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Embrace the retro gamer within you with this Gamecube controller for Switch - and save 25%

Embrace the retro gamer within you with this Gamecube controller for Switch - and save 25%
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Because I'm sure we can all agree that the Gamecube was fantastic (we won't be taking questions at this time), you may be interested to hear that a very cool Gamecube-themed pad is the best cheap Nintendo Switch controller offering we've seen in a while. These officially-licensed handsets from PowerA bring the classic design back with a Nintendo Switch twist; they're almost identical to the originals but throw in bonus motion control, Bluetooth for wireless use, and subtle extra buttons to make it compatible with today's games. I kinda love it.

Amazon's selling the iconic purple wireless controller for $36.99 (opens in new tab) instead of $50, saving you $13. It's not the only Gamecube controller for Switch on sale right now, though - there's plenty of designs to choose from. For example, the silver version has been discounted to $39.99 (opens in new tab) and a special Pikachu edition is just $35.99 (opens in new tab) (a saving of $14 overall). 

We've had the chance to go hands-on with a couple of PowerA controllers, and they're great devices with accurate, responsive controls. Although they're not as good as the official Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (opens in new tab), they're also one hell of a lot cheaper. Throw in this retro aesthetic and you've got a winning combination on your hands.

Gamecube controller for Switch

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Gamecube wireless Switch controller (Purple) | $36.99 on Amazon (save $13) (opens in new tab)
This PowerA handset recreates the classic design perfectly, albeit with some Switch-specific additions.  

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Gamecube wireless Switch controller (Silver) | $39.99 on Amazon (save $10) (opens in new tab)
The silver version of the Gamecube PowerA controller is also on offer - a solid saving of $10 is the USP for this deal. 

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Gamecube wireless Switch controller (Pikachu) | $39.99 on Amazon (save $14) (opens in new tab)
This controller is so freakin' cute. It's also $14 less than normal, saving you lots on a great controller.

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Gamecube wireless Switch controller (Black) | $41.57 on Amazon (save $8.42) (opens in new tab)
It may not save you quite as much as the other offers, but you're still getting a reduction here. 

Besides the ample nostalgia they offer, these Gamecube controllers for Nintendo Switch are very handy Nintendo Switch accessories (opens in new tab) to have in your arsenal - their more traditional layout is a good fit for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (opens in new tab) or The Witcher 3 on Switch (opens in new tab).

For more offers, don't miss our guide to getting cheap Nintendo Switch controllers (opens in new tab). 

Benjamin Abbott
Benjamin Abbott

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I have been writing about games in one form or another since 2012 and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.