GameCube style controllers are widely considered the preferred way to play Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate. Pull off precise attacks using octagonal gated sticks, larger A button, and nostalgic muscle memory on this officially licensed Bluetooth wireless controller for Nintendo Switch from PowerA.
PowerA has an extensive line of controllers, both wired and wireless, available for Nintendo Switch (and other consoles), but their GameCube Style Controllers are probably my favorite. True to the original design of the wired GameCube Controller with easy to use wireless capability!
Having almost exclusively used only first party controllers since the days of going to a friend’s house and getting stuck with a Mad Catz abomination, I wasn’t sure what to expect picking up one of PowerA’s recreations. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised!
Since PowerA’s GameCube Style Controllers feature Bluetooth 5.0 you won’t have to worry about it sucking down the battery life, or keeping track of any dongles or adapters — the Switch supports wireless connectivity right away. These feature motion controls, but don’t support HD Rumble, IR, or NFC for amiibo. My only gripe is they’re not rechargeable. Two AA batteries are included in the box, and PowerA claims 30 hours of use out of each pair, but I would have loved for this thing to be USB type C rechargeable!
There are five different colors to choose from: Gold (GameStop exclusive), Silver, Purple, Black, and Grey
Retailing for $49.99, which is awfully close to the $56.99 price point the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller has been sitting at on Amazon for a few months now, but if you love the feeling of a GameCube controller, and have been wanting to use one wirelessly on your Switch, PowerA’s GameCube Style Controller is the one to buy!
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Andrew has been a nerd his whole life. He built his first computer when he was 8, started working in the IT industry at 15, and played competitive Counter-Strike at 16. His interest in amiibo started before their release but didn’t really take off until after the new year. He doesn’t like to admit it but Little Mac and WFT are among the amiibo that he had pre-ordered from Amazon but cancelled before their release. Little did he know a few months later he’d help start Amiibo Alerts. Gaming has always been his passion. He grew up with an NES, Sega Genesis, and PS2 before realizing that PCs truly are better than consoles.
The urge to be a little better, brought on by being a gamer, is what pushes him to help make Amiibo Alerts and Nintendeal amazing communities. Together with the team he has built, he is realizing a life-long dream: bringing something helpful and fun to a large group of people. Andrew’s role at Amiibo Alerts and Nintendeal as Founder and Editor in Chief allows him to create and build contacts within the community, review and present products, and stay on top of all things Nintendo.
Plays: Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4, WiiU, 3DS, Vita, and board games.