GameStop has once again begun selling refurbished GameCube consoles for those looking to go on a nostalgia trip. A refurbished GameCube will set you back a mere $20 and will be available from the retailer for as long as stock lasts. GameStop will also be selling a variety of GameCube games and accessories.
Loopy from the 3DS Capture forums has created a rather impressive Gamecube to Nintendo 3DS controller modification. As you can see from the video Nintendo 3DS titles are playable with the beloved GameCube controller. Loopy says that the GameCube analog stick is mapped to the Nintendo 3DS d-pad. C-stick also goes to Y/X/B/A.
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US retailer Best Buy currently have the GameCube adapter up for pre-order. What is interesting is that the retailer claims that the device can be used for games other than Super Smash Bros. Nintendo has yet to announce any other titles that will support the peripheral, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt using it for other games.
“Play your favorite Wii U games with the controller experience you know and love using this GameCube Controller Adapter. Bash your way through new and exciting titles with your GameCube controller, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Make it a party by connecting up to four original GameCube or WaveBird controllers, so your friends can get in on the fun. It’s time to unleash your classic moves on a new generation of games.”
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Nintendo of America has confirmed via Twitter that Super Smash Bros on the Wii U will be playable with the beloved Gamecube controller. Judging from the image provided it looks as though the Gamecube controller will plug into the Wii U using an extension block. Super Smash Bros Wii U is due for release this winter.
PDP, the leading third-party manufacturer of video game accessories. has announced that they have partnered with Nintendo to release a number of GameCube inspired controllers to coincide with the launch of Super Smash Bros on Wii U. The new line of controllers are wired and plug directly into the Wii Remote External Extension Connector. The Wired Fight Pad for Wii U will also feature iconic Nintendo characters and will retail for $24.99.
Nintendo World Report has put together an interesting feature comparing Nintendo home console sales from their second March on the market. It makes dismissal reading for the Wii U which saw the under performing GameCube sell double the amount of units that Wii U has during the same time frame.
Sales from the Wii U, Wii, and GameCube from their second March on the market:
- Wii U (March 2014) – 70,000
- Wii (March 2008) – 721,000
- GameCube (March 2003) – 165,000
Taking it a step further, here’s where each of those three systems were at sales-wise overall at those same points:
- Wii U – Between 5 and 6 million units worldwide as of March 2014
- Wii – About 25 million units worldwide as of March 2008
- GameCube – About 9.5 million units worldwide as of March 2003 (Update from NWR: We originally had 14.5 million units for GameCube but we were mistaken. Thanks to all who pointed out the correction.)
Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma has revealed that he wasn’t a fan of the original Legend of Zelda tech demo for the Gamecube. Aonuma says he saw the demonstration and automatically thought it wasn’t the Zelda that he knew and loved. He concluded by saying that it didn’t contain any interesting surprises and it basically looked like a revised scene from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
“I saw that movie and I thought, ‘No, this isn’t Zelda. This isn’t Zelda at all.” I felt like this wasn’t what I imagined Zelda to be. It wasn’t the Zelda I wanted to make. That video clip didn’t actually contain any big surprises. There wasn’t any kind of revelation going on. It was more like a continuation of the previous version.”To me at the time, I say, it looked like a scene from Ocarina of Time, but better looking. “Yeah,” he smiles. “That’s right. I wasn’t interested in it at all.”