Something fans have wanted for years is GameCube support on the Virtual Console, and with the Nintendo Switch on the horizon, we may just see it come to fruition. Eurogamer has reported that they have multiple sources that point to GameCube games making their way onto the Nintendo Switch.
Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and Super Smash Bros. Melee are all reportedly being prepped for the system.
Super Smash Bros. Melee and Animal Crossing are two interesting games in this lineup for a few reasons. For one, Nintendo is seemingly trying to cater to the competitive Melee scene by having the game widely available by digital download. Secondly, the original Animal Crossing is known for having many unlockable classic NES titles within it. These will apparently be untouched if the game were to come to the Switch, allowing players to own more than a dozen NES games along with their purchase of Animal Crossing.
Support for the Wii U’s GameCube controller adapter is also being talked about, but a final decision on whether it will be used or not has yet to be made.
The team behind the Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console has been reported to be NERD (Nintendo European Research and Development), the same team who worked on the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.
Nintendo Switch is planned to launch in March 2017, with official details coming in January.