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Update [Thu 31st Mar, 2022 02:05 BST]: It's official, Nintendo has expanded its SNES and NES service with three more titles.


Original story [Wed 30th Mar, 2022 13:45 BST]: New games for the Nintendo Switch Online service have been trickling out at a pretty slow pace so far, though some scheduled maintenance for the NES and SNES apps suggests that more could be on the way this week.

We're only speculating at the moment, but as reported by our friends over at VGC, Twitter user NinStatusBot - a profile that tracks scheduled maintenance sessions - has reported that both apps will be down for maintenance on Thursday morning between 00:55 – 02:00 UTC.

This could be absolutely nothing - in fact, it probably is absolutely nothing - but the last time the NES and SNES apps went into maintenance was directly after the latest Nintendo Direct, after which Earthbound and Earthbound Beginnings were added to the SNES and NES libraries respectively.

Similarly, the Nintendo 64 app went into maintenance shortly before the arrival of Banjo-Kazooie, and the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) app went into maintenance just before the addition of 5 games to its library. There has, however, been instances where the apps have gone into maintenance without the arrival of new games.

Meanwhile, ex-Nintendo employee Kit Ellis has lamented the lack of clarity regarding the addition of legacy titles to the Nintendo Switch Online service, stating "I almost have more confidence in Sega to deliver their best Genesis stuff, than I do with the other platforms".

Do you think we'll be getting new NES or SNES games this week? Which games would you like to see on the service? Let us know!

[source videogameschronicle.com]