Nintendo Confirms that the Virtual Console Won’t be Coming to Switch
Nintendo thrilled Switch owners with the details about its new Switch Online service, which includes NES games that can be played for free and they will feature modern elements, such as online play and voice chat. But Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that the Virtual Console service will not be coming to Switch in the near future.
Nintendo said to Kotaku:
“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems.”
It would seem that the vast majority of the retro content supplied via the Switch Online service will be part of your yearly fee – which, if that ends up being the case, it is a good trade-off for not bringing the Virtual Console service to the Switch.
While players might not see every single of the games that had previously launched across Wii, Wii U and 3DS under the Virtual Console banner, the service of a yearly fee for online play and cloud saves which also gives players access to some of Nintendo’s best titles from their past consoles a few decades ago as a bonus, isn’t so bad.
The Nintendo spokesperson added:
“There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections. Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online will provide a fun new way to experience classic NES games that will be different from the Virtual Console service, thanks to enhancements such as added online play, voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app and the various play modes of Nintendo Switch.”
They also refused to give any information regarding future platforms appearing on the Switch Online service, such as SNES and GameCube. However, it is very unlikely that Nintendo won’t add more of the past platforms to the service in the future.
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