How to Use a USB Game Controller on a PC?

Don’t know how to use a USB Game Controller? Follow this tutorial to learn!

Most gamers who play video games on a computer using a USB Game controller to move their characters. Pro players do not need to understand how to use the controller. This piece is for beginners.

The next section will help you identify a USB Gamecube controller.

All you need is a game cube controller adapter and a USB connection to the switch dock. Then you can use the controller. You can easily use the GameCube controller via a USB adapter with a switch in Dock mode, but the GameCube controller has fewer buttons and features than the Switch Pro controller or Joy-Cons. For instance, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and “Mario Tennis Aces” are easy to play. The “Rocket League” works after you have adjusted the controls in the settings menu. Other games, like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” work due to the lack of keys but are also restricted.

Below is a list of the missing features in the Game cube controller over the switch controllers.

  • Missing Shoulder Buttons: The gamecube usb controller consists of only 3 shoulder buttons. Therefore, the function of the L key is denied to the Gamecube controller.
  • No clickable analgesic sticks: Frequently used for ducking, running, and scaling. GameCube does not have the supposedly L3 and R3 buttons.
  • No minus/ select button: Often used to access the map or other options.
  • No recording or home button: You’ll need the right Joy-Con or Pro controller to switch games or simply go to the home screen.
  • Rumble function: To use the rumble function, attach the grey USB plug of the adapter. Switch games are designed for rumble functionality rather than HD rumble, depending on the game and the GameCube controller’s “weakness” fails.

Before moving on to the tutorial, have a look at the segment with the components of the controller mentioned.

  • GameCube Controls Adapter for Wii U (indispensable)
  • Computer (PC)
  • Dolphin Emulator Version 4.0-4599
  • The Zadig program
  • You will also need control or several of GameCube.

This segment will focus on how to use a Gamecube controller USB on a computer. There are fourteen steps that you will have to follow.

  1. Close the Dolphin emulator (if it’s open).
  2.  Connect the GameCube adapter to your computer’s USB port. To enable vibration and wireless control, you need to insert the two USB connectors included in the adapter.
  3.  Download and launch Zadig (portable program, no installation required)
  4.  Open Zadig’s Options menu and select List All Devices.
  5.  Select WUP028 from the drop-down menu.
  6.  Make sure the driver is “HidUsb” and the USB ID is “057E0337”.
  7.  Select WinUSB on the right side of the driver (HidUsb > WinUSB)
  8.  Click “Replace Driver”
  9.  Select “Yes” to make changes.
  10.  Click “Close” to exit.
  11.  Close Zadig.
  12.  Open Dolphin and select Controller or Control depending on the language in which the emulator is configured.
  13.  In “Game cube controller,” show menu port 1 and select adapter for WiiU game cube. When connecting more controls, repeat the same procedure for port 2, port 3, and port 4, depending on the number of controls you use.
  14.  Close the control settings. Let’s start playing your favorite game, the cube game.

More details are provided to you about how you should use the controller. If you want to play from the Wii, then you should use an emulator called Dolphin.

Dolphin is a Wii and GameCube emulator that can run and manipulate most games from the library of these consoles. The interesting emulator itself is open-source software, so you can easily download it to your computer from proven sources.

The Dolphin installation is very simple, and you can record games using this emulator on the Wii device itself as needed. Of course, this feature is very niche and rarely performed. However, it is recommended that it is still available.

These are the basic steps that you will need to follow to learn how to use a USB game cube controller on your PC.