Attack of the Fanboy

Nintendo Teases GameCube Support For Switch Virtual Console

by Darrin Wright


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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