How do I set up a GameCube controller with my Switch?

George Jones

Founder of the Sharknado Clan, formed 2015
I heard that you can set up a GameCube controller with a Switch, but how do you do it?

John Doe

Ace Ice Cream Salesman...?
technically it's not officially supported by nintendo yet (probably will be when smash ultimate drops) but basically i think all you need to do is just use the wii u gamecube adapter and plug it into your dock

Doctor Healmore

Shine Sprite
Poll Committee
First, you need that GameCube controller adapter originally designed for Wii U. If you don't have that adapter, Nintendo will be re-releasing it in December.

Plug that adapter into the Nintendo Switch Dock, and plug your GameCube controller into it. Go to the "add controller" screen and press L and R simultaneously to pair it. It will tell you that a USB controller is connected.

Button mapping is a bit odd and ZR functions are unusable, but if you can live with that, you have yourself a new controller for your Switch.