Nintendo released a major firmware update for the Switch last week (version 4.0.) This new update brought in a lot of goodies, but there was one feature that took all of us by surprise—including Nintendo.
As random as the update itself, compatibility for the Gamecube Controller Adapter (originally released for Wii U) was added to the Switch. This has allowed players to use their Gamecube controllers on the system essentially like a Pro Controller. The downside is that the GC controller has slightly fewer buttons than the Pro Controller/Joy-Con, so some games don’t work very well with it.
I mentioned earlier that this functionality took even Nintendo by surprise. In a recent interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime commented on the matter and what he said was pretty interesting:
“In our latest system software update, it enables third-party peripherals [probably referring to wireless USB headsets] to work on Nintendo Switch. As a result, the peripheral for Wii U that allows it to attach GameCube controllers also works… I think it’s fair to say, Stephen, that peripheral working was as much a surprise to us as it was to consumers.”
Seeing that the controller isn’t fully compatible with every game, it does make it seem like Nintendo actually did not intend for this to happen. In any case, it doesn’t sound like the company has any intention to block the surprise functionality either.