No Virtual Console Available At Switch Launch

For those who hoped to play classic Virtual Console games at the Switch launch, those games won’t be there. As part of a larger press release, Nintendo revealed that the service will be available at a later date. This parallels the Switch’s Virtual Console roll-out with that of the Wii U and 3DS, where it too waited a few months before launch.

For those who already have a Nintendo Network ID, Nintendo also revealed that those users’ accounts will be able to link to their Switch, including all available wallet funds. The eShop itself will not be available until a launch update (again, like the Wii U).

  • People who already have funds in their accounts on a Nintendo 3DS family system and/or Wii U can access them using a shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well. Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account and then their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch console, this functionality becomes possible.
  • A News feature will offer updates about the latest additions to Nintendo eShop, as well as providing information about upcoming games and other updates from Nintendo.
  • To access Nintendo eShop, a system update is required that will be available on launch day. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly, and doesn’t disrupt gameplay.

Something else that the launch day update will be able to do, and is not mentioned in the press release, is distribute software updates to local users wirelessly. This would allow equability for players who are gathered to play together across multiple Switches, but don’t all have the latest update.

Unlike the Wii U, system-wide updates for the Switch will be able to download fully in the background, even while playing a game. More details about the eShop, and the Switch’s line-up of indie games, will be announced in a Nintendo Direct on February 28th.

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