Dataminers Say Nintendo Switch Online Could Add Free Super Nintendo Titles
After a year-and-a-half of free multiplayer service, Nintendo rolled out Switch Online mid-September, which enables players to access multiplayer components found within several games.
In short, its introduction meant that Switch users now had to pay a monthly or yearly fee (except for when playing Fortnite, the only multiplayer title that doesn't require Switch Online) to play with friends or access certain online features, similar to Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold and Sony's PS Plus memberships.
And, like its competitors, Switch online rewards subscribers with free monthly games. Nintendo's freebies have so far come in the form of classic NES titles, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Yoshi. January's additions were Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, in case you missed them.
I was finally able to look around NES Online's strings a bit myself and noticed the sheer amount of SNES games planned.
Here's a list for you folks out there:#NintendoSwitch
- Kapu ' gamers will perish (@KapuccinoHeck) January 13, 2019
But if recent reports are anything to go by, the service is preparing to add a selection of hit SNES titles soon. Whether they'll be free or not hasn't been made clear. Presumably they'll be part of the same service - you pay your subscription, you get the games.
This news broke from Twitter user KapuccinoHeck, who analysed code in the Switch Online app and seemingly stumbled across 22 SNES games. They are:
Super Mario Kart
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Stunt Race FX
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby Super Star
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Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Super Mario World
Star Fox 2
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Super Mario All-Stars
Breath of Fire 2
I was looking through the NES Switch app with @KapuccinoHeck and @Simon1844. I found four emulator types:
Kachikachi (NES Classic)
Canoe (SNES Classic)
This could mean there will be two new Classic consoles and/or three new consoles for Switch Online.
- SnowmealDome :snowflake: (@OatmealDome) January 13, 2019
And, with help from other dataminers, on top of the NES and SNES, KapuccinoHeck discovered codenames for two more emulator types.
This suggests games from other classic Nintendo consoles could be ported to Switch at some point in the device's life-cycle. Fan speculation currently, naturally, circulates around Game Boy, N64 and GameCube titles.
Nintendo codenamed NES "Kachikachi" and SNES "Canoe". "Hiyoko" and "Count" are the two currently undeciphered codenames - can you figure them out?
Make sure you let us know which consoles you think they refer to, and what SNES titles you'd like to see on Switch.
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