Virtual Console is getting a big upgrade through the Nintendo Switch. It seems the GameCube may be one of the main platforms to be featured.
Eurogamer has been able to confirm that GameCube games are indeed making an arrival on Nintendo Switch. It seems that this new feature has already been tested and prepped. Three games should be available early enough and those are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
More future games will also be worked on to be brought back on Switch’s Virtual Console. In fact, the next game being worked on is Animal Crossing. There is also talk that Nintendo may be working on a GameCube controller adapter for the Switch as well. The continued support for this controller has two reasons on Switch: Super Smash Bros. and the GameCube games.
With Melee still being a pillar in fighting game tournaments, it is in Nintendo’s best interest to continue supporting the game and making it as accessible as possible. Melee’s presence on Switch will make tournament organization a lot easier. Nintendo tried running Dolphin’s GameCube emulator on the Nvidia Tegra chip that is powering the Switch and the results look promising.
Finally, it seems Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console program will offer an upgrade for purchased titles on the Wii U and/or 3DS.
“And while the number of platforms to be offered on Switch’s Virtual Console has yet to be nailed down, we’ve heard that there should be an upgrade programme similar to that available on Wii U, where earlier purchases of Virtual Console NES games can be ‘upgraded’ for a small fee rather than being bought again at full price.
We’ve also heard that Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console is being engineered by (Nintendo European Research and Development) NERD, the studio behind the recent NES Mini micro-console which sold out in many stores ahead of Christmas.”