Nintendo Has No Current Virtual Console Switch Plans

Older releases will still come from Hamster, Sega.

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 05/08/2018 12:46 Comment on this     ShareThis

For the last year, Nintendo fans have eagerly awaited news about Nintendo’s Virtual Console service. The company has long procrastinated giving an official announcement regarding the service popularized on Wii, Wii U and 3DS, but it appears that the concept in its current form has gone the way of the Virtual Boy.

“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems,” the company said in a statement given to Kotaku after last night’s announcement.

The news is sadly a bit unsurprising, given Nintendo’s push for their new online service, and their release of systems like the NES Classic and Super NES Classic. While only twenty games will be available at launch, it would seem that Nintendo’s online subscription will also act as a bit of a Netflix-like service for Nintendo published titles. In the meantime, companies like Hamster, Namco and Sega have found their own way to bring classic games to the Switch platform.

It should, of course, be noted that the word “currently” gives Nintendo a bit of breathing room for plans to change in the future. Given that Nintendo seems well aware that fans have been clamoring to play the company’s back catalog in a portable format, it wouldn’t be surprising to see classic titles continue to appear on Nintendo’s system in some capacity, albeit under a different umbrella other than “Virtual Console.”

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Source: Kotaku

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