However, it was always known that it would be a temporary affair, and now Nintendo has officially announced that those days are numbered as their paid subscription service, Nintendo Switch Online, launches in September. Previously, we've seen how its sales numbers compare with the PS4's, but let's now look at how it stacks up with Nintendo's last two consoles.
These figures are courtesy of the Japanese giant's latest financial report for the year ending 31st December 2017. The Virtual Console is a digital store on Wii, Wii U, and 3DS that sells classic games from Nintendo's past.
Its no secret that Nintendo's newest console has had a big year sales wise. In addition to this, Splatoon 2 managed to reach 4.9 million units in the market.
As Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said in a recent investor presentation, "We were able to offer multiple hit titles early on for Nintendo Switch that serve as powerful drivers for hardware sales".
"To promote longer gameplay for individual software titles, we plan to implement even more downloadable content and events that build excitement for games".
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonAn event guest plays with the Nintendo Switch in Tokyo, Japan during its announcement on January 13, 2017. How many Switch owners know that their online service has only been in trial for all this time?
This forecast with Nintendo's previous forecast and Nintendo expects the console to sell around 37 Million Units by April 2019.
In that sense, Nintendo stated the following: "The second year is important". "This game helps to maximize the number of people who have access to Nintendo [intellectual properties] by providing a Mario game that a wide variety of users around the world can enjoy", Kimishima said.
This basic feature will then be upgraded with new features such as leaderboards and multiplayer.