While it's by no means written in stone, a recent datamine suggests that we may soon be playing SNES games on our beloved Switch consoles via the wonder of Nintendo Switch Online.
The games uncovered in this datamine are Super Mario Kart, Super Soccer, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Demon's Crest, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Stunt Race FX, Kirby's Dream Course, Pop'n Twinbee, Star Fox, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Kirby Super Star, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Pilotwings, F-ZERO, Star Fox 2, Super Punch-Out!!, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Super Mario All-Stars and Breath of Fire II. Not bad for starters.
That list reads like the usual suspects; most of those games have already been available elsewhere, and even Star Fox 2 – the only real shock on the list – was previously made available via the SNES Classic Edition.
Of course, whenever news like this breaks, the natural thing to ask is which games you'd personally like to see come to the service; those 22 titles are a solid start without a shadow of a doubt, but given the amazing library of the SNES, there are bound to be some essential picks that aren't included – as was the case with the aforementioned SNES Classic Edition.
For example, why has Super Castlevania IV been left off the list? Where's ActRaiser, one of the most unique early SNES releases? Why is there no love for Axelay, one of the best 16-bit shooters of all time? We also notice that other gems like Secret of Mana, EarthBound, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy III are conspicuous by their absence. And, as we've maintained from day one, any SNES game list that is missing the utterly sublime Super Tennis isn't complete, if you ask us.
Assuming SNES games are on the way for Nintendo Switch Online – and assuming that Nintendo adopts the same approach of releasing three new games per month – there's ample time to rectify these (and many more) omissions. But which games do you absolutely want to see on the service, without fail? Let us know by posting a comment below.