PowerA GameCube Style Controller Review

What’s the Deal – PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller

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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!

PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Nintendo Switch
The beautiful gold semi gloss is absolutely perfect!

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!

PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Nintendo Switch
PowerA’s controller is nearly identical to Nintendo’s perfect recreation for Smash Bros. Ultimate, with the obvious exception of it being wireless.

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!

PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Nintendo Switch
Two AA batteries included in the box.

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!

Available from Amazon, GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.

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