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Topic: Theory - Virtual Console in some form will come to the Switch next year

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MasterJay

Multiple things are lead to this. First, this is the last holiday season the mini consoles will be available, so it makes sense that Nintendo would hold off until those are out of the picture. Second, virtual console items have been data mined from the switch. And third is the recent leak of the rebranding of the eshop to the NS online store, which would make sense to make the nes games purchasable from this new store. Anyone else think this might be a possibility?

Not saying that this would be a full virtual console service like on past systems. Just that they would make the nes games on it available for purchase to everyone

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Magician

Doubtful. Despite Nintendo Switch Online not being as good as VC, it's all Switch owners are getting from this point forward. Nintendo might add SNES, GBC, GC to the service eventually, but it'll be a while. Nintendo sees the money XBL and PSN are making and they want a piece of that pie.

Unfortunately NSO's value-for-money doesn't compare to XBL or PSN. Nintendo needs to make NSO more appealing. XBL and PSN each give $1,000-worth of games to subscribers every year, with a handful of fairly recent AAA games included. NSO members get drip-fed $15-worth of NES classics once a month.

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nintendobynature

What exactly was data mined that you're referring to?

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ReaderRagfihs

I think there's a very good chance that Nintendo will give us more than NES. I'd actually be very surprised if it doesn't happen, for reasons I've explained before.

What I don't know is when we'll get it, and how well it'll stack up compared to the retro offerings of the Wii/Wii U.

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Heavyarms55

Nintendo is gonna drip feed it to us, but it does seem like we will be getting more systems on NSO. Back before NSO launched, there was a leak that proved correct, showing controller icons for NES and SNES controllers. The NES controllers were accurate, so likely the SNES ones will be too. I would imagine we might see them announced in the first Nintendo Direct in 2019, and get SNES and NES games throughout 2019. Then assuming the Switch is still going strong, we might get N64 in 2020...

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GameOtaku

Problem is the nes games on switch are tied to the subscription, if you have no interest in online gaming then why would you spend so much for just rentals compares to actually buying the game as you could on VC? If you tied your account from WiiU/3DS to your switch you should have access to games you purchased on the service otherwise what was the point? They stand to make more from individual sales of the games in a personalized collection rather than picking and choosing for the gaming masses what they believe we want. Then they try to market "retro inspired" indies that do not capture the nostalgia that we want. I for one don't want to play a game made to look like megaman when I could just play the genuine article.

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MysticGengar

It would make more sense if they gave VC a new name with SNES and N64 games (Nintendo classics, perhaps?), but keep NES stuff to Switch online to keep that as one of it's main features and occasionally bring brawl-style demos to the NES app, per say the first world of Super Mario World, or maybe even the opening stage of Star Fox 64 (or Lylat Wars in the UK).

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Grumblevolcano

I think it'll be like:
September 2018 - September 2019: NES
September 2019 - September 2020: SNES
September 2020 - September 2021: N64
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etc.

Maybe they'll speed it up if Smash Ultimate doesn't help the online subscriber numbers enough though.

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MarioLover92

@ReaderRagfihs Agreed. I'd be rather shocked if they omit SNES, N64, and their other systems for NSO. Perhaps Nintendo is working on getting online multiplayer to work on SNES games as we speak?

@Grumblevolcano That sounds about right. We did wait a whole year for the SNES Classic after the NES Classic came out, after all.

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Mountain_Man

Virtual Console is already here in all but name. You just have to buy Nintendo's online subscription to access it.

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MasterJay

@Mountain_Man I'm simply say that with the eshop rebrand, the nes games will be aviable for purchase

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Link-Hero

Nintendo won't do this. I think they've given up on the VC due it not doing as well as they hoped on 3DS, Wii, and Wii U. Because of this, they're very keen on only letting you play them through NSO.

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GrailUK

I honestly think there is huge scope for modernising classic games. Wonderboy was great. M2 are doing amazing work. Natsume nailed Wild Guns. Taito are releasing The Ninja Warriors (omg! I keep forgetting that and get excited when I remember lol) I am happy if classic systems become subscription based. I have bought them enough times. But I think when selling classic games is concerned, they need to be sold in a modernised package, with either a lavish amount of love to justify a sole release (like Wonderboy) or a deep respect for the games like the SNK compilation. Especially early 3D games. Imagine Ocarina of Time remade! Drool! I would take that over an N64 rom any day. But it wouldn't stop them putting the original on the online service too.

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GrailUK

@GameOtaku Ye, blimey, you are quite right. So ye, that kind of reinforces how ok I am with remakes

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kkslider5552000

Capcom made a lot of money re-selling Megaman X and Street Fighter 2 without relying on Virtual Console. The only actual selling point of NSO are old Nintendo games.

So no, not happening.

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GrailUK

Besides, Nintendo have already introduced the Virtual Console. It's just with the Switch, they have decided to go backwards and start with the Wii U!

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Trajan

I would rather see classics continue. Owning games beats a rental every time.

If they do get 64 games I hope they can at least get the rights to Perfect Dark.

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GrailUK

@Ribbonetic Come on though. Isn't it great to support a company not so hell bent on money and profit.

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Heavyarms55

Speaking of virtual console, I will be honest, if Nintendo cut and paste the exact selection of VC games on the Wii U and put them into the Switch eshop, I would probably go on the largest spending spree of my life. I would probably drop 500 or more dollars in a day! That's how much of a difference it makes for me to have those games on the Switch.

Obviously I am in quite the minority in that opinion. Plenty of people have said they don't want to buy these games, or buy them again. But the prospect of VC on Switch was one of the most exciting things for me when the Switch was first announced. Being able to play all those games on either the TV or on the go, from the same device, still sounds like a dream come true.

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