Nintendo Switch Could Be Adding Gamecube Games to the Virtual Console

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The Nintendo Switch, Nintendo and the industry’s first mobile console, has been shrouded in secrecy since Nintendo released the 3-minute video, unveiling the tech.  Nearly a month has passed and rumors continue to swirl about features, sizes, and compatibility for the mobile console.  Today, we add another one, but this sounds a lot more promising.  

In a report by Eurogamer.net, they asked three separate, unknown, sources and all of them confirmed that Gamecube Virtual Console support is tested, working, and three games are ready for the Switch.  Those three games being Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, and Luigi’s Mansion.

Nintendo’s more recent consoles are no stranger to allowing compatibility from previous generations, via Virtual Console.  However, it’s pretty exciting news to learn that the Switch will finally give gamers access to premiere Gamecube titles that may have, otherwise, been unavailable.  The reason behind this is due to the swanky new processing chipset, the Nvidia Tegra X1, that makes the Switch much more powerful than the generations that came before it.

Eurogamer’s sources say that part of the driving force behind making Gamecube games easily accessible is due to the consistent popularity of Super Smash Bros. Melee.  Nintendo is smart to realize the impact of cross-compatibility between generations, especially with Melee.  To this day, the 15-year old game is still played in major league eSports tournaments, around the world.  Nintendo has shown that they care about eSports and plan to support it with this Virtual Console addition.

The next game Nintendo is testing is Gamecube’s Animal Crossing, which is considered sacred ground to most die-hard fans of the series. 

All of this is unconfirmed by Nintendo, as they denied commenting, but this rumor feels pretty legit.  What better way to get more fans invested in the Nintendo Switch than to give them access to their favorite childhood games?  Adding in a Gamecube Virtual Console will do just that and add a unique feature, previously unaccessible. 

Nintendo will reveal more information about the Switch in January‘s Nintendo Direct.  

The Nintendo Switch is on track to release March 2017.

What do you think of this rumor?