"Both the Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo GameCube Controller and the Adapter that connects it to the Wii U console remain in distribution in the North American region. Nintendo of America is doing everything we can to meet the strong demand for these products, and additional stock will be made available and delivered to retailers. We ask consumers to contact their local retailers directly regarding availability."
Earlier in the month, a rumour began that Nintendo had discontinued production on the highly sought after Wii U GameCube adapters for Super Smash Bros Wii U. This rumour started from a listing on Amazon.uk stating that the product had been discontinued.
I'm happy to tell you guys the good news that this is not actually the case! NintendoLife.uk has reached out to Nintendo of Europe, and they got back the following statement:
"We would like to reassure you that GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U has not been discontinued by Nintendo of Europe and we are doing everything we possibly can to meet the demand which is currently outstripping supply.
We are unable to comment specifically on individual retailer stock levels and as such we ask customers to contact their local retailers directly regarding their availability of this product. We would however like to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that additional stock can be made available and delivered to retailers."
More evidence to suggest these adapters will be coming back to North America include Smash Bros. for Wii U's sales. Smash Bros is the Wii U's fastest selling game ever in North America, selling nearly 500,000 units in its first three days of release. The Gamecube adapters have also been huge sellers, with availability so low and demand so high that prices on sites like eBay have reached around 100$ for an adapter with a suggested retail price of 20$.
The Gamecube controller is the definitive way to play Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nintendo would be foolish to discontinue production of the adapters before letting the majority of players experience their best selling game the way it was meant to be played.
For now, take this news with a grain of salt, but all signs are pointing towards you not having to shell out hundreds of dollars for the adapter on eBay!