Nintendo may be planning to build its current library of Nintendo Switch Online games through the addition of new consoles, based on a new statement from the company's President. Nintendo has been given a fair amount of criticism based on its lack of games on the service. As of this writing, there are only NES titles on the subscription-based virtual console and fans are hoping that more will join in time.
The service is modestly priced compared to others like Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, but the lack of more free games is what really gets on the nerves of vocal fans. There have been signs that maybe Nintendo was previously planning on updating the service after leaks ousted SNES games within the code for Switch Online. It sounds as if Nintendo may be looking into broadening the scope of the service in the near future.
During Nintendo's 79th annual general meeting of shareholders (as translated via JapaneseNintendo), a shareholder asked if further Classic/Mini consoles were planned around platforms like the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. While Nintendo didn't announce anything during the meeting, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa did admit that the company was looking at expanding the current line of classic games available for Nintendo Switch Online.
“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. We also recognize that there are opinions wanting to play past titles.”
Adding SNES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube titles to Nintendo Switch would be a dream come true for many gamers. There are titles across all three consoles that would make for a welcomed return to gamers. Super Smash Bros. Melee, for example, still features a thriving player base that would only benefit from the game being ported to Switch. On the other hand, Mario Kart 64 has long been a favorite for players and its return would be much appreciated.
Given the success of previous Nintendo Mini/Classic consoles likes the NES and SNES, it's likely that fans will have the opportunity to buy more in the future. The Nintendo 64 is primed for such a re-release and since Microsoft is already onboard with Banjo-Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it's likely that classic Rare titles may follow suit onto a console of that nature. Only time will tell, but it's clear that there's demand for older Nintendo titles from fans if questions like this are being brought up at investor meetings.