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Can You Play Mario Party Superstars with a GameCube Controller? A Comprehensive Overview

Since the launch of “Mario Party Superstars” on the Nintendo Switch, a recurring question among players has been about controller compatibility.

Specifically, can the GameCube controller be used to navigate the game’s lively boards and mini-games?

In this article, we’ll tackle this question and explore the nuances of using the GameCube controller with the Nintendo Switch for this title. Let’s dive in.

Can You Play Mario Party Superstars with a GameCube Controller?

For those who have a penchant for nostalgia or simply prefer the GameCube controller’s feel, the game does indeed support the GameCube controller, provided players have a compatible GameCube adapter. This is because the Nintendo Switch doesn’t natively accommodate the GameCube controller.

Here’s a list of all the controllers compatible with Mario Party Superstars:

  • Joy-con
  • Pro Controller
  • GameCube Controller (with the GameCube controller adapter)

How to Use the GameCube Controller with Nintendo Switch:

  1. Acquire a GameCube Adapter: First and foremost, you’ll need a GameCube controller adapter. Nintendo released an official one, but there are also third-party adapters available that are compatible with the Switch.
  2. Connect the Adapter: The official GameCube controller adapter has two USB plugs. Plug these into the two USB ports on the side of the Nintendo Switch dock. If you’re using a third-party adapter, follow its specific instructions, but most will connect similarly.
  3. Connect the GameCube Controller: With the adapter connected, plug your GameCube controller into one of the ports on the adapter.
  4. Turn on the Nintendo Switch: Ensure your console is docked and powered on.
  5. Navigate to Controller Settings:
    • From the Switch’s main menu, go to “System Settings” (the gear icon).
    • Scroll down and select “Controllers and Sensors.”
    • Choose “Change Grip/Order.”
  6. Pair the GameCube Controller: Here, you’re asked to press the L and R buttons on your controller to pair it. On the GameCube controller, press the L and R shoulder buttons. The Switch should recognize the controller, and it will appear on the screen.
  7. Start Playing: Now that the GameCube controller is recognized, you can return to the home screen and start your game. The GameCube controller should function as intended within games that support it, such as “Mario Party Superstars.

GameCube Controller Mapping for Nintendo Switch:

Essential buttons for Superstars include A, B, X, Y, Start, Z, L, and R, which the GameCube controller provides. However, it’s worth noting the absence of ZL and ZR buttons on the GameCube controller, which are present on other Nintendo Switch controllers like the Pro Controller.

GameCube ControllerNintendo Switch EquivalentNotes
Start+ (Start)
ZZL or ZRGame-dependent; not native on GameCube
– (Select)GameCube controller lacks this button
L3 and R3GameCube lacks clickable thumbsticks

Alex Henderson

Alex Henderson, known to the online gaming community as "GameMaster", brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the world of video games. With over 15 years of experience, Alex has worked as a game tester, programmer, and designer for several top gaming companies before deciding to share his insights and reviews with the gaming community. He specializes in RPGs and adventure games, but his love for gaming knows no genre boundaries. Alex's goal is to help gamers of all levels navigate the exciting and ever-evolving world of gaming.

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