With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U pre-occupying a number of gamers, those that are aiming to truly master the title are probably considering their various control options. It's a game that supports practically any controller, even the 3DS, so there should be options to suit anyone.

The GameCube controller is commonly considered — especially by a number of pro players — as the prime pad for Nintendo's fighting series. Nintendo acknowledged this by releasing the GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U, along with a rather handsome limited-edition pad, but the downside is that stock is extremely hard to find and it only works with Smash Bros. on the system; it's not even supported in compatible games in the latest system's Wii Mode.

In light of this third-party alternatives come to the fore, with Hori and PDP offering their own variations. PDP has released Mario, Peach and Yoshi GameCube-style designs — officially licensed — that function as wired Classic Controllers; they plug into a Wii Remote and will work in any game that supports the Wii-era controller. In late October there was then a retail listing for Donkey Kong, Link, Samus and Wario designs; PDP has now officially unveiled these and confirmed that they'll arrive in early 2015 with a recommended price of $25 in the US. Some images of these are below.

Link and Samus
DK Wario

Are you a fan of these designs, and have you picked up any third-party GameCube-style controllers recently for Smash Bros.? Let us know.