PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Switch Review

PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Switch Review

With Super Smash Bros Ultimate being one of the best games for 2018, we all need the best advantage when playing. PowerA has heard our calls and made their version of the original Gamecube controller. There are some sacrifices, but the pros outweigh them.

PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Switch Review

It comes with all the buttons that any official Nintendo Switch controller comes with. Even the left thumbstick and C-stick are clickable. This means the controller can be used in all games, including games that need motion controls. I tested this on Breath of the Wild and the motion control was excellent.

One disappointment was the lack of rumble, HD or otherwise. There is no IR support, which I am not a big user of. There is also no NFC touchpad, so all you Amibo users will have to have a secondary controller to use them. This is not a chargeable controller and runs on two AA included batteries.

PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Switch Review


  • 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 product with two-year limited warranty – register at PowerA.com

The D-pad, left and C stick all have a great feel to them. On other non-smash games, I can play with no issues. The only difference is the shoulder buttons which have a longer travel time and match the feel of the original Gamecube controller.

PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller for Switch Review

When playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate, I found this was a lot easier to use. The A button is the most important button, and its the biggest one. The B is then easy to reach. The shoulder buttons allowed me to dash and grab with ease and overall I found it easier to play with this.

If you are a big fan of Super Smash and like me will be playing it a lot, I would recommend grabbing one of these.




Owner of a rooted One and Nexus 7. Mostly write reviews of apps and any hardware I can get my hands on. I frequent Google+ and XDA-Developers.

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