It looks like Nintendo is bringing GameCube games to the Switch hybrid console. According to Eurogamer, Nintendo has already ported three titles to the console — Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee, and the company is now working to get Animal Crossing ported over.
All of Nintendo’s earlier consoles, including the Wii U, Wii, and 3DS came with a Virtual Console service that allowed them to emulate games from earlier hardware. The Nintendo Switch will also offer the feature, allowing players to upgrade existing titles for a small fee rather than buying them outright once again.
Nintendo is looking to leverage the hardware prowess of the Switch — which is powered by NVIDIA — to roll out a slew of games. Says Eurogamer:
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.
Another big push behind GameCube Virtual Console, we hear, is the desire within Nintendo to continue making Super Smash Bros. Melee easily playable. 15 years on from its initial release, Melee is still a hugely popular game in the esports scene, and a regular major draw at huge competitions such as Evo.
Melee’s easy availability via Switch Virtual Console will help matters, rather than relying on aging hardware or third-party emulation.
The Nintendo Switch will make its debut in March, and we should be hearing more details next month.