Say it ain’t so, Nintendo! Say it ain’t so!
Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just…a bit upset right now. It’s fine, really. But hey, did you hear, Nintendo is apparently not bringing the Virtual Console to the Switch! What is happening to my life! I am ill-prepared for this news; why, cruel world, why! (Oh, I realized after writing this that Hatm0nster already discussed Nintendo’s new online service. But it can’t hurt to share my own thoughts, right?…)
Huff huff…calm down, Duck. You’re starting to scare people.
The facts: no Virtual Console on the Switch.
The alternative: Nintendo Switch Online, a $20/year subscription service featuring a limited selection of NES games. I hear that this includes multiplayer, voice chat, cloud saves, etc. The great thing about this is it would hypothetically allow people to hear the Duck screaming in rage at Super Mario Bros from thousands of miles away. What a mixed blessing this turned out to be! (I am being so sarcastic right now!)
I don’t want to act like I know better than Nintendo. After all, they are a massively popular company and are far more well-known and profitable than the Duck shall ever be, so they’re obviously doing something right. Nevertheless, there are times that I can’t comprehend why they make some of the decisions that they do. (As if Nintendo Labo wasn’t odd enough.) In some ways, perhaps a $20/year subscription service would be a great thing. I can’t say it’s overpriced, as I feel my Netflix subscription is pretty darn cheap, and it costs way more than $20/year. Probably $120. Wow, I’m being overcharged.
I don’t think it’s the subscription service that confuses me, as this could be a cool idea if you, you know, got access to all the games the Virtual Console currently has to offer, as opposed to a handful of NES games (the one Nintendo console I’m not all that interested in). This is severely limiting, as it means no SNES, N64, or the wished-for GameCube games, not to mention the other categories of games available on the Virtual Console that I never really looked at. (What the heck is TurboGrafx?)
Yes, Nintendo has released these little NES and SNES consoles that can play a select library of games, but the great thing about the Virtual Console was that you had a good level of freedom to pick popular games alongside more obscure titles that won’t be making it onto a “greatest hits”-style collection. What constitutes as “greatest” is super subjective, and I’d rather pick and choose the games I deem as my favorites than have someone else do it for me.
Before I wallow in sadness and confusion for much longer, let’s take a step back for a moment and look at things in a more hopeful perspective. Because maybe…just maybe…I’m interpreting things wrong. Maybe Nintendo is starting with NES games being a part of their subscription, and someday they’ll add SNES, N64, and even GCN games back into the mix. I can’t comprehend why Nintendo wouldn’t want to do this. I mean, they’ve got a huge library of great games that they can keep reselling decades after their release. That’s basically free money! Take advantage of how much we love your games, Nintendo! Because, as cheap as $20 a year is, I’d gladly pay more than that to buy individual VC games at my leisure as I have been doing on the Wii U. And I’m sure that plenty of other people feel the same way.
Now, if that is not what Nintendo has in mind…I just don’t get it. I really don’t. And…I know it’s dumb, but…I kind of worry about the future of my favorite classic games if the VC doesn’t return. My N64 is still going strong, but it won’t last forever. I can buy most of my favorite Nintendo games over again on the Wii U, but even then, that doesn’t give me the same reassurance as knowing I can get my favorite games again years down the road on Nintendo’s current console. Knowing that I might one day lose my most beloved games…Donkey Kong Country, Majora’s Mask, Paper Mario…it’s upsetting, to say the least.
Nintendo, I implore you, please bring back the Virtual Console. Please make GCN games available. Even if they have some alternative to the VC in mind that will bring back all the classics from the past, that is fine, as long as we aren’t limited to a “greatest hits” collection based on the opinion of someone other than the person buying it.
Are you saddened by the news that the Nintendo Switch won’t have its own Virtual Console? Are you interested in Nintendo’s subscription service? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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