Super Mario 3D All-Stars Supports Touch Screen for Super Mario Galaxy, Does Not Support Classic GameCube Controller

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

More information about the compatible controllers for Super Mario 3D All-Stars has been revealed, including how the classic GameCube controller will not be compatible.

Super Mario Galaxy was originally on the Wii, and made use of motion controls and using a pointer to pick up and shoot Star Bits. The listing for the collection on the Nintendo website notes “Gently shake a Joy-Con™ controller to activate Mario’s Spin ability or pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend for some extra help in Co-Star Mode.”

It further notes “If playing on Nintendo Switch Lite, detached Joy-Con controllers are required and sold separately.” 

Nintendo revealed to Polygon more details. “Super Mario Galaxy is supported in TV, Tabletop and Handheld Modes,” Nintendo explained. “In TV and Tabletop modes, motion controls are required for pointer functionality. In Handheld Mode, pointer functionality has been adapted to use Touch Screen.” It should be noted the Nintendo Switch Lite does have a touch screen.

As reported by GameXplain, there are also issues with controllers for Super Mario Sunshine. On the Japanese product information page, it notes the Nintendo GameCube controller is not compatible with the game.

Nintendo sell a adapter to use the classic Nintendo GameCube controller with the Nintendo Switch. However, the controller is then treated like a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller; without certain buttons and the hybrid analog triggers being treated as digital input.

In Super Mario Sunshine, players could partially depress the triggers to shoot a weaker jet of water, or build up certain nozzles’ charge time slower. It should be noted there were few moments where a weaker jet of water would be needed to progress.

The Nintendo Switch GameCube is essentially a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller within the shell of a classic GameCube controller. As such, that should function with the game.

You can find the full rundown (via Nintendo) below.

Play three of Mario’s greatest 3D platform adventures—all in one package!

Play three classic games at home or on the go—all in one package on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Jump into paintings in Super Mario 64™, clean up paint-like goop in Super Mario Sunshine™, and fly from planet to planet in Super Mario Galaxy™.

Run, jump, and dive with ease!

Make Mario move using the Nintendo Switch system’s Joy-Con™ controllers. You can also pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to play the Super Mario Galaxy game in Co-Star Mode! Mario’s movements are as smooth as ever with HD resolution for each game, while still retaining the look and feel of the originals.

Listen to timeless Super Mario tunes

Listen to a total of 175 iconic tunes from all three games! Whether you want to get up and dance or take a minute to relax—this collection has music to fit your mood!

  • Discover (or rediscover) three of Mario’s most iconic 3D platform adventures, all in one package, available on the Nintendo Switch™ system. Experience Mario’s first foray into 3D platforming in the Super Mario 64™ game, originally released in 1996. Wall jump, backflip, and even fly as you explore paintings and collect Power Stars to save Princess Peach!
  • Soak up the sun in the Super Mario Sunshine™ game, originally released in 2002, and spray the goop away with your water-spouting pal, FLUDD! You’ll need to collect Shine Sprites and clear the picturesque Isle Delfino of pollution—just look out for Bowser Jr.
  • Defy gravity as you explore space in the Super Mario Galaxy™ game, originally released in 2007! Help Rosalina restore her ship by collecting Power Stars and save Princess Peach. Gently shake a Joy-Con™ controller to activate Mario’s Spin ability or pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend for some extra help in Co-Star Mode*.
  • Even when you aren’t playing, you can enjoy the sounds that these worlds (and galaxies!) are so famous for. With three games, modern upgrades, and music-player mode, this collection is filled with fun for both new players and 3D platforming Mario masters. Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available as a limited-run retail edition and a digital edition that is available for a limited time until the end of March 2021.

*If playing on Nintendo Switch Lite, detached Joy-Con controllers are required and sold separately. See support.nintendo.com/switch/play for details.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars launches September 18th for Nintendo Switch, and is available until March 31st, 2021.

Image: Nintendo

Ryan Pearson


Taking his first steps onto Route 1 and never stopping, Ryan has had a love of RPGs since a young age. Now he's learning to appreciate a wider pallet of genres and challenges.

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