Someone who knows more than me about videogames and the way publishers do things (in this case specifically Nintendo), please advise. I never played any vidyagames as a kid because my parents thought they were a waste of time, and now as an adult I regret missing the experience. I especially want to play basically anything from the Pokemon or Legend of Zelda series. For the past week or so I've been fixated on LoZ again, reading fanfic despite never having played the games, all that. I ended up researching console prices again and I discovered that while I still can't afford a Switch, I can afford a used Wii U, and it's possible to get all the Zelda games I want to play plus some others I'm interested in on the Wii U via Virtual Console. HOWEVER apparently the Wii store is getting axed forever in January and if I don't own the things I want to get by then I'll lose my chance to get them legally. Up until now, I had been thinking I'd save up and buy a Switch, since that's where all the new games will be and it just looks like a funner console than the Wii U. But! I also really want to play those older games. I guess a few of them are going to be released on Switch Online, but they've only announced one Zelda game so far, and I don't know if I should trust them to eventually release the others. I also don't love the fact that I wouldn't have an option to actually own the games even if they were released on the subscription service. I'd totally be willing to pirate them, but I've heard that's basically impossible on the Switch, and I'd rather not use a PC emulator. Further complication: I'm quitting my job in about three weeks to take welding classes. If I wasn't quitting, I'd say fuck it and buy the things, but from January until March I'm going to be depending on my savings and my parents for rent, groceries, etc. I also need to get work done on my car sometime soon. Welding will pay a lot more than my current job and apparently I can expect to get a job right out of the class, so I had been planning to treat myself to Videogames then to celebrate, but now I've learned that most of what I want won't exist at that point. Another factor is that I'm not too interested in any of the Virtual Console games other than the Zelda ones, EarthBound, and maybe some of the Mario and Pokemon ones. So, does anyone here who knows more about videogame companies know if more classic games are likely to be released on Switch Online or any other service/platform? Is the Wii U actually fun to use, and would it be a good purchase considering that it's going to be increasingly neglected in the future? I know that this wouldn't exactly be a wise purchase for me right now, but I really don't want to miss my chance to play these games. Alternatively, does anyone know if there's usually a substantial difference between legit and pirated versions of games? In terms of gameplay, glitches, etcetera. I have zero clue about anything to do with hacking a console but I'd be willing to struggle through it. Maybe it would be better for me to get a Wii U and just pirate all the games I want?