For virtually as long as the Nintendo Switch and its detachable Joy-Con controllers has existed, fans have been buffooning up and wanting Joy-Con-style GameCube controllers to utilize with the portable console. Hardware mod YouTuber Shank did more than just dream: he invested months turning the idea into truth, integrating Joy-Con internals with initial GameCube hardware to build the supreme Switch accessory.
For the very best take a look at the whole modification process, you must take a look at the full video on the Shank Mod YouTube channel, which provides an in-depth and well-explained breakdown of the procedure.
To begin, Shank took initial GameCube WaveBird controller shells, and carefully split them down the middle. Shank likewise had to drill holes to add additional buttons for the plus, minus, home, and screenshot buttons needed by the Change.
The task likewise required some assistance from other modders: Shank commissioned GameCube controller professional BassLine to assist eliminate a left-side Z button so that the GameCube Joy-Cons might be utilized to play regular Change games and also got help from YouTuber Madmorda for both custom-made resin Joy-Con buttons and a traditional GameCube purple paint task.
After that came all the circuitry to match the Joy-Con circuit board to the GameCube buttons and sticks, which due to the Joy-Con’s intricate hardware was obviously particularly challenging.
However Shank Mod’s ended up product is nothing brief of spectacular, offering cordless, detachable GameCube controllers that can be attached best onto a Change. Considering that Shank used initial Nintendo hardware from Joy-Cons, all the Switch functionality, including HD Rumble, Amiibo support, and gyroscopic intending all still work, however with a gamepad that still feels precisely like an old-school GameCube controller.
Unfortunately, Shank warns the mod is most likely too complicated for all however the most experienced of hardware modders to try. However it’s hard to see his video and not hope that Nintendo would make a main version for the ultimate portable Smash Bros. device.
The only question left is when Shank will use up the supreme difficulty and make the internet’s N64 Switch controller dreams a reality, too.