News February 23, 2017

Nintendo Switch Will Launch Without its Virtual Console!

Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.
Date: 02/23/17

Nintendo has revealed more information about the Switch’s online capabilities. Or rather, the lack there of…

The Big N sent out a press release today talking about some of the indie games that’ll be present on the Switch’s eShop come lunch. They also announced that they’d host a Nindies Showcase video presentation that’ll feature these titles come Tuesday, Feb. 28th. So far so good – sans the fact that the direct video is so close to the launch date. Further down the presser though, they revealed that the Virtual Console will not be available on the Switch on March 3rd. Even worse: they didn’t share when it would be up and running.

While not being able to play Super Mario Bros. 3 on the go isn’t that big a deal, the lack of details is indicative of how Nintendo has handled the Switch so far. There’s no (clear) word on how much their online subscription will cost or when they’ll start charging players, how the chat app works (and the benefit of using an app for voice chat), friend codes, you name it.

Thankfully, they did mention that players can access a shared wallet that works on multiple devices. Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account to their Switch that is. Could this mean that there is a shared identity instead of being tethered to one system? Maybe…swappable funds might mean we’ll be able to keep our digital titles if we, say, want to get a new Switch; there’s bound to be a newer version some time down the road. This would be preferable to having to transfer data manually or worse, call Nintendo to have them do it for you.

The Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3rd. just 8 days away. Given the amount of information still floating in the ether, I’m hoping for the best!