Could the NES Classic Edition pave the way for the Switch’s Virtual Console?

On a recent video by the good folks down at GameXplain, they covered the superior emulation on the NES Classic Edition (or as I call it, the Mini NES) and compared it to the Wii U’s Virtual Console. It turns out that the Wii U’s Virtual Console experience is not as good as its younger plug n’ play cousin. How is it that the Wii U, a machine quite powerful, has worse emulation than the NES Classic Edition?

It boggles the mind, but it does pave an optimistic path for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s newest console due out in March of 2017. Very few details about the system are known at this point, as all the official word we’ve gotten so far was from a 3 minute or so long teaser trailer, and Nintendo has stated that they won’t really talk too much about it until 2017. They obviously don’t want to talk it up too much before the holiday shopping season, as a new system of any kind is guaranteed to have adverse effects on your current selection.

While the Wii U is pretty much dead in the water, the 3DS is still alive and well, and even has a new Pokemon game in its library. The NES Classic Edition is also due out, although it’s almost impossible to find at a retail location. The Wii U, while it has a fantastic selection of games for the NES, SNES, and N64, it has a fraction of the games and systems that were available for the original Wii.

The Wii had Arcade titles, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Commodore 64, Neo Geo, and TurboGrafx 16 under its belt on top of the Nintendo line up. What I’d like to see is a dedicated effort towards the Virtual Console and what it could really be. As many retro systems available as possible, from an early time (seeing as how they have already done so much work towards it), and with a “Netflix” style option.

This is something people have been asking for for a long time now. Imagine, if you will, spending 10 or 15 dollars a month for unlimited access to the entire Virtual Console library. You wouldn’t own any of them unless you bought them separately, but you would have the option to try out as many as you’d like. Nintendo has never been too shrewd when it comes to online business opportunities, but they have made improvements.

The new Nintendo president, Tatsumi Kimishima comes from a business background, as opposed to his predecessor, Satoru Iwata, who came from a development background. One hopes that he will be able to listen to the murmurs of the internet and hear what people want. The Nintendo Switch is a ways off, and we don’t really know anything about it. But the NES Classic Edition might be a small look into future possibilities for the Switch’s Virtual Console. What are you hoping the Switch can do for retro gaming? Let us know in the comments below!