After a long wait, Nintendo offered new details of its online service for the Switch, which will arrive this September with interesting news. One of the issues that had remained in the air, was the possibility of having the famous ‘Virtual Console’ of the Wii and Wii U, but the company has broken our illusions by confirming that this one will not reach the Switch.
Since the Wii, the ‘Virtual Console’ has been a great differentiating element that gave us access to almost the entire catalog of games for Nintendo consoles, with news every week and the possibility of buying them to have them available on our console. Well, for the Switch Nintendo wants to change the strategy and what let’s forget about the ‘Virtual Console’.
We will have to confirm with the promise that more games will arrive
According to Nintendo’s statements to Kotaku, the company confirmed that there are no plans to bring classic games to the Switch as happened in the Virtual Console from past consoles. Nintendo mentioned that classic games, both from Nintendo and other developers, will be available on Nintendo Switch through Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop, or as separate collection packs.
I mean, yes there will be classic games on the Switch, but now they will be part of a bundle for subscribers of the new Nintendo Switch Online.
The idea could be interesting, but we will have to wait and see how it develops over time, since Nintendo seeks to give a twist to that idea of having classic games within its new console, and incidentally, boost subscriptions to its online service .
In the case of the Switch, Nintendo confirmed that when the online release in September, they will be at our disposal 20 classic NES games, which we can download to play unlimitedly without paying anything additional. He even gave us the name of 10 of the titles that we will see in this release:
- Balloon fight
- Donkey kong
- Dr. Mario
- Ice Climber
- The legend of zelda
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
The remaining 10 will be announced later. What’s more, Nintendo will add online features to these games, where we can compete or cooperate with another person, either by sharing the screen or the controller. Likewise, we can speak by voice with our friends using the application for smartphones.
Nintendo ensures that this collection of games will be updated over time to add new games, and although it is logical that we will see titles from other consoles, such as the SNES, Game Boy or N64, Nintendo has not mentioned anything about it, and neither is knows how often new games will be added.
Another point that remains pending about the classic games on Switch, is that it has not been clear if they will only be available to download while they are available and you keep them forever, or if we can only play them for free during that month and then we have to pay for they. Here it will be interesting to know if it will be possible to download them and have them indefinitely linked to our account or console, or will they have any restrictions.
As always, we will have to wait for Nintendo to offer new details.
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