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Rumor: Nintendo To Announce Virtual Console Subscription Service

by Dean James


Earlier today, we told you about a hot Nintendo rumor that was circulating around the internet based on some circumstantial evidence surrounding the latest update to the Nintendo 3DS, which seems to point to the announcement of cross-buy between the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in the near future. Now, another juicy rumor has popped up involving Nintendo that may be just as interesting.

According to Nintendo Enthusiast, Nintendo is preparing to announce a major subscription service for the existing Virtual Console. We’ve heard speculation about this for awhile now, but they said that their source indicated that Nintendo was going to make their big reveal at E3, but for some reason decided to hold off for the time being.The same source also told about the Capcom and Namco games that were announced for the Virtual Console at E3, so the other information seemed pretty legitimate based on that.

A full-fledged subscription service would be very enticing, with Nintendo’s library of games available on the Virtual Console currently, especially if it spanned the Wii U and 3DS with one subscription. Perhaps Nintendo held off so they could announce the two in tandem, with maybe the Virtual Console gaining cross-buy for those not using the subscription service.

I know I would be personally ecstatic if we got this type of option for the Virtual Console, especially with the addition of the Game Boy Advance recently and the Nintendo DS soon. With the possibility of GameCube in the future with the recent GameCube controller adapter announcement, the hype could be tremendous for such a service.

Hopefully Nintendo Enthusiast’s source pulls through, but just like the other rumor, it should be held with a grain of salt until we hear something official. If this does prove to be true, would you be interested and if so, how much would you be willing to pay a month to have access to the full Virtual Console library available on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS?

- This article was updated on:March 9th, 2018

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