Nintendo Says ‘No’ to Virtual Console on Switch

Backwards compatibility has been a hot topic in the past year. Microsoft is really pushing the capabilities of doing this with the Xbox One and the PS4 has PlayStation Now to stream older titles. A big draw for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U was the Virtual Console. This allowed players to digitally download these games to their system (even though if you got a separate system you had to purchase them again). This allowed children who never experienced classic 8-bit and 16-bit titles to do just that on a modern platform. Now, Nintendo has announced that is killing the service.

The company has informed Kotaku that there are no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console as it did on previous systems. This will really hurt the back catalog of the Switch as Nintendo continues to hang on to first party titles. This could be due to Nintendo releasing its Classic Systems, even though the original NES Classic is out of production, but will return to shelves this summer. The Virtual Console is still working on the Wii U and the portable 3DS until next year.