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Nintendo Switch Will Not Have Virtual Console Support At Launch

by Mike Guarino


The Virtual Console has become something that many Nintendo gamers come to expect with their Nintendo consoles, giving them access to some of the company’s classic games that appeared on older consoles. However, Nintendo has confirmed today that Nintendo Switch will not have Virtual Console support at launch.

As for the reasoning for this happening, Nintendo was pretty mum on the issue. They released a statement that simply said “Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future.” Seeing as there are other features that won’t be available at launch like certain video-streaming services, it will only be a matter of time before they are eventually added in. However, it’s still a bummer that they won’t be available out of the box.

New information was also shared on the console’s eShop, with the company noting that a system update will be required to get the eShop going. “The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn’t disrupt gameplay,” says Nintendo. A news feature will also be included to announce “the latest additions to Nintendo eShop, as well as providing information about upcoming games and other updates from Nintendo.”

Finally, the company detailed how users can share funds across their Nintendo devices, saying “People who already have funds in their accounts on other Nintendo devices can access them using a shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well,” Nintendo said. “Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account and then their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch system, this functionality becomes possible.”

The Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd and will cost $299. If you want to take a closer look at the console then be sure to check out the recent unboxing video by clicking right here.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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