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Nintendo Switch Virtual Console hinted at in eShop Javascript code

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While Nintendo has been rather firm in its stance on the lack of a Virtual Console service for Nintendo Switch, its back-end operations suggest otherwise. A keen-eyed software designer has found references to Virtual Console game platform categories within the Nintendo eShop’s publicly available JSON readout (opens in new tab), a file format for web-based JavaScript code.

The software designer goes by KevDoy on Twitter (opens in new tab), where they have shared the findings. The JSON file includes the following string of code, highlighted by KevDoy in the below tweet:

"vcs":{"vc":[{"name":"nes","total":0},{"name":"snes","total":0},{"name":"gb","total":0},{"name":"gbc","total":0},{"name":"n64","total":0},{"name":"gba","total":0},{"name":"ds","total":0}

Many in response on Twitter suspect that this is merely a placeholder set by Nintendo for posterity’s sake, as Virtual Console is still accessible on the Nintendo 3DS line of consoles.

However, since deciding against a Virtual Console service for Switch, Nintendo has suggested (opens in new tab) it might treat its Nintendo Switch Online in a similar way, what with its NES game library app available only to subscribers.

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So, is this confirmation that Virtual Console is, in fact, coming to Nintendo Switch? Absolutely not.

Does this make us wonder about Nintendo’s future plans regarding access to classic games? Yes, and we won’t stop until we’re satisfied.

Via WccfTech (opens in new tab)

Joe Osborne is the Senior Technology Editor at Insider Inc. His role is to leads the technology coverage team for the Business Insider Shopping team, facilitating expert reviews, comprehensive buying guides, snap deals news and more. Previously, Joe was TechRadar's US computing editor, leading reviews of everything from gaming PCs to internal components and accessories. In his spare time, Joe is a renowned Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master – and arguably the nicest man in tech.