Why Nintendo Sees Switch Online as the Virtual Console Successor

Nintendo confirmed earlier this year the Virtual Console would not come to the Nintendo Switch, the service spread across a number of Nintendo consoles that offered re-releases of classic titles. But that doesn’t mean the company has abandoned this specific method of offering older games, it hasn’t abandoned delivering them to players on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Online, coming this September, is currently slated to launch with a lineup of original NES games, with some featuring online enhancements, as part of the subscription price. And speaking to IGN at E3 2018, Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime said Nintendo envisions Switch Online as a VC successor of a sort, one with a lineup that will expand over time.

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