E3 2011: Wii U Not Compatible with GameCube Games, Doesn’t Upscale Wii Games

on June 9, 2011 9:00 PM

There’s been a lot of buzz about Nintendo’s new Wii U console and whether or not the technology it implements is substantial, especially compared to current generation HD consoles. While this is still mostly unclear, we have new details regarding the system’s backwards compatibility. As expected, the unit will play Wii games and interact with Wii remotes. There will, however, be no up-scaled visuals for these titles, a disappointing tidbit considering the Wii’s graphical capability, or lack thereof.

Even more disappointing is the fact that the Wii U will not interact with GameCube games or hardware. Considering the Wii can play GameCube games and it’s hardware is clearly not very advanced, I imagine it would have been far too easy to implement the same tech in the Wii U. It’s absence necessitates the Wii if you plan on playing GameCube games. Or you can just get a GameCube, but who wants to do that?

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Kenneth is a Graphics and Game Design student who's worked as an author for DualShockers.com since June of 2010. His favorite gaming genres are Fighting, Role Playing and Sadistic Action games like Ninja Gaiden and Bayonetta. In addition to gaming, he is also strongly interested in music, fashion, art, culture, literature, education, religion, cuisine, photography, architecture, philosophy, film, dance, and most forms of creative expression.