Though Nintendo has just announced their online subscription service details, they have also crushed one dream for gamers. The Nintendo Switch will not be adding virtual console at the current time, meaning older games like the N64 may not ever be added to the Switch.
Through an email with Kotaku, a Nintendo spokesperson announced that:
“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems. 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.”
Arguably, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U were the additions of virtual console that let you play Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Yoshi’s Story. Noting now that Nintendo has no plans to implement these games as a virtual console on the Switch, it seems like not only a waste of hardware, but also a waste of potential revenue on their end. The Switch has become one of the most interesting pieces of hardware by Nintendo based on it’s functionality with portability alongside the docking mechanism.
When looking at the Switch, it honestly just looks like a rather large GameBoy or Nintendo DS, and that being said, it has the functionality of a touch screen or buttons to play any of those games easily.
Keeping this in mind, Nintendo is right – through their Nintendo Switch Online subscription you will gain access to the NES Classic Games, but this doesn’t bring every good oldie back into light, only the NES ones.
We’ll keep you posted on any future Nintendo news.