Nintendo Switch Update 4.0 officially rolled out on October 21st giving Switch owners a bevy of key new features. Among them a transfer data function, wireless headphone support, and video capture support. The one feature that probably stands out the most is update 4.0 allowing Gamecube controller support for both the docked console and handheld version.
Now, why would that be such a big deal you ask? The last time Nintendo gave new life to the Gamecube’s popular controller, we were blessed with Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. So does that mean there is Nintendo Switch version on the way?
One can only hope.
In order to use the controllers, you will need the special adapter that was released for the Wii U.
The adapter is plugged into the Switch dock, then you pair them in the settings menu by pressing the L and R buttons. Now as good as this news is the only downside to using the controllers is the lack of a Z button no home button. This will make navigating back to the Switch’s home page quite tricky.
If you can look past that, the option to use Gamecube controllers is a wonderful option to have especially if you have a bunch of them just collecting dust.
Here are some other features the update includes:
New profile icons featuring characters from the Super Mario Odyssey™ game and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game (check out all the mustaches).
The ability to transfer user profiles and save data to another Nintendo Switch system. You can find this feature in System Settings –> Users –> Transfer Your User and Save Data.
A pre-purchase option is available for certain games on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch. This option also lets you pre-load the digital version of a game to your device, so you can play right away when the game is released. (The pre-downloaded game won’t be playable until its official launch.)
Additional adjustments and features for a more pleasant user experience.
For more details on update 4.0 head to Nintendo and continue to keep your fingers crossed for a new Switch version of Super Smash Brothers.