Releasing December 7, the $20 accessory connects to wired GameCube controllers via a bluetooth receiver to the cut the cord between the Switch console and your controller.
Though still not fully wireless, the GBros. adapter ensures that you don’t have to worry about how far you sit from your console. The adapter has 30 hours of battery life and can be charged with a USB-C cable or powered by two AA batteries.
The receiver itself has the home and screenshot buttons normally found on Joy-Cons, which are functions you lose when using GameCube controllers with Nintendo’s wired USB adapter. The adapter and its face buttons are modeled after the original purple GameCube controller.
One of the main added benefits of the GBros. adapter is that it can be used while playing in tabletop mode, a feature that the traditional GameCube USB adapter doesn’t have due to its need to connect to the dock.
While the GBros. adapter is certainly aimed at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players, you can also plug NES Classic, SNES Classic, and the Wii Classic controller into it. In addition to Switch compatibility, the adapter can connect to your PC.
The GBros. wireless adapter can be pre-ordered from 8BitDo’s website and will begin shipping on December 7, otherwise known as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launch day.
Steven Petite is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter @steven_petite.