If Nintendo is truly hellbent on keeping NSO, then retro games shouldn't be a part of the service. It's at the point now where the only difference of higher priced tiers of NSO, is what retro consoles are attached to it. At least so far since Nintendo says they'll announce additional details on the Expansion Pack later on. Really if NSO continues to offer what little it does, then it should be free altogether since online multiplayer was literally free for YEARS, and cloud saves should just be a free feature for everyone, but that isn't ever going to happen.
So I figured since Nintendo is going to stay this course, they should have two separate subscription services: Nintendo Switch Online and Virtual Console Online. Similar to how Xbox has Game Pass and LIVE, or how PlayStation has Now and Plus.
NSO would have to drastically improve in order to justify the $20/year, and if not, drop it to at most $15/year. But port the NES/SNES collections over to VCO along with adding every other major console: NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, and now Genesis lol. As well as handhelds: GB, GBC, and GBA. Idk how DS and 3DS would work since they utilize dual screens, but this would be a great service to have. Nintendo can still utilize online play for some of these games too.
And with Genesis being added, it opens the door to the Game Gear, Saturn, or Dreamcast!
As far as pricing goes, Nintendo could easily charge $10/month, but I feel they would probably do $15/month. This would be a win-win! Nintendo would be making an infinite amount of money either from those that want to play Switch games online along with having cloud saves, those who just want to play retro games with online functionality, or what would most likely be most cases, BOTH! And gamers finally get to forever enjoy Nintendo's insane decades long catalog of legendary games.
But VCO continually gets moved over to whatever new hardware platform Nintendo goes to after the Switch's lifecycle, so that way there's always an option to play Nintendo's legacy games. And there wouldn't have to be a start over of Virtual Console games that happened when the Wii moved to the Wii U, or how it's been years for this catalog of retro games to finally come to the Switch.
Just a thought that I had over the way Nintendo has been handling their Online services. Because if Nintendo keeps adding different tiers, it'll start to get confusing after a while when you're having to explain to someone that's interested which retro consoles are in which tier along with whatever small benefits come along with a specific tier lolLast edited by gtotheunit91 - on 24 September 2021