8Bitdo Gbros. Wireless Adapter for Nintendo Switch (Works with Wired Gamecube & Classic Edition Controllers) - Nintendo Switch
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- Play your Switch with your original wired controllers like Gamecube, NES, SNES, SFC Classic Edition and Wii Classic.
- GBros. connects your original wired Gamecube controller to your Switch just like a Wiimote. It even has built in home and screenshot buttons.
- GBros. has a built in toggle that allows you to connect to your Switch and X-input capable software on Windows.
- Requires two AA batteries for 30 hours of gameplay time (not included, sold separately)
- Includes: GBros. Adapter, Cable band, USB Cable and manual
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Connect any wired GameCube or classic Edition Controller to this adapter and you can wirelessly pair it to Nintendo Switch. Distance 6 to 10 meter.
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The seller did say for "original game cube wired controller" sure. But maybe a warning about the new style
Amazing for on the go/portable gaming too... simply plug it into your switch.
*MAKE SURE YOU UPDATE ITS FIRMWARE FROM 8bitdo's website!
*If want to use GBros via USB, please make sure "Pro Controller Wired Communication" is setting ON at Switch System Settings-->Controllers and Sensors menu.
The only annoyance is due to the fact that it's powered by two AA batteries which deliver only around 30 hours of use... I mean seriously it's 2018 and lithium is common. A rechargeable battery would have been very nice.
As soon as I tested it out, I was amazed. It has no input lag whatsoever. It feels like it's plugged in directly to the Switch! This alone blows my mind.
To top it all off, it is also compatible with PC.
This is my first ever 8BitDo product and I can say with certainty that I will be buying from them again in the future.
Buy this. You will NOT be disappointed.
Update 12/11/18: I’ve since tested it further with the SNES and NES classics controllers. It works great with these as well. The NES one in particular is perfect for the NES games that are now included with Nintendo’s online service.
10/10 would and will buy again. Thank you 8bitdo, keep doing what you are doing because it is GREAT!!!!
*IMPORTANT UPDATE FIRMWARE*
The device I got was on FW 2.0 and the current firmware on their site is 2.12.
I suggest updating because pre update I was having stick drift anytime the port was bumped in the slightest manner.
Previously, my only complaint was that the L/R buttons didn't trigger until the digital press when playing on a Switch, but the latest firmware has fixed that (as 8bitdo commented below), so now it works just like the wired USB adapter. Excellent! Tey've fixed my sole complaint, I'm happy to update this review to 5 stars!
Now... hhow about a rechargeable battery for a V2?
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EDIT: Thanks to the comments I found out there was a firmware update that adds analog trigger functionality. Works great for smash now.
First the good:
- The G Bros works absolutely flawlessly and with absolutely no input lag.
- The latest firmware update (available from the official website) resolves the ability to use the triggers in analogue mode, which as a previous reviewer points out is an essential feature for a Gamecube controller.
Now the challenges:
- This device doesn't seem to play well with other pads, or indeed itself. I bought two of these devices, intending to use them together. The first connected like a dream, but the second wasn't registering at all. My assumption was that the second was faulty, but after trying it on a fresh PC it worked fine. In addition, I had a cheap USB pad connected to a third PC. Connecting my G Bros to that PC didn't work at all. There's some underlying issue here with how the pad talks to the PC and registers itself, but I will need to do some more digging to understand exactly what.
- X-Input. In order to use the device with a PC it uses X-Input. This is an API (Application Interface) developed by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 controller. This means that the device basically tells the PC it's an Xbox controller. This works great with something that uses X-Input natively (such as Steam), but with other third party gaming software it struggles to interface properly. A solution to this is to map the controller buttons to keyboard keys (something that X-Input supports), but see below why that isn't currently possible.
- Software. It's pretty clear at this moment that 8bitdo's software offering isn't ready for the G Bros. There are two key pieces of software here. 1. The Firmware Updater. This is used to easily update the firmware on the G Bros (see above, this is essential from the second you receive the device). Unfortunately it doesn't yet support the G Bros, requiring you to update the firmware using another hashed together interface. My Avast antivirus picked this up as a potential virus (it isn't) and blocked it, meaning I had to turn off my whole antivirus for 10 mins just to install it. Basically a massive faff and will be intimidating if you haven't updated firmware before. 2. X-Input Key Mapper. This allows you to map the Gamecube controller to keys on the keyboard, allowing you to use non-X-Input native gaming applications. Unfortunately after downloading the software and running it I was presented with a blank screen, which suggests it doesn't yet support the G Bros.
- Bluetooth 4.0. This is less of a concern as 8bitdo are very up front in warning about this. If you don't have Bluetooth version 4.0 on your PC, then expect to require a new dongle. I ran this on a PC with less than Bluetooth 4.0 and it was far too laggy to use.
All in all, this is still a great adapter. It allows the wireless connection of Gamecube controllers, which is great especially if you don't want to buy a 10 year old Wavebird or one of the modern cheap knock-offs. If you're planning to use it for Smash Bros on the Switch then great, but if you want to use it for PC be aware that 8bitdo need to do some serious work updating their software offering, along with a couple of firmware updates, before this is going to do anything less than make you want to throw it against the wall.
It's a nice touch that they include a cable tidy, as you'll find you have way too much cable once you are using your GameCube controller wirelessly.
Set-up on both a Switch and a PC (for use with Dolphin) was quick and flawless.
Worth noting though: it's impossible to insert a WaveBird receiver into the unit, it simply doesn't fit. Wired GC controllers only. It doesn't seem to report any analog on L & R, only the digital click at the end. It doesn't support rumble either and Dolphin could not find it trigger the rumble motors on the latest version. Also, the radius on the control sticks on dolphin need to be reduced to about 78, but that's no biggie.
All in all, this is a really, really good solution for using a GC controller for emulation and Smash on switch. If you only want to be able to attach one controller wirelessly to the switch though (and aren't bothered about dolphin), I'd recommend the PowerA wireless GameCube controller for Switch over this.
After using this for a few sessions of Smash Ultimate, I'd rate this product quite highly. If there's any added input lag from using it, it's not noticeable when compared to using a wired adapter. It's also easy to use - setup takes a minute at most.
Something quite important to note, however, is that the converter won't register an L or R press until they're pressed all the way down - there's no input from the analogue part of the trigger press.
If you don't mind this, then there really aren't any major flaws with the product apart from not coming with batteries, so it's the best option for using a GameCube controller when undocked without resorting to a USB-C hub to lug around with you.
EDIT: Update the firmware on the 8BitDo website, and the analogue triggers will be supported. That's all I need to push this to a five-star product. Great stuff!
I use this with Dolphin, connects straight away, no problems. Make sure to update the dongle to the latest firmware.
With the Wii connection on the other side of this dongle it means you can use Wii controllers. But, what I do is, get a PS2 to Wii connection and connect my PS1/2 controller via this and play my PS1/2 games on PC with original controllers. Its a work around, but it works for me. And I love my White PS1 controller.
Hope they make one of these for the PlayStation controller in the future....