Preservation of Nintendo’s games ‘actively destructive’, charity says

A non-profit video game preservation organization has openly criticized Nintendo’s approach to its own legacy titles.

The Video Game History Foundation – which relies on donations to help it defend and preserve video game history – has released a public statement following news that the 3DS and Wii U virtual stores will be closing this year. next.

While the organization says it understands the “commercial reality” of the decision, it expressed disappointment at how Nintendo appears to be actively ignoring fans who want to play these games in the future.

“As a paying member of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Nintendo actively funds lobbying that even prevents libraries from being able to provide legal access to these games,” the foundation said.

Super Mario Odyssey. Credit: Nintendo

In 2018, the ESA actively opposed the efforts of another non-profit organization, the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, to preserve abandoned online games. Despite the museum’s non-profit status, the ESA said its work could create “substantial market harm” (via

“Not providing commercial access is understandable,” the Video Game History Foundation continued in its statement, “but preventing institutional work to preserve these titles on top of that is actively destructive to video game history.

“We encourage ESA members like Nintendo to rethink their position on this issue and work with existing institutions to find a solution,” he concluded.

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Bowser. Credit: Nintendo.

In a now-deleted Q&A regarding the 3DS and Wii U eShops closing next year, Nintendo said it “has no plans to offer classic content in any other way.” [outside of Nintendo Switch Online].”

As that statement has been removed, it’s currently unclear if a more traditional Virtual Console version will make its way to the Nintendo Switch, or if the subscription model will be the only way to play most of Nintendo’s classic games. first part on the service.

It was recently announced that Majora’s Mask will be coming to Nintendo Switch Online next week, as the original and HD versions will become unpurchasable through official channels next year when the Wii U and 3DS eShops close.

In other news, the next ten years of Final Fantasy 14 are going to be detailed in a stream this weekend – here’s how to watch it.

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