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Nintendo president hints Switch Online could move beyond NES classics

Asked about Nintendo 64 and GameCube retro games on Switch, Shuntaro Furukawa reportedly says the company's looking into "providing an extension of the online service."

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Your Nintendo Switch Online library could expand to include games from its other classic consoles.


Nintendo might answer our retro gaming prayers by bringing games from SNES, Nintendo 64 and GameCube to its $20-a-year Switch Online subscription service. Company president Shuntaro Furukawa apparently told shareholders at its 79th annual general meeting on Thursday that it's looking into it.

"At this place we cannot tell new information about future classic hardware among others, but we are thinking about providing an extension of the online service which is currently providing Famicom [NES] software, as well as other methods of providing them," he said, according to a translation by Japanese Nintendo.

"We also recognise that there are opinions wanting to play past titles."

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It's not the first hint we've got that the Switch Online library will expand beyond the monthly NES additions.  Back in January, a data miner claimed to find hints of 22 SNES games in the service's code strings. Since the SNES succeeded NES as Nintendo's main console back in 1991, it'd be the next logical step. 

If you're super eager to get your SNES on now, Nintendo released a Classic mini console version in 2017. But we still don't have any such options for N64 or GameCube, though we can play some of Sega's classic games on Switch.

Nintendo didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published at 3:59 a.m. PT.
Updated at 5:26 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.

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