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As part of an official statement released by Nintendo, the company has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3 without any kind of virtual console support. The official statement reads,

Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future.

This lack of virtual console support for the Nintendo Switch immediately upon launch shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, considering that the rest of the Switch launch plans. As of now, there are only a handful of games that will be available to play on the console on day one, with a few more to arrive in the following weeks and months. And as it is gamers have started complaining and cribbing about the long wait before new titles like Splatoon 2 and Mario Odyssey are finally playable.

The simple fact that Wii U owners will be able to play the new Zelda title, Breath of the Wild, on March 3 without dropping the complete $299 on a brand new console may end up damaging the Switch’s sales performance in its early months itself. The real concern being that there is just a lack of content on the new console handheld hybrid machine. Zelda is exciting, there’s no doubt in that, but with no virtual console and Netflix support, gamers could run out of things to do real quick on the Switch, and well before the arrival of Splatoon 2, which seems like the second guaranteed hit.
The Switch’s launch is less than two weeks away now, so we’ll have a much better idea of the hardware’s initial success very soon. Based on the pace at which pre-orders are running out, it is safe to assume that the Switch is about to be a massive success. Hopefully the arrival of the virtual console won’t be too long behind it.
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