If you've been patiently hoping and waiting for Nintendo to announce that the Virtual Console service will be returning at some point, you may want to sit down for this news. Are you sitting down? Good. Nintendo has confirmed (via Kotaku) that the Virtual Console isn't coming to the Nintendo Switch. I know, I know. It makes no sense, especially since there are so many excellent older games that we'd all pay an arm and a leg for so we could have the convenience of taking them everywhere we go. But it appears that just isn't in the cards for Nintendo, at least not at the moment.
“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems,” a Nintendo representative confirmed to Kotaku via email last night, right after news broke about Nintedo Switch Online pricing and other features. While anyone who subscribes to the service will have access to NES - Nintendo Switch Online, a collection of 20 NES titles that will rotate out as the months roll on, plans for a larger rollout like those on previous consoles doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon.
Of course, we may also want to take this "confirmation" with a grain of salt. It's highly possible that this could be a canned response that's been trotted out several times before, or perhaps Nintendo isn't looking to announce anything at this time. As you're no doubt well aware, things can always change at any time. For now though, it might be good to put this dream to rest. We'll always have our memories.