Nintendo Re-Releasing GameCube Games on Wii, Adding New Wii Controls

By Blake Ellison, Oct 02, 2008 10:24am PDT Nintendo has announced that it will re-release games from its GameCube console on the Wii with enhancements to take advantage of the Wii Remote controller.

Nintendo of Japan announced during its Fall 2008 conference that Pikmin and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat will be among the first to get remakes under the "Play on Wii" label and will release in December in Japan for under $40.

Pikmin, for example, takes advantage of the Wii Remote by using the remote to point the cursor on screen. The 'A' button will throw the adorable plant-like creatures whereas the 'B' button will blow the whistle to round them up.

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, on the other hand, uses the Wii Remote and Nunchuck to replicate the GameCube's Bongo accessory.

Meanwhile, Wii-vamped editions of Chibi Robo!, Pikmin 2, Mario Tennis GC, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Prime 2 Dark Echoes will hit next year, according to IGN.

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  • This better not be the "new" Pikmin title. If not I'm pretty excited about this. I played through half of Metroid Prime about a month before Corruption was released and I loved it - but I haven't sat down to finish it or play Echoes since then (and they never controlled very well). Corruption controlled like a dream. I also loved Pikmin 1 to death but never got far into the second one. I'm looking forward to playing through it with the Wiimote, although Pikmin controlled perfectly fine with the GC controller (it actually might control worse with a 'mote) - I'm hoping they do true widescreen support too (although given Nintendo's track record with this I won't hold my breath).