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How to Connect Additional GameCube Controllers to a Nintendo Switch Console

Instructions on how to connect five or more GameCube controllers to a Nintendo Switch console.

Additional Information:

  • Some software, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, supports up to eight players on Nintendo Switch.
  • Up to four GameCube controllers can be connected to a single GameCube Controller Adapter.
  • A maximum of two GameCube Controller Adapters can be used with a Nintendo Switch console.


  • If you would like to use additional GameCube controllers with a Nintendo Switch console, a second GameCube Controller Adapter is required, as well as a self-powered USB hub.
  • The USB hub needs to supply 500mA or more per USB port in order for the GameCube Controller Adapter to work properly.
  • We cannot guarantee that all USB hubs will work with Nintendo Switch.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Ensure your console has the latest system version.
  2. With the console set up in TV mode, connect the self-powered USB hub to a wall outlet and to a USB port on the Nintendo Switch dock.
  3. Connect both USB plugs from each GameCube Controller Adapter to available ports on the USB hub, then connect the GameCube controllers. img-switch-two-gcn-controller-adapters-connected-to-dock.jpg