After months of silence, Nintendo has finally confirmed that Virtual Console — a service that offers a variety of classic games from previous console generations — will not be coming to Switch. But that doesn’t mean Nintendo plans to stop offering classic games digitally. Instead, for now, Nintendo plans to launch its new online service with a series of 20 classic NES games, with new games added regularly. As a Nintendo representative told IGN, “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.”
Virtual Console is still available on 3DS, Wii, and Wii U — although the service is set to be shut down on the Wii some time next year when the Wii Shop Channel shuts down forever. Countless people have expressed their desire to transfer previously purchased Virtual Console games over to their Switch, which is why Nintendo’s choice to suspend support for Virtual Console is no doubt a massive blow to fans everywhere. That said, let’s take a closer look at what Nintendo Switch Online could mean for the future of Virtual Console.