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Rumor: Details on plans for Switch’s Virtual Console, include specific GameCube games

Posted on December 7, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in GameCube, Rumors, Switch

A few hours ago, Tom Phillips from Eurogamer tweeted that GameCube support is planned for the Virtual Console on Switch. The site now has its full report up about the situation.

Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee are the first games Eurogamer claims Nintendo has been focusing on. The original Animal Crossing is also being looked into, with all of its NES games included. Eurogamer adds that Nintendo is considering support for the GameCube controller adapter on Wii U, though “a final decision has not yet been made.”

Eurogamer has heard that Nintendo is interested in making Smash Bros. Melee easily playable. It remains popular to this day, especially within the eSports community. Having the game on Switch means fans wouldn’t need to continue relying on the GameCube hardware or third-party emulation.

Moving on from GameCube specifically, an upgrade program will be in place on the Virtual Console similar to Wii U. Those who purchased NES games will be able to pay a small fee instead of full price to have the new version on Switch.

NERD, otherwise known as Nintendo European Research and Development, is rumored to be working on Switch’s Virtual Console. That bodes well, as the company was praised for its emulation work on the NES Classic Edition.



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  • Rogob // 113 Days

    Sounds believable and promising

    • Rogob // 113 Days

      I have trouble believing that they won’t have either a new gc adapter, or have the wii u one be compatible because they did it for the wii u, when no one really expected it, but since they DID make one for the wii u, they kinda’ have to continue making them from now on as long as there is smash in some form on their consoles or else people will go crazy. And I really hope they continue to do it in the form of adapters instead of making a ‘new’ gc controller which is practically the exact same, but is more like the pro controller in that it is for the switch, because while that would be nice as a 2nd option, the fact that they still produce new gc controllers is really nice for speedrunners like myself of older games, and competitive smash players

  • Lord Ozzie

    As a person who become a fan of Nintendo with the 3DS, I honestly cannot wait for the Switch especially if it will have GameCube Virtual console since I never got the chance to play many gems. My biggest hope is that I really hope they bring Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn either as a port or virtual console, just please bring it Nintendo!

  • Exposer

    Sounds plausible…Also we need confirmation about GB games, cause the WiiU had all the consoles in its eshop part, but the GB games were exclusve to the 3DS, so we need that and WiiU games (Ports if you want) to have the ultimate Nintendo experience

  • Ghirahim

    Nintendo, listen!


    • Exposer

      …Have very annoying fans.

      • Roto Prime


      • Stuart

        I shouldn’t,but I laughed at this.

      • YamiryuuZero

        Not nearly as annoying as Melee fans, though!

        • Exposer

          Oh thats another level

          • Indielink

            This thread is probably one of my favorites on this site.


      • Ektoras Kalderis

        That was clever and funny ….. thanks πŸ˜›

      • Kobob is ready for Switchmas.


        sorry πŸ™‚

  • Roto Prime

    Gamecube Joy con and we are done, also USB adapter when home duh, oh and a Gamecube pro controller…

    • YamiryuuZero

      We’re also gonna need USB 3.0 GCN Controller adapters. You know, so we can have 2 adapters linked to the Switch without having to occupy all of its USB ports with that horrible Y cable!

      • Roto Prime

        This, all the options listed above Nintendo!

  • YamiryuuZero

    I’m looking forward to Fire Emblem and Tales of Symphonia!
    But above all, looking to have those titles I didn’t have the chance to play yet – Skies of Arcadia, Baten kaitos, etc.

    • Roto Prime

      We can get Tales of Symphonia HD better!!

      • YamiryuuZero

        Which is just a port of the PS2 version. I’d rather have a remake of the game – get rid of mana and implement the Graces CC system with full 3D movements for faster paced combat and more combo options! Graces’ combat style could do wonders to a Symphonia remake made exclusively for HD consoles!

        • Roto Prime

          hey, HEY!! remakes are always better, Full body tales of Symphonia <3

    • Indielink

      I remember seeing the boxart for Skies of Arcadia for years as a kid and never being able to get it. Baten Kaitos has also been on my list for as long as I can remember.

      • Justin McQuillen

        Yeah that one was hard to find. My cousin picked it up and I was jealous. We kept finding random hard to find GC games like that and Ikaruga in the back corner of a CD store in the mall.

  • Please no. Get rid of Melee.

    • Roto Prime

      It will never die, just like Smash 64/Brawl

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      Smash 64 and Smash 4 > Melee, but I don’t think getting rid of it is fair. It does have a very strong following.

      • Addy

        A very strong following of idiots who bash any other installment for not having wavedashing, or being to slow, or not having Roy as he was.

        • Well, yes, but I don’t think we should discount the entire community because of some moronic bad eggs. Melee was a fine game in its own right and we likely wouldn’t have Brawl and then Smash 4 without it.

          • Addy

            The same moronic bad eggs (maybe) who modded Brawl to play like Melee. “We don’t like how Brawl plays so we’re going to crack the game and make it play how it’s intended, and hack Roy back in.” I cannot enjoy the series as much as I did in the old days.

    • theFooFighter

      F**k you

    • Tlink7

      What’s wrong with Melee? I loved that game as a child and still do πŸ™

      • the fanbase.

        • Tlink7

          I can assure you the majority of people who loved Melee are not part of that annoying, screaming minority… It’d be like me saying you’re a lifeless social reject because you have an anime avatar πŸ˜›

  • theFooFighter

    If this thing really can play both melee and smash 4 with support for the GameCube controller then the competitive scene if officially in love with this system. One of the worst things about the melee scene is its reliance on old hardware the people that run evo and other events have basically been begging for some kind of port.

    • Usama Notkani

      Also don’t forget about splatoon. That game is sure to be prominent on the esports scene

  • maxleresistant

    “Eurogamer adds that Nintendo is considering support for the GameCube controller”
    They better support it… they sold that 20$ piece of plastic to a lot of
    people, it’s a standard USB cable, the dock on the Switch has USB ports.
    Don’t be your usual jerk Nintendo. Do the right thing here

    • Jack Red

      Yes, it’s standard USB, but it’s running software only compatible with the Wii U. Why else would it be hard to use the adapter on the PC without some third party program?

      • maxleresistant

        it’s a device, you need drivers, Nintendo make those drivers, . They could easily make compatible with anything they want. But if someone else tries to do it, of course they’ll also need a program/drivers to make it work, and they did.
        It’s just an accessory, no rocket science here, if they decide to not make it compatible, it will only be because they are planning to sell you something else instead.
        That’s as simple as that.

      • Justin McQuillen

        All USB peripherals are gonna need drivers of some sort man. You’re misunderstanding how it works haha.

    • Justin McQuillen

      Hard to act like it’s useless. They made it USB. That means it’s universal. I can now use my Wavebird to play Gamecube games on my 4K tv, and I’ll never go back.

  • AquaBat

    Without pressure-sensitive “analog” shoulder buttons, Super Mario Sunshine is never gonna happen. Melee’s “analog” pressure-sensitive shields also won’t work.
    The fact that the GC Controller would have to be used through the same adapter used for the Wii U doesn’t fill me with confidence in this report, considering there isn’t much indication that that adapter even registered pressure sensitivity on the shoulder buttons at all.

    • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

      Smash 4U doesn’t use analog shoulders input because neither the GamePad nor Wii U’s Pro Controllers don’t have analog shoulders. It doesn’t mean the adaptar can’t read the analog shoulders.

    • Carlos

      It works on emulators so…

    • Justin McQuillen

      It does man. I use it to play Super Mario Sunshine all the time.

  • menschmaschine

    If NERD is working on the NES emulation, hopefully they can fix the weird audio problems the NES classic has. Hopefully more powerful hard work will allow for better emulation.

    A good video talking about the audio problems here, Starts around 15 minutes and 35 seconds in.

  • Martin Naranjo

    I still remember when Amber McCollum said Nintendo was going to release GC VC …. Nintendo never even tried with the Wii U

  • If true, I hope they realize how badly people are going to want to play Smash (and other Gamecube games too, but mostly Smash) with an actual Gamecube controller.

    I’ve also heard about Capcom modding an online versus mode into past rereleases of SF2; let’s hope that’s a possibility with Melee.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Everyone is already talking as if true. I refuse to believe in any leak, especially not from the same dang people every God dang time. It’s always the same 2 girls and Europe magazines. And one of the girls is even from UK. Nope, this is fake,

  • FlΓ‘vio Martins

    Poor … Where is the “Virtual console on demand”? A VirtualFlix?

  • Kenshin0011

    I’ve never been one to really care too much about these virtual console games. Is it a feature that should be there? Yes, of course, but I’m not jumping up and down to play these games from decades ago. I just don’t care anymore, I crave NEW games and NEW experiences. Enjoy the virtual console, but that’s at the bottom of my list of things I believe Nintendo needs to get right with their modern console experience.

    I am more interested in seeing how their Switch operating system runs. Is it modern, swift, and fast? Is it easier to add friends, chat with them, party up? Those features are more pertinent imo. Great Nintendo games will always be there, but lately, Nintendo is held back by the CONSOLE itself.

  • Jack Red

    Am i the only one who’d like to see a game like the old THQ Spongebob games come to Gamecube VC? I know the virtual console for Gamecube on the Switch isn’t confirmed and that the THQ Spongebob games are multiplatform games, but I’d like to see them re-released in some form. Heck, the movie game for a while had been on the Playstation store until it got taken down due to some bugs.

  • Bap

    It will be PAL.

  • Tlink7

    Give me portable Double Dash!! and Melee and I’ll be set for life <3