The Switch – Nintendo’s upcoming console, which marries the portable and home gaming landscapes – will have Virtual Console support for the GameCube, three sources confirmed to Eurogamer today.
The backwards compatibility has already been tested, and is said to be functional. Three games have already been prepped for the Switch: Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Right now, the GameCube version of Animal Crossing is also being tested for release.
The Switch’s Virtual Console is said to be engineered by Nintendo European Research and Development (NERD), the group that headed the NES Mini’s production.
If accurate, this news isn’t entirely surprising. The Wii, Wii U, and 3DS have all featured Virtual Console services, allowing users to download and play games from previous hardware generations. While not confirmed, an upgrade programme is being considered; for a one-time fee, users can upgrade their applicable library of Virtual Console games to run on the Switch. This means games wouldn’t have to be re-purchased at full price.
Support for the Wii U’s GameCube controller adaptor is also being considered, but nothing has been finalised.
We’ll keep you updated if more news surfaces.