Nintendo Switch requires day one update to access eShop

Nintendo's new Switch handheld hybrid needs a firmware update before it can access the eShop.

Published Thu, Feb 23 2017 7:43 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

Nintendo today confirmed that a day one update is required to access the eShop on the Nintendo Switch console.

Nintendo Switch requires day one update to access eShop |

When the Switch hybrid-handheld console launches on March 3, it won't be able to actually download games on the eShop without an update. Nintendo affirms these system updates are highly optimized and un-intrusive, allowing users to download system firmware updates in the background while playing games.

"To access Nintendo eShop, a system update that will be available on launch day is required. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn't disrupt gameplay," the Japanese console-maker revealed in a recent press release.

Nintendo also confirmed that the Switch won't have Virtual Console game support when it launches.

This is a pretty big blow considering the Switch was believed to have Gamecube Virtual Console capability. This effectively means the Switch won't have access to the array of NES, SNES, DS and N64 classics available on the VC service when it releases.

Of course it's only a matter of time before the Switch gets Virtual Console games, but I can't say I'm not bummed they won't be out at launch!

The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3, 2017 for $299. Check below for a massive catalog of info:

Everything we know about the Nintendo Switch:

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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