No Virtual Console For Nintendo Switch

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Loved playing classic Nintendo games on Wii through Virtual Console? Unfortunately, it seems like we’ve seen the last of the Virtual Console. According to a statement made to Kotaku, Nintendo says it has no plans of making this service available on the Switch.

Realistically, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the news that other game developers such as Capcom and Square Enix are releasing collections of their retro games on Switch. Clearly these guys know something we don’t. If we were going to get Virtual Console on the Switch, they probably wouldn’t be putting together these collections in the first place right?

But how about Nintendo games specifically? So far it seems the only way you can get your old school Nintendo game fix is through the Nintendo Switch Online service later which was announced to include some NES games. The 10 confirmed titles so far are as follows:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros. 3

One particularly noteworthy fact about this release is that the games will feature network/online play so you can game with friends anywhere in the world.

Aside from these games, the exact details of this part of the service is still somewhat hazy at the moment. Questions pertaining to the types of platforms (Gamecube, SNES, N64 etc.) available and access to these games long term haven’t been made clear yet.

Ultimately, if playing retro games on Switch is a must for you, there’s always the crazy option: hacking your Switch and loading up an emulator on it.

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Zelda 64 on Switch!? Image Credits: Mirror

Right now, this involves doing some pretty intense modifications to your device that don’t seem very friendly towards the non-technically inclined. However, there’s always the possibility for a simpler method to become available in the future.

Hopefully in the coming months, Nintendo releases more info on this and that whatever they decide to do is something that appeals to the fans.


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