February 1, 2018
Is it possible that Nintendo will bring GameCube games to the Switch at some point in the future? An intrepid member of the 3D Zelda Speedrun Community has uncovered some evidence that it is at least technically possible for the Switch to play GameCube games. Bear with me, because the trail of evidence can get a bit confusing!
Nintendo and Nvidia have had a great relationship for some time now, based on the fact that the Switch uses a modified version of the Tegra chip that the Nvidia Shield uses. In December, Nvidia began selling the Shield preloaded with three Nintendo games in China: Twilight Princess, Punch-Out!!, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Twitter user @dragonbane0 obtained a Chinese version of the Shield and dug into the code of Twilight Princess. She found that the game doesn’t appear to be a port; instead, it looks like there is actually a GameCube emulator in the Shield that is running Twilight Princess. Since the Switch and the Shield share a similar architecture, this means that, theoretically, the GameCube emulator could run on the Switch as well. Considering the good relationship between Nvidia and Nintendo, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before GameCube games arrive on the Switch!
Whew, that was quite a line of evidence to follow! If GameCube games do eventually make their way to the Switch, what games would you like to see? Check out @dragonbane0’s announcement below, and head over to ResetEra to read through the thread discussing her finding!
BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: Through looking at executable strings it was discovered that TP on the Chinese Shield is actually emulated after all. So Nintendo has a working GC emulator available for the Switch that performs very well #ZSRTP
— Marwin (@dragonbane0) January 30, 2018