Nintendo does not seem to catch a break as rumors and leaks about Nintendo Switch are popping up on the internet. This time another rumor has made its way on the internet suggesting Nintendo Switch will be able to play GameCube games.
The report comes from Eurogamer, who claim that their three different sources have confirmed that the new console will be able to play GameCube games through its Virtual Console service.
According to the report, Gamecube support has already been tested and its working as intended and three games have already been prepped for Nintendo Switch. These games are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
The report further suggests that Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console service will also support games from other previous Nintendo consoles. There will be an upgrade program similar to that available in Wii U that allows earlier purchases of Virtual Console NES games to be ‘upgraded’ for a small fee rather than being bought again at full price.
Moving ahead, Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console is being developed by NERD (Nintendo European Research and Development) the same studio that developed NES Mini micro-console. Also, “a version of the GameCube Animal Crossing is currently being tested for potential release”.
Animal Crossing is an interesting game that includes more than a dozen NES classics. The report suggests that these games will also be playable in Nintendo Switch. “Nintendo is also looking at Switch support for the Wii U’s GameCube controller adaptor peripheral, although we understand that a final decision has not yet been made”.
According to sources, the reason Nintendo wants to bring Virtual Console service is that there is a desire within Nintendo to continue making Super Smash Bros. Melee easily playable.
Nintendo Switch is scheduled to launch in March 2017 but no specific release date or price has been announced by Nintendo.