With this adapter, they have no excuse for that now.

I was under the impression it couldn't play gamecube games because they didn't put in a disc drive that could take the mini-dvd format. So that combined with the lack of controller and memory card ports makes it more than just a software issue. That's not even taking into account whether there were other hardware aspects involved (specialized memory or video controllers or the like) that they didn't include in the wii u that may have been present in the wii. It'a also worth nothing that just because something is an upgrade of hardware that came before does not mean that software from the older version will work as designed on the upgrade without extensive specialization (the xbox 360's backwards compatibility issues come to mind, along with the myriad of software from the x86 era that simply can't function on modern computers).

To put it another way, the way you put is like complaining that a windows phone can't run a cd-rom game from the late 90s because they don't let you hook up a keyboard through a ps2 port. There's a lot more to it than that.

flying_whimsy:

I was under the impression it couldn't play gamecube games because they didn't put in a disc drive that could take the mini-dvd format. So that combined with the lack of controller and memory card ports makes it more than just a software issue. That's not even taking into account whether there were other hardware aspects involved (specialized memory or video controllers or the like) that they didn't include in the wii u that may have been present in the wii. It'a also worth nothing that just because something is an upgrade of hardware that came before does not mean that software from the older version will work as designed on the upgrade without extensive specialization (the xbox 360's backwards compatibility issues come to mind, along with the myriad of software from the x86 era that simply can't function on modern computers).

To put it another way, the way you put is like complaining that a windows phone can't run a cd-rom game from the late 90s because they don't let you hook up a keyboard through a ps2 port. There's a lot more to it than that.

The Wii U optical disc drive is a slight modified Wii drive, it is not new tech at all. The Wii U has been hacked to play GameCube games already, by exploiting the Wii Mode of the system. Nintendo does not develop new tech or Disc Drives for any of their systems, and never have, they just modify the drive to play the new discs. There is a lot more to it, but in Nintendo's case it is not impossible for them to put in the compatibility like how it is for the PS4 and the Xbox One.

Further proof you can't improve on perfection.

Neronium:

The Wii U optical disc drive is a slight modified Wii drive, it is not new tech at all. The Wii U has been hacked to play GameCube games already, by exploiting the Wii Mode of the system. Nintendo does not develop new tech or Disc Drives for any of their systems, and never have, they just modify the drive to play the new discs. There is a lot more to it, but in Nintendo's case it is not impossible for them to put in the compatibility like how it is for the PS4 and the Xbox One.

I didn't mean that the wii u drive was new, rather that it wasn't setup to feed in the mini-dvds correctly (as told to me by my nintendo fanboy friend). Since it is in fact just a modified one, it does make me wonder why they didn't include backwards compatibility. Granted, backwards compatibility has never exactly been high on the nintendo priority list.

Regardless, I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.

flying_whimsy:

Neronium:
Technically the Wii U already can play GameCube games. The Wii U's hardware is nothing more than upgraded Wii hardware, and Wii hardware was upgraded GameCube hardware. That's why the backwards compatibility on the Wii was entirely accurate. It's the OS that blocks the system from reading mini-DVDs and as such reading GameCube games. Originally since there was no way to plug in a GameCube controller, the ability to play them was blocked out. With this adapter, they have no excuse for that now.

I was under the impression it couldn't play gamecube games because they didn't put in a disc drive that could take the mini-dvd format. So that combined with the lack of controller and memory card ports makes it more than just a software issue. That's not even taking into account whether there were other hardware aspects involved (specialized memory or video controllers or the like) that they didn't include in the wii u that may have been present in the wii. It'a also worth nothing that just because something is an upgrade of hardware that came before does not mean that software from the older version will work as designed on the upgrade without extensive specialization (the xbox 360's backwards compatibility issues come to mind, along with the myriad of software from the x86 era that simply can't function on modern computers).

To put it another way, the way you put is like complaining that a windows phone can't run a cd-rom game from the late 90s because they don't let you hook up a keyboard through a ps2 port. There's a lot more to it than that.

It's all fine an dandy an' all, but you guys are forgetting the most important thing: Nintendo hates money.

The eShop's Virtual Console service is an unjustifiable joke ("please understand") on both Wii U and 3DS. Both tha home console and portable are native backwards compatible. Nintendo has the best portfolio of retro games on the market and it is sheer incompetency of them to not capitalize on this library. Years on and we don't have Nintendo 64 games on the eShop. Why there isn't Game Cube games for the Wii U?! I purchased used overpriced Wii and DS games that Nintendo didn't saw a penny off the purchase. Why these games aren't available on the eShop?!

There's no licensing involved (these are NINTENDO FIRST PARTY GAMES), and both current system are, I repeat, native backward compatible. The amount of work to release them digitally is minimal and the profit would be considerable.

The ONLY way to play Super Mario Galaxy, or New Super Mario Bros, or Metroid Prime, Wario Ware, Yoshi Island DS is to find used copies, or old unsold ones. People would buy those games (especially considering the drought in Wii U software launches).

Why not release a Super Mario Galaxy HD collection and watch it print some money?! Sony can make some bucks off Sly Cooper, Capcom off Devil May Cry... It's friggin' MARIO.

If the Virtual Console was on par with the Wii, I would bet that it would alone sell them some Wii U's (by convincing people "on the fence", among other things).

The only explanation to me is that, yes... Nintendo hates money.

Another thing... This adapter uses 2 USB ports?! How exactly am I supposed to use it with my digital purchases?!

Big_Boss_Mantis:
Another thing... This adapter uses 2 USB ports?! How exactly am I supposed to use it with my digital purchases?!

Transfer stuff on to an SD card? Nintendo have made a statement that these controllers will only work for Smash (thus far, they may develop more games that use them) so you won't need to use it apart from that game, so I can't imagine it will cause too much of an issue.

That's a shame. But let's be real here. They are going to make patches in the future. You don't invest that much money into an adapter with no intention to make it work on more than one game.

Dragonbums:
That's a shame. But let's be real here. They are going to make patches in the future. You don't invest that much money into an adapter with no intention to make it work on more than one game.

I'd question Iwata's sanity if that were the case. I mean Smash Bros is big, but not big enough to justify and entire adapter for. Honestly they need to patch it in so that you can use it for your Virtual Console games, since not everyone has a classic controller and according to my friend Nintendo is cutting the ones that attach to your Wiimote from stores so that they'll sell more Pro Controllers.

flying_whimsy:

I didn't mean that the wii u drive was new, rather that it wasn't setup to feed in the mini-dvds correctly (as told to me by my nintendo fanboy friend). Since it is in fact just a modified one, it does make me wonder why they didn't include backwards compatibility. Granted, backwards compatibility has never exactly been high on the nintendo priority list.

Regardless, I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.

The interesting thing about Nintendo is that they reuse a lot of their old tech. It's why their tech is so easy for backwards compatibility, they are using the old tech and are just slightly modifying it for the new system. Hence why GBA wide systems could play GameBoy and GameBoy Color games, and why the launch Wii's could play GameCube. When Nintendo took out the backwards compatibility on the 2011 redesign, they removed the physical ability to put in controllers, but restricted the software so that it wouldn't recognize the GameCube's Nintendo Optical discs. You can still hack your ways around it. As for the Wii U not having memory card slots, that could be rectified by allowing you to make virtual ones like how the PS3 allows you to do so for PS1 and PS2 games. Nintendo's used the "Block" system for their memory since the GameCube, so just have a way to make small memory cards and you're golden. And if they weren't going to put in GameCube backwards compatibility, then the least they could do is put the games on the Eshop. As a poster above said, Nintendo has a massive backlog that would sell. Ironically enough the Wii U has games from every Nintendo system on it, bar the Virtual Boy and GameCube. If they were gonna do HD remasters, then that'd be fine, but they don't seem to be doing that either. So I'll chalk it up also to Nintendo hating money.

I'm not a huge fan of the GCN controller, but it's better than anything else Nintendo has on the market.

Big_Boss_Mantis:
Another thing... This adapter uses 2 USB ports?! How exactly am I supposed to use it with my digital purchases?!

The Wii U got 4 USB ports. If the adapter uses 2 that leaves you with 2 left (4-2=2), unless you have an external hard drive that uses 3 or more ports you should be safe.

Can I ask a potentially stupid question because of my potential misinterpretation of the title of the news article?

Does this Adapter with original, actual Gamecube controllers? This article talks about 4 different kinds of controller, and I've been out of the loop regarding everything Nintendo since mid-2008. Will I have to buy just this adapter, or will I need a new "Wii U Gamecube Controller" as well?

Ephidel:
Can I ask a potentially stupid question because of my potential misinterpretation of the title of the news article?

Does this Adapter with original, actual Gamecube controllers? This article talks about 4 different kinds of controller, and I've been out of the loop regarding everything Nintendo since mid-2008. Will I have to buy just this adapter, or will I need a new "Wii U Gamecube Controller" as well?

As far as we know it supports all gamecube controllers (new and old) including the wireless wavebird controller.

I agree that this thing will inevitably have to be able to support more games. It would be a huge waste otherwise... not that it stopped me from getting the Smash Bros. bundle for that game alone. Still, this is a really good opportunity for Nintendo.

Whatislove:

Ephidel:
Can I ask a potentially stupid question because of my potential misinterpretation of the title of the news article?

Does this Adapter with original, actual Gamecube controllers? This article talks about 4 different kinds of controller, and I've been out of the loop regarding everything Nintendo since mid-2008. Will I have to buy just this adapter, or will I need a new "Wii U Gamecube Controller" as well?

As far as we know it supports all gamecube controllers (new and old) including the wireless wavebird controller.

Thank you for the response.

Destiny's Iron Banner still hasn't given me my ship, so I feel physically ill after getting consistently RNG screwed for three weeks (got screwed in the Queen's Wrath event too).

Kinda irritated is all. I want my ugly ass ship. :(

You don't get shafted like this with Nintendo games. Unless you count Brawl's Final Smash BS. I usually just turned them off via the item switch.

 

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