Nintendo Switch Won't Be Getting Virtual Console

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    If you've been wondering when you will finally be able to enjoy Virtual Console games on the Switch, you might be in for some disappointment...

    Answering to Kotaku, a Nintendo Spokesperson said 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,” the Nintendo spokesperson added. “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.”

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  1. sarkwalvein

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    But Retroarch is already up and running...
     
  2. XDel

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    It sounds like he is saying that if you want to play them, you'll have to play them with enhanced features now as opposed to the original code. I.E. You should in theory be able to play something like Double Dragon in 2 player on-line, etc. Where as Virtual Consoles would not have the added benefit of on-line capabilities, and so on.
     
  3. migles

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    Pfft, like anyone even uses it...
     
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  5. Bimmel

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    Wait for our new Classic consoles. That's the translation. :-)
     
  6. Prans
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  7. Arras

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    All this representative said is that they won't be releasing classic games "under the Virtual Console banner". Classic games will still be there, they just aren't called Virtual Console anymore. That said, there's no news on any consoles besides the NES for now, but I would imagine it'll happen at some point.
     
  8. migles

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    probably they did the smart thing and quit doing VC, since they are unable to release more than 10 VC games, and take forever to release other 10, and people would just use homebrew emulators, or inject games..

    VC could be so great if they actually released almost (if not all) the entire library of the consoles and sold the games for cheaper

    probably went with "this is not VC" so people to stop bitching about such limit of games
     
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  9. Zense

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    Because this way we can charge you again for the classic titles already connected to your Nintendo Account from buying them on WiiU and 3DS under the very different "Virtual Console" monicker.
     
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  10. T-hug

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    They need to skip vc this gen so they can charge you for the games again nextgen.
    If they added it to switch everyone would want their 3ds and wiiu vc content to be free. Skipping a gen allows enough time to have passed for people to be willing to shell out again.
    Or they'll drip feed games to the paid sub.
     
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  11. zoogie

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    So they take VC games previously priced ala carte and tack them on to the $20/yr online service I would have bought anyway.

    Well then. Time to go online and rage about Nintendo refusing to weasel me into buying the same old games yet again.

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    Mine will have virtual console :)
     
  13. Marco_Buns

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    Does this mean they will use a different name than VC?
     
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  14. Lazyboss

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    Why would they sell VC games while they can port them under the "enhanced" silly excuse and make more money?
    An why should we care when we can play VC on a modded Switch in a few months?
     
  15. robingilh

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    Oh noes, I won't be able to buy a 10 bucks NES game for the 7th time, how can I justify my switch purchase now. :(
     
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  16. Axido

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    They don't skip the gen (at least entirely). They just add incentives to buy the games yet again on the Switch.

    Sadly, this is not reflected in the thread title (and don't tell me this was unintentional). The wording of the Nintendo spokesperson mentioned should make it pretty obvious, though.
     
  17. DJPlace

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    kinda mad that they add online to nintendo games and not neo-geo games on the swtich...
     
  18. B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N

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    Really odd to see Nintendo do this, especially given their stance on emulation of classic game systems.

    Maybe this is part of a plan to move more NES Classic/SNES Classic units.

    More ideally, maybe they're restructuring their method of redistributing old games to be more in line with the decade.

    Or, more cynically, they're skipping a generation to make people less upset about having to buy the same games all over again.

    Honestly can't tell what their reasoning for this is at this point, nor what their plan for the future is.
     
  19. DinohScene

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    I can't wait for the new "VC" games! so I can rebuy the titles I bought on Wii U that I also bought on 3DS that I also bought on Wii and have the originals of!

    Idk what to think ._.
     
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