Nin­ten­do has released details about online fea­tures avail­able when the Switch launch­es. 

A day one patch will be need­ed to acti­vate many of the Switch’s net­work fea­tures. Here is the full list giv­en by Nin­ten­do.

  • Nin­ten­do eShop access
  • Online mul­ti­play­er
  • Shar­ing images to social net­works
  • Link­ing Nin­ten­do Accounts
  • Con­nect­ing to pub­lic inter­net hotspots

The patch can be down­loaded in the back­ground and Nin­ten­do states that the process is “designed to install quick­ly and doesn’t dis­rupt game­play”. 

Pur­chas­es from the Nin­ten­do eShop will now be tied to user accounts instead of spe­cif­ic hard­ware. This uni­fied account will also be used for mul­ti­play­er games. The one known lim­it to the account is that dig­i­tal games are only playable on one con­sole.

Beyond the above online fea­tures, there won’t be many oth­ers. The Switch will not have an inter­net brows­er. No stream­ing apps will be avail­able at launch. The vir­tu­al con­sole, Nintendo’s selction of old games, will also be absent at launch.

Nin­ten­do did not give out any details why the vir­tu­al con­sole in par­tic­u­lar would not be avail­able nor did they say when it might appear. In regards to when we might see news about the Vir­tu­al Con­sole, Nin­ten­do stat­ed that “We will share more infor­ma­tion in the future”.

Nin­ten­do Switch launch­es March 3, 2017.