Nintendo's Switch is on the horizon, and after the Wii U's poor reception, there's a lot fans are hoping they can improve upon for the new system. So we thought a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, was the a perfect way to rethink how Nintendo sees the Virtual Console (the online system by which they re-release their classic games) with Nintendo Switch. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.
Early on I say the Switch's Virtual Console should arrive on day one with all the titles currently available on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, letting users transfer the licenses they bought on Wii U and 3DS, as all other game companies have been doing for years. Ben says it's crucial that they tie customers' purchases to their Nintendo Accounts rather than the hardware they buy the title on, and Alex says they should introduce some kind of family sharing system so families can share their Switch games, including digital Virtual Console purchases, with each other.
Ben adds that Switch's Virtual Console should finally make GameCube games digitally available, to which I add the entire Virtual Console, including older titles, should be compatible with the GameCube controller adapter Nintendo made for Wii U.
We further challenged what's expected of the Virtual Console by suggesting that two major trends in the gaming market—digital storefronts making games' price points more flexible, and nostalgia becoming an increasingly effective selling point for both new and old titles—can be moved forward into the physical retail space, whether they want to re-release their classic titles on cartridges, like they did with NES games in the GBA era, or compile "Greatest Hits" collections from various Nintendo franchises and re-release them as one package. The former strategy could work particularly well with GameCube games.
We cover tons more, including flash sales on the eShop, a visual interface themed after physical game collections, a stronger My Nintendo rewards program, cross-promoting free Virtual Console downloads with Amiibo and other physical goods, and tons more, so be sure to check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on the idea beyond this brief write-up.
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