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Nintendo Teases GameCube Support For Switch Virtual Console

| February 14, 2017

Nintendo Teases GameCube Support For Switch Virtual Console News Nintendo  Nintendo Switch Nintendo Gamecube

Ever since Nintendo announced the Switch, and even before that, gamers have been clamoring for GameCube games to join Nintendo’s Virtual Console service, which offers digital versions games from Nintendo’s iconic history for download. Now a new interview seems to give hope to that request.

In an interview with French publication Melty (and translated by Polygon), Nintendo deputy general manager Yoshiaki Koizumi implied that they’re well aware of consumer demand for games like Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart Double Dash, and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.

“We can not really answer with precision because we have not announced anything about it at this time. What I can tell you is that we are working on things that go in that direction.”

General manager Shinya Takahashi added that the GameCube could have a future on the Switch in the form of special controller attachments much like the concept art drawn up a while back by Ryan Salamanda.

Introduced in 2001, the GameCube was technically the most powerful console of its generation (which included PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox), but wasn’t widely adopted by consumers due to a toy-like appearance and the fact that Nintendo chose to use small optical discs instead of the standard DVD-size discs everyone else was using.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime remarked recently on the interest in GameCube Virtual Console games to Time magazine, saying “I joined the company as GameCube was ending its life. And as we look at the install base of the platform, certainly it’s not one of our higher install base platforms. And yet it seems the talk now is all about how consumers are hoping that there’s a GameCube virtual console, which I just find interesting.”

The Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3rd. Nintendo is expected to release Virtual Console details either shortly before launch or soon thereafter.

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  • Wrightie

    Been gaming since the mid 80s with the C64. No console can match the Gamecube (my opinion). Metroid Prime still gives me chills entering Phendrana Drifts, Wind Waker was a joy, F-Zero GX is still one of my favorite racers, Mario Kart DD… Splinter Cells sticky cameras on the GBA screen was a revelation. My Gamecube is and always will be my favorite console. If these games are coming to the Switch well that’s a huge reason for me to own one.

  • Allen

    How about virtual game support for the games you already own (NES, SNES, Genesis ect.)?

    • Pants

      They gotta get the Switch off the ground and standing on it’s on two feet first. Hope it pans out for Nintendo, seems a bit touch and go at the moment.

      • Allen

        I hope the best for them too. I just don’t like how unfinished it feels like the switch is launching (with it also not having a browser or basic streaming apps). The good part is that Switch does offer something no other platform can, I can’t wait for the release and to see reviews on it.

  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The last great turn-based Mario JRPG and what system was it on? The GameCube. That’s reason enough to bring GameCube games into the Virtual Console service.

  • SM64HackerPlayer

    There Better Be Spongebob Battle For Bikini Bottom

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