Nintendo has released details about online features available when the Switch launches.
A day one patch will be needed to activate many of the Switch’s network features. Here is the full list given by Nintendo.
- Nintendo eShop access
- Online multiplayer
- Sharing images to social networks
- Linking Nintendo Accounts
- Connecting to public internet hotspots
The patch can be downloaded in the background and Nintendo states that the process is “designed to install quickly and doesn’t disrupt gameplay”.
Purchases from the Nintendo eShop will now be tied to user accounts instead of specific hardware. This unified account will also be used for multiplayer games. The one known limit to the account is that digital games are only playable on one console.
Beyond the above online features, there won’t be many others. The Switch will not have an internet browser. No streaming apps will be available at launch. The virtual console, Nintendo’s selction of old games, will also be absent at launch.
Nintendo did not give out any details why the virtual console in particular would not be available nor did they say when it might appear. In regards to when we might see news about the Virtual Console, Nintendo stated that “We will share more information in the future”.
Nintendo Switch launches March 3, 2017.