Nintendo Switch Reportedly Will Also Support GameCube Game Emulation

Nintendo is working on a unique new console called Switch that will launch in March of next year. It will attempt to bridge the divide between in-home and mobile gaming as an all-in-one solution for both, and if it succeeds, you can bet the Switch will be just as hot (and hard to find early on) as the NES Classic Edition. Not only that, but there's chatter of the Switch supporting GameCube titles, too.

That's the word according to Eurogamer, which claims to have heard the same thing from no less than three separate sources. They way the sources tell it, GameCube support has already been tested and is working, with Nintendo prepping three GameCube games for the Switch. They include Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

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This wouldn't be a surprise. Nintendo has a history of baking support for classic systems into new consoles. The Wii, Wii U, and 3DS all came wit ha Virtual Console service for downloading games released to previous systems, and now it looks as though the Switch will carry on that tradition.

What's not yet known is the number of GameCube titles that will find their way to the Switch. It also isn't known if games from other platforms will be supported on Switch through Nintendo's Virtual Console service. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo handles it all, both in terms of which platforms and games are supported, and if users will be able to upgrade earlier purchases of Virtual Console titles for a small fee.

Previously known as the Nintendo NX, the Switch will feature detachable controllers that can be docked while playing on a big screen HDTV. When out and about, the main console acts as a portable display. It's powered by an NVIDIA Tegra processor and GeForce-class graphics.