Nintendo's Switch Won't Have Virtual Console for Launch

But it will have the Nintendo eShop and indies to sell you

No retro games for you Switch owners Credit: Nintendo

Nintendo let us know today that there'll be indies available through the Nintendo eShop when the new console, the Switch, launches on March 3. Then it quietly slipped in the fact that the Virtual Console service – which lets you play games from older Nintendo machines – won't be ready.

"Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future," says Nintendo, refusing to even give fans of retro Nintendo games a sniff of a date. It makes sense for Nintendo, it wants you to buy those shiny new games it went to the trouble of making, but the Virtual Console is a big deal for the Nintendo loyalists. 

Nintendo did confirm the Nintendo eShop will have anti-gravity racer FAST RMXShovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove ready to go for launch and there'll be a special presentation next week to show off 60 or so indie games, or as it calls them, "Nindies."