Nintendo Switch Won't Have a Virtual Console at Launch

"Dragon Quest Heroes" will be released in Japan on March 3, 2017; US release date is not yet confirmed.

With its new Switch console just days away from its launch on March 3, Nintendo has introduced yet another ID system to add to its already-confounding system. Nintendo does promise to share more information on this in the future, though. Eurogamer suspects that this is a move to prevent people from forfeiting purchasing day-one title releases like 1-2-Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you plan on buying and downloading digital games for your Switch, you might want to consider your SD card capacity.

This won't be the case on the Nintendo Switch, unfortunately.

Nintendo put very plainly, "Virtual Console will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch".

According to the article the eShop will become active on March 3rd via an automated system update. To check out that presentation you can visit live.nintendo.com. Users have to link their Nintendo Accounts to the Switch first, but after that they can use the same pool of wallet cash across all linked devices, including Wii U, 3DS and Switch. While it was unclear if the Switch's Virtual Console will actually feature GameCube games as some have suggested, there hadn't been many indications thus far that Nintendo would not be activating the service at all at launch. However, fans are still surprised by the fact that "Super Bomberman R" was already out for Nintendo Switch as it was not in the official list of games to launch.

There's a lot going on with the Switch hardware.

The Japanese electronics and gaming company stated that the Nintendo services will be free when it launches because some of the key features are not yet installed at that time. Say you have two consoles, and you buy a cart for a game.

Yes, it sounds tedious, but at least Nintendo is providing some kind of solution to allow you to transfer funds from one console to another.

  • Carolyn Briggs