Nintendo applies for GameCube trademarks: this is what it could mean

Rumors have been swirling in the Nintendo fanbase ever since it was discovered that Nintendo recently filed multiple trademarks involving the Nintendo GameCube. Fans of the classic system have had their heads spinning, wondering what the trademarks will lead to. Here are a few theories as to what the trademarks mean:

1. Nintendo is developing a GameCube Classic Mini

Hot off the trail of the adorably small but impossible-to-track-down NES and SNES Classic systems, Nintendo could have a Gamecube Classic Mini in the pipeline. The system is home to many classic gamesthat fans would surely jump at the chance to revisit like Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Bros Melee, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. The rousing success of the NES and SNES Classic Mini systems seem to paint the GameCube Classic Mini as an inevitability, with the recent trademarks possibly telling us that it may release sooner than we thought.

2. The trademarks refer to the Switch GameCube controller adapters

During the Super Smash Bros Ultimate reveal at this year’s E3, series director Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Nintendo was releasing a GameCube controller adapter for the Nintendo Switch. Since literally everybody in the world uses the GameCube controller when they play Smash, fans everywhere rejoiced. However, it would admittedly be slightly disappointing if the only thing to come out of these Gamecube trademarks was a controller adapter. Hopefully, it’s something more!

3. Nintendo is planning on releasing GameCube games on the Virtual Console

While details on Nintendo’s upcoming online service for the Switch have been scarce, they have revealed that subscribers will have access to a library of classic NES games. While this is not technically the Virtual Console, the trademark may suggest that Nintendo is preparing to reintroduce the Virtual Console with the ability to download and play GameCube games. It may sound like a pipe dream at this point, but hopefully, Nintendo is listening to its audience, as requests for GameCube games on the Virtual Console have been circulating for years. Being able to play these classics on the go for the first time ever would be amazing.


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