Eurogamer is reporting that its sources have confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will be able to play GameCube games via digital distribution. Whether or not Nintendo continues to call the service Virtual Console is anyone’s guess, but it appears that the new device will be able to emulate the GameCube games just fine. According to Eurogamer:
GameCube support is already tested and working, we understand, and three Nintendo games have already been prepped for Switch.
Those games are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Up next on its slate? A version of the GameCube Animal Crossing is currently being tested for potential release. Animal Crossing is a particularly interesting title as it included more than a dozen NES classics – such as Donkey Kong, Mario and Zelda – to obtain and play within the game.
Impressively, we’ve heard that support for these games is currently in Animal Crossing’s Virtual Console build and working. So, if all goes to plan, you would be able to be play an emulated NES game within an emulated GameCube game on your Switch on the bus.
Apparently there’s a push from within Nintendo to have Super Smash Bros. Melee easily playable for tournaments and the e-sports scene. Right now it requires aging equipment and games to work properly at these shows. By having it downloadable on the Switch, it can be easily played at these types of events.
I’m all for some GameCube eShop games! It remains one of my favorite Nintendo systems. We just need Nintendo to bring Eternal Darkness, Metroid Prime, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Wave Race: Blue Storm, and F-Zero GX out for the service. Also get some third parties involved for games like: Soul Calibur 2, Resident Evil 4, Skies of Arcadia, Super Monkey Ball, and Star Wars Rogue Leader. There’s plenty that could be brought back out and I think many of the games would still look amazing on the handheld screen.