From PDP’s Fight Pad to Smash Bros’ Adapter, We Take a Look at All Licensed GameCube-Style Controllers.

It seems that Nintendo wants to please a very specific set of gamers lately, namely, Smash Bros. fans who prefered to use the GameCube controller on past entries of the series.
The use of this controller in the series dates back to Super Smash Bros. Melee’s original release way back on the GameCube, and when Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out on the Wii, and the Virtual Console release of the original Nintendo 64 title on the Wii, both which allowed the use of this controller, only fueled fans’ preference and use in competitive play.
So when the news arrived that Smash was coming to Wii U, it brought a lot of hype, but with it, the concern of fans that there was no way to use your ol’ reliable GC controller, but ever since, Nintendo has been bringing more and more ways to bring back the old play style.
The Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter and
GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Edition.

The Smash Bros. Adapter.

The first one we’ll be taking a look at is one that Nintendo developed themselves and that has brought joy to many fans.
The Smash Bros. Adapter allows you to plug in your GameCube and WaveBird controllers directly to the adapter which itself plugs to the Wii U via USB port.
The Adapter has a price tag of $19.99 USD on Amazon and each Smash-themed GameCube controller costs $29.99 USD in case of not having one already.
This is a perfect choice to truly bring back the play style enjoyed in Melee and Brawl, however, this comes with a price, since it’ll only work for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (At least won’t work with any existing titles nor Wii Mode) and it’s probably not worth it if you don’t have any GameCube or WaveBird controllers already.
The Mario-Themed PDP Wired Fight Pad for Wii U

The PDP Fight Pad

PDP is releasing a Fight Pad (Licensed by Nintendo) in the style of a GameCube controller developed specifically for Smash Wii U, it plugs directly into your Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus just like existing Wii Classic and Classic Pro controllers.
The controller also has a couple advantages over the GameCube controller, for example, it has two sets of trigger buttons instead of 1 and the Z button, the right analog stick and D-Pad are much bigger, and it has Start, Select and Home buttons, instead of just the Start button.
The Fight Pads will come themed after a famous Nintendo characters, the ones confirmed so far are Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Peach, and as mentioned before, will work with existing titles such as Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and all other titles that support Wii Classic and Classic Pro controllers.
The PDP Wii U Fight Pad is listed at $24.99 USD on GameStop with a release date of 2014.
The Luigi-Themed HORI Battle Pad for Wii U

The HORI Battle Pad

Yet another option for Wii U owners who want a GameCube-style controller (Officially licensed by Nintendo) is the Battle Pad for Wii U by HORI.
This controller too connect to your Wii Remote like the Wii Classic and Classic Pro controllers
The controller is made very closely in shape to a GameCube controller with very few differences, the first is that it has two sets of triggers instead of 1 and the Z button, it has Start, Select and Home buttons, and interestingly, is has a turbo button, with a switch for intensity of the turbo, the intensities are 5, 10, 20.
There’s two versions, one themed after Mario and the other after Luigi.
The HORI Battle Pad for Wii U is priced at $24.99 USD on with a release of November 21st.

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