Nintendo Switch Won't Be Getting Virtual Console

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Prans, May 8, 2018.


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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

    sarkwalvein There's hope for a Xenosaga port.

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

    XDel Author of the Alien Breed Odamex Projekt.

    Jul 25, 2012
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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

    migles All my gbatemp friends are now mods, except for me

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  4. Titanica

    Titanica As mature as a Seventh Grader!

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

    Bimmel ~ Game Soundtrack Collector ~

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

    Prans Geek, gamer, human

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    There itself.
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  7. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    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

    migles All my gbatemp friends are now mods, except for me

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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

    Zense GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 20, 2008
    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.
    Last edited by Zense, May 8, 2018
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  10. T-hug

    T-hug Always like this.

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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

    zoogie playing around in the dsiware

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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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  12. mech

    mech ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    Oct 26, 2014
    Mine will have virtual console :)
  13. Marco_Buns

    Marco_Buns The Lonely Man On The Iceberg

    Aug 31, 2015
    Does this mean they will use a different name than VC?
    Last edited by Marco_Buns, May 8, 2018
  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

    robingilh GBAtemp Regular

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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

    Axido GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 12, 2014
    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

    DJPlace P!ssed OFF Pyscho of GBA!!

    Apr 16, 2008
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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

    B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N Resident Weirdo

    Jun 7, 2016
    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 ._.