The Nintendo Switch Virtual Console is still part of the company's plans
But does that mean the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console is dead?
There hasn’t been a big update concerning the popular feature for sometime, leading some to believe that it may be being stalled, or even scrapped completely.
It seems unlikely that Wii U games can be emulated successfully on the Nintendo Switch based on the specs of the hybrid handheld, although titles from the Wii down are possible.
It was expected that the first games to be announced for VC would be the likes of Super Mario Bros, Super Mario World, and A Link to The Past – top NES and SNES titles.
There has also been a lot of rumours concerning the inclusion of GameCube games as well.
Nintendo renewed a trademark for horror game Eternal Darkness, which suggests that the rumours of Gamecube Virtual Console support could be true.
The latest trademark was filed on December 20, just a month before the Nintendo Switch Tokyo event and a few months before the March release date.
The trademark refers to Eternal Darkness as downloadable software, which would further suggest that Gamecube releases are coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo is also said to be working on bringing Gamecube versions of Super Mario Sunshine, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee to the Switch Virtual Console.
However, away from the new GameCube titles, it appears that any VC would likely clash with the new Nintendo Switch Online service.
Nintendo added new details to their official Switch Online site, confirming price details that are lower than both PS4’s PlayStation Plus and Xbox One’s Games with Gold.
Nintendo Switch Online fully launches in 2018, although there will be a period of free membership offered.
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Online play will be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid online service launches next year and will not affect existing consoles, such as the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
The price point of membership has also been revealed and will include three different options:
- 1 month costing – $4
- 3 months costing – $8
- 12 months costing – $20
While this is substantially lower than other rival console services, this is likely due to to a couple of different factors, the biggest being games.
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“Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario,” a statement from Nintendo explains.
Nintendo has confirmed that the limit on classic games first confirmed back in January is not being implemented.
However, in a new update released earlier this week, Nintendo have confirmed that they have not pulled the plug on the Virtual Console for Switch.
“Classic Games Selection (tentative name) is different from the [Virtual Console],” a spokesperson told Famitsu.
Nintendo also confirmed during the interview that a release date is “still undecided,” meaning a rethink may be underway due to the new service.