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Best controllers, Ethernet adapter and more products to buy along with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

super_smash_bros_for_wii_u_ridleySuper Smash Bros. for Wii U is one of the most anticipated videogames coming for the holiday season. If you are just buying the videogame alone, you are not going to get the full optimal experience. Instead, we at Game Idealist have a few complimentary products to suggest in order to get the most out of the videogame. Check them out below.

Strategy Guides

Similar to the past releases of the franchise, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is packed with a lot of content. Trying to unlock things like playable characters and trophies can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Nintendo partnered with Prima Games on a massive 400-page book that spells out how to get every unlockable in the game.

Readers are also getting some expert tips if they are planning to play competitively. Last but not least, the guides cover both 3DS and Wii U versions; so you are most definitely going to get more than you money’s worth if you have the two games.

Aside from the regular release, a hardcover collector’s edition is also available. Aside from the aesthetics, the two versions should be the same. Check out both guides right now with Amazon – Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS: Prima Official Game Guide and Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS Collector’s Edition: Prima Official Game Guide.

Wii U Ethernet Adapter

Nintendo recommends that the Wii U should be directly connected via Ethernet if you want to have the best online matches. First the bad news: the console does not come with a Ethernet port. So you will need to buy one if you want the most optimal settings for multiplayer across the internet.

The good news is that these are pretty cheap, especially if you buy from a third-party manufacturer. We recommend getting the one from eForCity. Take a look at the USB 10/100Mbps Ethernet Network Adapter Compatible With Nintendo Wii/ Wii U right now with this link.

Extra Controllers

As fun as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is to play online, the game is best enjoyed when playing with friends in the same room. This is especially true with the new 8-player mode. To do so, you have to buy more controllers aside from the Wii U Gamepad that came with the system. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from. For instance, you can use the Pro Classic Controller,  Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote (with or without the Nunchuck) and even the Nintendo 3DS.

If you want the best experience possible, we recommend going with the Gamecube controller. If you still have your old pads, they can be used as long as you purchase the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U. Nintendo is also releasing a special Super Smash Bros. Edition Gamecube controller is you want another one (or toe or three). Check out the special edition release right now on Amazon.

Last but not least, both Hori and PDP have officially licensed Gamecube lookalike controllers. Hori also added some turbo options if you are into those sort of things. Take a look at the two third-party pads: HORI Battle Pad for Wii U with Turbo and PDP Wired Fight Pad for Wii U.


Nintendo is releasing the first set of Amiibos along with the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The first wave has Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Mario, Marth, Peach, Pikachu, Samus Aran, Yoshi, VIllager and Wii Fit Trainer. You can check out our previous guide here if you want to know which one of these figures should be getting the most uses.

A second set of Amiibos are coming later this year as well with Captain Falcon, Diddy Kong, Little Mac, Luigi, Pit and Zelda. Check out all available figures announced so far on Amazon with this page.

In Super Smash Bros, these figures are used for Figure Players, which serve several functions. You can train these fighters so that you can team up with them or even take them over to a friend’s house to have a Figure Player battle. The same Amiibo figures can also be used in other compatible games like Hyrule Warriors, Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10 and more. So you won’t be buying the figures for just one game.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

There are several benefits to buying Super Smash Bros. for 3DS along with the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The first is that you can transfer your custom player and stats from one version to the other. If you register both games with Nintendo by a certain date, you will also receive a special two disc soundtrack featuring select tracks from the console and portable releases.

Nintendo also announced recently that Mewtwo is going to be made available as DLC in the spring of 2015. If you own the 3DS and Wii U game, you can download the playable character at no additional costs.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launched on the 3rd of October. If you haven’t already, go purchase the portable release with this page.


Elgato Game Capture HD60

The Wii U does not have any built-in streaming abilities like the ones found on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So, if you want to do live broadcast of your gameplay, you will have to purchase a separate device.

We recommend using the Elgato Game Capture HD60. Although it is a little bit pricey, the capture device is capable of capturing at 1080p with 60 frames per second. Among the service supported are Twitch, Ustream and YouTube.

Elgato Game Capture HD60 can also be used on other consoles like the above-mentioned PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out the product right now on Amazon.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is being made available on the 21st of November. As it comes out on Black Friday, a few of the aforesaid products may go on sale shortly after the game’s release. Preorder the video game with this link if you haven’t reserved it already.