It would appear that Nintendo is looking seriously at the possibility of releasing an adapter for GameCube to enable users to play Nintendo 64 software.
Indeed, using a poll on its official US site, Nintendo of America simply asks, “What level of interest do you have, and how much would you pay for an adapter that allowed you to play N64 cartridges on the Nintendo GameCube?” Which is kind of self-explanatory really.
Readers are given “Very interested, and would pay up to $39; Very interested, and would pay up to $49; Very interested, and would pay up to $59; Not interested at all; and don't own an N64,” and “Not interested at all, although own an N64,” as choices.
SPOnG imagines that this is the rekindling of plans that were revealed regarding backwards compatibility planning for GameCube on the run-up to the system’s launch. At that time it was deemed unsuitable that N64 use should be integral to the launch machine, though speculation surrounding the possibility of an add-on was rife.
The unit Nintendo is considering is thought to be a Game Boy Player-style augmentation that the GameCube sits on top of, taking Nintendo 64 carts through a frontal port.
All very interesting indeed – Expect updates as and when they break and tell us what you think in the forum below!