The Nintendo Switch’s controller will reportedly have analog triggers, a feature we haven’t seen on a Nintendo controller since the GameCube era.
Trusted industry insider Laura Kate Dale responded to reports that Nintendo are planning to release Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Switch Virtual Console by saying that that makes sense, considering that her sources have informed her that the Joy Con controller will sport analog triggers.
This would be somewhat necessary for some GameCube games, including Super Smash Bros. Melee (light shielding) and Super Mario Sunshine (water pressure).
Nintendo’s competitors have had analog triggers on their controllers since their last-gen releases (PS3, Xbox 360).
They are useful for many types of gameplay experiences, such as adjusting the pressure put on a gas pedal in a racing game.