NintendoGal interview with Amber McCollom, Director of Entertainment & Trend Marketing at Nintendo of America…

NG: I noticed on backwards compatibility at the press conference that the GameCube was missing. Why is this?

AM: You know it’s interesting that you bring up backwards compatibility and Nintendo’s history usually goes back one system. The Wii was compatible with GameCube and Wii U will be compatible with Wii and that’s pretty traditional in launches from Nintendo.

NG: So the Wii U will not support the discs or accessories?

AM: Actually the GameCube discs will not be compatible with Wii U, but a number of the games that were playable on GameCube can be downloaded from WiiWare.

You can not get any more straight forward than that, period. I am sure we will be hearing a statement from Nintendo about this statement.

Full Interview HERE