Nintendo: “No Plans” for Virtual Console on Nintendo Switch

When Nintendo finally unveiled more concrete details for their paid online Nintendo Switch Online service, many fans were distraught the console is still without a Virtual Console like its predecessors.

Now, in a confusing statement the Kyoto-based company has confirmed there are currently “no plans” to bring the classic game platform to their hybrid console.

“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems,” a Nintendo spokesperson said to Kotaku.

“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. 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.”

It’s worth pointing out that in the recently confirmed details for Nintendo Switch Online, you’ll need to pay to get cloud save backups, while also still having to use the Nintendo Switch App for online voice chat support.

Nintendo Switch Online is set for a worldwide launch sometime this September.

Editor’s Note: Featured image is the currently available Arcade Archives VS. Super Mario Bros.

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