It has been almost four months since the Nintendo Switch’s victorious launch and Virtual Console is nowhere to be found. This has left many disappointed and even confused, considering it was a major selling point on both the Wii and Wii U. But today, I am going to address what I think is a pattern, and why Nintendo has not yet revealed the widely loved console add-on.
The most obvious reason being Nintendo isn’t ready. This does not mean we won’t be getting Virtual Console anytime soon, it just means that Nintendo is waiting. When the Wii U launched on November 18th of 2012, Virtual Console was not yet a part of the system and did not arrive until April of the following year. I have a growing suspicion that we are in the same exact situation with the Nintendo Switch.
The Wii U along with Virtual Console was announced in September of 2012, just two months before the console launched. Making it a whole seven months until Virtual Console actually released through a system update. Now this could just be a coincidence, but the Nintendo Switch was announced in January of this year along with Virtual Console. The Switch launched two months later just as the Wii U did. In August, Nintendo will be attending the annual GamesCom event, which will be held from the 22nd to the 26th. A whole seven months from the Nintendo Switch reveal. If that isn’t enough to convince you, here is an extra little something. Both consoles were announced on the 13th of the month (Japan Time). If this really is a pattern, that would mean Virtual Console is to be released sometime in August. It is still very possible that this is just a coincidence. Nintendo is known for surprise announcements. Especially this E3 when they announced “Metroid Prime 4” and a “Core RPG Pokemon game”. It was a shock for many Nintendo fans, including me.
I personally believe that the Virtual Console will have a focus on one specific console. The GameCube. Yes, the GameCube. Back in December, Nintendo requested a trademark renewal for “Eternal Darkness”. A third-person Horror game developed by Silicon Knights. The game was originally supposed to release on the Nintendo 64, but was delayed and then released on the GameCube in 2002. It also seems as if Nintendo was hinting towards GameCube Virtual Console when they released Minecraft last month. The Mario Mash-Up-Pack was originally released on the Wii U version of Minecraft back in 2015. The add-on for the game includes Peach’s Castle and Bob-Omb Battlefield from Mario 64, while the latter includes Isle Delfino and Petey the Piranha from Mario Sunshine. Out of all the Mario games, they chose the two most wanted for Virtual Console. But until Nintendo makes an official announcement, this is just speculation.
Do you think Nintendo could announce Virtual Console this August? Do you think GameCube will be the focus? We will have to wait and see.