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Nintendo Switch won’t have a Virtual Console at launch

With just eight days to go before its debut, Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch will not come with a Virtual Console at launch. The manufacturer said that it will “share more information in the future,” but if you were looking to play retro titles on the console, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

The Switch will also not feature a web browser or any video streaming services, like YouTube or Netflix. That said, Nintendo has revealed that over 60 indie games will be coming to the eShop over the course of the year, with three titles — AST RMX, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove — making their debut on launch day. Here’s the breakdown on the titles:

FAST RMX from Shin’en Multimedia: Challenge your friends to local split-screen competition or take part in online races against players from all over the world. This lightning-fast anti-gravity racer is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment from Yacht Club Games: The latest DLC for the critically acclaimed hit Shovel Knight is a full-featured game starring Specter Knight, one of the enemies from the original game. The massive campaign includes even more content than the last DLC, Plague of Shadows. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games: For Shovel Knight’s biggest fans, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove includes the original Shovel Knight game, as well as all previously released DLC – even Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

Nintendo also shed more details on the eShop on the Switch, stating that it will require a launch day update:

The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn’t disrupt gameplay.

Customers that have funds in their Nintendo accounts will be able to port it over to the Switch:

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. Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account and then their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch system, this functionality becomes possible.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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