Got your pinch of salt? Good, keep it handy, just in case. According to Eurogamer, who cite three anonymous sources, the Nintendo Switch will run older GameCube titles through its Virtual Console. Although it’s still unconfirmed, Eurogamer has been right about these things before, particularly with the God of War leak earlier this year.
According to the anonymous sources, three games are tested and working on the Switch. These are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. This points to the Switch allowing older Nintendo titles to be bought on Nintendo’s eShop and played through the Virtual Console, so gamers can catch up on the company’s storied history. The sources also go on to say that the Virtual Console feature is being worked on by NERD, the same company that made the NES Mini a reality and sold-out success. Furthermore, the next title being converted is Animal Crossing, which will still include the in-game NES classics that were a popular Easter Egg.
Eurogamer suggests a highly plausible reason for why GameCube games will only now be added to the Virtual Console: eSports. Super Smash Bros. Melee is still a popular competitive fighting game, and being playable and downloadable on a modern console could boost the title’s popularity. And this would certainly benefit countries like ours, where GameCube games didn’t have as much presence as other systems.