Nintendo Switch Virtual Console Expectations

Nintendo Switch Virtual Console Expectations

The Nintendo Switch didn’t launch with a Virtual Console service, but while we wait for Nintendo to share news about the Switch Virtual Console, we can discuss what we expect to see from it.

We know Nintendo plans to implement a paid online subscription service that includes 1 free NES or SNES game per month, only playable during that month. No matter what you think about that system, it’s likely that any games included in that service will be available on the Virtual Console.

But while that might be the safest bet, the arrival of GameCube games on the Virtual Console has been one of the strongest and most persistent rumors. Back in July, Eurogamer reported that three separate sources said GameCube games would be on the Virtual Console, with Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee leading the way. Since the Wii and Wii U both had Nintendo 64 games on their Virtual Consoles, it makes sense for GameCube games to be up next.

Other rumors say there will be an upgrade service that allows you to pay a small fee to get Virtual Console games you already have on other Nintendo consoles. Since this feature was put in place for the Wii U, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it return–although no one would mind being allowed to simply transfer past Virtual Console purchases.

Finally, while Nintendo often adds Virtual Console games at a slow rate, we can’t help but hope that the delayed launch is because they have a massive library of old titles planned for the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console.

What are your hopes and expectations for the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console?

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  1. I am hoping for Nintendo Hand held games to be on the Nintendo Switch VC. Since this console is being both home and portable I would like to see them combine both of the VC and Eshop capabilities into one experience. If GBA and DS and up titles get on the Switch that would be a game changer and I would by the Switch on that alone.

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