Since the launch of Nintendo Switch, fans have been calling for the release of popular GameCube titles on eShop, and we've often heard it rumored that they're on the way. Nintendo's even launching a new line of officially licensed GameCube controllers soon. The possibility is looking even more likely today, as Nintendo has just filed new trademarks for the GameCube.

Japanese Nintendo reports that Nintendo recently filed three new trademarks for the early 2000s console, and they're all categorized for video gaming purposes as opposed to general merchandising. Additionally, Nintendo filed new trademarks related to Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, Sky Skipper, and Fitness Boxing. They also filed new trademarks for NES, Nintendo Entertainment, and Game Boy, all specifically in English.

Nintendo Switch won't have a traditional Virtual Console like past platforms, but Nintendo is still planning to bring many of their classic games to Switch at some point in the future. Could we see Game Boy and GameCube games coming to the console sometime soon?

Last month Nintendo also filed a new trademark for Nintendo 64 with categories including "video game program, controller for game machine, controller for game machine, joystick for video game machine, TV game machine." This led us to speculate that we could see a plug-and-play Nintendo 64 Classic as a follow-up to the existing NES and SNES Classic consoles.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

Editor's note: This post may be updated as more details surface.