One of the more underrated consoles may be in-line for a revival of sorts. Multiple outlets and sources are hearing solid rumors coming out of Nintendo. These rumors suggest that GameCube games are going to be available for download on the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console.
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Eurogamer was the first major outlet reporting the news. But several others within the game’s industry have been corroborating it as well. Tom Phillips writes that “GameCube support is already tested and working and three Nintendo games have already been prepped for Switch.” Those titles are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Reportedly, the GameCube version of Animal Crossing is also being worked on. And apparently, as of now, Nintendo has kept all of the collectible and playable NES games included. We’ll have to see if that remains the case as it will likely cannibalize a certain portion of the company’s Virtual Console sales.
While the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U both incorporated the Virtual Console into its infrastructure, neither ever released GameCube games for download. The system’s titles just couldn’t run well enough on the last two Nintendo consoles. This appears to no longer be a hurdle on the Nintendo Switch.
Fans have hoped for this scenario since the announcement of the Switch. Some have even mocked up potential Joycon iterations (which you can see below) that would feel like a more natural GameCube experience. We’ll have to wait until January to find out for sure if any of these details hold water.