[concept] VC games as an app with more roms available as DLC?

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  1. Futurdreamz
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    Here's my idea for how the Switch should handle VC titles. It may be too late because we already have Neo Geo games, but here goes anyways.

    The Wii U, Wii, and 3DS handles VC titles by selling each other individually. Every single game is wrapped inside an emulator, taking up space and costing more money.

    I propose that Nintendo moves to this model:
    Buy the Emulator, which comes with a selection of the most popular games for that console. You can purchase additional games for much cheaper as DLC, and then the roms would be downloaded and played in the game.

    Advantages:
    It makes it much more clear that the money goes towards the development of the emulator
    Less storage space is used up by the library, since only one copy of the emulator is needed
    the individual games can possibly be cheaper
    All your VC titles don't bloat up your home screen
    Most importantly: the DLC should be transferrable to new consoles that have the emulator purchased


    Disadvantages:
    A little bit more cost up front (maybe $10 for a NES emulator and $40 for a Gamecube emulator?), but possibly MUCH cheaper in the long run - especially if DLC is transferrable
    You'd have to launch the emulator first to play the games, which really isn't that much of a hassle - but you might be able to pin the specific game to the home screen to launch it directly.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I agree but I don't think Nintendo will ever do something like that.
     
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  3. migles

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    my dad works for nintendo.
    heh, sega follows a similair model in steam.
    you can buy the old genesis\mega drive games, the first game you buy you get the emulator with the game in it, then the other games you add, will be added to the emulator..

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    you ask to much.. you didn't get any transfers between the wii, 3ds, wii u etc..
    you can system transfer from a wii to a wii u, but only with the excuse that the wii u has a wii inside..
     
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    I thought the reason that each game is wrapped in its own emulator is because each game needs to run a specific way? I remember someone (maybe from this forum, I don't remember) explaining how using different emulators for each game ensures better accuracy and compatibility than if it were to use one emulator for all of them.
     
  5. Mikemk

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    Some of us like our home screens cluttered.
     
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    This sounds highly likely, if you look at most homebrew emulators they have alot of variable options for fine tuning towards a perfectly emulated game. By including each game with it's own emulator it allows all those options to be set exactly as each game needs for a near perfect emulation.
     
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    Sega does it on Steam.

    The only reason Nintendo won't do it is because Nintendo. :/
     
  8. Saiyan Lusitano

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    When you fill up the entire home screen a new feature pops up, actually, I wish that hidden folder could be used at anytime.
     
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    Well Nintendo could use some config files for each game that the user doesn't see. So they could basically distribute games as a ROM + said config file
     
  10. xile6

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    That wouldnt work for the people who just wanna play one game.
    I have been saying tho that nintendo should pack the VC into an app tho.
    It would cut down on having 100s of game icons due to having all the VC.
     
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    In that case they could allow either or.
     
  12. xile6

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    Yea but you wouldnt have to spend alot for the main app
     
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    Games that should be on the Switch Virtual Console
    - Every Single Sega Master System Games (Even Unlicensed & Rom Hacks)
    - The Smurfs (SNES)
    - Mickey Mouse - Castle of Illusion (Genesis)
    - Duck Tales (NES)
    - The Smurfs - The Revenge of The Smurfs (GBA)
    - Sonic 3 Complete (Genesis Hack)
    - Every Single Megaman NES Rom Hack
    - Zool (SNES)
    - The Smurfs - Travel the World (SNES)
    - Mickey Mouse - World of Illusion (Genesis)
    - Rockman & Forte (SNES)