Posted on July 20 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
While this is a given, and something we here at ZI have assumed ever since we learned that the Wii U wouldn’t be backwards compatible for GameCube games, we now have official confirmation that GameCube games will be available for download on the WiiWare.
Amber McCollom, the Director of Entertainment & Trend Marketing at Nintendo of America, was recently interviewed on a variety of subjects related to what Nintendo is up to these days. The majority of the interview was old news, but it also contained the first official news about how Nintendo will be handeling GameCube games in the Wii U era:
NG: I noticed on backwards compatibility at the press conference that the GameCube was missing. Why is this?
AM: You know it’s interesting that you bring up backwards compatibility and Nintendo’s history usually goes back one system. The Wii was compatible with GameCube and Wii U will be compatible with Wii and that’s pretty traditional in launches from Nintendo.
NG: So the Wii U will not support the discs or accessories?
AM: Actually the GameCube discs will not be compatible with Wii U, but a number of the games that were playable on GameCube can be downloaded from WiiWare.
This doesn’t include news on whether or not GameCube games will display at 720/1080p when ran on the Wii U, but I’d be surprised if they weren’t since the data is all there. So it looks like those without gaming PCs will finally be able to play Wind Waker in HD, without having to use the Dolphin emulator.
Source: Nintendo Gal
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