The hype train for the Nintendo NX is on a roll right now with the various news outlets mentioning that the hand held aspect of the device will be sold separately from the home version. This was to be expected, but it’s certainly got the gaming world in a frenzy. This is actually a pretty good thing, since it’s already getting hype for the unreleased console, something that the Wii U sort of fell short on.
When the Wii U was originally showcased, Nintendo had stated that the back catalogue of Nintendo consoles would have their games up for sale on the eShop. However, despite being out for over three years now, there have been no Gamecube games released on the Wii U. Every other Nintendo system (bar the GameBoy) has had games released for it on the Wii U eShop. Interestingly, Wii games have been released and whilst they boot directly into ‘Wii mode’, it seems odd that Nintendo have never released even a few games from the back catalogue of the Gamecube.
Does this mean then that Nintendo are going to bring Gamecube games to the NX instead? It would seem foolish if they didn’t at least release some of them. Nintendo themselves knew how popular certain games on the Gamecube were, with the case in point being that Wind Waker and Twilight Princess have both been given a re-release on Wii U. Pikmin was a game that found its roots on the Gamecube, and that received a sequel so why Nintendo haven’t wanted to cash in on getting some nostalgia based sales in is rather odd.
It may be the case that whilst Wii games simply ran in Wii mode on the Wii U, in hindsight the Wii U wasn’t powerful enough to emulate the Gamecube. This bodes well for Gamecube fans when the NX is revealed, since if this is the case, with the upgrade in power on NX it should have no problem at all running Gamecube games. In particular it could be a great way of testing the water to see how people would take to the release of a new F-Zero game. There hasn’t been a home console version of F-Zero since F-Zero GX was released in 2003. Shigeru Miyamoto himself has stated he’d love to have another F-Zero game released, but only if they could find an appropriate control scheme for it. Perhaps NX contains that very control scheme need to bring the F-Zero franchise back.
Certainly, it would be the case that if Gamecube games are released on the NX eShop, it would need to be tied solely to the home version and not the portable one. The battery life itself would be dire if it was expected to run Gamecube games.