Last night, Nintendo finally unveiled a lot of details about its new console, the Nintendo Switch. However, one of the big points of contention was the console’s online component. Nintendo has announced that you won’t be keeping your free Nintendo Switch Virtual Console game once the month rolls over.
Nintendo’s Virtual Console system is intended to allow players to be able to buy older Nintendo games to play, such as the original Legend of Zelda, numerous other entries in the Fire Emblem series before Awakening and the Fates pair, the original Metroid games, Advance Wars, and more. These games will be used in the free Nintendo Switch Virtual Console games, though as said before, they won’t stay a part of your system once the month ends.
In order to keep these Virtual Console games for yourself, players on the Nintendo Switch’s network will actually have to buy the games themselves in order to continue playing them. Thankfully, however, this isn’t a prohibitive expense. Nintendo Virtual Console games are normally very reasonably priced, and vary in price depending on the platform they were on originally.
For instance, Virtual Console games that were originally on the NES are only 4.99. SNES titles are 7.99, while Nintendo DS and N64 titles are around 9.99. While these prices may vary, they thankfully aren’t the same sort of price that other games are nowadays, so if you want to keep playing the free Nintendo Switch Virtual Console game that’s available that month you won’t have to spend too much money.
Either way, with the Nintendo Switch releasing along with such highly-anticipated games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and with announced games like Fire Emblem: Warriors, Super Mario Odyssey, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Splatoon 2 (or Splat2n, as I like to call it), and lots more, even if you don’t buy the free Nintendo Switch Virtual Console games you likely won’t be wanting for any games to play.