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The internet's swooning over this Nintendo Switch GameCube concept

Video game fans are an impatient lot. Barely has Nintendo announced one retro launch, and fans are already demanding the next. Nintendo's GameCube wasn't the most successful console on launch back in 2001, but it's developed something of a cult following in recent years. So with Nintendo announcing the arrival of N64 and Sega Mega Drive for Switch Online service, fans are now eager for another comeback.

In fact, some have already tried to get the ball rolling, putting forward ideas for what games we could expect and what the concept could look like. One artist has even suggested Nintendo resurrect its legendary WaveBird wireless controller, which was one of the first of its kind (see our roundup of the best Nintendo Switch deals if you still need the console).

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Nintendo's bringing old N64 and Sega Mega Drive titles to Switch Online in a new premium expansion pack due for release in October. For an authentically retro experience, it's also launching Switch-compatible Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers. 

Fans now want the 20-year-old GameCube to be next in line, and they're already dreaming up how it could look. The artist Baronduki has envisioned a Switch-packaged re-release of the chunky but surprisingly ergonomic WaveBird controller, which was probably the best thing about the GameCube (see the tweet above).

Meanwhile, Reecee_yt has shared a concept idea of what the bootup screen and the GameCube library of games might look like, copying the style of the N64 announcement. He imagines games such as Metroid Prime, Zelda and F-Zero GX on launch and Doshin the Giant and Animal Crossing (the original) as follow-ups for future release.

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It's an exciting concept, and fans are already saying they'd buy it without hesitation. We have to admit we'd love the nostalgia of playing GameCube games on the Switch. In reality, there might be a bit of a hitch though, since the size of GameCube games could render them fairly impractical for storage on the console (see our full Nintendo Switch review for more on the console).

One response on Twitter poured cold water on the idea: "This [will] never happen. Each single game is 1.36GiB, 10 games will fill almost half of the internal memory of the base unit, each new game added will require extensive tweaks to the emulator."

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We can but dream! In the meantime, we'll look forward to the upcoming launch of Nintendo's N64 and Sega Mega Drive titles and the corresponding retro controllers (the latter pictured above). If you'll be needing a Switch to play the new releases on, check out the best current prices below. And make sure you also see our guide to the best Nintendo Switch games for more titles to play.

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Joseph Foley

Joseph is a regular freelance journalist at Creative Bloq. He also works as a writer and translator, as well as a project manager at a design agency based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he spends his nights dancing tango and drinking malbec. His interests include graphic design and social media.