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"Virtual Console Successor is Nintendo Switch Online," Says Nintendo of America President

Virtual Console may be the hero the Switch deserves, but it's not the one it needs right now.

A Hack Put the SNES Classic on the Nintendo Switch

A kind of virtual console.

You Can Now Get Necromancer, a PC Engine JRPG from 1988, on the Wii U Virtual Console

Not a bad opportunity to practice your Japanese.

Zelda Glitch Hunters Discover a GameCube Emulator That Could Run on the Switch

At the very least, a GameCube game could virtually run on the Switch.

New Nintendo Trademark for 1080° Snowboarding Series Sparks Rumors

A new sequel? N64 mini? GameCube Virtual Console? Anything's possible!

So Long NES Classic, and Thanks for All the Aggravation

Nintendo: Making Good Choices Since 1889™.

The Dolphin GameCube Emulator Runs Perfectly on the Samsung Galaxy S8

How powerful is Samsung's new phone? Powerful enough to Smash.

Why I Would Probably Wait on the Switch if I Weren't in the Press

I'm pretty excited for Nintendo's new console but...

Nintendo Switch Won't Have the Virtual Console at Launch

No Virtual Console for the Switch at launch. Try not to go into shock and asphyxiate.

Our Dreams for Virtual Console on Nintendo Switch

As well as more grounded speculation about the form it's actually likely to take.

As Nintendo Wii Turns 10, So Too Do Retronauts' Complaints About Virtual Console

A decade of lamentations for a potentially brilliant service that never quite lived up to its promise.

Pokémon Ranger Arrives on Virtual Console to Remind Us That Not Every Spin-off is Pokémon Go

Without a multiplayer component, is there really much point to Pokémon?

Now on Virtual Console, Drill Dozer Proves Game Freak Can do More than Pokemon

While you were distracted by E3, one of the last great GBA games released on Wii U.

Virtual Spotlight: StarTropics, the Zelda-like that Kinda Hates You

This short-lived Nintendo series never escaped the 8-bit era, but its two games—now available on Wii U—bring plenty of memorable moments (and lots of pain).

What are the Best Virtual Console Games for Nintendo Wii U?

Shop smartly with this breakdown of ever classic game release available for Wii U Virtual Console. Now with full evaluations of all games from all platforms!

What are the Best Virtual Console Games for Nintendo 3DS?

A comprehensive breakdown of classic games on 3DS, both good, great, and awful. Now complete for all systems: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, NES, Game Gear, Super NES, and 3D Classics! [Updated: May 13]

Spring and Summer Nintendo Direct Offers Some Nice Surprises, But Also Highlights Some Missteps

Being able to buy SNES games on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console is cool -- but it should have been an option ages ago.

Pokémon Red and Blue: Returning to the Franchise's Roots Brings Unexpected Nostalgia

Why the original games hold up better on the Nintendo 3DS than I ever thought possible.

Why I'm Looking Forward to Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow on Virtual Console

After all these years, Kat is ready to return to where it all began.

Hell Freezes Over as EarthBound Beginnings Hits the Wii U Virtual Console

In an unexpected move, Nintendo finally releases the first game in the Mother series, one they originally localized 25 years ago. Here's why you should care—and come prepared.

Virtual Spotlight: Harvest Moon Hits a High Point with Friends of Mineral Town

This 2003 Game Boy Advance release feels like a fitting end to Harvest Moon's first act—one that's still intensely playable today.

Virtual Spotlight: In Mario Kart DS, a Diminished Classic

While it gives the Wii U a near-complete Mario Kart collection, the once-great MKDS feels like half a game.

Virtual Spotlight: Klonoa 2, the Swan Song for a Beautiful Dream

Namco's Klonoa series was too good for this grim world, but at least it went out in style.

Virtual Spotlight: Mega Man Battle Network 2, a Crowning Achievement for the Post-Pokémon World

While initially propelled to success by its cartoon tie-in, this GBA trading RPG offered its own distinct merits as well.

Virtual Spotlight: Shadow of the Ninja, a Reminder That 8-Bit Games Hated You

Natsume's ninja action game isn't just a tribute to Ninja Gaiden, it's a deliberate blow to the self-esteem, too.

Virtual Spotlight: Axelay, The Ultimate Konami Shooter

Age has dulled the shine of this wild shooter's graphical prowess, but not the underlying excellence of its gameplay.

Archived Stream: Hyrule Warriors/Virtual Console Doubleheader

Kat plays Hyrule Warriors, then jumps into Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Ninja Gaiden.

10 Essential Wii U Virtual Console Games [Updated]

Not sure what to do with your Wii U until Smash Bros. and all those hot 2015 releases arrive? Consider exploring the treasures of the past.