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Submitted by TheVideoGamHer 161d ago | opinion piece

GameCube Virtual Console Could Give Wii U Direction

SheAttack: "Many critics of the Wii U say that it’s setting itself up to be the GameCube 2.0. My rebuttal to that would be “Yes!”, using my best Captain Falcon impression. If the Wii U were to make their current audience familiar again with games such as, Geist, Eternal Darkness, Baiten Kaitos, Timesplitters, Viewtiful Joe, the Metroid Prime series, Wave Race, Battalion Wars, etc., that could lead to Nintendo go back in that direction and give the core gamers what they truly want – core titles." (Dev, GameCube, Industry, Nintendo, Nintendo, Wii U)

Concertoine  +   161d ago
I would like to see some new features if they went to the trouble of porting gamecube games and likely charging 15 bucks at the least. I can only imagine the kind of hype melee with online play could generate.
Myst  +   161d ago
That's one thing that I wish they had for some VC games. Online play, I mean I know it's not possible for some but a few it seems like they could perhaps do? I would love to play Phantasy Star Online Episodes 1+2 again.
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   161d ago
Online for existing titles is a good idea, but tbh, I'd much rather see them revive games that we haven't played in forever. Obscure titles like Metal Arms: Glitch in the System.
Starbucks_Fan  +   161d ago
I would not mind paying $15 for certain GC games. Many go for $25-$50 used on eBay.
yugovega  +   161d ago
it'd work better for them to have a team on a 6 month cycle thats sole purpose is to remake gamecube games in hd in the same fashion as wind waker. sunshine, fzero, warioworld, waverace, and even star fox adventures. 2 good releases per year added to their new releases instantly.
2pacalypsenow  +   161d ago
Hopefully I would gladly buy MGS the twin snakes to play in my wii u
McScroggz  +   161d ago
I'd love for Nintendo to focus more on the core gamer, but I don't know if it's what best for them.

I believe the Wii U was the first home console Nintendo sold at a loss. This is relevant because the GameCube was actually a pretty powerful console relative to its competitor's, and subsequently had some very good looking games. I don't think Nintendo, with their current management, will opt to make a competitively powerful next console and I'm not sure that the general gaming enthusiast would buy into another underpowered Nintendo console just because of Metroid and F-Zero. Remember, the GameCube is Nintendo's worst selling home console ever.

I know a lot of people think the solution to Nintendo's problems are easy; but they are far from easy. If you think just games and marketing is all they need that's been proven to be wrong. If you think focusing more on the core is what's needed, that hasn't worked for Nintendo in the past with more momentum and goodwill than they have now. If you think they need to double down on casuals that's a shrinking market that is very fickle.

You get my point.

The truth is, there is no one simple solution. Nintendo needs to make a console that is sold at a profit, yet is both close enough in architecture and powerful enough to at the very least get ports of third party games. Nintendo absolutely has to at the very least get the biggest third party games on their system. Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, GTA, all of them. They need an online infrastructure and overall account system that is modern - along with the apps and amenities gamers expect. They need to invest in new IP's and reviving old IP's to appeal to the core gamer. They need to continue to make wonderful, eccentric and family friendly games. They need to do all this and more. If they don't, Mario/Zelda/Donkey Kong/Smash/Kart, etc. WILL NOT BE ENOUGH.

I know as gamers it's easy to say all a company has to do is make good games. But truthfully, for a console to succeed it needs a lot of things. The Wii U has some great games, and will likely get some great games this year. But Nintendo got most of the above wrong, and we see where the Wii U is at financially.
jgrigs09  +   161d ago
You know if it was possible to put Jet Force Gemini on the wii u. I would buy it in a heart beat. Loved that game
BoneBone  +   161d ago
Core gaming isn't where the custom is at. It didn't work for the GameCube and it isn't the cure-all for the Wii U either. Core gamers are an endangered species. I don't know whet you'd call this new breed of gamer who only seem to like cinematic games with simple and easy gameplay mechanics - but I think they like to call themselves, 'hardcore' gamers?

Either way, the sort of core games Nintendo is capable of providing like on the Cube, aren't too well received anymore as they are deemed too hard and too gameplay and game mechanic focused. The larger, more vocal, western 'hardcore!' base want simple games padded out with quicktime events, cut scenes and resource heavy-ended toward graphics.

That said, releasing more of the core classics from the Cube as HD updates with maybe for example F-Zero with an added online mode (although, I'm not sure if F-Zero is to fast for internet network latency) I'm sure they would have an effect at driving the limited core install base...

But really, if Nintendo want to sell healthy numbers they really need to be looking elsewhere, and core and hardcore gamers need to realise there is a very big world out there beyond their hardcore walls.
TheVideoGamHer  +   161d ago
I don't think most "hardcore" gamers today could handle F-Zero. That game is hard af unless they put in a casual mode like they did with Fire Emblem: Awakening. I don't think gamers today can deal with games on that order anymore lol. Imagine the break downs from F-Zero GX or Melee lol.
Wolfbiker  +   161d ago
Seriously I would love GC VC games on my Wii U, hell even Dreamcast would be great! But let's be honest, they need to get the Wii U VC caught up to the Wii VC first. I can't believe we are nearly 1.5 years in and we don't even have N64 or Genesis titles. This is ridiculous.

Anyways my vision on Nintendo's NEXT platform will be a new universal OS for their handheld and console. They will go back to one screen and will unify their services similar to Sony and Apple and Android. one Nintendo experience on the Handheld or Home Console. I feel Nintendo has been moving towards this ever since the Game Boy exploded and their handhelds continued to be more successful than there home consoles and then they obviously have learned a lot from the Wii U.
TheVideoGamHer  +   161d ago
Yeah Iwata touched on that in the investors meeting. It sucks that we have to wait yet another generation for Nintendo to get it right. I know that the Wii U is capable of something similar now, so hopefully down the line we begin to see the fruits of it. For instance, there were some updates that the 360 got that wasn't there at launch setting the framework for what it's seen now of the X1. Nintendo needs a good update. They aren't even fully using that gig dedicated to the OS. They need to take advantage of it. They should start my making Miiverse the OS and not just an app. Also, integrate the Nintendo Network with Club Nintendo.
JazBear  +   161d ago
Not even a question,
Of corse wiiu should play GameCube games,
I just started playing Fzero gx on my wii with progressive scan mode for first time guess what
It's now better then ever and still puts dark souls to shame in difficulty.
Fzero Gx is easily one of the best games ever made.
Nintendo GameCube is still my favorite nintendo home console.
I'm sure there's many who feel the same. Too many good games on the GC.
They need to be on the VC, and I'd buy all the hits.
Fzero
ED
Baited kaitos 1-2
All resident evils
All metroids
Mario sunshine
Melee
Gauntlet
Baldurs
Just scratch the surface of GC titles ...

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