Thursday February 23, 2017

Nintendo Switch Won’t Have Virtual Console Games at Launch

I’m not sure how big of a deal this is, since most prospective buyers are probably itching to play the new Zelda and not a bunch of older titles, but Nintendo has just shut down the dreams of gamers who did expect that virtual console would make it over to the Switch. The company’s language does suggest that the feature will eventually be available, however, so any disappointment should only be temporary. For something cheerier, here’s an official unboxing video.

Nintendo has provided a few more details on what its online shop will look like for the Nintendo Switch. One thing that won’t be there when the device launches on March 3rd is retro games: today the company announced that its virtual console classic games service "will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future." Previous reports claimed that the Switch will eventually feature GameCube titles as part of its virtual console lineup. There will be at least a few titles on the Switch’s digital eShop at launch, however. Three indie titles will be available on the 3rd, including old-school platformer Shovel Knight, its latest expansion Specter of Torment, and Wipeout-style racer Fast RMX. Nintendo claims that the eShop will feature more than 60 indie games by the end of the year.