When the Wii first launched, one of the things gamers loved about it was the ability to play titles from the extremely underrated Gamecube system, using the exact same control pads and memory cards that they already owned. While we already knew that the Wii U would offer backwards compatibility for Wii games and accessories, that is not the case for the elder system, as Nintendo confirmed a couple of weeks back that Gamecube discs will not run on the new hardware.
If you do want to play Gamecube games on your sparkly new hardware however, there will be an option available to you – although you may have to wait a while. It seems, according to UK magazine Retro Gamer, that Gamecube games will be available to play on the Wii U via the eShop at some point in the future. Although this is likely a blow to those gamers who still own the original discs for games like Metroid Prime or Super Mario Sunshine, it was fairly inevitable that digital distribution would be the only way to experience these titles on the Wii U.
Although Retro Gamer did not share any details on this service, we assume that it would at least be some months before these titles become available, and probably at a fairly high price of around $14.99 – $19.99, although this is only conjecture.
If Gamecube games become available to download on the Wii U, which titles would you like to see? In addition to those games mentioned above, for me personally, Eternal Darkness, Starfox Adventures, Resident Evil Revival, and Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes are all definite day one purchases.