The Nintendo Switch is just over a week away for release and we’re still getting news about what we’ll see on launch day. The official press release is below but in summary, the Nintendo Switch will NOT include the Virtual Console at launch, something many, myself included, were hoping would not be the case. For those who don’t know, the Virtual Console premiered on the Wii and carried over to the Wii U. It included tons of games from Nintendo’s back catalog from the NES, SNES, and GameCube, plus SEGA and other consoles. It’s a great way to add content to a launch day console, especially given the simplicity of some of the older games like the classic Super Mario Bros. games. So, this is disappointing.
On the positive side of things, we now know about two more launch day titles, FAST RMX which is the F-Zero style racing game and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment. To make that even sweeter, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will also be available which includes the new game plus the original which is available now on various platforms, 3DS included.
What do you think of the news? Does this hurt launch day or help? Are you going to pick up these two new games at launch? Let us know and game on!
Nintendo eShop, Indie Games Ready for Nintendo Switch Launch
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.
For more information about Nintendo Switch, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch.
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