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The Nintendo Switch Will Not Have The Virtual Console At Launch

The Nintendo Switch launches next week, but the Virtual Console will not be there to greet you when it does. That’s because Nintendo has confirmed in a press release that “Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future”. So, while the Virtual Console will be available in the future, it will not be available when the Nintendo Switch launches next week. We don’t know when in the future Nintendo will share more information, but when they do, we’ll be sure to share that information with you.


37 thoughts on “The Nintendo Switch Will Not Have The Virtual Console At Launch”

  1. I swear, Nintendo is treating the virtual console with less priority in each generation when we should have a standard system by now. They introduced it a decade ago on the Wii, it shouldn’t be this hard.

    1. It IS that hard.
      We are talking about near perfect emulation again on an completely different system (meaning they even have to basically develop a new emulator).
      Then we have to think about how well these games on vc run. They run WAY better than on any typical free emulator. The way these games work is actually pretty amazing for an emulation (That should be expected of course, considering that the vc games are being officially sold to consumers) and because of that I am quite sure they even work on the games themselfs, so they can work as well as possible.

      Emulation is a very hard thing to do, especially if you are aiming for that kind of quality and a lot of that work is due yet again for Switch since you cannot slap an emulator from one to another different system, thats not how it works (the entire purpose of an snes emulator for Wii U for example is to make snes games run -specifically- on the Wii U).
      That is why they can’t just easily release all those past vc games on Switch at day one.
      That is also why they will most likely not give away the games for free if you already bought them on Wii U.

      The problem in all of this vc discussions is that most people don’t know how emulation works and therefore underestimate how hard emulation of this quality is.

  2. Not that strange since only the Wii has launched with it.

    We’re already seeing connectivity between the NNID from Wii U/3DS and the new accounts on Switch so maybe there’s still work to be done on that.

    1. It launching in March is proof of that…..Nintendo normally likes to launch their consoles in the summer or fall

    2. This system is clear that it’s just gonna flop like Magikarp for these dumb ideas. People love to waste their money on Nintendo. No way I’m paying 300 bucks for a half ass system with no games and barely any apps and features other than taking it outside when I won’t have any games to play outside. Can’t watch Netflix on the train or bus since there’s no app and Netflix just pushed offline downloading. No virtual console, and Zelda is gonna kill the battery in 2 hours. Shit is a fail.

      1. Don’t pay for it, no one is forcing you. Definitely the Switch will sell even without you. People is already eating those preorders left and will happily play Zelda, then next month Mario Kart and then Arms in May, etc. plus all those indies Disgaea, Dragon Quest, Just Dance, etc. If there isn’t nothing for you just wait when there is. Or just give up all-together.

        1. Remember, people are eating pre orders but the same thing was said for the Wii U. Reggie said demand was beyond what they expected and it wasn’t. Don’t believe the hype until the numbers hit the paper and Nintendo is in the room with the investors talking numbers. At the end, it’s all about the numbers now, cause this CEO isn’t Iwata. Iwata was about games, this new dude isn’t. And Iwata already did say before passing that he doesn’t want this dude as his successor. It matters cause switch is a great idea, but not with all the screw ups in between. I honestly don’t think it’s gonna do well until the holidays come and games come with the system at 275 or 250. I respect what you’re saying though either way

          1. The hype is part of the fun man.
            I like this new CEO, it’s open to everything. We aren’t starving about games. Zelda and Mario are there, reboot for old games are there, marketing is finally there, they are finally developer friendly, there is space for everyone… even indies, hardware is finally there (not bad pieces of plastics and fool ideas). I like the new Nintendo course.
            Than definitely isn’t playing the same hand of Sony and Microsoft but that’s not necessary to have something good out of the oven.
            I have trust in the system, we will see if it will work after all this buzz will be settled (this holyday season).

            1. Read my other comment to you about the hype stuff, because you said in the other comment that Nintendo doesn’t limit stock, but it’s obvious that they do to draw hype and you’re admitting this here. Until holidays, I’m not gonna spend 400 just to play Zelda and indies that are already on other systems

              1. And you will do it right. Buy when it’s comfortable to you. You don’t owe anything to Nintendo. You should buy what you like when you want it. It’s fair. I’ll do that too… march or probably april because I don’t own consoles (PC gamer) and want it with Zelda.

    1. That’s the right spirit, if people don’t like the games just wait for theirs. Eventually they don’t like Nintendo games than why losing time criticing their system?

    1. It implies a small trickle of classic games like what happened with the Wii U. It’s not a good sign at all when the Wii U struggled enough to have some iconic titles like Mario Kart 64 not being uploaded on to the eshop until near the end of the console’s life cycle. Fans have expectations of a gamecube virtual console, but if you have signs of struggling to make it as good as the previous system’s VC when it struggled to begin with that doesn’t say anything good about the longrun.

      1. Yeah but now that the people who worked on the NES classic are handling the Switch VC that means the emulation quality will be WAY better, which would take longer to do. Quality over quantity. Plus who’s to say they don’t already have some ready and are just waiting to release a whole bunch at once. Who knows?

    2. Anybody bummed out about the VC not being up at launch has completely missed the point of a new console. The switch isn’t here so we can play Super Mario Kart at a higher definition.

      1. My thoughts exactly. That stuff is fine to have later, but absolutely not needed at launch. Let them focus on more important things and release VC later when its fully ready.

  3. …I probably wont cancel the preorder but shit I feel like a sucker now. No bluetooth headsets and no VC. There will be a price drop and a bundle coming out soon. What is the reward for preordering this fucking thing?

  4. Been seeing a lot of “will not”s and “doesn’t”s lately.

    Are they trying to get people excited for this system, or do only casual mom, dad, sis, and bro matter.

    My major concern is whether or not I can preserve my save data and any digital games, without having to delete content (digital games and DLC).

    As for games, I want titles on the same scale of quality and content as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask/Skyward Sword, The Thousand-Year Door, Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Banjo-Tooie, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Return to Dreamland, Pokemon Black & White, Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2, Klonoa, Pac-Man World 2, Super Mario 64/Sunshine/Galaxy, and Super Metroid.

    1. As well as Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Mario Tennis (N64), Marvel vs Capcom 2, and Earthbound.

      As opposed to titles like Triforce Heroes, Sonic Lost World, Rise of Lyric, Color Splash, Starfox Zero, Other M, Federation Force, Amiibo Festival, Skylanders, Splatoon’s Octo Valley, Ultra Smash, SSB4, less than 100 new Pokemon, Super. Mario. Maker.

      Super Mario Odyssey and Yooka-Laylee seem to be the only two games so far that are confirm to deliver on these wishes.

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