If you’re as mad about Nintendo as I am, then you’ll be all over these custom Gamecube controllers like a Goron at a rock-eating competition.
It’s no secret that I’m a massive Nintendo-nerd, and the Gamecube remains one of my favourite consoles of all time to this very day so asking yourself how to buy a Gamecube controller that’s custom is completely normal.
The change from carts to discs felt so surreal, especially since they were so small, and the controller felt utterly revolutionary after the crab-hand aches I used to get playing on the best N64 games.
And that’s why you’re here reading my ramblings; you want to check out some of the best custom Gamecube controllers on the market to pimp up your favourite console.
You, like many retro gamers out there, want to declare your love of your favourite games by purchasing a controller based on said titles, to boldly play where no gamer has played before thanks to a set of wireless remotes, and to give your Nintendo Switch a nostalgic feel thanks to some of the best new remotes on the market.
If that description matches you, then carry on reading.
If it doesn’t, then please leave quietly at the end of this paragraph and never show your face here again.
Ok, here we go!
1. Zelda Custom Gamecube Controller
If you’ve read my articles before, then you’ll know how much I love The Legend of Zelda series.
I’ve owned every game for every Nintendo console, and I can’t wait till the new Breath of the Wild 2 game finally drops in 2021.
If you’ve got the Wind Waker edition that comes with the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time, then this Kokiri inspired Zelda Custom Gamecube Controller by Lolixcustom is the only way to play.
Now, you can go into your favourite adventure with a Hyrulian Shield equipped at all times thanks to the epic miniature replica on the top of the controller!
It might not help you in the game, but it should definitely give you extra courage when you’re facing up against Queen Gohma or Shadow Ganondorf!
The half clear green/half smokey black design has that ‘Ganondorf infiltating the Sacred Realm’ vibe about it too. A great little remote to start off our list of the best custom Gamecube controllers!
2. Wireless Gamecube Controller
Nintendo might have left the Wavebird to roost in peace, but there are still plenty of other wireless options out there for gamers that like to game in the kitchen or on the loo.
We know you do it, and we’re not here to judge!
This two-pack Wireless Gamecube Controller set from GALGO is the perfect solution for couch-coop or multiplayer button-mash battles on games like Super Smash Bros or Mario Smash Football.
They work with every one of the best Gamecube games and are also compatible with your Wii and both your Wii U and Nintendo Switch via an adapter!
Using 2.4G wireless technology, you can play your favourite games up to 33ft away from your TV screen or monitor.
Two AA batteries will give you up to 100 hours of gameplay per remote. Go green and use rechargeable batteries to keep the planet spinning and always have some spares on hand so the fun never has to stop!
3. Super Mario Switch Remote
Speaking of Smash Bros, the next controller in our list of the best custom Gamecube controllers has been designed specifically with melee-madness in mind.
This Super Mario Switch remote is made for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, one of the best Nintendo Switch games out there and undoubtedly my favourite entry in the Smash series after the GC edition.
Rather than using a wired controller or swinging joycons around, this range of custom Gamecube controllers comes with a 10-foot lead that plugs into the dock of your switch.
You can customise it to a certain extent too.
Remember the C-stick of old? You can either keep it as a smaller joystick or swap it out for a full-sized analog stick to give it that Pro Controller feel.
4. HORI Gamecube Pad
It would be rude not to have another Zelda inspired controller in this list, right?
The next range of remotes in our custom Gamecube controllers bonanza are also made with Super Smash Bros Ultimate in mind.
The HORI Gamecube Pad is far from ‘horrible’; it feels and plays just like the original Gamecube remote, but it also has a couple of added bonuses up its sleeve.
For starters. you can buy a controller that is based around your favourite Smash Bros fighter.
You can chose from Pikachu, Link, Mario, Luigi, and many more.
The controllers all have anti-snapback sticks and fast action buttons that are super responsive for all of your button mashing needs.
You get even more control over your favourite fighter and the quick response times you need to win the fight!
And if that’s not enough, they also have built-in Turbo settings.
Each remote comes with a 10-foot cable and a USB end. What’s more, these pads are licensed by Ninty themselves!
5. Petey Piranha Controller
It’s back to Etsy for the next remote in our list of the best custom Gamecube controllers.
This Mario-inspired theme features one of the weirdest and most evil enemies in the Mushroom Kingdom – The Piranha Plant!
This Petey Piranha Controller built by WhipEmotions comes in a sleek white and green design, a colour scheme that never came out of the official Nintendo production line.
I’ve recently been battling with Petey Piranha in Super Mario Sunshine while preparing for my Super Mario 3D All Stars review, and this controller would be the perfect aid to help kick his flying ass if you’re replaying the original title on the Gamecube.
And that Piranha Plant emblem where the Nintendo logo should be just looks awesome, a must-have for any die-hard Mazza fans out there!
6. LED Light Up Controllers
Jay Boy Modz makes some epic retro-gaming goods, including the next entry in our best custom Gamecube controllers list.
These LED Light Up Controllers look absolutely awesome and add a modern-day touch to our favourite early 2000’s remotes.
You can pick your own choice of shell colour, including the original indigo and black classic styles, and each remote has the official Nintendo Gamecube writing on the top for that extra nostalgic vibe.
Customers can even pick their own colours for the buttons, trigger-styles, and paracorded cable too. It’s a custom controller-buff’s dream come true!
This is one remote that you definitely need to keep out on show; it’s practically a piece of art!
7. Hyrdo Dipped Gamecube Remote
Speaking of pieces of art, this Hydro dipped Gamecube remote from DanCustoms looks as though it’s captured the essence of the ocean inside it.
Definitely one to use while playing on Wind Waker, then!
This range of custom Gamecube controllers looks absolutely amazing! They work flawlessly with the Wii and both the Wii U and Switch via an adapter.
While this specific design looks perfect for games like Super Mario Sunshine and for flying through the air in Super Monkey Ball, you can also chose your own colour scheme too.
The possibilities are endless, and no one controller will come out the same.
That makes each remote a true ‘one of a kind’!
8. Bayonetta Gamecube Controller
Now, this custom Bayonetta Gamecube controller is also one of a kind as there is only one in existence!
Hopefully, one of our lucky readers will be able to get onto this controller quickly and add it to their collection!
With a two-tone base colour, Bayonetta herself on the front, and custom blue buttons, this remote is as witchy as it is awesome.
It’s another one that we would be keeping out on display all year round, though it would get played with too much to ever start collecting ‘decorative dust’.
This custom remote has a paracord and custom resin buttons, as well as updated third-party sticks and triggers.
9. Crystal Clear Gamecube Controller
If you’re fans of handhelds like the ODROID GO or still have a crystal clear N64 in your gaming arsenal, then you’ll love the next range of remotes in our custom Gamecube controllers list.
This Crystal Clear Gamecube controller from Reiso shows off all of the chips and components that make your remote tick.
It’s like a peep show for tech nerds, just with less chance of getting thrown out for touching the main act.
It’s a third party product but resembles the original gamepad in every way, bar the Gamecube writing or Nintendo logo on the top of the unit.
So, if you’re just looking for a simple pad that isn’t too complicated or flashy, then give this remote a try.
It has no secrets to hide as there’s nowhere to hide them!
10. Super Smash Bros Controllers
Sticking with the Smash action, this last entry caters for all of the best Smash Bros Ultimate fighters on controllers that are made specifically for the Gamecube.
You did come here to check out the best custom Gamecube controllers, after all.
Controller Chaos lets you choose from a whole range of predesigned Super Smash Bros controllers featuring images from your favourite fighters.
Button-mash with Bowser or slap the analog stick with Sonic (not a euphamism). There’s a design for everyone and a style that is sure to fit every stage and battle.
You can even choose your own custom colour schemes and designs too, customising every element of your controller from the ground up.
Gamecube gaming will never be the same again!
BONUS – 11. Gamecube Switch Joycons
We couldn’t leave this list of the best custom Gamecube controllers without touching on this awesome fan-made mod for the Nintendo Switch.
Shank Mods decided to create the controller set-up of our dreams by cutting a Wavebird controller in half and fusing it with a set of joycon remotes.
The buttons all work perfectly, and this looks like the best way to play Super Smash Bros Ultimate on the go!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.