Recent reports about the online subscription service for Nintendo Switch have suggested that it might offer a library of NES games as well. This led some to believe that the Virtual Console might be coming back. Nintendo has now set the record straight concerning the Virtual Console for Nintendo Switch: it’s not.


A spokesperson for Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku over email that “There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems.” This should put an end to recent speculation to the contrary.

All three previous Nintendo consoles – the Wii, 3DS, and Wii U – received their own iterations of Virtual Console which enables players to enjoy classic games on the consoles. That’s not going to be done for the Nintendo Switch right now, at least not in that manner.

There are other ways in which classic Nintendo games and titles from other publishers are brought to the Switch, these include the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop, and packaged collections.

NES – Nintendo Switch Online will be a different way to play classic NES games due to enhancements such as online play, voice chat through the Nintendo Switch Online app, and the multiple play modes of the Nintendo Switch.

There have also been reports that games from other platforms such as GameCube will be made available through the online subscription service for the Switch. The company’s spokesperson said that Nintendo has nothing to announce on this topic right now.

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