Say goodbye to the classic consoles now that Switch Online is here

Looks like Nintendo is pretty adamant on everyone grabbing a Nintendo Switch when it comes to their classic titles.  As such the President and Chief Operating Officer at Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime spills the beans on their upcoming classic console plans. Or actually, the lack of plans for any future classic consoles.

During a recent interview with, Reggie states that once both the Nintendo Entertainment Classic and Super Nintendo Classic are sold out, that’s it. Once they’re gone and you want to play classic and retro Nintendo games, you’ll need a Nintendo Switch to do so.

We worked very hard, both for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, to really have the best games that defined that generation. We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program. We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it. The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online.

Sure, this really dashes the hopes and dreams that anyone had for a Nintendo 64 classic console. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that Nintendo started to re-issue the NES Classic, especially after they stated they weren’t going to do so. But that was then. Now that Nintendo’s Switch Online service is fully operational (Insert ‘Star Wars’ reference), you can be sure that the company will be adding more retro games that can you shake a stick at to entice you to sign up for the service.

Now, I know what you’re saying and likely it’s along the lines of but I can hack my NES or SNES Classic and add games to them. Right? Well, yeah, that’s not legal at all so we won’t talk about that here. As for Nintendo Switch Online, it’s not so bad. Sure you have to pay for it, but you’re getting a boatload of LEGAL NES right now. With more of Nintendo’s titles from other consoles making their way onto the service in the future. Completely with online capability added to them. That’s a pretty slick win if you ask me.

So if you want to scope up an NES or SNES Classic, you best do it now. Before they’re out of the stores and your last resort is to buy it off eBay. And we all know how those prices are super inflated.

Read the full interview here.

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