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UK: CMA suggests Nintendo Switch Online game service is on Switch successor

a section of Nintendo Switch Online games being played on Switch

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has been investigating the Activision Blizzard Xbox deal and therefore they have gone through numerous documentation about the competition, such as Sony and Nintendo. The Competition and Markets Authority may have inadvertently revealed that the Nintendo Switch Online game service which includes Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance games etc, will be on Nintendo’s next video game system, leaving the impression that the Virtual Console service won’t be coming back anytime soon. This could mean that the only way to access retro games on Nintendo’s Switch successor will be to sign up to the subscription service.

Nintendo Switch Online has been excluded from our shares as Nintendo’s cloud gaming service is very limited. Nintendo’s cloud gaming service is only available on the Nintendo Switch device and [REDACTED].

  1. Nintendo Switch Online gives gamers access to online play and cloud saving amongst other features.
  2. We therefore see Nintendo Switch Online as predominately an online multiplayer service rather than a cloud gaming service.

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12 thoughts on “UK: CMA suggests Nintendo Switch Online game service is on Switch successor”

  1. I don’t think I mind anymore. It gives me a chance to play games I wouldn’t normally buy, and not have to buy them twice. And with the impending closure of the 3DS and Wii U eshop… I realize I never really get to own virtual console titles anyway.

    I’ll just have to wait until time travel is invented and I can go back and purchase hard copies of all the classic games and consoles.

    1. Honestly I feel like this is preferable to the VC system. When it comes to a VC that resets itself every gen, or a subscription service that is here to stay and will continue to be expanded on for consoles to come, I will always pick the latter. This service is going to be very worth the money.

  2. I do miss the Virtual Console. It would be nice if Nintendo made an officially licensed FPGA box for their previous consoles and had a simple online shop to buy their library of ROMs inexpensively. Then they would have a real case for attacking all of the “pirate” sites that are fighting to preserve video game history.

  3. I’m starting to wonder if they’re going to go the route of game pass when they get to games like the GameCube and beyond. There’s not enough memory storage to have apps for them on the current model, but going streaming while giving us the option to download the games we want could be doable.

  4. I’m wondering if this will continue on there next gen machine since people still bringing up about the Switch pro or whatever. I’m wondering if they are planning to take a different route of old games with them. I’m thinking they should add the DS one next.

  5. I wish Nintendo would do it the way Sony does it- let us buy the classic games from the console’s store, or if we buy the upgraded online tier we get access to all of the classic titles instantly.

    That said, I actually do like how the NSO app handles multiplayer parties. I know it doesn’t work well for everyone, but it worked extremely well for me and my friends

  6. Nintendo has an awesome eshop and subscription service. The only things that need improving are the servers to allow for faster downloads and page loading. The Subs just need more content added which they are doing. People do not realize the biggest issue with adding retro games is getting the licensing from all walks of life to do so. Many games we want will not be added because of one composer or one artist etc.
    With that said I believe Nintendo will build on what they have and if there is a new Nividia chip coming for the new system it will most likely make everything backwards compatible so all our games will still on the switch will be playable as well. Nintendo do doesn’t ever just go all out on something, it is part of their improvement phases. Improve on what you have, the Wii, WiiU and switch are all part of that.

  7. I would like to know where are all the top 3rd party games for the NES,and SNES don’t get me wrong I enjoy playing all of Nintendo 1st party games but come on I want to play Castlevania 1,2,3 or Metal Gear 1 and Snake Revenge or Final Fantasy 1 and 2 or on my SNES where is Final Fantasy 3,4,5,6 or Chroro trigger or super Castlevania these are just a few games that are missing from the Nintendo online service that I want to play.

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