Nintendo Announces There Will Be No Virtual Console At Switch Launch
Nintendo has announced that the Virtual Console will not be available for the Switch when it launches on March 3. So, if you were hoping to play some classic Nintendo games in between bouts of Breath of the Wild, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.
This bit of disappointing news does come with a silver lining. When Nintendo made the announcement regarding the Virtual Console, they also announced that three indie games would be available on the eShop on launch date. The titles in question are Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Treasure Trove, and FAST RMX. The Japanese gaming giant also said that they expect 60 more indie games to be available by the year’s end.
The Virtual Console is Nintendo’s emulation service that allows their current consoles to play games from the NES, SNES, N64 and, reportedly, Gamecube. Eurogamer reported previously that Luigi’s Manson, Super Mario: Sunshine, and Super Smash Brothers: Melee would be available on the Virtual Console at launch. Obviously, those reports were inaccurate, but it is likely that we’ll see those games ready when the Virtual Console does launch. The Virtual Console may be part of Nintendo’s new subscription-based online service though the company has provided few details regarding that new service.
In addition to the Virtual Console woes, it’s also been reported that the eShop won’t be completely ready at launch. Nintendo’s digital store will require a day-one update though the company has said it will be fast and not disrupt gameplay. This is mildly disappointing, but it’s hardly a major issue considering the nature of console launches. That being said, this does highlight the reason many people are wary of paying for Nintendo’s online service. Historically, Nintendo has simply not been that great when it comes to providing a comprehensive online gaming experience. However, it was free so many gamers were willing to overlook the limitations. Now that the company is demanding a monthly fee, people will, understandably, be much less forgiving of Nintendo’s missteps.
Hopefully, the Virtual Console and other online issues will be sorted out relatively quickly, but we’ll know more when the Switch launches next month.
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