It looks like the Nintendo Switch is hiding a secret NES emulator, which cannot be accessed through conventional means.
According to Switchbrew, via IGN, users examining Nintendo Switch code discovered the portable console features an NES emulator and a copy of 1984’s NES Golf, which has been modified to support the Joy-Con’s motion controls. The feature, much like the Wii did with Wii sports, allows users to physically swing the controller to hit the ball.
IGN notes the emulator may be part of Nintendo’s upcoming Classic Games Selection feature, which is the Switch’s online subscription service. That service, launching in 2018, will include access to classic games (Super Mario Bros. 3, Dr. Mario, etc.) with an added online component. Switch users can get a 12-month membership for $19.99.
Since the Nintendo Switch launched, users have been waiting for Nintendo to offer a service that provides access to its older games. Nintendo’s Classic Games Selection will apparently come in addition to the Switch’s Virtual Console, which may include GameCube games. The Japanese company recently held a Direct presentation, but did not indicate any such additions being made.
With so many beloved titles in Nintendo’s library, there’s an opportunity for the company to pull from the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube. Hopefully, with hints of NES Gold appearing in the Switch’s code, Nintendo will launch its much anticipated Virtual Console soon.
Until then, you can get your hit of nostalgia with the release of the SNES Classic Edition on September 29.