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Nintendo Switch background downloads, eShop and funds system detailed

by Joey Davidson | February 23, 2017February 23, 2017 6:00 am PST

Nintendo sent a press release out this morning that detailed some of the finer points of how the Switch’s online system will work. Specifically, they cover eShop purchases, a news section, account funds, background downloads and downloading remotely.

Right, it’s sort of the most we’ve heard about the system in weeks. Here’s the skinny on each point.

Here’s how the wallet system will work:

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.

Players will see a “news feature” on their console that shows off the latest eShop updates.

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.

Finally, Nintendo will offer both background downloads and remote downloads for the Nintendo Switch at launch. These two are industry standard right now.

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.

We already know that Virtual Console games won’t be available at launch, but that was announced in this release as well.

Nintendo’s trying to get into the modern era with online services

Whether you love Nintendo or not, you have to admit that the company has been a bit slow and backwards when it comes to online services for their consoles. They’re getting there, and initiatives like the ones announced above are proof that they’re adopting lots of now long-time standards.

The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3, 2017.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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