Nintendo Switch: 5 Questions We Still Need Answered About Virtual Console, Online Service And Where The Games Are


I want the Nintendo Switch to be successful, I really do. I’ve been a Nintendo fanboy ever since my mom gave my an original Game Boy for my fourth birthday. I can name every Pokémon up to the third generation, play the first three levels of the original Mario Bros. with my eyes closed and can argue for hours why the original Kirby is one of the greatest games of all time. Being a devoted Nintendo lover, I can’t tell you how worried I am about the new console.

There’s so much we don’t know yet about the Nintendo Switch and it’s release is a little over a month away. What will its virtual console library be like, will it have any form of backwards compatibility or will we even get the Joy-cons in different colors? There’s still so much left on the table and the clock in Peach’s castle is quickly running out.

Here are the five questions I need answered from Nintendo about the upcoming Switch.

Will I Be Able To Download Games I’ve Already Bought On The Virtual Console?

In an interview with Gamestop (shown below), President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé said Nintendo Account can tie consumers’ purchases to a specific account. Does that mean all games bought on the Wii U’s Virtual Console will disappear and we can’t redownload them for the Switch? If so, that’s pretty messed up, Nintendo.  

What Do We Need To Know About The Switch’s Online Service?

The Switch will have an online subscription service similar to Xbox Live. We know you’ll need it to play games online, chat with friends and get a monthly game download. We know that one game won’t continue to be free past that one month, but what else do we need to know? How much will the subscription cost? Why are we getting a free trial and not the full version at launch? What will the app do on my phone? There’s still so much left unanswered.

Will There Be More Color Or Hardware Options?

I am a sucker for a pretty-looking console, and right now the Switch looks kind of dull. You can either get it in black or black with red and blue controllers. In the future, will there be special edition sets like a bright red Mario or yellow Pikachu? I know Nintendo wants us to buy as many consoles as we can upfront, but I don’t want to be stuck with that black iPad screen when I know Nintendo will have something better later on.

When Will More Switches Be Available To Order?

Target, Gamestop, Amazon and a ton of other retailers have been sold out of preorders for the Nintendo Switch. I couldn’t even order one before the flood gates of fans took every copy off the virtual shelves. My local Gamestop only got 30 copies, which lasted about five minutes. It took months before Nintendo’s highly successful NES Classic was back on store shelves; I’m not sure I can wait until April or May to get my hands on this console.

ARMS might be my new favorite game. Photo: Nintendo

Why Are There So Few Games At Launch?

The Switch has Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and 1,2 Switch as launch games from Nintendo, is that really it? How are fans supposed to justify spending $300 on a piece of technology with a last-gen Zelda game and a gimmicky party game?

What else do you want to know about the Nintendo Switch? Tell us in the comments.  

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