Guess what… Gamecube revival!
On the 3rd of March 2017, Nintendo released their seventh home console after the failure of the Wii U. The console is still fresh. So fresh in fact that I still don’t have one myself, so I cannot give any opinions on how good the hardware or games are, but in this case I wont be writing about any of those. The fact of the matter is I wont even be talking about the Switch that much, instead I will be writing about a fan favorite. Ladies and gentlemen, the fan favourite I want to talk about is the Gamecube, the machine that gave us and is still giving us countless hours of fun. On this gem of a console we got games such as Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart Double Dash, Eternal Darkness and one of the greatest games of all time, Super Smash Bros: Melee. The Gamecube obviously had an amazing ecosystem of games, an excellent controller loved by many, but most importantly it provided gamers with a plethora of memories playing on their own or with friends.Since the Wii, Nintendo has been updating its E-Shop with great classic games as Virtual Console games. Between the three gaming companies, fans love the Virtual Console because it has the most old-school games. These retro games are not most advanced, but gamers love nostalgia. With the Wii and the Wii U, Nintendo have released games from the NES, SNES and other retro consoles. Over time gamers started asking for Gamecube games, but never got them.
“Over time gamers started asking for Gamecube games, but never got them”
Rumor has it that Nintendo are going to release these classic Gamecube games for the Switch and honestly, I believe this is the best move for them. Not only is it the best possible move, but it is also the best time. Anybody can tell me that Nintendo should have released them on Wii U, in hopes of saving it, but I disagree. In my opinion the U was doomed from the start and holding on the gold mine for the next console was smart. With the PS4 and Xbox One having control of the console market, Nintendo must bust out their big guns in order to get fans to invest in a Switch. Yes of course the old-school fans will always buy the Nintendo products, but what about the fans who have a PS4 or XO, why should they buy a machine that isn’t as powerful and might not get the best 3rd party support. This very question can doom the console to be another Wii U even though its sales have been good so far. So how do you win the people who are worried about the third-party support and the occasional exclusive releases? Simple, they revive the Gamecube. Releasing classics like Metroid Prime and Wind Waker on the Virtual Console would help convince those who are still on the fence about the console.
Nintendo has released the perfect console for the Gamecube revival. The Switch has the joy cons, meaning they can recreate the GC controller for fans to buy. Personally, the GC controller is my second favourite controller of all time right behind the Playstation 2. Imagine being able to invite your friends over for some rounds in Melee! Not only is a great gaming nostalgia trip but it is also a great social nostalgia trip. People will be able to remember all the great moments they had alone or with friends and of course all Mario Party rivalries will be reborn. Aside from the home experience, now gamers can take their games everywhere. Mario Party on the plane is now possible, Double Dash is possible.
The Gamecube is one of Nintendo’s best consoles, but it is also one of the most loved consoles of all time and it only becomes more popular as time passes by. With a console like the Switch it would be dumb not to have a revival through Virtual Console or HD remakes at least. Dear Nintendo you are pushing the idea of a social console, so please whatever you do, give us the games we love to talk about and play. Now is the time for a Gamecube revival!