Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch is almost here, and it's a Doozie. With the warm performance of the Wii U, one can say with certainty that this is the most anticipated Smash Bros. . Game in a decade.
If you're getting ready for the thumbs-up or know someone who is also a big fan, look for add-ons that will enhance the lurid crossover experience. Here are a few select accessories that will make your extended Smash Bros. . Sessions more fun, more comfortable or just more comfortable.
GameCube controller for everyone!
Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube, released in 2001
Nintendo knows that: They have a GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U and the same gadget released works for the switch. But things are a bit different. With the adapter, you can use any old GameCube controller or the newly released version (same as the original) from Nintendo. However, because it requires two old-fashioned USB-A ports, you can only use it with the switch dock. It's the cheapest way to run four GameCube pads with Smash Bros. Ultimate but it's not ideal unless they're on wires for latency reasons.
An interesting alternative is the 8BitDo adapter "Gbros". That way, you can connect an old-fashioned GameCube controller to a battery-powered Bluetooth radio, with additional buttons for pairing. It also supports NES and SNES Classic controllers. This is not currently available, but if you only have one GameCube controller that you really like and you just want to add wireless capabilities, this is probably the best way. The price is 20 US dollars.
For my money, the best combination of classic GameCube ergonomics and advanced wireless switch functionality is PowerA's Wireless GameCube controllers. These are near-perfect replicas of the original GameCube pad design and additional buttons for the advanced switch features. You've just made two ergonomic changes: a bigger, more comfortable D-pad than the original Game Boy style and an additional Z-trigger on the left side and the stick buttons so the controllers can be used with all modern switch games , (Oh, and they do not have drum motors … just like the original Wavebird for the GameCube.)
They're quite cheap with only $ 50 ($ 20 cheaper than a Pro Controller) and have motion controls. Keep in mind that these are already selling fast online – Gamestop, however, seems to have a good deal of retail in its stores.
Of course, the Controllers Pro Controller and Joy-Con from Switch work with less-than-the-game expensive wired controllers that follow today's somewhat boring conventions.
Travel-Friendly Docks and Chargers
The multiplayer Smash Bros. is best played on as large a screen as possible, but the switch's console mode dock is not very portable. The switch can lean back to the included kickstand, but is less stylish and makes charging impossible – which is a bit of a design flaw in the Switch's 3-hour battery life.
This can be alleviated in several ways. Nintendo sells an official charging station, a USB-C charger that integrates a stand into the plastic case. The stand in the charger is more stable and adjustable than the switch itself. If you travel frequently with your switch or just want some comfort to play on a table or desk, this is a pretty good investment for only $ 20.
However, Nintendo does not offer a more complete solution: a full docking station with charging, HDMI output, and USB access that still allows access to the screen. There are a few third-party alternatives, but they are difficult to recommend due to the low implementation of the USB-C standard. A better, cheaper, and more practical solution is a dock mod: replacing the plastic shell of the Nintendo Switch Dock with a compact third-party option.
This modified case retains the switch's entire charge, data, and video ports, but also includes a base that allows you to see the screen when not in console mode. The replacement shell, including the three-head screwdriver that you need to open the original dock, is sold by many Amazon dealers for under $ 20.
The installation will take about half an hour, and every adult should be able to do so, the fairly simple operation. We even described the process on how-to-geek. The result is a gadget that retains the entire Switch Dock feature, includes a convenient stand for charging chargers and is about the size of a deck of cards.
Natural If you travel somewhere and have no access to electricity, you want to bring something. The switch requires more direct power than most mobile batteries can deliver. However, this anchor model can provide enough power to run at full power. And it's big enough to fully charge it at least four times.
Mobile Smash Session Protection
Nintendo hardware is generally quite tough, but the Switch is a $ 300 gadget that includes $ 100 worth of additional games and controllers. A small investment to protect it is probably a good thing.
This portable case will contain the console and Joy-Cons and not much else, but it is a good choice if you want to travel easily (especially if You already own a USB-C charger for your phone or computer). A more elaborate option includes space for the dock, charger, additional controllers, and games in a foam-lined package about the size of a briefcase. It's ideal if you're planning a multiplayer session outside of home.
Most exterior cases and handles for the Switch do not offer much functionality, but we recommend a screen protector. Unlike more or less all modern smartphones and tablets, the switch screen is made of cheap plastic rather than tempered gorilla glass. It is much more susceptible to scratches or damage to the underlying LCD panel. I use this glass screen protector from BlackWeb (Walmart's house brand), which owns this wonderfully shaped plastic applicator shell. This allows you to match the glass protection perfectly to the screen and the speaker cut-outs of the switch.
Amiibos lets you raise your own AI fighters
Nintendo's "Toy to Life" Amiibo has been around since Wii U. There are small plastic figures that can be accessed via the NFC reader in the Joy-Con or Pro Controller Switch can be connected to perform various tasks for different games.
In Smash Bros., they enable players to AI-collect, train, and improve analogues of fighters. Come to think, they're pretty much what this spooky story-mode trailer is all about …
Anyway, Smash Bros. Ultimate does not have the deep integration of Amiibo like the Wii U version because the custom steps are gone. But it's a great way to expand your game, especially if you're a fan of some specific characters. Any Amiibo that matches the huge squad of fighters will work. Nintendo will expand its toy offering in the coming months to cover all the characters in the game. If the price of $ 15-30 (or much more for the rarer variants) is too much for you, you can get the same functionality from third-party NFC cards available on eBay, minus neat-looking numbers.
With a few extra accessories, there is not just the classic N64-style controller, but plenty of juice to stay on the go, and even some Amiibo goodies that add to the game.