Nintendo’s release of the GameCube controller adapter for its Wii U console allows for veteran players of the Super Smash Bros. series to get their hands on a familiar control scheme while also bringing a sense of nostalgia to the next-gen version. The adapter was an immediate success, selling out quickly both online and in retailers in North America and Europe.

Recently, rumors have been swirling around that Nintendo was going to halt production of the adapter. This idea was reinforced by Amazon UK, who sent out emails stating the following:

“We regret to inform you that we have been unable to source the following item:

“GameCube Controller Adapter (Nintendo Wii U)”
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00O9QW4JQ

Our supplier has informed us that this item is no longer available. This item has now been cancelled from your order #XXXXXXXXXX and we can confirm that you have not been charged for it.

Please accept our apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.”

Fortunately it seems as though there is no cause for concern, as Nintendo has confirmed that it does indeed plan on producing more of the product to keep up with its extremely high demand. While this mostly refers to the European markets, it’s safe to say that the same can be said for North America, who has also experienced a shortage of supply.

This should come as a relief to fans of the game, as the GameCube adapter has been selling way above retail price on sites such as eBay. For those who don’t want to bother having to purchase an extra accessory to play Super Smash Bros. on Wii U, you can still buy a GameCube-esque controller that connects right into the Wii Remote called the PDP Fightpad, which is compatible with both the Wii and the Wii U.

Hopefully the restock comes just in time for the holidays, as Super Smash Bros. is expected to be on many a Christmas list.

  • Mike

    if only that adapter also a memory card slot and expand the wii u library to all gamecube games as well. four swords adventures, anyone?

    • When you think of Gamecube games the first game that comes into your head is Four Swords Adventures of all games? Wow…

      • Mike

        really, my first thought was Eternal Darkness, but this is an article about a four controller adapter on a zelda forum, so i kept it topical.

        • Oh. I thought that Four Swords Adventures was the first thing you thought of. Which would have been kinda sad honestly haha. But yeah I guess now that you say that it makes more sense. First thing I think of when it comes to Gamecube is Wind Waker, Mario Sunshine, or Smash Bros Melee. Haha.

          • Miguel Romero

            This is also very, very rude.

        • Does Nintendo own the Eternal Darkness IP? Because if they do, HOLY CRAP WANT

          • Mike

            Silicon Knights owns Eternal Darkness, but SK is all but dead now. There was a spiritual successor called Shadow of the Eternals that was on kickstarter a couple times but failed to make it’s goal.

      • Miguel Romero

        That’s really rude.

        • How so?

          • Miguel Romero

            You think his taste in games is bad, that’s rude.

  • veeronic

    actually the fightpad controller is really just a gamecube shaped wii classic controller, it cannot take the place of a wii u pro controller

    • Morgan

      from the description of the product:

      “The controller is compatible with most Wii U and Wii games that boast Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro support, as well as most Nintendo Virtual Console games, for wide-ranging use. Get ready for a smashing good time with this Fight Pad.”

      • veeronic

        a lot of games support pro controllers but not wiimotes, it will not function with them.

        • Morgan

          it does work for Smash though, which is why it was mentioned in this story.

  • Ryan Watchel

    I hope nintendo relesese’s a update so these adaptors work with anything classic controllers work with.