Modder creates Gamecube controller Joy-Cons for Nintendo Switch to better play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the go

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 13, 2020 at 7:04 a.m. PST | Comments: 14

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the biggest titles on the Nintendo Switch right now. Despite its massive popularity and support, and the plethora of different controllers you can use to play it, there still does not officially exist one controller type that hardcore Smash Bros. fans would love to get their hands on: a set of Gamecube-style Joy-Cons.

When a company doesn't put out a product people want, the people typically make it themselves, and such is the case for modder and avid Smash Bros. Ultimate player Shank Mods who designed and created a set of Joy-Cons built from a Nintendo Gamecube Wavebird.

Shank notes that since the announcement of the Nintendo Switch back in 2016, the idea for a Gamecube-style set of Joy-Cons was already in mind. After several years, the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a re-release of Gamecube-style controllers, and no official Gamecube Joy-Cons from Nintendo, it was time to begin the project.

These Joy-Cons were created by stripping down two regular Joy-Cons, grabbing the parts, and putting them into an actual Gamecube controller shell. Because the standard controller size is a bit too small, however, Shank opted to use the larger, wireless Wavebird shell to complete the mod.

The process definitely wasn't a simple drop-in and re-wire, as Shank was required to cut the shell in half for each individual piece, create several 3D-printed parts, put in additional buttons for the Switch's Plus, Minus, Home, and Share options, and even made the two joysticks click as modern consoles do.

When all was said and done, Shank built two Gamecube-style Joy-Cons with all of the functions and features a standard set has. The process was undoubtedly challenging, so we can only hope Nintendo creates an official set and releases them to the rest of us.

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