Nintendo Switch Online could potentially feature content from retro systems other than just the Nintendo Entertainment System, depending on how you look at a recent statement from Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime.

The Nintendo of America president was recently interviewed by Kotaku. During the interview, the topic of Switch Online’s collection of retro titles came up. Reggie made an interesting comment:

“As we look to the future… our subscription service, NSO, Nintendo Switch Online is going to be the place where you can play our classic content.”

Notice how Reggie said “as we look to the future” and “classic content”. These lines in particular could possibly suggest that Nintendo does have plans to expand the selection of games to more than just NES games. And, having mentioned the NES, Reggie also stated that there are more titles to come. He explained that the NES games being made available through Switch Online have been “optimized for the Switch environment” and that “we’ll be continuing to release content that way”.

These statements compliment a past interview with Reggie where he described Switch Online as being the successor to the Virtual Console. So, combining his words then and now really does seem to point to the direction that more is on the horizon. But, we’ll just have to wait and see if anything truly comes about. If Nintendo truly is serious about turning NSO into a replacement for the VC, then hopefully it won’t take the company very long to begin introducing games from other systems.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.


    1. What they have to do is get approval from the bank of Japan to invest. All Japanese companies work that way it’s different then here in the US. They had to do that to get permission to make the next Zelda game multiplayer as generally the BOJ does NOT take risks. If something fails instead of looking into why they just throw the concept out the window and won’t do that again. They only see dollar signs and Japan has a “yes” culture where you have to agree as a group.

      Baseball teams from the states have a REALLY hard time with that when they play in Japan rules and often get screwed up one way or another.

    2. If it were more like America at least historically before politically correctness f’ed things up then Nintendo would’ve been on the ball with online services back in the Gamecube days. Maybe even the Nintendo 64 with the Disk Drive. It (The DD) would not have been marketed as a failure as they would not have the Bank of Japan to get approval from. They’d just release it anyways and see how it goes. Chances are it would’ve turned out good. Nintendo would not be “rescued” from failure they’d be forced to sink or swim. That much invested they’d do their damn best to make innovation actually work then just innovate for the sakes of it.

      The DD was a very good concept just not explained well as more then half of Nintendo’s game players and families did NOT have nor understood the concept of home computers. Even though we did the majority still did not. We were online with the Commodore 64 back in 1988 one of only 1500 (according to statistics back then) on the web and went to Loadstar Tower which was fun. The Commodore had a modem to hook up to the phone line. We lived in Paradise California and this guy we went to in order to get something four our C64 had a WHOLE GARAGE filled with Commodore Amiga’s hooked up to act as servers connected to phone lines with wires everywhere that looked like Spaghetti Mario would eat…………..if he could find where to begin. This was the late 80s.

      Japan is the closest country to match the freedom’s of America’s businesses which is why they are good with robots and advance AI as we (The USA) since the 90s have played patty cake with lawyers in political correctness and get bogged down in “feel good” programs that have no way to measure success or failure instead of investing in technological progress and good infrastructure. Obama’s Infrastructure plan not a SINGLE cent went to it but all of it went to union mob bosses (not the workers mind you) and GOVERNMENT unions all got sudden pay raises just for being there sitting on their butts.

    3. The Wii for sure would not have had a crappy infrastructure regardless.

    4. Too bad my comments will never see the light of day. I bet you do nothing but censor. I hope YOU get censored buddy and see how it feels. I hope the socialist anti gaming police come in and take your stuff away I will personally help them just to spit back at Nintendo fanboys who censor anything that doesn’t go with their full agenda 100 percent.

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