Since the launch of the Switch last March, the one glaring omission on the system has been the lack of classic Nintendo games via the Virtual Console service. With the new Nintendo Switch Online setup out this September, this looks to change but not in ...
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The Switch finally gets its online service this September.
Since the launch of the Switch last March, the one glaring omission on the system has been the lack of classic Nintendo games via the Virtual Console service. With the new Nintendo Switch Online setup out this September, this looks to change but not in the way you think.
The Nintendo Switch Online service itself seems like a good value setup for people who want a more thorough online system for the console.
While you have to pay a subscription charge, you get a dedicated online multiplayer service, cloud saves, Nintendo mobile app integration and some NES games.
It’s the latter that is effectively Virtual Console in everything but name. The plan is to start with twenty NES games, that will include Soccer, Tennis, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros, Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Dr. Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros 3.
While games like Metroid are absent here that is with good reason. This is because these NES games on the Switch will also include online multiplayer.
That in and of itself is a fantastic feature to add to these games and I can almost forgive the fact that this is not a proper Virtual Console service. Almost.
Considering the massive library of Nintendo games available, releasing them piecemeal yet again on a new platform is getting tedious. What’s more, while I am happy to see NES games represented here, what about every other Nintendo console?
In an age where various media are available on demand via various streaming services, such as Spotify and Netflix, the approach Nintendo is taking here is frustratingly antiquated. Admittedly, the fact you can play a select few NES games online is great, but I would much rather have all the other Nintendo games in an expansive and proper Virtual Console service.
My only hope is that Nintendo speeds up these retro game releases after Nintendo Switch Online starts up this September.
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