Nintendo Switch Online update may be good news for GameCube fans

A new Nintendo Switch Online update from Nintendo could be good news for Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED users hoping to play more GameCube games on the system. Having previously only offered NES and SNES games, Nintendo semi-recently expanded the Switch Online library with the “Expansion Pack”, a more expensive tier that added Sega Genesis and N64 games to the mix. Many expect GameCube games to be next, but at this point Nintendo has not confirmed this. However, they may have teased it during a recent earnings call and while speaking to investors.

When asked by an investor how Nintendo plans to grow its Switch Online subscriber base, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa teased that Nintendo is “considering various initiatives” and “further improvements”.

“As of September 2022, the number of paid Nintendo Switch Online members has passed 36 million,” said Furukawa. “While some users choose not to renew their memberships once they expire, overall membership numbers are on the rise along with an increase in the number of people playing Nintendo Switch and titles that support online play. In addition, it is Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, which we launched last year, accounts for a steadily growing share of total memberships, thanks in part to the addition of Nintendo 64 titles.”

Furukawa continued:

“The goal of Nintendo Switch Online as a service is to help users enjoy playing on Nintendo Switch for a long time to come, so we are considering several initiatives, including further improvements to the content of the service. As we discussed in today’s presentation , our goal is to continue using Nintendo Account to maintain long, positive relationships with our consumers. In line with this strategy, we view Nintendo Switch Online as our initiative to encourage our users to enjoy Nintendo Switch for many years to come. to enjoy.”

As you can see, there’s nothing here deliberately teasing the Nintendo GameCube, but mentioning the N64 and then talking about “further improvements” seems to hint at more retro consoles coming to the subscription service. And if this happens, you’d assume the GameCube is next in line as the next home console, although there’s always the possibility that the first handheld, the Game Boy, will be introduced first.

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