We all know how hard they are to get hold of, but Nintendo of America has reiterated that both the GameCube Adapter and the Super Smash Bros GameCube controller are still in production. The spokesperson says that consumers need to contact stores to see if they have any in stock, but Nintendo is still distributing them. Hopefully there will be an abundance of them after Christmas.
One of the readers has written in to say that he’s had a good talk with one of the managers at EB Games in Canada and has discussed with him why the GameCube adapters are so hard to come by. The manager said that it’s because PDP, the producers of the GameCube-styled Wired Fight Pad, are annoyed with Nintendo for advertising the adapter as the only way to play with a Gamecube controller, despite the fightpad being an officially licensed product. This is only a rumour and it could come down to the fact that Nintendo failed to anticipate the demand. Either way, it’s extremely interesting.
NeoGAF forums members are reporting that they’ve received emails from Amazon UK and ShopTo informing them that the Nintendo GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros Edition is being delayed until sometime next week. It appears as though it’s just the controller, not the actual game, that’s the issue. Sounds like Nintendo UK didn’t correctly estimate demand for the controller.
We’ve already learned that the GameCube adapter for Super Smash Bros Wii U is in short supply in the United States and Canada, now EB Games Canada says that Nintendo Canada have stopped producing them for some unknown reason. You may have noticed that the GameCube adapters were back in stock on Amazon.com earlier today, but now they’re out of stock or available at a pretty price from a seller.
Peripheral manufacturer Hori has created an adorable Pikachu themed GameCube fight pad for the upcoming Super Smash Bros on the Wii U. Unfortunately to use it you need to plug it into your Wii Remote. However, it does come equipped with a rather handy turbo function that comes in three speed settings. If you are interested in importing then you can grab the Pikachu Hori Classic Controller for 3,434 yen.
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A single Wii U console can connect to two Nintendo GameCube controller adapters simultaneously. This feature is supported by Super Smash Bros. for Wii U’s recently-revealed 8-player Smash mode, which lets eight players fight at the same time in local multiplayer matches. The adapter will launch alongside the Wii U version of the fighting title on November 21st. Nintendo is also planning to release a bundle that includes the game, one GameCube controller and an adapter.
Peripheral manufacturer PDP has added four new fight pad controllers based on iconic Nintendo characters, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus and Wario. The controllers are GameCube style Wii Classic Controllers and join the previously announced Mario, Peach, and Yoshi designed ones. You can purchase a fight pad for $25.
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