Nintendo Switch eShop Details Revealed, No Virtual Console at Launch

Nintendo has detailed some pivotal information on the eShop structure with the Nintendo Switch. Sadly, not all of it is good…

On Tuesday February 28 at 9:00 am PST (12:00 pm EST) Nintendo will share a “Nindies Showcase” video presentation that will showcase various indie games that will be available on the Nintendo Switch. You can check out the stream on

Additionally, Nintendo has announced that any funds already in your Nintendo Account will be accessible on your Nintendo Switch (once your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account are linked and then your Nintendo Account with your Nintendo Switch).

Before you’re able to do anything with the Nintendo eShop, a system update is required. Luckily, this shouldn’t hinder gameplay and can download in the background.

After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, players can also purchase Nintendo Switch digital games on This method is nothing new, as it was available on the Wii U.

Sadly, no Virtual Console games will be available at launch. Nintendo “will share more information in the future”.

A new news feature will offer updates to the Nintendo eShop, upcoming games and general updates from Nintendo.


My Opinion:
Though I am happy that my balance on the eShop transfers over, I am utterly shocked that the Virtual Console is not available at launch. However, at least the eShop should be working. Very disappointing, but perhaps this will work well and allow new Switch owners to focus on the new games…

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