Nintendo – the company that all these years later still battles to grasp the world of online gaming and how they can fully take advantage of everything it has to offer. A year after the Switch launched they introduced a paywall to play your games online with friends and the numbers have climbed to over 10 million subscribers.
For this we have also received Tetris 99, which is a fantastic game in its own right, and every month subscribers will receive a few NES titles. It pales to the likes of Games with Gold or PlayStation Plus, but then it’s also nearly half the price of those models. Nintendo is finally thinking about extending that library beyond the NES library.
Yesterday at Nintendo’s 79th annual general meeting of shareholders Shuntaro Furukawa, Nintendo President, was asked whether we’ll see other classic Nintendo platforms being supported on the console and this is what he replied with:
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 recognise that there are opinions wanting to play past titles.
We really do hope the thinking moves into ‘it’s going to happen soon’, because they’re sitting on another gold mine that is in limbo. Nintendo are known for doing these things on their own terms and at their own pace, so don’t get too excited just yet. For now you’ll have to do with those NES titles.