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Nintendo Refuses to Confirm GameCube Downloads on Wii U

Posted by James Newton

No denying either

Yesterday we reported that GameCube games could come to Wii U via WiiWare, and Nintendo has now released an official (and very carefully worded) statement to Destructoid:

To clarify the capabilities of the Wii U system: As correctly stated, Wii U will not play Nintendo GameCube discs, however Nintendo has not made any announcements regarding downloadable content.

Both statements of fact, of course: Wii U doesn't use GameCube discs and Nintendo has said nothing about WiiUWare or Virtual Console for Wii U, but could the two dovetail together?


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n0body said:

This is one of the things I hate the most about Nintendo...
Failure to communicate, well, just about anything properly.

Remember when Iwata said Miyamoto was planning for something special for Zelda's anniversary? Most of us thought it would have to do with games...

Remember when they said multiple times this year that Wii still had many awesome games coming — some before E3?

Remember the statement "we're making Pikmin" back on 2008?



timp29 said:

I guess it demonstrates Amber doesn't know what she was talking about... Gamecube on WiiU Ware?
Unless she just let a major cat out of the bag and now Reggie is reaming her like Burning_Spear suggests



MelonYoshi said:

you know some of you are taking this way to serious, which is why people on the internet fail. whether nintendo does gamecube games or not, im still going to buy a WiiU. I don't really give a fig about gamecube games. Unless its double dash. I'm sure nintendo will bring it to the system. If not oh well. im still looking forward to the newer games. You guys need to get your head out of the past and move on. Especially that most of you on these sites are sensetitive over anything a company does. Then you immediately shut them down cause they let you down.



Burning_Spear said:

@9: Thank you for that dose of level-headedness. You should have checked in yesterday, when an announcement that GC games would be downloadable was painted as a Madoff-like heist and a slap at everyone loyal to Nintendo.



Scarhino89 said:

Oh no!! And we wanted Baten Kaitos : Origins on this downloading platform because we haven't got it on GC



Rapadash6 said:

Umm, of course Nintendo is going to offer GCN games as Virtual Console downloads. All they're saying here is that they haven't officially announced it yet, which is true. Those thinking the original statement was a confirmation of some kind were only kidding themselves. I mean, come on now, how long have you been following Nintendo? You should know how they work by now.



catcher82611 said:

I think it's too soon for nintendo to start offering GCN titles. You can still find them used at a lot of game stores, and it would probably be cheaper than buying many of the games on VC



TheKingOfTown said:

whenever a nintendo executive says something about a new console, nintendo always says its just a rumor. but why would she say it in the first place if it wasn't true? there have been plenty of times where nintendo wouldn't comment on rumor or speculation, but it ended up being true. So I wouldn't be surprised if there were gamecube games on Wii U.



Link977 said:

they probably dont want to confirm anything yet and get everyones hopes up then have to say that it cant after they got everyone excited...



Burning_Spear said:

Or maybe they trashed the idea in disgust after listening to all the people complaining about it being another way to rip off the loyal fans.



hYdeks said:

It's not nintendo's fault people are asking them hundreds of questions and they can't tell most company's like them have a contract they gotta sign to keep things secret, or they get fired Besides, I could careless, I can just buy the gamecube games I like off ebay and play them on my wii



Omenapoika said:

I'd be perplexed if they didn't have the GC games...
Wii had games of all the previous consoles, it's just too good for their franchise.



ToastyYogurt said:

Eh, I only care a little about GC games on VC. I still have my GameCube and am planning on keeping my Wii and GameCube after getting a Wii U, but I would jump on the opportunity to get games I missed out on without having to hunt for it on eBay and at GameStop, and be able to play it without having to pop in a disk, not to mention not needing to worry about the disk I end up getting being scratched from abuse by it's previous owner.
But I still have my GameCube and every game I've ever owned for it (I never sell games because I'm afraid I'll miss them), so I don't care if Nintendo shuns GC support.
Now that I think about it, GameCube controllers had analogue (a.k.a. pressure sensitive, or at least kinda, by allowing the buttons to have a "partly pressed" mode and "fully pressed" mode) shoulder buttons (except for the Z button, which was normal), which the Classic Controller lacks. Since GC controllers aren't supported by the Wii U, and some games used this feature (i.e. in Super Mario Sunshine, you could walk around and spray water at the same time by holding down the R button lightly), this would poise a problem for VC ports of some games. Does the new Wii U controller have analogue shoulder buttons? Could there be a new Classic Controller that has analogue shoulder buttons? Could there be a new GC-like controller that connects to a Wiimote, or maybe a GC to Wiimote adapter? Would this keep Nintendo from releasing GC games on VC that used this feature, like Super Mario Sunshine? Could Nintendo remap the controls of GC games (That does seem like a possibility. The only extra button that a CC over a GC controller is the Select/- button, the Home button (out of the question), and one shoulder button (CC has 4, GC had 3), which could toggle the "partly pressed" mode when it and the L or R button is held down)? Or will Nintendo just shun the idea of GC VC entirely because of this and probably other issues? Stay tuned...



HappyHappy said:

They said that they have not made an announcement yet, so there is still a possibility of me playing Luigi's Mansion and Viewtiful Joe in the future.



19Robb92 said:

I won't get my hopes up after they said there'll be no hard drive in the WiiU. Would be weird if you could download games that are like 1,5GB.

But it would be awesome I have to admit. I would definitely use it. Wind Waker, Luigi's Mansion and a lot of other games would definitely be downloaded on my WiiU since I never owned a GC and only borrowed my buddy's to play those awesome games.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Aren't two of the Wii U's shoulder buttons analogue ? If so i think you could be able to control GC games well enough on the Wii U.
And if Nintendo want a VC on the Wii U they better have these classy GC games for download. I don't think there are enough VC titles left to create big excitement over the next VC. That don't have legal issues or are only cult classics.
On the other hand if they include newer Sega systems in the next VC maybe they wouldn't need those GC games.



ToastyYogurt said:

@LTD: Hmm, maybe they are. But then arouses the question of multiplayer: only 1 Wii U controller can be hooked up at a time, along with 4 Wiimotes. So if they decide they want to bring GC games to VC, they should make a GC-like CC for multiplayer and those that don't want to use the Wii U controller.



miletich3 said:

I don't see why it's not possible to offer GC games for download on Wii U. It's pretty much likely that Nintendo will confirm GC downloads on Wii U.



GeminiSaint said:

I don't care much because, well, I still own a functioning Game Cube (besides a Wii) and all the GCN games I care about.



kyoya said:

i think nintendo will do because i have faith for nintendo and i always will



SteveW said:

They probably don't currently have plans to do that but don't want to say no and rule it out because they may want to do it in the future.



MakeMyBiscuit said:

This is why I love and will probably still keep my Wii. After re-watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy I felt like some LOTRs action. I had Aragorn's Quest for the Wii (highly underrated) but I also had LOTRs The Twin Towers and LOTRs The Return of the King for the Gamecube and I thought what else was there, so I found and bought LOTRs The Third Age and The Hobbit for the Gamecube both complete and relatively cheap (definitely cheaper than a new retail game) and these game ROCK! Since I already have an Xbox 360, I'm not in too much of a hurry to get a Wii U especially seeing how were are in a RECESSION!



JustanotherGamer said:

Gamecube games come in a 1.4GB So dowloading on Nintendo's tiny 8GB flash memory provided by the Wii U. Nintendo had at least provide a tiny 20GB HDD with the Wii U. Otherwise only 5 Gamecube games can be downloaded onto the Wii U. At least have the option of adding a HDD to the Wii U even if it does not initially come with one. Like the 4GB Xbox 360 S which does allow for a 250GB HDD to be added.



LordTendoboy said:

19Robb92 wrote:

I won't get my hopes up after they said there'll be no hard drive in the WiiU. Would be weird if you could download games that are like 1,5GB.

Source? Cause at E3 they said you could connect an external hard drive to the Wii U for data storage. It even says that on their E3 website:

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