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Reggie Fils-Aime Would Love to See GameCube Games on Wii U Virtual Console

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

So would we, Reggie

As Nintendo's Wii U approaches we can expect a number of announcements, some big and others small, over the coming weeks. There are a variety of things we want to know more about, one of which is the Virtual Console offering on eShop.

The latest console to feature on the Wii's Virtual Console was Nintendo 64, so it immediately raises the question of whether Wii U will step it up a notch with GameCube titles, especially as the discs won't work in the new system. Not long after E3 we wrote about the future of GameCube on Wii U, and intriguingly Nintendo of America executive Amber McCollom was quoted, a month later, saying that GameCube games would be available on WiiWare: we do wonder whether McCollom misspoke.

It would appear that she did, as NoA boss Reggie Fils Aime did anything but confirm it when asked about the subject by Kotaku; he apparently said the following with a smile and, we suspect, a wink.

That is a great question. And personally I would love for that to happen, but we have nothing to announce right now.

An optimistic outlook when someone says "nothing to announce right now" is that it'll come at some point in the future, and we doubt Nintendo would pass up the chance for download sales of GameCube classics.

So, which standout GameCube titles would you like to download from a Wii U Virtual Console?


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User Comments (98)



gefflt said:

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

I've pretty much played the whole game already (mainly as Tingle, using my GBA Advanced) over at a friend's house but I never owned the game or really played it by myself (can you believe it?).

Therefore, if Gamecube games are ever available on Wii U's virtual console that'll likely be my first purchase.



Mollutje said:

Would certainly be a cool thing.. I don't know of any must-haves on gamecube that I skipped, but if one pops up I'd certainly be tempted.



MAB said:

I would rather them focus more on getting all the cool Megadrive gems I'm still waiting for speaking of waiting imagine how long it would take to release Gamecube games on WiiU VC I don't have to wait because I still own them and play em on my Wii.



Spoony_Tech said:

Yeah I don't think there is anything I want since I either still own or played just about everything I wanted on the system. Still its a good thing that it happens!



Samholy said:

if it happens, fine. i played mostly everything i wanted on this console. but who knows, maybe a gem of 2 passed by.
depending on the price, i might get one or 2. (yes! ill get that damn WiiU)



NintyMan said:

I still remember that woman's response from last year, and she did most likely said the wrong name. It's not a question of if GameCube games will come to the Wii U Virtual Console, but when.

It'd be cool to play GameCube games on the GamePad as if they're portable. Mainly I would get my favorite games again like Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, and Wario World.



Emaan said:

The Gamecube's still my favorite Nintendo system, I would love this. There's still quite a few games I missed so this would be great for me.



ajcismo said:

The more I sift through my collection of GCN titles, the more I realize how much of an under-appreciated system it really was. It might look like a lunchbox, but that little bugger packed a punch. And STILL has the best controller ever.
Aside from the usual Big N gen fare, if you've never played Eternal Darkness, Baton Kaitos (1st one) or Viewtiful Joe, those are worth picking up a used GC alone.



ajcismo said:

Oh, and 'Cube games will make its way to the Wii U. Nintendo likes making money, likes touting their generational games, and those little discs won't work with The U.



KingDunsparce said:

Hmm, I'll re-buy all of my games well, if not, then I'll just rebuy some favorites. Wind Waker, Kirby Air Ride, Melee (Pikmin was already remade on the wii so I'm good for now) Love this console



RedYoshi999 said:

I'll end up buying most of my collection back such as Wind Waker, SSBM, Double Dash, Sunshine, Mario Party 4-6 and I'll finally be able to complete my Mario Party collection by buying MP7! Would be very handy to have them in download form (and portable?)



BenAV said:

If they do that, does that mean they'll also make a Gamecube controller for the Wii U, considering the Pro controller probably won't quite cut it for some Gamecube games?



Nintenjoe64 said:

Windwaker is definitely worth a re-release but maybe with wii controls and definitely in 1080p as it is one the most beautiful games I've ever played. I reckon it will look good for longer than skyward ever will.

Eternal Darkness needs to be sequelified and a rerelease of the original would definitely improve sales. My biggest gaming regret is not doing all 4 playthroughs of ED:SR but I do have it in my dusty old GC so I wont say never.

Nintendo are a bit annoying though. The wii should have had then entire back catalogue turned in wii friendly versions. Eternal darkness was all about melee weapons which work so well with a wiimotionplus. 1080 snowboarding on balance board would've rocked! They also couldve doubled their mario kart revenue (which was one of the biggest selling games of all time on wii) if they'd let us download and pay for all the old tracks!



LavaTwilight said:

I loved Mario Party 6 and 7 and I can't decide which one is the best in the series but I'll def get them both again! I'll have to get Mario Kart DD and Mario Sunshine, as well as any/all Zelda games that come since I've never played any Zelda game on the GC (except for the collectors edition). I'll def get Sanity's Requiem because that was just pure awesomeness! I hope they make a sequel for the Wii U! Can you imagine the possibilities?



Nardar said:

Well obviously,
Wind Waker, Sunshine, Double Dash, Path of Radiance, Four Swords Adventures, PM: TTYD, Luigi's Mansion (if the game isn't in Dark Moon), than maybe MP4-MP7 and Kirby's Air Ride.



King_Boo said:

I'd like to try timesplitters 2, second sight, and viewtiful joe for sure, and about a dozen others. Also metroid prime with wii remote control option.



seronja said:

i would only buy wind waker, four swords adventure, star fox adventures, star fox assault, luigi's mansion, eternal darkness, killer 7, mario kart double dash and super mario sunshine



Nintendoro said:

If some of GC games were HD remakes, then I'd be glad to get them. Like Zelda wind waker, starfox adventures, resident evil zero,1, Luigi's mansion....



efaulk84 said:

I would be quite angry if the Wii U would have an ambassador program like the 3ds and the Gamecube Games become exclusive to those ambassadors and not to the general public. I still think that GBA games should come to the public make it happen Nintendo.



rjejr said:

The day the Gamecube dropped to $99 in the US 4 games dropped to $19.99, or maybe $24.99/$29.99. I know the next day I picked up the console and the 4 games. Starfox Adventures, SM Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion and I can't remember the 4th, possibly Melee. I've never owned Double Dash so I don't think it was that.
Those 4 would be an obvious place to start. And if they could get Starfox Adventures to not turn into a slideshow during every battle, so much the better.



triforcepower73 said:

I had the unluckiness of getting an xbox from my parents when I was growing up and not the gamecube. So if I hadn't gotten a ds when I was 7 or my parents had gotten me a 360 instead of a wii, I'd probably be one of those retarded teenagers that sits in their room all day cussing everyone that kills me on cod. The only time I've ever played a gamecube was super smash bros melee at a friend's house. Wish that I had gotten a gamecube instead of a stupid xbox.



yobucky said:

paper mario, paper mario, paper mario, paper mario, paper mario. Yeah I still have mint condition cube and copy of the game but still, it would be sweet to have a new excuse to play it again.

Apart from that I probably wouldn't buy any as I have completed my gamecube collection long ago and have no plans on selling them off. Once the mint condition cube dies I'll still have the wii, so once those avenues have all died out then maybe, but by that time we'll be playing on the Wii U-Them, or whatever comes next.



BenAV said:

The only Gamecube game that I really wanted to play that I didn't already have was Kirby Air Ride, and I finally found myself a good PAL copy of it a couple of weeks ago so...

Still hoping for that Wii U Gamecube controller though...



aaronsullivan said:

Wind Waker. I never get tired of that game. However, I'd prefer it to have an HD makeover. I've tried it on PC and it looks insanely good except for some low Rez textures that would have to be updated — it's so abstract it should be a easier than other styles. 3D is good too! If it was given more attention than a simple port a second player could use the gamePad for the tingle controller.

On Zelda, I'd love for an HD Twilight Princess with refined control options using the gamepad OR Wii remote. A lot could be done there with gyro and aiming in both modes if it was given serious attention, but I know it's a pipe dream. ^_^

Rogue Squadron
Probably impossible but I really, really love most of the James Bond game Everything or Nothing.
Mario Kart DD would be nice just so everything could be on one console. I'd enjoy a new play control version, though, on that one, too.

I AM a bit worried about playing my GameCube collection. Our Wii is dying out and I haven't plugged in the old GameCube in years.

GameCube version of the Pro Controller would be a sweet idea for a limited run or something.

Looking back on this post it is SO pie on the sky. Guess I really loved that era.



hamae said:

HD Wind Waker remake will sell through the roof. I'll buy a Wii U just for this.



Expa0 said:

Can't say I'm interested. Besides very few expections I already own all the Gamecube games that are worth owning on disc.



k8sMum said:

good old reggie: the king of saying whatever he feels will keep the masses from going nutz whilst actually saying nothing sincere.



photofool83 said:

I'm still waiting for Mario Party 3 (N64) to land on Virtual Console. Once that arrives then I'll start talking Gamecube.



Silverbullet89 said:

Awesome, I was hoping for this. I don't know what happened to some of my Gamecube games unfortunately, but if they were released via virtual console you better believe I'll be buying them. Baten Kaitos, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, and Star Wars: Rogue Leader (A Fourth Rogue Squadron game needs to be released for the WiiU!), would be the first on my list of must buys.



SammyOfMobius said:

Mario Sunshine, Zelda Wind Waker, Pikmin 1-2, and Sonic Heroes. Yes, Sonic haters, I said Sonic Heroes.



Bass_X0 said:

Can't say I'm interested. Besides very few expections I already own all the Gamecube games that are worth owning on disc.

Yeah, but what about all those gamers who don't have them on disc? You can be interested in something so that everyone can join in, even if you already have them.



HappyHappy said:

I want Luigi's Mansion, Wario World, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, and all the Mario Party games.



Omega said:

I have all essential GCN games on disc. But for newcomers I would suggest the following titles (amongst others, in no particular order):

  • Luigi's Mansion
  • Pikmin
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Starfox Adventures
  • Metroid Prime
  • Zelda: Wind Waker
  • Beyond Good & Evil
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Spyro: A Hero's Tail
  • Wario World

Second Sight is also a very good title. And XIII. And Chibi Robo. And many, many others...



shinpichu said:

Wario World
Resident Evil 4
Baten Kaitos & BK Origins
Metroid Prime 1&2
MGS: Twin Snakes
Killer 7
Rogue Squadron 2

I'd also sort of like to see:
Smash Bros. Melee
Kirby Air Ride
But I'd rather we god them as HD upgrades with online play.



BestBuck15 said:

Probably the same way we were led to believe Game boy Advance games would be on the 3DS virtual console???? Its wishful thinking. Nintendo leading its costumers on?? Never.



DarkEdi said:

Nintendo always is hype in the beginning, but see in what ends all: the actual VC has nothing from Nintendo, only Sega and D4 Publisher are bringing titles to the VC and many more like Ubisoft or Aksys.

And there are a lot of dead systems like the commodore, master system or N64.

Nintendo, first is now, later the future.



jkshaz said:

Might not be a bad idea to actually get out a respectable number of N64 games while you are at it.



Zausimo said:

They will have VC GCN games, no doubt, but I'm guessing by their current price model ($5 NES, $8 SNES, $10 N64) that the price point for these games will be in the $12-15 range. At that point I would honestly prefer a disc-based release with a true HD remastering for a $20-40 price point, as I doubt they would do that for a VC release. Plus with a physical copy they can add more features to justify the higher price, and also physical copies actually have sales and drop in price over time.

Just my two cents, disc based GCN re-releases with HD remastering and additional features is what I would prefer.



luminalace said:

Not only do I expect it to happen, I look forward to it with glee! I loved the Virtual Console on Wii and I really want the Wii U to be able to play the full array of retro Nintendo consoles!



Alienfish said:

I'm sure this has been said, but how am I going to play some GC games without analog triggers? This is one of the big reasons why I think WiiU really should have included the triggers. Not cool, Nintendo, not cool.



Magnet_Man018 said:

@bezerker99 Umm... I think a wii u animal crossing will be made sooner or later, so 2 ac on 1 console... I'm unsure about that. Well, if both ac games have online compatibility with each other, it wouldn't be that bad.




I'd love for this to be true as alot of my old GmaeCube games have been traded in, however If the games aren't available then hopefully the other systems will get better treatment - there's a whole host of classic N64 games I'd love to appear!



Doge said:

yes! i have to give up cubivore cuase i have a wii and im trading it in



FluttershyGuy said:

"...nothing to announce right now?" It's a little under 2 months until release, and VC is one of the aspects of Wii U that hardly a word has been spoken about!!! If there aren't GameCube games, that would concern me that they aren't going to try hard with Wii U VC.



TrueWiiMaster said:

I would love to see some major surprises on the eshop Day 1. A few great Gamecube games would be one such surprise. I'm hoping it'll be a way to get a few games that never made it to the States, like Giftpia and Doshin the Giant in the future as well. I'd love to see some more ports available on the Wii U exclusively through the eshop too. Specifically, Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock. It's incredibly, almost insurmountably unlikely, but hey, I can dream. And while I'm dreaming I'll toss RAGE in there, and maybe Red Dead Redemption...



UnseatingKDawg said:

Wouldn't mind Luigi's Mansion, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, or Shadow the Hedgehog. But, I got all three of them used, and they still currently work on my Wii. So, the only way I'd be downloading them is if those discs happened to stop working. That, and if SA2 isn't coming to PC, which seems unlikely.



MeloMan said:

... Don't see why not. There's "somebody" out there that will benefit from it. I've played everything I wanted to play on GCN except Skies of Arcadia Legends but I won't be pining for it. Also, there's people who don't want to have Wii U, Wii/GCN sitting around just to play GC games when they could just have their Wii U... same logic applies for GBA games on 3DS, and you see where that's going. Get the led out, Nintendo.



Hokori said:

I'd get RE1, SSBM, Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Sonic adventure 2 battle, AC, chibi Robo, Baiton Kaitos, Baiton Kaitos Origins, Mario Party 4-7, WarioWorld, Luigis mansion, TTYD, Eternal Darkness, Metroid Prime 1 and 2, SMS, Zelda WW and Zelda 4 Swords adventures



Bass_X0 said:

I would rather them focus more on getting all the cool Megadrive gems I'm still waiting for speaking of waiting imagine how long it would take to release Gamecube games on WiiU VC

Its up to the publishers to release games on the VC; Nintendo only handle their own games. If Sega doesn't approach Nintendo to put a game on the VC, there's nothing Nintendo can do about it.



Varia01 said:

I am so shocked that no one mentioned METROID PRIME on this list of comments. I would be disappointed if Wii U doesn't have GB games on the VC. I would like to play Metroid Prime again and it would be a big mistake from Nintendo if they ditch that plan. If they do use it, I hope the first-person legend is the first on the Gamecube list. And it has the highest score for games I've seen so far on Metacritic. 97/100. Well my review is for it is 11/10 and I will be excited to see the amazing graphics on it refreshed in glorious HD.



StarDust4Ever said:

Nintendo was stupid to remove the analog flipper functionality of the Pro Classic controller simply because no games actually used it. Game Cube really needs this, FYI.



Jukilum said:

I'd like to see Cubivore on there, I never got to play that one. I could probably still find it on disc though.



Shirma_Akayaku said:

@MrWalkieTalkie I COMPLETELY agree. MKDD with online play would be a fantastic idea (as long as Nintendo pulls it off right). I can also imagine 16 players at once. Sharing a kart with friends using two game-pads or online friends. It would be much easier to switch from driver to stander online if their were an indicator showing you that your friend is pressing the switch button. And if there is a mic built in, (which I'm sure there is) they can tell you to switch.



KiwiPanda said:

This will be great, if it happens. The size of GC games were decent, but still pretty big compared to what Nintendo has done on VC, so far. If I was to see any games, I would definitely enjoy online for games like MKDD and SMBM, if that's even possible (But considering Nintendo can do ANYTHING, they can probably pull it off). I would also enjoy seeing Super Mario Sunshine, which is currently one of my favorite 3D games, especially on GC and in the Mario series. I never even got a chance to play Kirby Air Ride, so that better be there. And could they put in Pokemon C/XD? Online would be cool on them, too. Overall, this is a great oppurtunity, and Nintendo kinda has to at some point in time



Vehemont said:

I would rather Nintendo just give the Wii U the ability to play Gamecube discs like they had done for the Wii. Also kinda off topic, but it would be nice if the Wii U could play regular DVDs as well!



cmk8 said:

Let us play GC games through the Wii U normally (using the disks) and with the ability to play them exclusively on the Gamepad.
Would love to replay Skies of Arcadia, Thousand Year Door etc.



bluecat said:

GameCube on the VC would hurry me a little more to get a WiiU after launch. Especially hard to find and expensive ones. :9

However since I plan on keeping my Wii I can just buy GC games used too if need be. But the option for those without a Wii to get them on VC would be cool too.



HaNks said:

will probably cost in the region of $20 a pop. i'm expecting to be able to stream to the gamepad at the least and if nintendo get their finger out...720p up-rendering (while keeping the titles with no widescreen mode at their original 4:3 ratio).

then there's the small issue of the you can't really play f-zero GX without analogue shoulders. GC pad adapter please!



SirSmugleaf said:

Depressing pun in the Subtitle there...

But, seriously, bring GameCube games to Wii U, Nintendo!



Gamesake said:

Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Super Monkey Ball, Crazy Taxi, Billy Hatcher and the Giant EGG, Phantasy Star Online, and Skies of Arcadia.

GameCube had some of the greatest games ever.



DarkNinja9 said:

well i played most gc games and i agree the gc was awesome but hmm i would probably get the games i never played like pikmin,luigis mansion and get the good games like:

mario kart DD
mario sunshine
zelda:wind waker
metriod 2,3

cant think of any more but yeah mario kart DD online would be awesome but i doubt that will ever happen since i dont think nintendo would work on something old while they can be working on something new =/



Jukilum said:

Wasn't there actually some internet play built in to Mario Kart: DD but needed some weird peripheral that no one had? Correct me if I'm wrong (and I probably am.)



I-U said:

I have thought for a month or so now that Gamecube games were going to be on the Wii U shop near day one. I did not know that they weren't accounced.



AntiGuy said:

I'm not worrying about that, of course Nintendo is releasing GC games on the VC. They'll make quite a buck with the likes of Mario Sunshine, Wind Waker, Thousand Year Door and the list just goes on and on... unless they are completely stupid...



renaryuugufan92 said:

Eternal Darkness
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Resident Evil REmake
Resident Evil Zero
Resident Evil 2 (if not the GCN port, definitly the N64 one as it was never available on the Wii's VC)

to name my top 5
and every other gamecube game i currently own so i can preserve my disc copies and used the eshop downloaded versions on Wii U



Moonhillwat said:

I'm probably the only one in the universe who would want it, but the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger trilogy, please!



TheHunter said:

Been trying to track down a copy of Custom Robo lately, it'd be great if that was available.



Xilef said:

Does the Wii U have analog triggers? If not, how are you going to play some GC games?



ieatghosts said:

This is awesome...but only if the price is right! If not, I'll keep playing them the old fashioned way



NoirUsernameHere said:

animal crossing(with online play),mario kart double dash(with online play),super smash bros.melee(with online play),luigis mansion,super mario sunshine,and last but not least,the legend of zelda the wind waker!(thats right toon link haters! i said it!



BulbasaurusRex said:

I think several GameCube games would suffer without access to GameCube controllers. I'd rather keep my Wii to play GameCube games as well as certain multiplayer Wii games that allow GameCube controllers, oh, and I can't forget about the Wii games with online components that make it impossible to transfer their save data.



Shasta said:

Mario Superstar Baseball, and Mario Power Tennis. I would also love it if I could play online--so I could face/join my buddy in another state.



Varia01 said:

@Hokori Ok sorry my bad.
Bye, the way, I have changed for the past months and decided my previous posts were too crazy for the guy I am now, that doesn't mean I gonna stop with jokes, but I am going to stop with fake anger.



TomJ said:

Super Mario Sunshine
Luigi's Mansion
Wario World
Mario Kart : Double Dash!!
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Star Fox Assault
Fire Emblem : Path of Radiance
Paper Mario : The Thousand Year Door
Make it happen, Nintendo!

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