Does Wii U play GameCube games? Will GameCube games work on Wii U?

9 June 2011
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Does Wii U play GameCube? No it doesn't. Wave goodbye to the purple box that could!
Are you wondering if Wii U is backwards compatible with GameCube games?

Since the Nintendo Wii launched, the system has been able to play those wonderous small discs of joy from the GameCube era, something that has brought a lot of light into the darkness of those who missed many of the AAA quality games that the GameCube library offered. Or even those gamers who just want to pop in a classic from the 128-bit era and relive the modern glory days of last-gen.

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  • Because the Wii U is fully backwards compatible with current-generation Wii games, many people have been wondering if the Wii U also supports and plays GameCube games.

    Sadly, Nintendo has confirmed that the answer to that question is no. GameCube games will NOT work on Wii U. FOR SHAME!

    However the Wii U does not release until 2012, so maybe Nintendo could still add it in if there was enough of a backlash. But considering how last-gen games were cut out of the DSi models (which couldn’t play Game Boy Advance games like the original DS as you can see in our DS Lite vs DSi comparison), it only makes sense that Nintendo would eventually cut out the “mostly no-longer played” GameCube library.

    So the likelihood of them adding it back in due to fan feedback is slim.

    What do you think about Wii U not playing GameCube games. Is it a mistake?

    Now here is a video of the top 10 GameCube games according to ScrewAttack.

    Via Giantbomb


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    • Ken Coleman

      “but then again I’d like cartridge slots and bc with the NES, SNES, and N64 too”

      That’s what the Virtual Console is for. I don’t really care what format they come in, so long as I am still able to play them. If Nintendo wants to make a GC section for the VC, then I will take that. I think it’s silly, but I’ll take it.

    • SsJ3Axl

      this will be fun with world hackers i bet one is bound to crack it and make a letterbomb or some kind of Homebrew that will make you play CGN games its bound to happen

    • RareReplier

      Somebody needs to make a ‘adapter’. Nintendo made an adapter for the N64 to play gameboy games and the NGC to play gameboy advance games. Why can’t they make an adapter? Who else feels like they’re being scammed or indirectly cheated from having the only legal option to play the classic games is; to buy it on the virtual? I own the classics but no systems. Why should I buy them again when I already own them?!
      Adapter is needed so fair be fair, those who owns the old games already don’t have to waste a dime to play it again and those that don’t can buy them on the Wii.

    • ANintendoExpert

      you are all weird i love GC as much as the next guy so why don’t we make a petition to give to nintendo the states that we all want backwards compatibility if we get a a lot of people nintendo would have to include it allso they could have GC games on VC what i am about to say is probably never going to happened but is that you put in a GC game in your wii that is in VC you can get the VC for free. it only makes sence. doesn’t it?

    • marc

      guys you know that you will be able to download then in virtual consle

    • Anonymous Tip

      Yes, i would like for the Wii U to have BC with GC games but it doesn’t really matter. People say that Nintendo made the Wii U not compatible with GC games so that they could make more money, because you can just go out and buy GC games for $1 or less. If people want to buy games from the wii shop they can do that. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY GAMECUBE GAMES JUST GO BUY A GAMECUBE!!!!!

    • rude grammar nazi

      “somebody needs to make AN adapter.” those who OWN the old games.

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