It might be presumptive to say that Nintendo purely survives on nostalgia, but that’s true to a great extent. Names like Super Mario, Metroid and Zelda are a big part of its success, and these titles have seen multiple refreshes and/or versions over the years. So, why has Nintendo decided not to announce any Virtual Console titles for the Nintendo Switch yet?
The NES Classic has all the familiar Nintendo games from decades ago – Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mario and so on. So why not on the Nintendo Switch?
Coming out of the launch we’ll see Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it’s a great title with the right amount of nostalgia. But what else? 1-2 Switch is fun, but for a while.
On the plus side, Nintendo is bringing in excess of 60 Indie titles to the Switch through its eShop. Good news, but nothing on the Virtual Console front, and with the Switch officially launching tomorrow, March 3, 2017, it looks like what we’ve seen so far is what we’ll ultimately get when the product is launched.
There’s definitely a big gap here that Nintendo doesn’t seem to want to fill. They’ve announced a subscription service for Switch owners after the launch, but they’ll only get one Virtual Console game per month, and it’s only for that month. Moreover, you can’t port your games from previous Nintendo devices.
All of these things make it quite hard to justify purchasing the Nintendo Switch. We’re certain the company has a strategy in mind, but for now it looks like they’re trying to get by on the strength of the device alone.
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