Well, now we know why everything's been so quiet about Virtual Console (AKA classic console emulation) games on Nintendo Switch (opens in new tab) - it won't have them at launch. Nintendo quietly confirmed our mounting suspicions in a press release today in the space of two sentences:
"Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future".
Switch will launch without support for several other common features, but many of those - like the eShop - will be enabled via a small day-one update. It's somewhat alarming that we don't have a timetable for when Virtual Console games will appear on the system, but we do know that Nintendo plans to get them working eventually: free access to online-enabled SNES and NES games will be a big part of its paid multiplayer service (opens in new tab).
Nintendo also confirmed that you can share wallet funds from your other Nintendo devices by linking your Nintendo Network ID (that's the old account system) with your Nintendo Account (opens in new tab) (the new system, which also ties into mobile games like Super Mario Run (opens in new tab)). So don't despair if you already fed all your eShop gift cards into Wii U or 3DS since you should be able to use those funds on Switch without much difficulty.
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