Play Super Smash Bros. 3DS with a GameCube controller with this open-source mod; now supports C-stick Smash attacks

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • October 8, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. PDT

If you've gotten KO'ed one too many times in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS due to a mistaken input -- like getting a forward+B special to come out when the one you wanted was actually the up+B move -- then this video will surely be a sight for your sore eyes (and thumbs).

Modder dekuNukem has come up with a Nintendo 3DS hardware mode that will let you use a GameCube controller with it -- as well as all the documentation you need to do it yourself, if you're no stranger to assembling your own circuit boards (he is also accepting a limited number of orders for send-in modifications and pre-assembled circuit boards).

Before you go worrying about how you're going to put it altogether, first take a look at what the mod can do for you -- it even supports a feature that the old 3DS won't even support!
Essentially, you're installing a custom circuit board onto the back of the 3DS (or 3DS XL) unit that would let a GameCube controller be plugged into it. dekuNukem claims that even after having the mod installed, the 3DS is still a perfectly portable device, when the GC controller has been detached.

There is a bit of an input latency from the GameCube controller with this mod. But it's as little as 0.00083 seconds, which should not affect gameplay.

If you're interested in setting up the hardware mod for yourself, or in contacting dekuNukem directly to see if he might be able to accept an order for a send-in modification or pre-assembled circuit board for the hack, you can find the full details in the description section of his video here.

Video from dekuNukem. Via TechCrunch and Kotaku.
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