Modder creates GameCube Joy-Cons to play Smash Bros. Ultimate

Jan 13 2020 2 min read

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Gamers aren't just particular about the games they play but also the controllers they use to do it. For Super Smash Bros. fans, there's only one controller to rule them all. 

Traditional fighting game fans have debated for years over which is superior, the fightstick or control pad. For Smash players there's just one option and that's the GameCube controller with its weird shapes and bright colors. Any other is just a half measure. 

Super Smash Bros. Melee was released in 2001 for the GameCube. Almost two decades later, the game is still being played both competitively and casually. So no wonder many fans can't see themselves playing Smash any other way. 

Since the Switch launched, Nintendo and third-parties have provided different alternatives for those interested in using a GameCube controller on the hybrid console. They range from adapters connecting original controllers to wireless replicas. However, there's never been a way to play Smash with GameCube controllers in handheld mode on your Nintendo Switch. Until now. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan and modder, Shank Mods has created his very own GameCube Joy-Cons. Built from a Nintendo GameCube Wavebird controller shell because the regular one is a bit on the small side, Shank Mods stripped two Joy-Cons and placed them in the controller shells to create his masterpieces. 

After stripping his Joy-Cons, Shank Mods had to cut the GameCube controller shell in half, 3D-print parts of his own design, and make room for the Switch's unique buttons. Even the joysticks in his controllers can be used as buttons by clicking them in as you would do with most modern control pads. 

It's a marvel that he was able to create his own GameCube Joy-Cons without compromising any functionality. Especially since the job seems so professional. Looking at them, you might wonder what's Nintendo's excuse for not making theirs since the Switch launched. We may never find out. 


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