01 Jul 2019 AT 12:53 PM

Nintendo Switch Online may be getting past console games

Could we play past console games from GameCube or Wii in the future?
01 Jul 2019 AT 12:53 PM
Nintendo Switch Online may be getting past console games

Thanks to Nintendo Switch Online, many newcomers finally have the chance to play a list of retro games without having to empty their savings (and in some places, re-mortgage their houses) in order to buy an old school console.

However, the bundle of semi-free NES offerings can get a little stale, especially when colossal games such as Super Mario Maker 2 are out to play. But how about classics from more recent Nintendo consoles? That may not seem so far-fetched anymore.

When asked about the prospect of an N64 Mini or GameCube Classic, Nintendo reportedly responded that software was more likely.

“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,” Nintendo said, in comments translated by Japanese Nintendo. “We also recognise that there are opinions wanting to play past titles.”

That’s fantastic news. The Switch doesn’t have the retro catalogue that past Nintendo consoles have had access to, and yet it’s both the most flexible and powerful by far. It uses broadly the same hardware as the Nvidia Shield, and that has an official HD port of Wii classic Super Mario Galaxy in China.

Hopefully this is the line of thinking that Nintendo is following, rather than SNES games for the Switch Online service. I mean, SNES games are fine and all, but the prospect of playing more recent titles like Super Mario Galaxy and Paper Mario on the go is about as exciting as retro gaming gets.

We’ll have our fingers crossed, but while we wait, check out our first thoughts for Super Mario Maker 2.

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