Why is Nintendo holding back on Switch Virtual Console?
We’ve already published our thoughts on the recent Nintendo Switch event and, predictably, gave it some what of a kicking (you can listen to it below). For me, the most disappointing thing about the show was that it demonstrated how Nintendo has seemingly learned nothing from its botched Wii U launch and seems destined to repeat the same mistakes.
Bait and Nintendo Switch – QorC Ep. 74
But, like the dutiful Nintendo fanboy I am, I still went out and pre-ordered a Switch. Ever since I’ve felt a gnawing worry at the back of mind telling me to buy Zelda on Wii U and cancel the pre-order. I keep telling myself to keep the faith, after all I’d like nothing more than to play Zelda on my way into work, but there are things Nintendo needs to do (or at least talk about) to convince me:
1) Announce a unified Nintendo Account
This is so obvious that it seems insane to me that Nintendo didn’t talk about how buying the Switch is a ticket to uniting all of your prior Nintendo digital purchases. Even the Big N can’t expect us to head out and buy Super Mario World and Link to the Past again, having bought them digitally on Wii, Wii U and, quite possibly, the New 3DS.
And don’t go pulling that whole ‘If you’ve bought them before, you can re-buy a “better” version for £4 rather than £6’. I’m not falling for that same trick you pulled on the move from Wii to Wii U and I suggest no-one else does.
2) Give my existing VC games free Switch upgrades as they get them
Let me broaden out my previous point. One of the pulls of Switch is the easily missed line on Nintendo’s press release saying that certain VC games will get online play. Quite why that particular message wasn’t hammered home is baffling in itself, but Nintendo could have claimed an even mightier win by telling us that these upgraded NES, SNES, N64 (and whatever else) games would be offered for free if a) you already bought the game on Wii, or Wii U and b) you’re a Nintendo+ (or whatever it’s calling its subscription service) member.
3) Let us download our digitally purchased Wii and Wii U games
Again, a no brainer. Nintendo has had an age to make Switch compatible with Wii and Wii U digital games. Alright, I can see why there’d be hesitation in making Mario Kart 8 backwards compatible, but at least make games of a certain download size work on Switch. If Microsoft can get Xbox 360 games to work on Xbox One, you can get Mutant Mudds (or whatever it might be) to work on Switch.
4) Announce trophy support for Switch games and add trophies to select VC games
Gamers like trophies, Nintendo, and so should you. Especially when you can add trophy support to games like Super Metroid, Earthbound, Tetris, Mario 64 and whatever else and inject something completely new into them. Not to mention that your Switch titles will also benefit from trophy support. Why wouldn’t you want to do anything it takes to add legs to the likes of Splatoon 2 and 1, 2 Switch?
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