Nintendo prepares eShop for Switch launch
Accounts will carry over to new console, but Virtual Console won't be there at launch
Nintendo has announced new details about the Nintendo eShop and its readiness ahead of the Switch console launch.
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, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment from Yacht Club Games, and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games.
To celebrate many of upcoming “Nindie” creations before launch, Nintendo will host a Nindies Showcase video presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. PT at http://live.nintendo.com.
Fans 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.
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.
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 wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection.
The Nintendo Switch console is scheduled for launch on March 3, 2017.