Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console is Missing Launch Day

The Nintendo Switch is barely over a week away – and it can’t seem to stop losing launch products. After yesterday’s announcement that The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ won’t make it to launch, today, Nintendo have confirmed the virtual console feature won’t be ready either.

While the digital eShop will be available straight away on March 3rd, you won’t be able to purchase any games from older consoles. Nintendo fail to share any reasoning why this is the case, nor when they believe it will become available: “we will share more information in the future.”

For most, it won’t be too much of a problem – everyone and their nearest Switch owner will be playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But it is indicative of a further problem; without Zelda there really isn’t that much else to do at launch.


So it seems we are going to have to wait just a little bit longer to see how exactly the Switch’s virtual console will work. After all, we still don’t know whether owners of games from previous consoles will get a discount when buying a new copy.