Back on E3, Nintendo announced that it would bring back the classic GameCube Controller for the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December. But Nintendo will not be the only company with a new retro checker this year, with Hori announcing its own, officially licensed GameCube Style Controls for Switch.
Unlike Nintendo's forthcoming reprint, which is original GameCube Controllers through and to, down to the proprietary connector at the end (you need a USB adapter to use them with the switch), Hori's Controllers – Officially Classic Controller for Nintendo Switch ̵
The boss among these changes is the addition of several new buttons for the switch that just was not around in the GameCube era. Hori has added the +, -, Home and Screenshot buttons to the middle where the start button used to be (along with a quick-fire button that can be configured to press a button five, 10 or 20 times per second). The triggers have also been transformed – away, the Z button on the right side, and the large concatenating, in favor of dual L / ZL and R / ZR buttons similar to Joy-Cons and Switch Pro Controller. Users will also be able to resize the R / L and ZR / ZL functions between the front and rear gears as they wish.
Instead of Nintendo's proprietary GameCube plug, Hori controls use standard USB Type A ports, but given that Switch Dock only offers three USB ports, you may need to purchase a USB hub to play with more controls. Finally, and at a purely cosmetic level, Hori adds some textured grips and a little different font for the buttons, along with Mario, Zelda and Pikachu stylized colors.
The big – yet unanswered question is whether Hori gamepads will live up to Nintendo's quality with regard to the hardware itself. Hori has a good reputation in the control world, which, along with the official Nintendo approval and the fact that Hori has already created similar GameCube style controllers for Wii U, is encouraging. But to the players get the chance to try the controls personally and see how the buttons and pins actually feel like using, we do not know for sure.
Hori Classic Controller for Nintendo Switch is set to release once in October for 2,980 yen (about $ 27), although the company has not announced any US release plans yet.