Even with all we know about the Nintendo Wii U, it seems that the rumor mill has yet to cease production. Nintendo hasn’t made any major announcements about the Wii U since their preview event from last month, but they may have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Nintendo is making an effort to provide gamers with an exceptional online service, and will be continuing their Virtual Console downloads on the Wii U. While the Wii’s online shop offered many classic titles from the NES and Super NES days, the company also brought some excellent Nintendo 64 titles to the service. Nintendo may be making an addition with the Wii U, however. According to the latest issue of Retro Gamer:
Backwards compatibility with Wii will be included but you’ll no longer be able to play GameCube titles. They’ll be on the Virtual Console store instead.
There is no proof to this statement, however, as Nintendo hasn’t made any official announcements or shared any comments. Could Retro Gamer have leaked some real info about the eShop? The addition of GameCube titles seems very logical with backwards compatibility being taken away, and it would allow Nintendo to share some of the classics from the console.
While the GameCube is often regarded by fans as a disappointment, it certainly had its share of incredible titles. Many remember Super Smash Bros. Melee, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, of course, but those who dug a little deeper into the library were able to find some real gems. Luigi’s Mansion is an often overlooked title, and the psychological horror game Eternal Darkness was an amazing experience. It would be nice to see both of these titles receive some attention again.
Many are still wondering about the specifics of the eShop and what will be offered, and hopefully Nintendo will shed some light on it soon. Until then, check Explosion for more updates, and get ready for the launch of the Wii U on November 18 in North America.