Using a GameCube Controller with Wii U

Ever since I got my Wii U, I have been wondering how to use a GameCube controller when I want to play Super Smash Bros. That is my preferred controller, so you can imagine my disappointment when I realized there were no built-in GCN ports on the Wii U console. I was even more upset when I thought about the future Wii U installment of Super Smash Bros. Fortunately, I got this as a gift. It is the Total Console GC Adapter for Wii/Wii U, and it allows me to connect a GameCube controller to my Wii Remote.

Overall, I like the adapter, as it does what it claims. The only problems I noticed was how it did not seem to connect 100% every time. Sometimes, it would move the cursor around and start activating buttons I did not press. After a reconnect and a few seconds of patience, though, it was working fine.

Check out the quick video for a setup tutorial, explanation, and some further thoughts.

EDIT: I accidentally left out information about rumble. Since the GameCube controller is essentially functioning as a Classic Controller, and the connection cable does not carry power (to my knowledge), the GC controller does not have rumble. This is something I have not thought about in a while, since I’m use to using a WaveBird wireless GC controller, which also has no rumble.

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Steve has been a Nintendo fan since the NES. He currently owns a NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GameBoy, DS, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL. His favorite types of games are action platformers and multiplayer “party” games. Overall, he loves a game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours, and if that can be shared with friends, it is even better.

Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since April 2008. He started off as an avid reader, and eventually was asked to jump on the team. Currently, he enjoys writing game reviews and sharing breaking news with the fans and readers. You will also find him on the forums as an admin.

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  • OniLuigi

    Does the Gamecube controller still have rumble through this?

    • Steve

      Since it is essentially functioning as a Classic Controller, and the connection cable does not carry power (to my knowledge), the GC controller does not have rumble. This is something I have not thought about in a while, since I’m use to using a WaveBird wireless GC controller, which also has no rumble.

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