The Switch has been a massive success for Nintendo, launching in March of last year and selling far better than the failed Wii U did. However, despite the great first year, many fans were disappointed that the Virtual Console did not launch with it and there seemed to be no window for when it would arrive. Well, now it looks like it never will.
A Nintendo representative recently confirmed to Kotaku that the Virtual Console will not be coming to Nintendo Switch. This means that there won’t be a dedicated store where players can purchase retro games as was the case on Wii, Wii U and 3DS. This doesn’t mean that these games won’t ever come to the platform, but it won’t be in the form of a traditional Virtual Console.
The Nintendo representative tried to soften the blow by saying that “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 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.”
This will definitely come as a major disappointment for some fans, especially those who were hoping to play certain older games on the go. Still, the Switch is offering plenty of new games for gamers to get wrapped up in.