Fans of classic Nintendo reissues got some good news this week, as Nintendo finally released emulated versions of 20 Super NES games as part of its $20-a-year Switch Online service. But the company tempered that announcement with some less visibly bad news: Further releases in that collection will no longer be on their usual monthly schedule. Since launching with 20 NES titles last September, the Switch’s collection of playable classics has grown by two or three games per month, to the point where it now includes 46 different NES titles. But yesterday, a blog post on Nintendo’s Japanese site (machine translation) indicated that those releases would come “irregularly” from now on.
In a statement to Business Insider, a Nintendo representative confirmed that “more NES games will be added in the future, but those releases will not come out on a set schedule.”
In contrast, Nintendo kept the pace of regular monthly releases for the (now-defunct) Virtual Console emulators on the Wii and Wii U for years before those releases started to trickle in. That situation was a bit different, as Virtual Console games could be purchased individually instead of being rented en masse through a subscription. Still, the several dozen emulated games currently available through a Switch subscription pale in comparison to the hundreds available on the Virtual Console, making it an odd time for Nintendo to announce a delay.
That said, $20 a year is still a pretty good price to get access to over 60 NES and SNES games in an easy-to-play portable or TV-based format (not to mention the online features you’ll enjoy). on top of that). We’ll have to see how “irregular” those further releases are before we can know how much better that deal will get in the future. But if Nintendo puts out another surprise release of 20 Nintendo 64 games in the coming months, all will be forgiven.