Nintendo Switch: details on the Nintendo eShop (no Virtual Console at launch, shared wallet, Nindies)

Nintendo eShop

Today, Nintendo finally shared some details about the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch, and re-confirmed that it would be available at launch. But naturally, you will first need to download a Firmware update: that update can be downloaded in the background, is designed to install quickly, and will not disrupt gameplay according to Nintendo.

Nintendo also confirmed that the following indie games would be available at launch:

  • FAST RMX (Shin’en Multimedia)
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Yacht Club Games), launching first on the Nintendo Switch (and later on other platforms);
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Yacht Club Games): includes the original Shovel Knight, and all previously released DLC (including Specter of Torment).

The Upcoming Releases page has been updated!

Nintendo announces that over 60 games will be released this year on the Nintendo eShop of the Nintendo Switch.

Speaking of indies, Nintendo will host a Nindies Showcase presentation on February 28th at the following time:

  • Europe: 6PM
  • UK: 5PM
  • North America (ET): 12PM
  • North America (PT): 9AM

(NB: there will be a “localised” version of the presentation for Europe 30mn later).

Finally, Nintendo shared some additional details about the Nintendo eShop proper, and confirmed that the funds will be shared across all devices (Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch). Naturally, you will first need to link your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account (if you haven’t already), and then link the Nintendo Account to the Nintendo Switch.

Unfortunately, Nintendo confirms that there will be no Virtual Console service at launch on the Nintendo Switch, and that more details will be shared in the future.

Also, the Nintendo eShop will offer a “news” feature, with updates on the latest releases, details on upcoming games, and updates from Nintendo.

And if you’re planning to make purchases via the web eShop (Nintendo’s website), you will first need to access the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch. After that, you will be able to purchase your game on the web, and have them download automatically on your Nintendo Switch (wherever there is a Wifi connection.

Source: Nintendo PR


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