Rumor: Nintendo Switch will have Gamecube Virtual Console


According to Eurogamer, the Nintendo Gamecube will finally be getting virtual console releases on Nintendo’s new system, the Nintendo Switch.

According to their sources, three classic Gamecube games are currently running on the Switch: Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, and Luigi’s Mansion. The original Animal Crossing is also being considered as a title for the service.

While some platforms are still in the air, it’s believed that the Nintendo Switch will have a similar virtual console upgrade system to the Wii U, where NES and SNES virtual console games can be bought at a steep discount if you owned them on the Wii.

The Switch’s Virtual Console is also being developed by NERD (Nintendo European Research and Development), who created the emulation used for the NES Classic.

As a final note, Nintendo is also trying to see if they can get the Wii U’s Gamecube Adapter working on the Switch.

We’ll find out more January 13th, when Nintendo holds a press event for their brand new console.

Matthew Sigler


Currently interning at Niche Gamer. I’ve been playing video games since I was three years old.

  • sanic

    huh might help the switch

  • Scootinfroodie

    Might be tempted if this means I can get the more overpriced GC titles for cheap, along with a (hopefully) more robust library

  • Pillbugable

    A discount? Why not just enable a cross-buy system?

  • Bitterbear

    So.. Smash Bros Melee for the Switch?

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  • Tyrone Jackson

    Probably a good move since GC was the last Nintendo system worth owning.

  • Espio419

    A portable GameCube would be pretty rad.

  • porkbun

    that would be pro-consumer and nintendo will never be that.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    It will never have any games you’d want.

  • InkBrush

    Sadly for me, Dolphin runs like ass on both my laptops.

  • Heresy Hammer

    Get old gc compatible wii

    or dolphin works as well.

  • Joe

    I suspect this is a completely BS fan rumor that won’t happen. The architectures are too different for Nintendo to bother with. If they’d wanted to emulate Gamecube it would have been a simple matter on the Wii U.

  • scemar

    great if true, but nintendo should just have an emulator for every system they have and as many games as they can available, and make it an “all you can play” service like netflix

    otherwise all their games are emulatable in high quality already

    I guess they could go through the work of adding online functions or local multiplayer using the detachable joycons as new features for old games too, to add value to the experience

    there’s definitely a lot Nintendo can do to establish itself and their services as high quality and desirable tho, if they wanted

  • Minuteworld92


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  • Sigma

    “The Switch’s Virtual Console is also being developed by NERD (Nintendo
    European Research and Development), who created the emulation used for
    the NES Classic.”

    So Pharell Williams has nothing to do with the Switch?