Posted on May 08 2018 by Adam Barham
Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, many have been waiting for certain features to be added to the highly-successful console. One of the most anticipated features has been the Virtual Console, the application that made an appearance on the Wii, the 3DS, and the Wii U, that allowed users to purchase and play ports of older games from previous consoles from the eShop.
However, according to what a Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku, the Virtual Console will not be making a reappearance on the Switch. The spokeperson stated in an email to the gaming website,
“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems.”
It is worth noting that through Nintendo Switch Online, the new paid online service that is coming this fall, select NES titles will be made available to play on the system. Here’s what the Nintendo spokesperson had to say in relation to that:
“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.”
Regarding the NES titles that will be coming to the Switch, it was also stated on Nintendo’s website that more games will be added regularly. What exactly that entails has yet to be seen.
What are your thoughts in this new development? Are you disappointed in the lack of this fan-favorite feature? Are you excited at what else might come from the new Nintendo Switch Online service? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!