One of the primary benefits of the Switch Online service, aside from the opportunity to play Nintendo Switch online multiplayer, is the free access to vintage games. The Nintendo Switch Online free games now consist primarily of vintage NES and Super Nintendo games, with an outstanding selection of titles that includes some of the highest-rated and most influential video games of all time.
Switch Online has long been rumored to be expanding with titles from other platforms, and it now appears that this may be occurring sooner rather than later.
Insider NateDrake stated on a recent edition of Nate the Hate’s podcast that Nintendo Switch Online is likely to add Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles to its portfolio. Those speculations have subsequently been confirmed by Eurogamer, who claims to have independently validated these allegations. Not only that, but Nintendo might be bringing even more vintage platforms to Switch Online.
It’s worth noting that Nintendo Switch Online debuted on September 18, 2018, with NES games, before extending to Super Nintendo games in 2019. Some Nintendo Switch Online members undoubtedly anticipated Nintendo to expand the Switch Online platform lineup in 2020, only for the second anniversary to pass without any significant changes.
The same may likely be true for the Nintendo Switch Online’s third anniversary later this month, but it’s also feasible that Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles will be available in a couple of weeks.
In terms of the other vintage systems mentioned in Eurogamer’s story, they might be anything. Switch datamines have hinted at the possibility of more systems being added to the Switch Online roster, with the Game Boy Advance appearing to be a top priority. Nintendo may boost sales of one of its future titles by adding Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games to Switch Online in one fell swoop.
Metroid Dread, the first 2D Metroid game in over two decades, will be released in October. Metroid Dread completes the tale that began with the first Metroid game on the NES, but there is currently no option for fans to play the entire game on the Switch. On Switch Online, Metroid and Super Metroid are playable, however Metroid 2: Return of Samus, Metroid: Fusion, and Metroid: Zero Mission are not.
Adding these vintage titles to the Nintendo Switch Online catalog might not only attract new Metroid fans, but it could also keep those enrolled in the service. Because Nintendo Switch Online memberships are only valid for a year, many customers’ subscriptions are about to expire. A flood of vintage games for platforms other than the NES and SNES might be just what Nintendo needs to keep current customers and attract new ones.