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Virtual Gamecube Coming To Nintendo Switch?

By Ike Recio , Feb 15, 2017 02:48 PM EST

The Nintendo Switch looks to be one impressive piece of technology, once it gets released on shelves. Rumors have been going around that the device will have backward compatibility, and will allow gamers to play with classic Gamecube titles. News has come out that somewhat confirm the Gamecube rumors, but could it possibly be a red herring?

In an interview with Melty, Nintendo's Yoshiaki Koizumi talks about the rumors surrounding the Switch and the possible support it will have for Gamecube. He says, "We cannot really answer with precision because we have not announced anything about it at this time. What I can tell you is that we are working on things that go in that direction."

If the Switch were to come with a virtual version of the Gamecube, Nintendo is said to release "Gamecube-style joy-con peripherals." Polygon points out that some older Nintendo fans still appreciate the Gamecube because of the pressure-sensitive analog triggers that were lacking with the Wii U and the Switch.

It has also been revealed that Nintendo plans to add support for the Wii U controller after the Nintendo Switch launches. The reason for doing so was because the company plans to rerelease some Wii U titles for the Nintendo Switch.

Two versions of a game are said to be playable, one being the "enhanced" version for the Nintendo Switch, and the other being the "original" version which will require the use of the original Wii controller. It's still unclear as to what console Nintendo has priority over with backward compatibility, but it looks like there will be plans to support both consoles.

As for now, fans will just have to wait for further news from the Nintendo. For the meantime, they can enjoy some games like the ­1-2-Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Nintendo Switch comes out on March 3.

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