With the news that the paid Nintendo Switch Online subscription service will provide access to a growing selection of NES games with added online play, Nintendo has now confirmed that the Virtual Console will not return.
The company had last spoken about the chances of Virtual Console coming to Nintendo Switch at E3 2017, that saw Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime acknowledge the demand for it but explain that they were exploring the best way to make it happen.
“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems,” a Nintendo spokesperson clarified to Kotaku.
“There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections.
“Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online will provide a fun new way to experience classic NES games that will be different from the Virtual Console service, thanks to enhancements such as added online play, voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app and the various play modes of Nintendo Switch.”
And, when asked whether games from any other platforms will be made available through the Nintendo Switch Online subscription, Nintendo added that they had “nothing to announce on this topic.”