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How To Use Gamecube Controller On PC?

by Mashum Mollah
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With the right switch and the proper hardware, anyone can use a Gamecube controller on PC. We know almost 18 years have passed between the release of the Gamecube controller and Nintendo Switch, and that is why it is such a great addition to the gaming world. If you are an online gaming enthusiast like me, you will find this article incredibly helpful.

However, before we give you any more information on how to connect Gamecube controller to PC, let us tell you, a VPN is essential in this context. But, some of you may not know that when Super Smash Bros got released in late 2014, Nintendo released a USB adapter. So, this Gamecube Controller USB is another gadget that can help you in this context.

How To Connect Gamecube Controller To PC?

If you are willing to know how to connect Gamecube controller to PC, you have come to the right place. Apart from that, we will also guide acquiring the correct hardware so that you can complete the game setup efficiently. So, without much ado, let’s get started on the steps.

Step 1: Obtaining The Gamecube Controller

Do you want to know how to use Gamecube controller on PC? Then, you will need your hands on a Gamecube controller. If you already have a controller from the controller’s heyday, you can put that to use. If you don’t have one, you can always purchase one online.

Gamecube Controller by Nippon is available online, and it is the best third-party facsimile that you can use here. There are some used versions of the actual controller also available online. So, if you have already decided to purchase new hardware, it’s better to go for a used controller. 

We are not saying that you only have to choose a wired edition of the controller to use Gamecube adapter on PC. The original WaveBird controller is a wireless edition, which will work smoothly here. I have used it on my PC for many years, so that’s a guaranteed recommendation.

Step 2: Finding The Compatible Gamecube For PC Adapters

Compatible Gamecube For PC Adapters

If you need your PC to connect with the Gamecube controller, you will need a Gamecube Controller on PC adapter. Unfortunately, the Gamecube controller interface is pretty proprietary. So, your PC may not have the right slot to fit the plug into the adapter. 

If you think a slot looks like it will fit the controller, don’t go for it because many people make the same mistake and end up spoiling the PC hardware. You will require a Gamecube controller to PC adapter. You may access a few of them online, from the Nintendo Switch to many newer, compatible editions.

There are some older adapters available too in the market, which will work with your PC, and for the Wii U. The best part of buying these older adapters are that you can get them at a much lower price. These are also ideal for connecting the controller to a PC instead of a console. Some people also use the controller with a switch, and in that case, you can use the money to buy a newer edition.

Step 3: Completing The Gamecube Setup To PC Adapter

To complete this step, you will need a Gamecube controller USB. You just need to plug the USB port with the adapter. It will automatically start installing the drivers. Now, all you have to do is connect the adapter to the Gamecube Controller by plugging it into one of the CPU ports.

Mostly, you will see the left port is termed PORT 1, and the port on the right side is called PORT 2. Just remember this information because while connecting the controller, you may find it helpful. Also, when you configure your controller to the emulator, this information will come in handy.

Step 4: Configuring The Controller To The Operating System

Configuring The Controller To The Operating System

Once you complete the USB setup of your Gamecube Controller on PC, you must check if your PC is recognizing this new device or not. It is a reasonably straightforward process. You just need to open the controller settings of your computer and navigate through the list. Stop scrolling as soon as you see the Gamecube controller on the list.

You may also find the controller with the name of the Gamecube controller USB you are using. Once you see that your adapter is recognized as the controller, you must move on to the setup process. If you remember how we used to set up Dolphin in an emulator, this setup process is also the same.

Step 5: Connecting The Controller To Dolphin

Connecting The Controller To Dolphin

Configure your emulator with any kind of Gamecube controller on the PC you are choosing. We recommend you using Dolphin because it is one of the best ones to understand emulation needs. Just install the emulator, and move to the controller settings to get started.

Under the list of devices, you will find the PC adapter, making your configuration process more manageable. Even if you are not using the Dolphin emulator, you will follow these similar instructions. These adapters will transform your Gamecube information into something the USB controller easily recognizes.

For some of you who have already purchased Dolphin, but it does not support your computer, install a third-party driver called Zadig. You may also contact the supporting staff of Dolphin as that will also be a feasible solution in this context.

How To Use Gamecube Controller On PC?

To use a Gamecube adapter on a PC, you will need a few pieces of equipment. The list of the equipment is as follows;

  • A Wii U Adapter.
  • A PC.
  • Dolphin Emulator (Preferred version is 4.0-4599).
  • Zadig Program.
  • Gamecube Controller.

Now, let’s get started on how to use a Gamecube controller on a PC. Just follow these steps, and enjoy a smooth gaming experience the next time you play it.

1: If your Dolphin Emulator is open, turn it off.

2: Plug in the Gamecube adapter into one of the USB ports of your CPU.

3: Download the Zadig program from the official link. You don’t need to install it as it is already a portable program.

4: Navigate to the options menu, and click on the list of devices.

5: A drop-down list will appear in front of you. Just click on the ‘WUP-028’ option from there. 

6: Make sure your USB has a unique ID of ‘O57E-0337’, and your driver is named ‘HidUsb.’

7: On the right-hand side of the driver, you will see an option called WinUSB.

8: Go to that option, and select replace driver option. 

9: Click on the yes button. It will start the modification process.

10: Now, click on the close button to finish the process.

11: Close the Zadig program too.

12: Now, open the Dolphin emulator again, and go to the controller option.

13: Go to the Gamecube controller on PC, and select the ‘adapter for Wii U’s option to connect it to port 1.

14: Close the control settings, and start playing the game.

Wrapping It Up

We have elaborated in this article on how to use the Gamecube controller on a PC. We suggest you use the Dolphin Wii emulator in this process because it is the best one so far. It is user-tested, and that is why it holds such a superior value in the market. Even the installation process of Dolphin is more straightforward, so that’s not going to be a problem for you either. Therefore, let’s get started on this process, and enjoy incredible gameplay.

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