With the highly anticipated release of “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (December 7, 2018), hardcore fans of the series are dusting off their weapon of choice for the game (especially when it comes to competitive multiplayer): non-other than the 17-year old Gamecube controller.
Patrick Hess apparently wasn’t happy with the official 4-port Gamecube controller adapter released for the Switch that’s why he opted for a more extreme solution: an 8-port Gamecube controller adapter.
The innards consist of: 2 Gamecube controller to Wii U 4-port adapter boards and a 4-port USB hub receiving 2 cables from each separate board. This beast of a converter (reminiscent of a “Saturn Bomberman” setup) only takes up one USB port on the console (I’m assuming an external power supply is required to power the hub).
The 3D printed case has a clean OEM look to it. Hess also uploaded his printable 3D design files on thingiverse. (A use of a 3D printer with PVA support is highly recommended by Hess).
Patrick only tested his converter on the Wii U for now and it works perfectly fine. He believes that it should perform equally as good on the Switch.
Nintendo also recently released a Gamecube controller (that’s of course compatible with the original Cube) with the Smash logo stamped on it, and it looks very similar to the one they released a few years ago for the Wii U version of Smash.
Hooray for the immortal Gamecube controller!
Original article about the converter: https://hackaday.com/2018/11/02/eight-player-gamecube-adapter-is-ready-for-smash/
3D printable files and information: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3180023