Just a few hours ago Nintendo finally unveiled significant details regarding its upcoming Switch Online Service. Alongside cloud save support, online play and pricing, a Netflix-style classic game selection was discussed once again. Subscribers will be able to play 20 NES games at launch, some with added online play, and the library will expand every month.

Conspicuously, however, the Virtual Console brand Nintendo has employed since the Wii days is nowhere to be seen. Kotaku reached out to the company and received the following reply from a company spokesperson:
 

“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems.”

 
This distancing from the past has become relatively common with the Switch, though the Virtual Console was a beloved service by fans, at least on the Wii. Hopefully this doesn’t mean we’ll be unable to purchase games individually from the eShop, regardless of subscription, for those wanting to keep hold of their favorites.

We’ll be sure to bring you more news regarding classic games on Switch as they’re revealed.
 

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