The Nintendo Switch will be able to play GameCube games using its Virtual Console service, according to Eurogamer. If the report is true, it will be the first time that GameCube games will be sold digitally.
So far Eurogamer says that three games have already been prepped for the Switch, Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee, and that those games will be available at the Switch’s launch. Animal Crossing is currently in testing, and could also potentially be in the Virtual Console at the Switch’s launch.
Many gamers have been begging for backwards compatibility for GameCube games in either digital or physical form. The Wii was able to play GameCube discs, but the Wii U did away with that functionality. The Switch will also not have any physical backwards compatibility, but this report could give gamers hope that they can play some of the most popular GameCube games again.
Most of the concrete details about the Nintendo Switch remain unknown. Nintendo is planning an event in January to reveal more details about its newest console. The Switch is due to release in March 2017.