The Nintendo Switch, which released worldwide on March 3, is one of the biggest gaming success stories of 2017 and the console shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. One of the most exciting things about getting a new console is discovering all of its various features and getting comfortable with how it works. Some features, like the ability to dock the system for instant TV play, are pretty self-explanatory but like any piece of tech with its own unique user interface and hardware, there are quite a few features on the Nintendo Switch that may not be so obvious.
If you’ve just picked up a Nintendo Switch, you may not yet be aware of the following things it can do.
16. GameCube Controller Support
Fireware update 4.0.0 added some much-needed features to the Switch when it dropped in October 2017 but one that nobody was expecting was support for GameCube controllers. Somewhat bizarrely, Nintendo never even intended to add GameCube controller support, with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime explaining that it was a surprise discovery brought about by another system feature that enables third-party peripheral support. The controllers will actually work with most games on the Switch but the caveat is that you have to have an adapter to make it all work. The good news is that while Nintendo no longer manufactures the Wii U controller adapter that allowed for GameCube controllers to be connected, there are a variety of third-party options available. Much like with official Switch controllers, all you need to do is hit the L and R buttons on the GameCube pads to register them with the console and you’re set.