Is the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console ever coming?

Nintendo Switch Virtual Console
Five months has passed since the Nintendo Switch officially launched, and the traditional Virtual Console still is non-existent. Oh sure, there are plans to bring “select” classic games to Nintendo Switch Online. What games will those be? No one knows for sure exactly. But the Virtual Console gamers knew from the Wii and Wii U era seems almost doubtful.

The success of the NES Classic Edition and upcoming SNES Classic Edition are not helping.

Nonsense? Read the small excerpt below by senior executive officer Satoshi Yamato (via Polygon).

“Similar to these software titles we have made available on a variety of platforms over the Internet, we consider the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom (to be sold as Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in the U.S.), scheduled to be launched in Japan this October (and September overseas) to be a type of Virtual Console.”

Nintendo’s scheme to make an entirely separate console to put classic games on using a digital format worked. It worked so well, that it gave them less incentive to make sure the Switch offered those types of older games.

Also, consider another factor. The world is moving towards subscription models. Obviously, Netflix is one example of this. But think about software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop too. Why give consumers the option to pick and choose what they want? Just make them consistently pay money and decide for them. Games might go in this direction.

And as another author explains below (via The Verge), it is a shame if the traditional Virtual Console is dead.

” … as for a dedicated shop to buy retro titles — a highlight of Nintendo hardware since the original Wii — there’s been no word. And it’s a shame, because the Switch might just be the ideal platform for playing old-school games.”


Of course, again, subscribers to Switch Online will likely get NES classics such as Super Mario Bros. 3.

As a counterpoint though, who has not paid money for Super Mario Bros. 3? The game has been available on multiple consoles over the years. Now, it is a “perk” of paying money for Switch Online. What about the people who bought this game on Wii or Wii U Virtual Console? Is it really an enticing bonus to see 8-bit NES titles as bait for the online subscription?

The freedom of choice given to consumers in a traditional Virtual Console is important. Gamers should not be forced to pay money for a subscription model, even if it comes with a substandard Nintendo online gaming service.

Yet, the traditional Virtual Console might really be gone.

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  • Jimmy Boy

    Oh, it probably will, but as long as their focus is primarily on 3DS/2DS you won’t see much attention given to Switch, which is sad given it’s a new system, but Nintendo’s intent on keeping a system using technology almost a decade old going and going and going instead of focusing on the future, they’re stuck in the past!


    Nintendo better bring VC to Switch, and not just subsription only, I want to own the games. One of the 2 main reasons I bought switch was to take my classics anywhere, whether Mario rpgs, ZeldaOofT, Metroids etc other classics. If Nintendo plans who screwing fans I’ll sell the system forget that.

    • Otsenre Seyer

      Hahahaha no, you won’t.

      • GURU_OF_LYFE

        Right, because you know what motivates me and my game playing interests. You can guarantee if Nintendo doesnt put VC on switch like Wii,Wii U have/had so I can buy or move over previously bought classics. I will sell Switch. I have Xbox1, Ps3,Ps4, Wii/GC since its backward comp., and I sold my Wii U to get Switch. So if by early 18 Switch doesnt have VC, I just rebuy Wii U and get back all those classics I loved, mariomaker, WhoolyYohi, MarioWiiU, LuigiWiiU etc.
        I might miss out on Metroid 4, Pokemon etc but Nintendo already kind of make it sound like they wont be out until atleast holiday 2018 earliest, and I only play Nintendo for 1st party franchises&classics, those 4-5 titles Mario,Zelda,Dk,Metroid,StarFox etc.
        So yeah I will sell it

        • Otsenre Seyer

          Blah blah blah blah blah. You keep at it.

          You won’t sell it, though.

          • GURU_OF_LYFE

            Lmao.. ok have fun knowing nothing.

          • Otsenre Seyer

            Cry me a river.

          • Jimmy Row

            But he’s a Guru…..of LYFE

          • Otsenre Seyer

            Oh, I see now! How dumb of me to question his majesty!

            He still won’t sell it.

          • Jimmy Row

            I also love it when an anonymous avatar tells a company what they “better” do.

            You gonna have your mobster uncle rough em up otherwise?

    • Liam Phoenix

      I won’t sell it, but I will never subscribe for games, and I own a lot of Virtual Console titles on my NN3DS

      There are emulators where I can play them all for free, it’s pushing it to ask $3-10 for a game I already spent a lot of money on back in the 80s and 90s, asking me to pay every month is beyond acceptable…

      Especially when most of the best games haven’t even made it to the VC…

      Like how do you have the Gameboy Lufia on there, but not the two previous titles?

  • MontyMole

    “What about the people who bought this game on Wii or Wii U Virtual Console? Is it really an enticing bonus to see 8-bit NES titles as bait for the online subscription?”

    No but having added online play elements introduced to those titles does add something you couldn’t get on Wii or WiiU. I’m quite looking forward to playing some of the old titles online in some capacity. Author seems to have forgotten/ignored that part. Which is a rather large part.

    • Camelslayer

      Your hopes are probably way too high. Adding online functionality would require them to alter the game’s code to a capacity that I honestly don’t believe they care about doing.
      Now, if they’d like to prove me wrong, I’d be more than thrilled. But, expectations vs. reality.