Limited accessories for Super Smash Bros.

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Over the weekend I visited several retailers looking for an adapter that would allow me to use previous generation controllers with the latest iteration of Super Smash Bros.
If you are unfamiliar with the franchise, it’s a fighting game featuring many of Nintendo’s leading mascots including Mario, Link and Samus.
Smash Bros. has a fond place in my gaming repertoire because it was one of the last games me and my little brother played together before his passing.
So, even as I approach middle age, I still load up this game and reminisce.
The problem with this iteration is the limited availability of an adapter that would allow me to use Gamecube controllers on the Wii U. However the demand has made the adapter scarce. Nintendo released a bundle that includes a copy of the game, a Gamecube controller and the adapter, but my failure to reserve a copy of the bundle caused me to resort to purchasing only the game, with the hopes I could purchase an adapter separately.
But, my hunt over the weekend was for naught. This adapter is such a hot commodity that they are being sold for triple the retail price online due to the scarcity.
It was a smart move by Nintendo to release an adapter allowing established gamers to use controllers they already own. Not only does this save us the pain of buying a set of expensive controllers, but also allows us to jump into the game with a known interface.
My gripe is that more of these adapters were not released at launch, leaving me to use the clunky gamepad until supply finally catches up with demand.
With that said, if you are wondering if the game is worth buying for yourself or your child, the answer is a simple “yes.” It includes an option that allows up to eight people to play simultaneously, making it a family friendly title everyone can enjoy together.

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