WiiWare has been home for the nostalgic gamer in all of us, with titles available from the SNES to the Nintendo 64. The 3DS saw the release of old Gameboy and Gameboy Color games on the handheld’s version of the shop, and with Nintendo’s newest home console that back catalog seems to be expanding even more. According to Nintendo of America executive Amber McCollom:
“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.”
There’s only about four GameCube games I own that I refuse to get rid of, and I may be willing to repurchase them digitally for the possibility of returning to them. Will I ever play Pikmin 2 again? Probably not. But, like the socially aware and ingenious company they are, Nintendo knows there are thousands others like myself that will repurchase the same game I bought before I was even in high school just for the comfort blanket it provides in residing on my hard drive.
It’ll be interesting to see where the pricing lands for the games, and hopefully an official announcement from Nintendo will be coming soon. But for now, I wouldn’t get rid of that copy of Baten Kaitos any time soon.