GCWiiU

No GameCube Support For Wii U

by Neal Ronaghan - June 7, 2011, 4:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 63

Cube controllers and software will not work with Nintendo's new system.

The GameCube will not be compatible with the Wii U, Nintendo's new system to be released in 2012, according to Nintendo of America Director of Public Relations Marc Franklin.

The system, originally released in 2001, was compatible with the Wii, and the Wii even featured GameCube controller and memory card ports. Certain Wii games used the GameCube controller ports, and some of them, such as Namco Bandai's Active Life games required them. The latter games will likely not work with Wii U at all.

On the other hand, all Wii software and controllers will work with Wii U.

Talkback

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 07, 2011

I figured this, though I have wondered about the fact that, as mentioned in this article, there are several Wii accessories that make use of the GameCube ports - and Nintendo is claiming that "all" Wii Accessories will be compatible with Wii U

ShyGuyJune 07, 2011

oh noes

Chozo GhostJune 07, 2011

The new console will have 4 USB ports, so it may be possible to rig up some adapter to it in order to connect GC controller to the console.

ShyGuyJune 07, 2011

That's the spirit Chozo! Your off my list.

Kind of unrelated, but I wonder if they could rig it so I could use the Wii U controller as a Classic Controller in Wii games. I mean, I'm pretty sure it's possible; it's more of a question of whether Nintendo would put in the effort.

Chozo GhostJune 07, 2011

Quote from: ShyGuy

That's the spirit Chozo! Your off my list.

I was on a list? What list?

broodwarsJune 07, 2011

Naturally, there is no GC support on Wii U.  They want to turn around and sell us all those games again for $20 on the Virtual Console or $40 on the 3DS.

EnnerJune 07, 2011

Quote from: broodwars

Naturally, there is no GC support on Wii U.  They want to turn around and sell us all those games again for $20 on the Virtual Console or $40 on the 3DS.

You say that like it's a bad thing even for those that never owned a GCN.  :(

JoshumsJune 07, 2011

Wow, being able to play my GameCube games would have been a major factor in deciding whether or not to buy this thing.  Looks like I'm skipping yet another generation of Nintendo consoles.

NeoStar9XJune 07, 2011

Figured this might be the case and as suggested this could me GameCube remakes (3DS maybe?) or downloaded versions via whatever online system they have.

Chozo GhostJune 07, 2011

Quote from: broodwars

Naturally, there is no GC support on Wii U.  They want to turn around and sell us all those games again for $20 on the Virtual Console or $40 on the 3DS.

And Sony/MS doesn't? Sony pulled ALL BC support on the PS3, and Microsoft only offers it for some Xbox games on the 360. I'd say judging by that, Nintendo isn't so bad.

MiyamotoJune 07, 2011

Kinda sucks but it's no biggie. Quick question do you think the Gamecube was closer to the wii than the Wii is to the Wiiu?


Yeah, Sony seems to have taken that approach. They could work on some kind of software BC, but they'd much rather sell you the games again via compilation discs.

As for Microsoft, it's very impressive how well their backwards compatibility works given the huge differences between the original Xbox and the 360 hardware. The vast majority of games (at least of the ones you'd care to play) are compatible, and they continued to refine their emulation process and make new games compatible well after launch.

Quote from: Miyamoto

Kinda sucks but it's no biggie. Quick question do you think the Gamecube was closer to the wii than the Wii is to the Wiiu?

I think this is definitely true. The Wii was closer to the GameCube than to the other two current consoles, and the Wii U's capabilities seem to exceed those systems.

Kytim89June 08, 2011

Quote from: Chozo

The new console will have 4 USB ports, so it may be possible to rig up some adapter to it in order to connect GC controller to the console.


I had a similar solution to this dilema back when I was talking about my Virtual Console adapter that plugs inot the Gamecube port of the Wii. If I get the WiiU then I am SOL in terms of having the ability to play VC titles with their respective controllers.

Mop it upJune 08, 2011

I'm not surprised at this at all, in fact I expected it because including GameCube disc support and ports would add unnecessary cost to the system. Does anyone truly care about GameCube support? It was the least popular system of its generation so I figure most Wii users probably never even used the feature once. Besides, anyone who still plays GameCube games likely has a GameCube too.

Chozo GhostJune 08, 2011

The majority of Wii owners probably don't even know the ports are there, and if you were to show them they would probably just get confused.

GoldenPhoenixJune 08, 2011

The only issue I have with this is for people who prefer to play Smash Brothers Brawl, or a future iteration, on a GC controller. Beyond that it isn't a big deal.

I wouldn't think it would be too hard to transition from a GameCube pad to a CC Pro, especially since you can remap the buttons.

Mop it upJune 08, 2011

Yeah, the Classic Controller Pro is pretty similar to the GameCube controller so that shouldn't be an issue either. The only problem would be if games included support for the GameCube controller but not the Classic, though I don't know if that was ever the case.

gojiraJune 08, 2011

The question for those of us who keep their old systems is which is better for Gamecube games?  The Wii or a Gamecube?  This is assuming you have transferred your WiiWare and VC games to the WiiU.  So basically either system is just for GC games.  The reason I ask is that it seems silly to have a Wii just for GC games.  But I don't want to pay more money that I need to get a component cable for my GC (assuming it has the port), while I already own one for my Wii.

JohnBgonJune 08, 2011

Yeah, that makes me kind of uneasy.  When Brawl came out, I bought 2 wave birds to complete a set of 4.  I wouldn't mind that I will no longer be able to use them in a future Wii U Smash Bros. if they finally decided to remake the Wavebird controller with Bluetooth and Rumble.  I do not like the classic controller's placement of the buttons and second joystick. 

Mop it upJune 08, 2011

Well, if you have or will get the Game Boy Player or Broadband Adapter, you'll need a GameCube to use those accessories. Otherwise, a Wii and a GameCube are quite literally the same thing, so just use whichever one is more convenient for you.

I have a feeling I won't be able to easily play my import Wii games on the Wii U, so I'll keep my Wii around for those and my GC games.

Dave87June 08, 2011


Well, it was expected.. I don't think anyone expected it to run GC Games. But there might be GC games on the virtual console now..


Bah.. Now to sell my Wii before gamestop lowers its trade value to 20$ like they do every time a new console is announced.. Then place a pre order even though I don't really want this -_-


Damn you Nintendo for tapping into my inner child!


Also anyone know if there's anywhere that you can pre order from? Amazon doesn't have it up yet and the only site I saw that has some sort of recognition for pre orders is www.preorder-wiiu.com.. but even there you still can't pre order.

broodwarsJune 08, 2011

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

Yeah, Sony seems to have taken that approach. They could work on some kind of software BC, but they'd much rather sell you the games again via compilation discs.

The thing about those compilation discs is that they usually contain more than one game, are remastered with higher-resolution textures, and occasionally have the odd extra feature and trophy support to make the compilation worth the $40 or so.  Nintendo would rather sell you one game practically unaltered for a premium price.  I find greater value in the former.

Chozo GhostJune 08, 2011

Quote from: broodwars

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

Yeah, Sony seems to have taken that approach. They could work on some kind of software BC, but they'd much rather sell you the games again via compilation discs.

The thing about those compilation discs is that they usually contain more than one game, are remastered with higher-resolution textures, and occasionally have the odd extra feature and trophy support to make the compilation worth the $40 or so.  Nintendo would rather sell you one game practically unaltered for a premium price.  I find greater value in the former.

But to be fair, Nintendo games are usually better than Sony's games.

broodwarsJune 08, 2011

Quote from: Chozo

Quote from: broodwars

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

Yeah, Sony seems to have taken that approach. They could work on some kind of software BC, but they'd much rather sell you the games again via compilation discs.

The thing about those compilation discs is that they usually contain more than one game, are remastered with higher-resolution textures, and occasionally have the odd extra feature and trophy support to make the compilation worth the $40 or so.  Nintendo would rather sell you one game practically unaltered for a premium price.  I find greater value in the former.

But to be fair, Nintendo games are usually better than Sony's games.

With certainly some exceptions.  I'll put the Sly Collection up there with anything Nintendo would re-release any day of the week.  And if the Sands of Time HD port wasn't remastered so sloppily (thanks, Ubisoft), I'd put the Prince of Persia Trilogy Collection up there as well.

Dirk TemporoJune 08, 2011

Quote from: Joshums

Wow, being able to play my GameCube games would have been a major factor in deciding whether or not to buy this thing.  Looks like I'm skipping yet another generation of Nintendo consoles.

If the ability to play games from a two-generations-old console is a "deciding" factor, why would you even consider getting a new system in the first place? Clearly you have no interest in modern games, so why would you even think about it?

AdrockJune 08, 2011

I'm okay with this. I rarely used the Wii to play Gamecube games. Whenever I even played Gamecube games, I dusted off the old Gamecube.

CalibanJune 08, 2011

I still have a GC, so I don't give a fuck.



It's OK, little buddy.  We don't need them.

Jon's GameCube is still in its original packaging. He intends to open it and start playing all the games he bought for it after he finishes Chrono Trigger.

No Jon's next mission is Chrono Cross!

SeacorJune 08, 2011

Not really a big deal.  I welcome the availability of Gamecube titles as a future addition to virtual console.

StogiJune 08, 2011

This isn't a big deal because I don't think my GC can die honestly. It'll probably out live me. It's been dropped, burned, kicked, smashed, thrown, rained on....Still works perfectly.

The things a trooper.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 08, 2011

...burned?

You monster.

StogiJune 08, 2011

Hey...blame the 6' cords. Smoking hookah and playing GC shouldn't be difficult.

Ian SaneJune 08, 2011

Well this follows the convention of the 3DS.  No GBC support for the DS.  No GBA support for the 3DS.  They always cut out the oldest one.  I guess having it go back as far as possible is better but it is not that big of a deal.

Want to continue to play Gamecube games?  I'm assuming you own a Wii, right?  Well HANG ON TO IT.  Problem solved.

MaxiJune 08, 2011

For once I am going to agree with Ian. I think people that want to be able to play gamecube games will just hang on to their systems if Gamecube support is important to them. I have gotten rid of past systems in the past for the newest systems and have regreted it. I still have my GBA SP and DS Lite for compatability for past games for the handhelds. It just makes sense.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 08, 2011

I'd get rid of the Wii and get a GameCube.  Game Boy Player ftw.

CericJune 08, 2011

My problem is finding all the parts of my GameCube.  I just don't know where my Component Cables, Power Supply, Composite Cables, VGA Connector, and Battery pack are at the moment.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 08, 2011

That's because you're a bastard who unhooked your GameCube and left it to rot.

So many uncaring, heartless people here...  I'm gonna go hug all of my GameCubes now.

CericJune 08, 2011

Quote from: UncleBob

That's because you're a bastard who unhooked your GameCube and left it to rot.

So many uncaring, heartless people here...  I'm gonna go hug all of my GameCubes now.

It had to be done.  Was running out of room.

Chozo GhostJune 08, 2011

Quote from: UncleBob

I'd get rid of the Wii and get a GameCube.  Game Boy Player ftw.

Yeah, there are some Gamecube peripherals which are not compatible with the Wii. The Gameboy Player is of course one of them. As is the LAN adapter and modem and so on. Another funny thing is you can't get DVD playback on the Wii, but you actually can get a version of the Gamecube which supports it.

ThePermJune 08, 2011

hmmm, no gamecube support.... Buy a Wii..they'll be dirt cheap by then. In fact Gamecubes price will go up in second hand stores because its an antique.
If dropping backward compatability to gamecube somehow meant I get a power advantage without a price hike then count me in. Count me in anyways, I still have All Nintendo Systems except Super Nintendo, and I wish I had a Super Nintendo. I also have all Sega Systems except Master System, which I might be able to nab off my cousin....or maybe not! Maybe he'll fiercely guard it. I'd want all Nintendo handhelds, but theres alot of variations.

CericJune 08, 2011

You know my brother got me a SNES, which I actually haven't used, but we can't find the N64 and then I too would have all them. (But not every revision).

LouieturkeyJune 08, 2011

I recently was gifted two original Gameboys.  I gave away my GBC so that no longer is here.  But I have every other system minus the VB.

This isn't a big deal.  It may force me to hook the GCN back up to the tv.  I'm glad I have one that can use the component cables. :)

ThePermJune 08, 2011

I lost my Link cable, or it was stolen...one of the two. I dont have much in the way of Nintendo handhelds post gba, i do have virtual boy..which we cannot call a handheld.

Kytim89June 08, 2011

I will gladly buy every Gamecube game on Virtual Console.

Mop it upJune 08, 2011

Quote from: Chozo

Another funny thing is you can't get DVD playback on the Wii,

You can with homebrew, as long as your system is older than 2009.

UltimatePartyBearJune 08, 2011

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

I wouldn't think it would be too hard to transition from a GameCube pad to a CC Pro, especially since you can remap the buttons.

For me, the angle of attack on the left stick is different, and I keep tilting too far up or down when I'm only trying to go left or right.  Drove me crazy, but I made the transition so my GCN controllers would survive so I could play GCN games.

If I had component cables, I'd probably ditch the Wii for the upgrade and hook my real GCN up again.  But I don't.

Chozo GhostJune 08, 2011

Quote from: Kytim89

I will gladly buy every Gamecube game on Virtual Console.

Wouldn't that bankrupt you?

Kytim89June 08, 2011

Quote from: Chozo

Quote from: Kytim89

I will gladly buy every Gamecube game on Virtual Console.

Wouldn't that bankrupt you?


Having Wind Waker on Virtual Console would be so worth it though.

Ian SaneJune 08, 2011

You can play Wind Waker RIGHT NOW.  Your Wii plays it!  If you don't have a copy get one off Ebay.  The Wii U is at least a year away and that will give you tons of time to play the shit out of it.  I don't see why buying it again is so appealing when your current system can play it with no problems.

StogiJune 09, 2011

Quote from: Ian

You can play Wind Waker RIGHT NOW.

hahahaha

While I agree, I think he wants consolidation. (Woot two posts back to back using that word).

Kytim89June 09, 2011

Quote from: The

Quote from: Ian

You can play Wind Waker RIGHT NOW.

hahahaha

While I agree, I think he wants consolidation. (Woot two posts back to back using that word).


It saves me shelf room and since I only own six Gamecube games, I am bot in to bad of shape, so all I have to do is wait for the next system to launch.

EllianderOctober 20, 2011

This news is a deal breaker for me. I have more gamecube games than Wii games and will not buy a new system without backwards compatibility. My reasoning is simple: Counter Clutter. If I get a Wii U and I already have a Wii and the Wii U won't support everything that the Wii supports then I have an extra console on my shelf for less games. If, however, I can play everything on a Wii U that I can play on the Wii I can take the Wii off my shelf.

Besides: I really like using gamecube controllers with some Wii games. I would never even play many Wii games on a Wii U so it's not like it can even boast complete backwards compatibility.

If, however, some third party develop makes a Gamecube style controller and the Mod community emulates a Gamecube on the Wii U to use such a controller I think I would get a Wii U.

.......

This is probably why a Slimmed down Wii without Gamecube support is being released this winter. If that does well they can assume the Wii U will do well. If it doesn't they will probably work Gamecube support into the Wii U. That means we all have to boycott the slimmed down Wii to send a message to Nintendo.

Chozo GhostOctober 21, 2011

Quote from: Elliander

This news is a deal breaker for me.

What if Nintendo offers GC games for download on the Wii U?

Quote from: Elliander

This is probably why a Slimmed down Wii without Gamecube support is being released this winter.

No. It is being done to cut manufacturing costs. That's all there is to it.

ControlerFleXOctober 21, 2011

I cant believe this did three pages.Backwards compatibly is usually about carrying over your previous consoles library, while you build a new. If Nintendo does what they are already doing, yes-sir-re-Bob it'll be a GC VC. and the buttons will be mapped to the best of it's ability and your going to have to deal wit it or but a $50 Wii, or pull the old one out the closet and play Rouge Squadron...again...

ThePermOctober 21, 2011

Quote from: Elliander

This news is a deal breaker for me. I have more gamecube games than Wii games and will not buy a new system without backwards compatibility. My reasoning is simple: Counter Clutter. If I get a Wii U and I already have a Wii and the Wii U won't support everything that the Wii supports then I have an extra console on my shelf for less games. If, however, I can play everything on a Wii U that I can play on the Wii I can take the Wii off my shelf.

Besides: I really like using gamecube controllers with some Wii games. I would never even play many Wii games on a Wii U so it's not like it can even boast complete backwards compatibility.

If, however, some third party develop makes a Gamecube style controller and the Mod community emulates a Gamecube on the Wii U to use such a controller I think I would get a Wii U.

.......

This is probably why a Slimmed down Wii without Gamecube support is being released this winter. If that does well they can assume the Wii U will do well. If it doesn't they will probably work Gamecube support into the Wii U. That means we all have to boycott the slimmed down Wii to send a message to Nintendo.

people have to remember Wii was Nintendo's first backwards compatable system, so heres a plan. Keep your Wii and get rid of your Gamecube and buy a Wii U, I can't believe someone would sacrifice practical functionality for Aesthetics.
I used to have every system hooked up, which was crazy of me, but very convenient. The new system will have amazing graphics, better online, better control, probably better games overall, yet never-mind any of that. It looks weird to have so many systems(2) hooked up.

Chozo GhostOctober 21, 2011

A handful of GC games have been "Wiireleased" on the Wii in the form of the New Play Control series. Since these are now remade into Wii games they should play on the Wii U as well, but like I said that's just a handful of GC games.

But I think Nintendo will release more of them as downloadables off the Wii U's virtual console download service. You'll be able to play many of your favorite GC games on the Wii U this way. Not everything will make it though, and I guess it sucks if you already bought those games because now you have to rebuy them, but at least its an option to consider.

CericOctober 21, 2011

I would be very surprised of Luigi Mansion did get a WiiMakeU to include whatever the touchscreen does in Mansion 2 plus, 3D support if the WiiU does that.

D.Dang3rJanuary 22, 2012

My girlfriend has the Black Super Mario Bros edition of the Nintendo Wii which does not have the GameCube controller ports. I bought her the Dance Dance Revolution II game specifically for the Wii the other day and the pad to dance on only has the GameCube plug on it. I think this is really stupid.. but does anyone know if it is possible to get the ports and install them myself or get a USB adapter? please let me know or email me with info..    dean_danger3@yahoo.com  also on facebook

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