Currently selling for $19.99 on Amazon
UPDATE: Apparently prices have been fluctuating between $19.99 and $54. Keep refreshing the page though, as this has been happening throughout the day.
Original Story below:
After over four months of waiting, Nintendo has finally resupplied the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube adapter.
Released back in November, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U garnered critical acclaim from reviewers and fans alike. However, one aspect of the Smash Bros. experience that was severely lacking, especially following the initial release of the game, was the ability to hook up a GameCube controller as a control method. While the game had supported the controller at launch, the only way to connect a wired or wireless Wavebird controller to the Wii U was through Nintendo’s official adapter, bundled with certain copies of the game, and sold separately for $19.99 MSRP.
The problem, though? Demand for the adapter had far outweighed the amount Nintendo had supplied to retailers, resulting in a four month period of consumers buying and selling the official adapter online for grossly inflated prices of $80 and up, per unit. This was puzzling, considering the fact that Nintendo had even released a new line of Smash-styled GameCube controllers for sale, that have remained in stock for the duration of the adapter’s shortage.
Eventually, 3rd-party peripheral-maker Mayflash came out with its own version of the adapter, looking to break into a market that had been left relatively untouched by the folks at Nintendo. In fact, many have complained about the scarcity of Amiibo products online, or in stores, to the point where Nintendo recently promised to resupply the Marth figure for a limited time only.
Regardless of the past, now is better than never for these adapters to reach consumers. And with Mewtwo having just been released as the first piece of DLC for Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS, now is as good a time as any for people to brush off their GameCube controllers, purchase an adapter (while supplies last), and invite some friends over to duke it out in Smash. Having said that, Mario Kart 8 fans beware: Nintendo has already pointed out that the adapter will only work with Smash, so buy accordingly.