Virtual Console isn’t coming to Nintendo Switch, that much Nintendo has confirmed. However, that doesn’t mean this is the end for the virtual console for Nintendo consoles as Nintendo has clarified that Nintendo Switch online is the “successor” to its virtual console.
Speaking during E3 2018, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé noted that while the Virtual console isn’t coming to Nintendo Switch but Nintendo Switch online will be the alternative to this service that will provide retro video games for a subscription fee.
He further noted that more retro games will be added to the service as they move forward with their service.
The Virtual Console successor is Nintendo Switch Online, right? With the mentality that says we’re going to be offering a slate of games, and it’s a slate that’s going to increase over time. For many of these games, there’s going to be additional online capability provided in those games. That’s the vision we have for how to best bring our legacy content to Nintendo Switch.
He added that players will be encouraged to subscribe to Nintendo Switch online as it will not only allow gamers to play online but will also provide them cloud saves and will grant access to the “legacy content”.
e do [believe people will subscribe], and I say that because what we’ve laid out is a proposition where, yes you get the competitive play accessibility, you also get the cloud save, and you get access to the legacy content. That’s a fantastic proposition for $20 a year. We believe that it’s not going to be any type of issue for us. In fact, it’s going to enable us to continue offering a varied slate of opportunities from an online experience standpoint.
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