This Nintendo Switch adapter turns your GameCube controllers wireless

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The competitive community breathed a sigh of relief when Nintendo revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would support classic GameCube controllers, the preferred gamepad for the fighting series. But it also meant that fans would need to snag an adapter to get the old wired controllers working with the Nintendo Switch. Perhaps the best solution so far is GBros., a new wireless option from 8BitDo, a company that has made a name for itself with excellent retro controllers and very useful adapters.

The $19.99 device is simple. You plug your GameCube controller into the adapter, and it connects wirelessly to your Switch. It gives you the best of both worlds, with an ideal Smash controller that isn’t restricted by wires. 8BitDo says the adapter has 30 hours of battery life, and it also has both a Switch home and screenshot button. It even comes in that iconic GameCube shade of purple.

And while it’s clearly designed with Nintendo’s fighter in mind, the GBros. also has some other uses. It works with Windows, for starters, and features a port that supports several other gamepads, including Nintendo’s Classic Edition line and the old Wii Classic controller. You can preorder the GBros. on Amazon starting today, though it isn’t expected to ship until December 7th — the exact same day Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches.

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Does it charge over USB-C?
Does it work wired too?
One of my favorite things about 8bitdo is how they not are Bluetooth and charge by USB (most of the newer stuff by Type C) but actually becoming USB devices when plugged in.

Sadly it appears 8bitdo went backwards and used microUSB.

It does not charge at all, it’s 1xAA. The microUSB is for using the adapter as a wired controller.

You completely skipped over the fact that it supports the NES/SNES classic controllers (which is the whole reason I’ll be purchasing) and likely the N64 when it’s released, assuming it uses the same port.

From the article:

It works with Windows, for starters, and features a port that supports several other gamepads, including Nintendo’s Classic Edition line and the old Wii Classic controller.

Does it support rumble? So many alternate controllers don’t.

I wonder if this would extend the range of my WaveBirds. Not that I would need it, but almost just for the humor of it.

Simply supporting my WaveBird on a Switch would be nice.

Does it not work through the adaptor? I have mine plugged in but havent tested yet.

I don’t have the adapter yet, because I couldn’t find a solid answer on it.

The Wavebird receivers plugged right into the Gamecube controller adapter on the WiiU for me, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with any future adapters.

From another review I read: It’s not physically possible to get the Wavebird base to insert into this adapter.

Only one GameCube controller? Too bad, I’d buy immediately if it supported four

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