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New Switch SNES Controller Hints At 16-Bit Games On Nintendo's Console

New Switch SNES Controller Hints At 16-Bit Games On Nintendo's Console

Since Nintendo launched its Switch Online service in September 2018, subscribers - in addition to access to a multitude of multiplayer modes across the console's software catalogue, and cloud save options - have received a healthy number of 8-bit NES games for 'free'. The package works in much the same way as PlayStation Plus and Xbox's Games With Gold: you pay to play with your pals, and get something extra too.

But, ten months on, it's still only NES titles that Switch Online subscribers have enjoyed. Back in January 2019, datamining revealed that Switch Online was set up - in theory, at least - to accommodate games from the 16-bit Super Nintendo (aka the Super Famicom in Japan) library. That means all-time classics like Super Metroid, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, EarthBound, Super Mario World and more could make the jump from other ports and platforms (like the SNES Classic) to Nintendo's successful not-quite-a-handheld system.

Also found back in January was evidence of two further emulators operating within the Switch Online code - which could mean that N64 and GameCube games, or perhaps Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles, are also bound for the service, in the future.

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Those oldies feel like a long way away right now - but SNES games? That's something else, as an FCC filing for a wireless (bluetooth) SNES controller, compatible with the Switch, has been made by Nintendo (as picked up by Eurogamer, via ResetEra). The filing includes a diagram of the back of the controller, the code of HAC-042 identifying it as a Switch product (the Switch's original code number is HAC-001).

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HAC-042 Controller Diagram / Credit: Nintendo
HAC-042 Controller Diagram / Credit: Nintendo

There's no official word from Nintendo (yet) on whether or not this means SNES games are coming to the Switch Online service - or, maybe, that a Switch Virtual Console will roll out in the near future. But it's worth noting that Switch Online subscribers were given the option to buy special NES controllers to go with their growing NES libraries; so it's very possible that we'll see a similar scheme roll out for 16-bit titles.

Should SNES games come to Switch Online, what games would you love to see first? You've got to think that any from the 21 on the SNES Classic mini-console would be in the first wave of additions. But throw the likes of NBA Jam, Chrono Trigger and Turtles In Time into the mix and, uh. That might just push the Switch over the edge and make it the Best Console Ever.

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Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Former gigs include VICE Gaming, BBC Music, BBC Gaming Show. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016), 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016), 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games' (2019). Contact: [email protected]