Since Super Smash Bros was first released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64, it has come a long way. With each new iteration of the game, new characters and new adventures are introduced. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces a new batch of fighters that are capable of performing even greater actions.
Therefore, when Min Min from Arms is added, it is a good idea to consider the controller with which you are utilizing to master her unique, two-armed fighting style.
It may be a better idea to focus on controlling each arm independently with the A and B buttons rather than using a combination of smashes and special attacks. However, if you do not possess the appropriate controller, it may cost you the match.
Regardless of whether you’re using a character with a unique fighting style such as Min Min, it takes some serious finesse to play at a high level in Super Smash Bros. with just about any controller supported by your Nintendo Switch. When using a controller that is not of high quality, it may be difficult to manage all of those actions.
When it comes to mastering new moves, speeding up your combos, or improving comfort through long play sessions, a good Smash Bros. Controller is extremely helpful. We’ve tested a number of options, and selected those that are ready for the task. You might want to try out legacy controllers from the GameCube or Nintendo 64.
10 Best Gamecube Controllers for Smash Reviews:
1. Nintendo Game Cube Controller Super Smash
It’s hard to deny that we love a good throwback. Since Melee, there has not yet been a better Super Smash Brothers controller. And at less than $50, it remains fairly affordable. Since a good portion of the moves in Smash Brothers were designed with the classic GameCube gamepad in mind, the classic GameCube gamepad is well designed for the game.
In addition to the prominent A button, the C-stick hangs out of the way until you need it to perform a directional attack or have difficulty switching directions on the left stick. Never mind how easy it is to roll off the A button and hit either the X or the Y for a quick jump to get right over your opponent’s head when it comes to special attacks. The B key reminds us that special attacks are indeed special and not spam.
There are a few issues with the GameCube controller. The triggers are a little deeper and the Z button is a little squishy, but most of us have developed strategies to compensate for these shortcomings. Nintendo Switch cannot be directly plugged into, but you can use a simple and affordable adapter to get started. If you consider that you get low-latency wireless connections for up to four controllers, are not concerned about battery life, and can use the GameCube controllers you have used for 20 years, it’s a small price to pay.
2. PDP Wired Fight Pad Pro
You understand — not everyone feels like spending a significant amount of money on a controller that has been around for over two decades and requires a special adapter just to plug into your Switch. In order to solve this issue, PDP offers the Wired Fight Pad Pro. Although it is slightly upgraded from the GameCube controller, the price has been lowered to $25.
By using this wired connection, latency and battery life are not a concern, and you can play on the couch while enjoying the game.
Several changes have been made to the original PDP controller, including the addition of an extra Z button on the left shoulder, which allows you to perform grabs and dodges in the air with greater ease. In addition to providing ample space for your fingers, the triggers offer a nice groove in which to rest them.
Fight Pad Pro’s taller, swappable C-stick option is a perfect match for the left thumbstick if you never quite fell in love with the tiny C-stick on the GameCube controller. However, the controller may be slightly noisy, but not as loud as our shouts when an opponent ledge guards us.
3. Nintendo Joy-Cons
You already own a Nintendo Switch, so you already own a pair of joy-cons. When you attach them to a joy-con grip – our favorite is the Satisfye ZenGrip Pro – they make a surprisingly effective controller for all types of games, including Smash.
Although its small buttons may not inspire much confidence, they are surprisingly responsive. The thumbsticks and triggers are small and are difficult to master if you have a large hand.
You fall apart even more when you must use just one joy-con to play the game. The bumpers/triggers are mushy, and the buttons are finger-crampingly close together. But worst of all, a single joy-con has limited buttons. Nintendo has remedied this by mapping grab to SL and shield to SR.
It works, but you won’t be super competitive with this setup. Of course, if you are unable to find alternatives, it will still be a fun way to get in some casual two-player action. Joy-Con controllers won’t be everyone’s first choice. They are, however, more comfortable and easier to use with a Joy-Con grip.
4. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
It is a good option if you are not a GameCube diehard. In terms of design and build quality, it is arguably the most premium-feeling controller on this list. Nintendo’s $70 controller is heavy in the right way and offers rumble, a feature that is sorely lacking in the PDP and Hori controllers.
Unlike the GameCube controller, the uniform A, B, X, and Y buttons do not promote the A button, while the thumbsticks snap back quickly. The shallow click of the digital triggers is ideal for quick air dashing or rolling. You do not get a C-Stick, but its secondary stick is comfortable and tall enough to easily hit from side to side — just as the PDP’s attachable version is.
A wired controller, however, is a better choice for tournament players. Any wired controller has less latency than a wireless controller. For those who prefer a wireless controller but have not invested hundreds of hours in a GameCube controller, the Switch Pro may be your best choice. While it is versatile and feature-rich, it may prove problematic at high levels of play because of its latency.
5. PowerA Fusion Pro Wireless Controller
In comparison to the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, the PowerA Fusion Pro Wireless Controller is unmatched. The device is a bit bulky, but it is also accommodating with large grips, magnets for attaching components, and 20 hours of battery life via Bluetooth. A wired connection is also available. It is also pretty affordable, priced at just $65.
In contrast to analog buttons, the controller’s ZR and ZL buttons are digital and therefore have a shorter travel time. As a result of the control’s quick actuation, Smash Bros. players will be able to activate their shield much more quickly. However, it is a perfect companion for all Switch titles.
You can change both the faceplate and thumbsticks on this highly customizable controller, and it also has a handy trick on the backside: four paddle controls that mirror the front controls.
With your thumbs remaining in position on the analog sticks, you can perform easy actions. If you find those back paddles hindering your play, you can always remove them. It is even possible to rotate the analog sticks smoothly using the anti-friction rings on the swappable faceplates.
6. Nintendo 64 Controller
Super Smash Bros. really got its start on the N64 back in the last millennium, so if you’re looking for a true, classic throwback Smash experience while playing Smash Bros., the GameCube controller is a great choice.
Unless you want to play for hours on end, the Nintendo 64 Controller is the only way to go. Nintendo has brought back this icon with a few updates, but you still get that 1999 feeling.
It’s no longer necessary to fiddle with clunky accessories to get the N64 controller to work with the Switch, since the controller connects wirelessly like any other controller for the console. As well as adding menu navigation buttons, the controller provides other useful features.
For the most part, you get all the controls you need to smash away in a classic style. To remain true to the theme, it is advised that you use one of the eight original characters, cough Pikachu. In addition to not having X or Y buttons, you can remap your controls so that a C button is used for jump or you can simply use up on the thumbstick. You also have built-in rumble, so you do not need an expansion set. You have no excuse for rematches now that no one can trip over the cable and unplug your controller.
7. Hit Box Smash Box
Although Smash Bros. Ultimate may not seem like a game that requires a fight stick, some players prefer the look and feel of an arcade stick.
The controller allows you to remap any button and create profiles for different games, so you do not have to worry about losing your perfect settings when you wish to use the controller with another game.
Nonetheless, the Hit Box Smash Box is not a traditional arcade stick, since there is no lever included. Instead, you get a plethora of buttons—23 in fact. Consequently, you’re using these buttons to move left and right, jump, and perform smash attacks by tapping the C-stick buttons.
A high-quality fight stick that can be used with the Switch has an ergonomic design and extremely clicky Sanwa parts.
8. Hori Split Pad Pro
The Nintendo Switch is extremely portable, thanks to the controllers that attach to the sides. In spite of their convenience, the Joy-Con controllers aren’t always the most comfortable for all kinds of games, especially for larger hands. Therefore, why not replace them? Hori Split Pad Pro accomplishes this task exactly.
Hori’s controllers slide into the same slots as your Joy-Con when in handheld mode, but they are a lot bigger and more ergonomic than your Joy-Con.
Among the benefits of the larger Hori Split Pad Pro is a larger D-Pad that is easier to use than the diminutive D-Pad found on the Joy-Con.
These controllers also include assignable rear triggers and a turbo feature. However, it is important to note that the Split Pad Pro is only compatible with the Nintendo Switch, as wireless functionality is not available.
9. 8BitDo Arcade Stick
Despite the fact that most of us are probably satisfied with the classic GameCube controller for any Nintendo game containing the word “Smash,” there are several good reasons to consider investing in a quality fight stick.
You can use the 8BitDo Arcade Stick wirelessly on the Nintendo Switch, allowing you to sit back and smash comfortably in comfort while using it with the console. In addition to Bluetooth, there is also a 2.4 GHz dongle so you can use it with your PC. However, if you prefer to connect via USB-C, you can do so as well.
This 8BitDo Arcade Stick features a ball-top joystick for a true arcade feel as well as easily mashable buttons for Smash Bros. You might find that these highly responsive, tactile buttons give you tighter control over your character than the mushier buttons on a GameCube controller.
It may take a moment to get used to the different layout of this controller. Another benefit of the controller is that it is not limited to Switch games. It is also compatible with PC gaming, so you can play a much wider variety of fighting games with it than you can with a classic GameCube controller.
It is possible that the lack of analog control from the joystick could present some issues, but you can always swap out components at a later date.
10. 8BitDo Pro 2
The Pro 2 controller from 8BitDo isn’t just stylish; it’s also a competent Smash Bros. Ultimate controller that can be tailored according to your preferences.
With 8BitDo’s software, you can customize the button mapping, swap stick behavior or invert axes, and even tweak the trigger actuation depth and vibration levels. You can also set up commands for the back paddles, two additional special controls that’ll help you gain an edge on the competition.
The 8BitDo Pro 2 looks like the SNES controller has evolved along the same lines as Sony’s DualShock controller, with its symmetrical analog sticks and rumble motors. Motion controls also enable you to play more Nintendo titles.
At $50, it’s an affordable wireless alternative to Nintendo’s Switch Pro controller. It includes Windows, Mac, Android, and more compatibility options.