Earlier this month, buried in some exciting new details about the Switch’s upcoming online service, Nintendo revealed that it was killing the Virtual Console as a concept. “There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems,” a company rep explained. This careful wording led to many upset fans.
Since the original Wii, the Virtual Console has been a Nintendo staple, a place where you could buy everything from Super Metroid to obscure TurboGrafx games. What does its absence mean for retro games on the Switch? If a few recent releases are any indication, Nintendo’s tablet will be just fine in that regard.