The Nintendo Switch will allow users to purchase and play GameCube games through the Virtual Console service, according to a new report from Eurogamer.
Three different sources have confirmed that GameCube support is already up and running on the Switch, with three games already receiving Switch support: Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Every Nintendo system since the Wii has supported Virtual Console, an online service that allows users to purchase games released on earlier Nintendo hardware. While it’s unclear how many of Nintendo’s older consoles will be supported through VC on the Switch, there are rumors that there will be an upgrade program similar to the one available on the Wii U that will allow users to “upgrade” their previous purchases for a small fee and carry them over to the Switch.
Interestingly, Eurogamer is also reporting that they’ve heard the Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console is being engineered by NERD (Nintendo European Research and Development), the same studio that made the NES Classic, which is currently almost impossible to find in stores.
Animal Crossing is reportedly the next GameCube title being tested and there is also a rumor that Nintendo is looking into making the Wii U’s GameCube controller adapter compatible with the Switch, which would allow users to play GameCube games with actual GameCube controllers.
The Nintendo Switch is still set to launch sometime in March 2017, with more details set to be revealed at a special event in early January.