Here's What The Nintendo Switch Day-One Update Does

The eShop and more is locked without a system update.

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Ahead of its launch next week, we've gotten our hands on a Nintendo Switch, and you can check out all of coverage so far here. But the system doesn't yet have all of its launch-day functionality in place, and it won't until next week.

Nintendo plans to release a day-one update for the system--although, despite the name, it's slated to arrive "just prior" to launch on March 3. Here's what it enables, according to Nintendo:

  • Access to network features, such as Nintendo eShop, online gameplay, ability to share images to social media, etc.
  • Ability to link Nintendo Accounts to your Nintendo Switch console.
  • Ability to connect online using hotspots that require authentication, such as at a hotel or café. A web applet will open up so the user can sign-in or accept terms of use.

Those are some key features that we don't currently have access to. And while connecting to hotspots may not be a concern for many, this update will be important for doing so, as the system doesn't launch with a browser, as past Nintendo systems have.

Once it's released, Nintendo says the update seamlessly downloads in the background. It's "designed to install quickly and doesn't disrupt gameplay."

One thing the update doesn't include is access to the Virtual Console, which won't be available at launch. Online functionality will also be somewhat limited at first. We know Nintendo doesn't plan on charging for its subscription service until later this year, when it will implement voice chat and monthly game downloads.

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