All had been quiet on the Virtual Console front for the Nintendo Switch. Representatives at Nintendo kept saying we’d hear more in the future about the service. Today, Nintendo announced that Virtual Console games will not be available on the Nintendo Switch at launch, and that they will share more information in the future.
On the bright side, we do have some Indie games making the Switch launch. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is a stand-alone DLC that can be downloaded and played as one of the original enemies in Shovel Knight. This is exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time. If you want the whole package, you can also purchase Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which includes the original Shovel Knight, all previously released DLC and Specter of Torment as well.
If futuristic racing is your thing, then FAST RMX should scratch that itch. It supports local split-screen racing as well as online cups. This game is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo also announced that it will showcase a bunch of indie games next week. On Tuesday, February 28 at 9 a.m. PT, gamers can visit http://live.nintendo.com to watch a Nindies Showcase video presentation.
To use the eShop on the Nintendo Switch, users will need to download an update on launch day. This downloads in the background and is designed to install quickly. Once you’ve linked your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account system to your Switch you can also access the funds in your wallet that you have on your Wii U and 3DS.
The launch of the Nintendo Switch system is rapidly approaching on March 3, and Nintendo can confirm that Nintendo eShop will be ready to go, complete with a lineup of downloadable indie games. To celebrate many of these upcoming “Nindie” creations before launch, Nintendo will host a Nindies Showcase video presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. PT. Just visit http://live.nintendo.com to watch.
This year, Nintendo eShop will be home to more than 60 indie games, in addition to digital versions of packaged games, DLC and more. Three indies that will launch at the same time as the system on March 3 are:
- 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.
Some additional news about the launch of Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch includes:
- 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.
- Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future.
- A news feature will offer updates about the latest additions to Nintendo eShop, as well as providing information about upcoming games and other updates from Nintendo.
- To access Nintendo eShop, a system update that will be available on launch day is required. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn’t disrupt gameplay.
After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, gamers can also purchase Nintendo Switch digital games on Nintendo.com. Users can purchase the games on Nintendo’s website and have them download automatically to their Nintendo Switch system at home or on the go, wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection.