Ever since the Nintendo Switch hit store shelves (and immediately were cleared off store shelves by rabid fans), gamers have been dying for news about the inevitable Virtual Console on the device. NES and SNES games have been promised, with fans anticipating N64 games at the very least as well. But many were hoping that the Gamecube’s library of classic titles would be carried over too. Hopes for this were once again bolstered by the revelation that the Wii U Gamecube adapter worked on the Switch, following the latest OS update. But it seems like fans should temper their expectations once again, as Nintendo didn’t even plan on the peripheral working when they crafted the update.
This news comes via a new Kotaku interview where they discuss various things about the Switch and its upcoming games. The pertinent part comes when they ask Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about the newly released support, which apparently surprised them as well.
“In our latest system software update, it enables third-party peripherals to work on Nintendo Switch,” Fils-Aime explained. “As a result, the peripheral for Wii U that allows it to attach GameCube controllers also works. Of course, there’s nothing to announce on this. I think it’s fair to say, Stephen, that that peripheral working was as much a surprise to us as it was to consumers.”
So that Gamecube Virtual Console support that we all got so excited for might have just fizzled away. Of course, this doesn’t make the chances of it any less than they were before the update, but it’s still disheartening nonetheless. Hopefully all this excitement has helped show Nintendo how much demand there is for older games on the Switch, and they can get that Virtual Console released before the holidays.