This holiday has become the season of Smash Bros. Ultimate. Many have flocked to game stores and retail chains across the lands to grab their copy. Personally I had pre-downloaded the game so that the instant it was available, I could jump on my controller and mash buttons. Then the thought struck me, I did not have the right controller to play the game. I have never owned a pro controller, not even with my Wii U. However thats not the controller I was thinking of. I wanted the yellow C stick and giant A button. The controller that had been my favorite during the era of the Super Mario Sunshine, and Metroid Prime. I realized that my current Joy-Con controller simply would not do. As the search began I relied heavily on reading tea leaves and studying cloud shapes. When that failed I turned to the true master of knowledge. Google.
One option rocketed to the top, tugging heavily at my nostalgia strings. The Power A Wireless GameCube Controller. Reminiscent of my old WaveBird controller I rushed to the local Game Stop, and waited patiently in the mob of would be Smash fighters. Once achieving my goal, I dashed home like Santa in a sleigh to reveal that which I coveted so much.
The Power A Wireless GameCube controller shamelessly steals from the Wavebird, while maximizing what the Switch needs in a basic controller. My new controller is silver with a glossy finish, and had been placed in a nice secure packaging. Picking up the controller the feel and fit in my hand was identical to the GameCube wired controllers. For those of you who had the Wavebird, you’ll notice this controller is much lighter with a thinner profile. Another difference is the C stick has a hard plastic finish vice the rubber tip which may affect grip in some cases, though I haven’t noticed a flaw in play. The D pad has increased in size, and in general the buttons are responsive with a nice click sound. In particular I like the joysticks situated in their octagonal cut out for good directional control. They are tight, easily maneuvered, and have good spring back. The key addition is the second shoulder button on the left. The old controller if you recall had two shoulder buttons on the right only one on the left. What was the purple “Z” button is now the right shoulder button and has its reciprocal on the left . This welcome addition has opened up the controller for use on other games as well. Despite my gushing it is not perfection. With a $49.99 US price tag it lacks rumble, not uncommon with the Power A controllers. However for games that utilize rumble it can detract, (think Mario finding hidden coins, or getting hit with a Blue Shell). All is not lost as motion controls have been included, a must have for this day and age. Communication between the controller and system is secure with 5.0 bluetooth, and battery life is about 30 hours. I’m at 20 hours of use currently and the low battery indicator has yet to come on. It doesn’t include a battery pack instead relying on AA batteries. For convenience two Duracells are included in the package. If you really want to go back into the dark ages a wired option is available for $24.99, and includes a detachable 10ft USB Cable with Velcro strap.
If the lack of rumble, and having to purchase AA batteries are deal breakers for you, I am sure the pro controller will suffice. In my book those tiny blemishes pale in comparison to the shear comfort, and responsiveness of this wireless controller. It takes all the things I loved about the GameCube controller, while adding enough to make it compatible with other games on the Switch. If you are going play Smash Bros. Ultimate and you want to have the controller that was designed for bouts of button pushing fury. This is the controller for you.
Tell me what you think! Does the Switch Pro Controller or Joy-Cons suit you just fine? Perhaps you a purest its a GameCube style controller or bust? Let me know how you are playing Smash in the comment section down below, or you can discuss in our wonderful forums.
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