So, the Switch dock only has three USB slot, one of them is very hard to reach, and they’re not available in portable mode. What will be done this time around? The port is secured pretty far in the back, too, which isn't the most accessible slot. Only certain adapters work after updates, too, and it's confusing to find out which one works.
This definitely leaves 8 player smash in question, and still leaves 4 player smash to be questionable for the Switch. The biggest concern is, if we get GameCube controller support, how will it be managed this time? Will an official USB hub be supported? A bigger Ninetndo Switch dock?
We came up with a few ways, with combinations being possible.
1. Restocking the GameCube adapter and reprinting GameCube controllers
Nintendo knows the demand of both of these, and this is kind-of the "No-brainer" solution.
2. An official USB Hub
An official USB hub is more an "If there's 8 player" case. Nintendo's sold products to help before, such as the Ethernet hub, so this is possible to see.
3. A Wireless GameCube Controller for JoyCons
The Wireless GameCube Controller with Joycons wouldn't solve every problem, especially since this would be a wireless controller, but it does potentially solve the problem of being portable.
4. Nothing Happens
It's possible, but doubtful due to the amount of demand. Figuring that there's been some back and forth between updates on a USB port
5. Nothing happens, but GC compatibility is allowed
This is also doubtful, but this is what happened during Super Smash Bros. Brawl. GameCube controllers were still allowed to be used with the game, but nothing happened beyond that.
Many questions arise, but it will be exciting to see. Nintendo knows how popular GameCube controllers are for Smash, so there's little doubt they'll try to cash in on it.
Author's Note: Personally hoping to see 8 player return and make use of the two GameCube hubs I have. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!