If you own a Nintendo Switch, you probably also own Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While you can play the game fine with the regular Joy-Cons, most hardcore players who have kept up with the series prefer using one controller and one controller only and that’s the original Gamecube controller. For some reason, that controller is very popular with Smash Bros. enthusiasts. However, if you’re new to the series, you probably don’t own an old Gamecube controller but you’ll be happy to note there are quite a few fully licensed replicas and one is from PDP which makes the Wired Fight Pad Pro.
The PDP Wired Fight Pad Pro is pretty much an exact replica of the original Gamecube controller except for a several details. For starters, it has a standard USB-A port instead of the Gamecube port which allows it to plug into the Nintendo Switch’s dock. It also has a left bumper button where as the original does not. The triggers on the Fight Pad Pro also have much less travel than the original and are only digital triggers and are not the hybrid analog/digital triggers of the original. Another difference is that the C-stick can be swapped to a more modern thumb stick. Lastly, the Fight Pad Pro has the Switch specific buttons that the original does not.
Those little differences make the PDP Fight Pad Pro better. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only needs the digital signal from the triggers so the shorter travel distance makes them quicker to engage. The addition of the left shoulder button also allows for an extra element of customization as it gives you an extra button to play with.
My son who is a huge Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan has been using another brand Gamecube style controller and when he tested out the PDP Fight Pad Pro, he said the buttons on it were much better and the shorter travel triggers made certain elements of play quicker and more accurate. Also, the fact these are wired also meant less latency compared to similar wireless controllers.
With that said, these PDP Fight Pad Pro controllers are the perfect purchase for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players. They’re pretty cost effective too at just $24.99 which isn’t much more than most Gamecube controller adapters you’ll find on the market. That means if you need more controllers so your family and friends can play too, this makes for a very inexpensive option. Not only that, the Pichu edition and Jiggly Puff edition have really cool color schemes and if you love those Pokémon characters, it’s an added bonus.