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PowerA Wireless GameCube Style Controller for Nintendo Switch - Purple
- The preferred gamepad for Super smash Bros; Ultimate
- Wireless freedom using Bluetooth 5.0
- Motion controls and system buttons added for compatibility across all Nintendo Switch games
- Classic Game Cube design plus larger d pad and added left shoulder button; Includes player indicator and low battery warning LED
- Includes 2 AA batteries for up to 30 hours of gameplay; Official licensed product with 2 year limited warranty
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PowerA GameCube Style Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch - Purple
GameCube style controllers are widely considered the preferred way to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Pull off precise attacks using octagonal gated sticks, larger A button, and nostalgic muscle memory on this officially licensed Bluetooth wireless controller for Nintendo Switch. The original GameCube design has been improved with larger shoulder buttons and D-pad, plus added left shoulder and system buttons for compatibility across all Nintendo Switch games*. Enjoy up to 30 hours of gameplay with two new AA alkaline batteries**.
* Can be used when Nintendo Switch is docked or undocked. Does not support HD rumble, IR, or Amiibo NFC ** Other variables affect play-time
PowerA Wireless controllers free you from being tethered to the console and provide a tangle free gaming experience. Our design is built for comfort during extended gaming sessions using high quality materials. Enjoy up to 30 hours of gameplay with two new AA alkaline batteries**.
- • The preferred gamepad for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- • Wireless freedom using Bluetooth 5.0
- • Classic GameCube design plus larger D-pad and added left shoulder button
- • Motion controls and system buttons added for compatibility across all Nintendo Switch games*
- • Player indicator and low battery warning LED
- • Includes two AA batteries for up to 30 hours of gameplay**
- • Officially licensed for Nintendo Switch
- • Octagonal gated analog left stick and C-stick
PowerA Quality Promise
At PowerA, our controllers are designed by passionate gamers. Our team has over two decades of experience in the gaming industry designing across all platforms. You will be amazed at the features and quality built into this controller. Finally, you can trust PowerA products to perform since we back our products for 2 years.
Official Licensed Product
This PowerA Controller is officially licensed for Nintendo Switch. Always look for this seal when buying video game accessories as confirmation that the product has gone thru Nintendo’s rigorous testing and evaluation process. Products that do not carry this seal may not work at all with your Nintendo system or may have compatibility issues with certain games.
Gaming is better together
Nintendo Switch allows up to eight controller connections in docked mode, or you can link up to eight systems together to play in tabletop mode. Compared to Joy-Con controllers, Enhanced Wireless Controllers offer improved accuracy and comfort plus larger buttons. Now that you have a more affordable wireless option available in a variety of colors and designs, pick up one or more, gather your friends, and share the fun.
Game cube style controllers are widely considered the preferred way to play super smash Bros. Ultimate. Pull off precise attacks using octagonal gated sticks, larger a button, and nostalgic muscle memory on this officially licensed Bluetooth wireless controller for Nintendo switch. The original game cube design has been improved with larger shoulder buttons and d-pad, plus added left shoulder and system buttons for compatibility across all Nintendo switch games. Enjoy up to 30 hours of game-play with two new AA alkaline batteries (other variables affect playtime). Can be used when Nintendo switch is docked or undocked. Does not support HD rumble, IR, or amiibo NFC.
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·It's recognized by the system as a pro controller instead of a GameCube controller, and has all the extra buttons you need to use it with any game on the switch!
·Same motion control functionality as a pro controller.
·Feels perfect in the hands, just the right amount of weight.
·Face buttons and joysticks feel identical to the original.
·Much better d-pad compared to the original GameCube controller!
The really bad:
·This is the big one. Triggers are not analog, and despite the item descriptions claim at being the best option for smash, the lack of analog simply makes this controller obsolete when it comes to playing smash seriously(very dissapointing, PowerA!)
·Non rechargable batteries in 2018? I could live without it IF it had analog triggers, but this just feels like excessive corner cutting.
·Zero rumble functionality on a $50 controller, again it's 2018 guys.
·Lack of built in battery means no USB port for any PC use, unlike the regular pro controller(not massive but still!)
Is it terrible? No. Is it worth the $50 price tag? No.
This is a seriously missed opportunity that just fails due to poor design choices likely in favor of cutting corners. I would honestly give this 5 stars if it had analog triggers and just ignore all the other flaws, but without them this barely justifies being worth half it's retail price(likely due to it being officially licensed, the price of that is pushed onto you.)
I would honestly pay upwards of $100 for a proper functioning GameCube styled controller updated for a modern era, but this just isn't it.
That being said, I like this controller! It feels pretty similar to the regular gamecube controller, while heavier at the same time! Works pretty well with ultimate, and its nice to have a controller that feels like a gamecube controller, but is useable in other switch games!
I only have a few gripes with this controller
1. HD rumble/rumble support would have been nice. I personally don't care much for an NFC reader/writer, but Idk, it just felt nice having rumble.
2. Batteries. Not a huge issue if you have rechargeable ones (which aren't too expensive), but it would have been nice.
3. The ZR trigger feels...off for some reason. It's harder to click into compared to the ZL trigger. Not a deal breaker, but it would be nice not to have this issue.
The feel of this controller just doesn’t feel like a GameCube controller. I spent a lot of time watching reviews of this controller and everyone said that it feels genuine, so I was surprised when I got it in my hand. I’ll see how it feels with Smash.
Smash brothers release is just around the corner, this should not be the sidearm that you take into battle.
When you attempt to do so, two things happen.
- You are not able to use the "Test" feature to try out the settings you just changed
- While you are able to change the settings on this screen, when you go into actual gameplay, they will not be implemented. (Note: this is not a "forgetting to hit save" issue either. Even after hitting save with new settings, the changes aren't recognized by the controller."
If you have any intention on changing any controller settings, AVOID THIS CONTROLLER.
Controller also feels cheap compared to previous WaveBirds and wired gamecube controllers.
Really disappointing to put in the new smash for the first time to have the $50 controller I ordered months in advance not work.
Top reviews from other countries
The control stick feels pretty similar in weight to that of my Smash 4 GC controller, and slightly tighter than my original run and Panasonic Q controllers, and feels good to use in Smash. The physical deadzone is pretty tight as well, comparable again to my Smash 4. The stick box seems to use a more modern design; a regular GC controller's sticks tend to list toward the cardinal directions. You can feel slight clunks if you spin the sticks around at 50% tilt. Like modern controllers, the sticks of the Power A is much more smooth until you reach the octagonal gate. Overall, the sticks feel very solid, and work well in Smash.
The d pad is noticably larger than that of a regular GC, which I believe used the same d pad as the GBA. it's still somewhat awkwardly placed and I wouldn't recommend it for 2D games, but testing it out in Tetris it's a definite improvement on the original. Though to be honest, while it's a little awkward, NSMBUDx plays decently well with the d pad, definitely better than an official Switch Pro, which has a weirdly-balanced d pad.
The face buttons are placed right where your muscle memory will expect them, though the X and Y buttons are slightly higher the further away from the A button. The buttons are also less spongey and require a little more force to push down, parthaps a tad more than an Xbox One's face buttons. This will be preference, but I feel like the slightly tougher X and Y buttons make it a tad easier to hit shorthops in Smash Ultimate. I did start missing X > A and Y > A rising aerials to begin with, but I think I was just adjusting, being used to the lighter face buttons of the originals.
The shoulder buttons have different names to an original GC controller, where the blue bumpers are L and R and the grey triggers are ZL and ZR, but for uniformity I'll call the bumpers and triggers. The bumpers are larger than the one on a GC, and is much easier to use. They're also no longer hinged, so you press anywhere on it and it'll click in, all-round improvement.
The triggers of an original GC was split into two parts, the analogue press and the digital click at the end. The Switch doesn't register analogue shoulders, so this has been changed. The triggers are slightly smaller overall, but similarly shaped, and work very well once you get used to them. There is a small amount of give before they bottom out and click. This give is just to replicate the feel of the original, and it doesn't register until the click, but the give is actually very small, turning the triggers into reasonably digital shoulder buttons. I would have preferred it if there were no give at all like a Switch Pro, but in practice it's still an improvement on the original GC for the purposes of Smash Ultimate. I've been able to use ZR and Y for shorthopping, which I can't reliably do with a GC's R and Y due to the extra travel. Better than GC (which is Smash registers the analogue press a short way down), but still could have been better. Not cracked this bad boy open yet but you might be able to remove the springs, which should make this a non-issue.
The extra buttons do what they're supposed to, and it's nice have the Home buttom and - button, but I keep accidentally hitting the screenshot button because I often use my left thumb for Star/Pause on a GC.
Overall, a very good controller for Smash, and has everything you need to play any other Switch Pro-compatible games. Have motion as well, but I haven't fully tested that.
- Wireless for home use
- Far superior d pad
- All Switch Pro buttons and features
- Sticks all feel solid
- Great build quality for a third party
- Better shoulder buttons than GC (in terms of Switch games)
- Battery powered, so you never need to tether it with a cable
- Ergonomically feels very close to a GC controller, more so than any third party I've used.
- Wireless, so can't plug it in to PC, and may have issues in tournament legality and with large groups
- No rumble
- Battery powered, so you have to faff around with batteries
- The ZL and ZR triggers have a short travel distance before they click.
- Face buttons are a bit stiff. I don't mind, but it may throw you.
Overall I'm extremely pleased with this controller.
Zu Beginn war alles in Ordnung, aber lange gehalten hat der Controller leider nicht. Für die Qualität kann ich leider nur einen Stern vergeben ...
Then the C-stick began tilting upwards. I thought this was some fluke and tried restarting the system, unplugging and replugging the controller itself, went to the Switch's settings to recalibrate the controller (as of this writing you cannot recalibrate these controllers through the Switch). Then within another month of buying the second controller the same thing happened to that one! The controllers are literally unusable as it will put in inputs you do not want. It's the first time I ever bought anything from this company and I was initially pleased to see a full-on recreation of a controller I loved using when I was a teenager. But this recreation is a pile of junk. Please save your money and buy a full-fledged Nintendo first-party product instead - at least you'll get a manufacturer's guarantee of return within a year if a Nintendo controller goes buggy.
I was annoyed to find that the wired official smash GameCube controller didn’t come with the option to return to the switch home screen. So I bought this in its place. A great decision.
It’s frustrating that Nintendo are still churning out so many wired controllers... and if you want wireless you do have to pay the odds for it.
The controller itself isn’t just limited to smash either which is also great IMO.
I’d definitely recommend this.