May 30, 2014

Why is there so much excitement about Nintendo releasing a Gamecube controller adapter?

I've seen a ton of stories on gaming websites over the past couple of days talking about Nintendo releasing an adapter that will permit the use of old, wired Gamecube controllers on the Wii U. I don't have a Wii U and I didn't have a Gamecube - what's so great about going from a modern wireless controller to a vintage wired one? Why are people so excited about this?

You can see Nintendo's announcement on Twitter here:


As a former dorm Super Smash Bros Melee champion in college, I can answer this one. First of all, the next generation Super Smah Bros. for the Wii U is going to be released soon. For those that aren't familiar with this game, it is a multiplayer fighter that is pretty easy to pick up and play. and is a LOT of fun with friends. The Gamecube controller is considered by many to be the best controller ever made for a Nintendo system, especially for Super Smash Bros games. Melee was on the Gamecube, but most competitive gamers continued to use Gamecube controllers on the Wii with Super Smash Bros Brawl. So this is considered very good news to competitve Smash Bros players. It's not going to sell a lot more Wii Us, but it might be enough to convince a few people on the fence about getting the system.  

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