While Nintendo Switch Online currently only offers free NES and SNES games, one fan imagines what it might look like if they add DS games to the mix.
Even if Nintendo Switch online comes with a pretty strong selection of classic titles included with a subscription, most would agree that the service’s offerings don’t compare to the Virtual Console of older Nintendo consoles. There is certainly room for the library of free titles to grow, being currently limited to a number of NES and SNES games, and one fan illustrated one way Nintendo could do this with a concept for a Nintendo DS app. .
With over 154 million systems sold over its lifetime, the DS remains not only Nintendo’s best-selling game console of all time, but also the best-selling handheld game console. The dual-screen successor to the long Game Boy line has opened the door to a wide range of gaming experiences with its introduction of touch controls, bolstered by an impressive amount of critically acclaimed games. Given this legacy, it’s understandable that many nostalgic fans would love to see these classics find new life on Nintendo’s current handheld.
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To that end, Twitter user TheNCSmaster recently unveiled their Nintendo Switch Online DS app concept, sharing mockups that show what such an app could look like in action. Along with a home screen icon and splash screen, they’ve put together a menu filled with DS games that hypothetical subscribers can access, as well as a mockup of how the New Super Mario Bros. original could possibly display both screens on the Switch’s single screen. .
Using the same clean interface as the service’s NES and SNES apps, the mockups are a compelling case for Nintendo to add the DS to the lineup. However, the inclusion of particular games like The Legend of Zelda: Ghost Hourglass and Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Story raises the question of how these games, whose gameplay relied heavily on touch controls and dual-screen setup, could possibly perform on the Switch. The NCSmaster acknowledged this issue in response to a comment, although they believe it could be treated the same as last year’s. Mega Man Zero / ZX Heritage Collection.
Of course, given that the service’s current games are emulated, there’s a good chance Nintendo can’t just do the same with DS games and instead would have to tweak each game separately to make it work within the constraints of the Switch. . Whether it was worth it remains to be seen, but either way, many Switch owners agree that Nintendo Switch Online needs new features in addition to the new NES and SNES games.
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