Posted on January 16 2019 by Rod Lloyd
Since its launch in September of last year, Nintendo Switch Online has stocked its digital library of NES games with a steady stream of updates. For instance, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was added to the Switch Online service just last week. While getting free access to classic titles is certainly a perk of the service, many fans have expressed their desire to see games from other, more recent platforms added to Nintendo Switch Online, perhaps developing into a new Virtual Console library.
Well, stoking the flames of speculation among Nintendo fans, a dataminer known as Kapu recently presented evidence that SNES games may be soon added to Nintendo Switch Online. By sifting through the NES Online strings after last month’s Switch update, Kapu shared a list 22 Super Nintendo games that could be planned for the service:
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Soccer
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Demon’s Crest
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Stunt Race FX
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Pop’n Twinbee
- Star Fox
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Kirby Super Star
- Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3
- Super Metroid
- Super Mario World
- Star Fox 2
- Super Punch-Out!!
- The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
- Super Mario All-Stars
- Breath of Fire II
Among other classics like Super Metroid and Super Mario World, the exceptional A Link to the Past was on Kapu’s list. I mean, if SNES titles were ever added to Nintendo Switch Online, one could not forget the platform’s core Zelda game.
Adding to the speculation, another dataminer known as SnowmealDome claims to have found evidence that two or three additional emulators could be added to Nintendo Switch Online sometime in the future. SnowmealDome names four emulator types, via their codenames, found in the Switch Online strings. According to the dataminer, emulators “Kachikachi” and “Canoe” relate to the NES and SNES, respectively, while “Hiyoko” and “Count” relate to two other platforms. This discovery led fans to quickly speculate on the possibility of Nintendo 64, Game Boy, or even GameCube games coming to Nintendo Switch Online.
Nothing is official at the moment, but these discoveries have no doubt sparked fierce discussion among the Nintendo fanbase. We will continue to report on this situation as more information becomes available.
What do you make of these rumors? Would you want to see SNES games made available on Nintendo Switch Online? What’s the likelihood that other platforms will be supported on the service? Share your thoughts in the comments below.