Our hopes of a Virtual Console being made available for the Nintendo Switch took a big blow on Tuesday. Following more details about Nintendo Switch Online, the video game company confirmed that it currently has no plans to introduce a storefront with Virtual Console branding.
“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as had been done on other Nintendo systems,” Nintendo said in a statement to Kotaku.
The wording in Nintendo statement is important. Although Nintendo has no plans to roll out a Virtual Console as it did with the Wii, 3DS, and Wii U, the company may still bring its back catalog of titles to the Switch.
With Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo is launching a $20 service that will give gamers online functionality and access to 20 NES classics, with additional titles to be added in the future. Unfortunately, Nintendo is still being coy about its plans to include titles from the SNES, Nintendo 64, or Gamecube.
“There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System—Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections,” Nintendo said.
Nintendo appears to be relying on its upcoming online service and its eShop as a way to provide gamers with access to older titles. Still, the lack of a unified storefront for classic games seems like a huge missed opportunity for Nintendo. If the company never brings A Link to the Past to the Switch, people are going to riot.
Nintendo Switch Online is set to launch this September, with more details about the service to be revealed at a later date.