Nintendo Indie Title Showcase February 28th! Oh… and something about the Virtual Console…

Earlier today, Nintendo made a press release giving a brief overview of the current state of the Nintendo eShop, the online services and independent games that we can expect to see come launch day for the up-coming Nintendo Switch. While only three games were mentioned in the statement to be launch titles (FAST RMX, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, and the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove), following them another sixty indie games will be released over the course of the coming year, scrubbing away once and for all the pernicious rumour that the Switch will have very few games in 2017.

If you want to know just what indie titles will be coming to the Nintendo Switch throughout 2017, Nintendo will be broadcasting a Nindies Showcase presentation this coming Tuesday, Fabruary 28th, which can be viewed here. Make sure to check your local time ahead of time.

The announcement also explained that any funds that you currently have on the Wii U and 3DS eShop wallets, will be available to use on the Nintendo Switch, so no one is losing out on unused cash, when transferring to a new system.

Sadly it seems, that the Nintendo Virtual Console will not be available at launch. Despite this being a rather minor issue, that could begin and end with a single sentence, it seems that a number of other publications such as DualShockers and Nintendo Life have focused on this one piece of bad news, as though it were the most important part of Nintendo’s release.

DualShockers’ Tyler Fischer writes:

Today, Nintendo announced that the Switch will not have a Virtual Console at release, March 3, 2017.

The news comes via a press release, where Nintendo says the following:

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

Additionally, Nintendo also provided insight into how the eShop will work on the console.

No Mr. Fischer, the release was about the games that WILL be released, the “additionally” was the fact that the Virtual Console will not be available day one. This is an incredibly misleading article, drawing attention to ONE SINGLE LINE, in a four hundred and forty word press release, as though it were the main focus. To read the full press release, just see below where I’ve quoted the whole thing.

Nintendo Life’s article was better in it’s content regarding the press release, though still went with the click-baity, Virtual Console focused title of “Virtual Console Will Not Be Ready For Nintendo Switch Launch”.

This is ultimately a minor piece of bad news, it’s not imperative that the Virtual Console be available on release of the Nintendo Switch, and it’s not a big deal if it comes later. I and many other people will still have their Wii U consoles, and their 3DS handhelds, if they really get a hankering to play classic Super Mario Bros. This is not a big deal.

What it does demonstrate though, is the games media’s propensity to jump on any negative news that they come across about Nintendo. Even Nintendo orientated sites. This double standard, to down right hostility towards Nintendo needs to stop.

It makes me wonder how many times in the past I’ve read some bad news like this, not necessarily Nintendo or even video game related, and not realised that the topic that the publication is making a big deal about, was only one small part of a much larger discussion. How much more information is being obfuscated in this way, to paint a bad light on a brand, company or person. This is why brothers and sisters, we should be savy consumers and fact check. They don’t always have to lie to mislead. doing my due diligence however, here it is in full:

The launch of the Nintendo Switch system is rapidly approaching on March 3, and Nintendo can confirm that Nintendo eShop will be ready to go, complete with a lineup of downloadable indie games. To celebrate many of these upcoming “Nindie” creations before launch, Nintendo will host a Nindies Showcase video presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. PT. Just visit http://live.nintendo.com to watch.

This year, Nintendo eShop will be home to more than 60 indie games, in addition to digital versions of packaged games, DLC and more. Three indies that will launch at the same time as the system on March 3 are:

FAST RMX from Shin’en Multimedia: Challenge your friends to local split-screen competition or take part in online races against players from all over the world. This lightning-fast anti-gravity racer is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment from Yacht Club Games: The latest DLC for the critically acclaimed hit Shovel Knight is a full-featured game starring Specter Knight, one of the enemies from the original game. The massive campaign includes even more content than the last DLC, Plague of Shadows. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games: For Shovel Knight’s biggest fans, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove includes the original Shovel Knight game, as well as all previously released DLC – even Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

Some additional news about the launch of Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch includes:

People who already have funds in their accounts on other Nintendo devices can access them using a shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well. Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account and then their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch system, this functionality becomes possible.
Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future.
A news feature will offer updates about the latest additions to Nintendo eShop, as well as providing information about upcoming games and other updates from Nintendo.
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.

After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, gamers can also purchase Nintendo Switch digital games on Nintendo.com. Users can purchase the games on Nintendo’s website and have them download automatically to their Nintendo Switch system at home or on the go, wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection.

Peace and High Scores!