While Nintendo’s E3 has been a fanboy-pleasing extravaganza the likes of which the company hasn’t produced since their all-time great 2004 showcase, the elephant in Nintendo’s stunning E3 floor space remains the future of their Virtual Console service. Nintendo has still not confirmed when, or if, their digital retro games service will make the transition to the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime broke that silence somewhat in an interview with IGN in which he spoke about the present and future of Virtual Console.
“We know that our fans, our players, want access to all of our digital content, we know that,” said Fils-Aime regarding Nintendo’s interest in bringing Virtual Console to Switch. “What we’re working through is, ‘okay, what’s going to be the best way to make that happen, to make that available?’ Certainly, we recognize there’s an appetite for all of our great legacy content.”
While that does little to answer the many questions that remain regarding why the Switch didn’t simply launch with Virtual Console, Fils-Aime’s reassurances are more comforting when you realize that Nintendo has previously stated that they do not intend for the Switch Online game service to replace Virtual Console.
Given that Fils-Aime spent quite a bit of time talking about how much Nintendo would love to do with the My Nintendo rewards program – including how Nintendo would like to include physical rewards as part of the system – perhaps the company is trying to find a way to expand Virtual Console’s offerings beyond a simple collection of digital titles.
Still, Fils-Aime noted that digital sales for top Switch games – especially Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – have been strong and that Nintendo recognizes how valuable a digital marketplace can be.