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With Press units in hand, we almost have more questions about the Nintendo Switch these days that we have answers. One of the more prominent ones though are in regards to the status of the Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console services. Nintendo issued a presser today that covered the good, and the bad news.

No Retro Games in the Near Future

While eShop services are not currently active, Nintendo has a Day 1 patch ready to go. When consumers get their hands on the Switch come March 3rd, eShop will be waiting. The same, however, cannot be said for Virtual Console games.

Nintendo simply inserted a blurb into their latest press release stating that ” Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch.” And that they “will share more information in the future.” Ugh. Rumors leading up to the Switch’s initial reveal sent forth high hopes for a robust Virtual Console experience, including Gamecube titles, this time around. We’ll obviously have to wait even longer to see if this holds true.

Finally, Nintendo confirmed a couple of addition launch day games for the Switch. Thanks to the eShop, Fast RMX will be ready day one from Shin’en Multimedia. And Yacht Club games will have Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove ready on launch day as well:

“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 TormentShovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.”

Nintendo also confirmed that if you have funds sitting around on your Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, those can be transferred to the Switch as long as your link your profiles. Hopefully we’ll get more news on when we can expect the Virtual Console in the near future.

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Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.