GameCube titles playable on Wii U via WiiWare, says NOA executive

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:27 GMT

NOA’s Director of Entertainment and Trend Marketing, Amber McCollom, has said some GameCube titles will be playable on Wii U thanks to WiiWare.

The information was posted in an E3 interview McCollom had with Nintendo Gal.

“You know it’s interesting that you bring up backwards compatibility and Nintendo’s history usually goes back one system,” she said. “The Wii was compatible with GameCube and Wii U will be compatible with Wii and that’s pretty traditional in launches from Nintendo.

“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.”

Usually, games already released are re-released through Virtual Console, as WiiWare is usually reserved for original downloads, as Eurogamer points out.

So, either McCollum actually meant Virtual Console instead of WiiWare, or something extra is coming with Wii U – we have no idea.

Like everyone else, we’ll mail Nintendo for a bit of clarification.

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