Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Virtual Console not coming to Nintendo Switch Video

Virtual Console not coming to Nintendo Switch Video

Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online: Members will have access to Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, a compilation of classic NES games.

And the good news doesn't stop there, because these games will also be playable online.

Nintendo will announce further details about Nintendo Switch Online in the lead up to the service's launch in September.

Nintendo says that "every classic game" will feature some sort of online functionality.

Nintendo has finally shared more information about its upcoming Nintendo Switch online subscription platform. Right now, save data is confined to the system memory of your Switch console. A family membership will also work across different Switch systems because it will be tied to the users' Nintendo Account and not the hardware itself.

"There are now 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.

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The launch titles include Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda.

Over on the official Nintendo website they detailed that all games with current online-enabled multiplayer will require a premium Nintendo Network account in order to continue to access their online features. Another 10 titles, available at launch, will be announced later.

The long-awaited online service for the Nintendo Switch is finally arriving this September, and the company released the price and details regarding the forthcoming service's offerings late Monday.

Additionally, those with a premium Nintendo Network account will gain access to cloud saves for data storage.

The Japanese version of the service costs 300 yen (about US$2.70) for a one-month membership, 800 yen (US$7.20) for a three-month membership, and 2,400 yen (US$21.50) for a 12-month membership. More classic games are likely to follow. So, while the games are only available for subscribers, players don't need to play them online... or be connected online. Both Sony and Microsoft have done the same for several years now, and Nintendo is adding several important features to justify the cost.

The Nintendo Virtual Console was Nintendo's attempt at bringing games from older consoles in a mostly unaltered state for the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.

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