Nintendo used its Direct broadcast to confirm the beginning of retro downloads on the Switch, but they're not quite the Virtual Console you were expecting.

Branded as the 'Arcade Archives' range, we'll see arcade versions of classic games - produced by HAMSTER - and where appropriate will support multiplayer with Joy-Con controls. The original Mario Bros. will start it all on 27th September, and the following games were also confirmed.

  • Vs. Super Mario Bros.
  • Vs. Balloon Fight
  • Vs. Ice Climber
  • Vs. Pinball
  • Vs. Clu Clu Land
  • Punch-Out!!

These are all the arcade versions of the games, not the NES versions. It's a fun way to bring something different to the Switch, and reminds us of the short-lived third-party 'Arcade' releases on the Wii Virtual Console.

So, will you be picking these up on the Switch?