According to insider sources, the Nintendo Switch will feature a Virtual Console that allows access to GameCube titles – something not yet achieved by the Wii or Wii U.
The information was reported by Eurogamer, which was allegedly obtained from three separate sources. The site’s many predictions about the Switch earlier this year have since been confirmed by the console’s reveal, so there is good reason to trust the veracity of these latest tips.
The report continues that three games have been prepped for the Virtual Console and are already working on the Switch: Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee. These games comprise three of the top four selling GameCube titles of all time. Meleeis still popular even today, as it is still favoured in competitions and esports tournaments.
Apparently the company responsible for developing the outrageously popular NES Classic Edition, Nintendo Entertainment Research and Development (NERD) is also heading up the creation of the Virtual Console on Switch.
In addition to the three titles above, Nintendo is also whipping up a version of Animal Crossingthat will work on the Switch. As Eurogamer notes, Animal Crossing features versions of NES games, and if it is brought to the Switch, players will be able to play a NES title, within a GameCube title, on a Switch. Retro squared.
Nintendo is also considering adding support for the Wii U’s GameCube controller adaptor.
Eurogamer has also tested the GameCube emulator on the chipset which powers the Switch, with positive results suggesting that it will be able to run the games just as well as their original state. Though this is dependent on the final configuration of the console when it is delivered.
Nintendo hasn’t responded to the article when asked for comment. If the new Virtual Console is indeed coming, then the company will probably announce that fact in its address in January, when further details of the Switch will be unveiled.
The Nintendo Switch is slated for release on March 17, 2017.