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Later this week the Nintendo Switch is getting a classic N64 game in the form of Super Mario 64. The beloved 3D platformer hits the latest Nintendo console alongside Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy as part of a brand-new collection which I will 100% be playing to death when it drops this Friday. But can we expect to see more N64 titles on Switch anytime soon?
According to a new report, absolutely! Dataminers who have been digging through the files of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection have discovered that Super Mario 64 is running on an updated N64 emulator. What's even more exciting is that this emulator contains references to various other Nintendo classics, including Perfect Dark and Pokémon Snap.
It's not entirely clear what this discovery could mean for the Switch, but the thinking is that Nintendo plans to implement this emulator to release more N64 games - presumably as part of the Nintendo Online subscription service, which currently offers NES and SNES titles. The N64 would be the next logical step, right?
6738 │ ;18n64Kirby64Renderer- DashingIb (@IbDashing) September 15, 2020
6739 │ 20n64MarioGolfRenderer
6740 │ 21n64MarioStoryRenderer
6741 │ 22n64MarioTennisRenderer
6742 │ 22n64PerfectDarkRenderer
6743 │ 22n64PokemonSnapRenderer
Strings in the 3D All Stars N64 Emulator , Nintendo Switch Online?
As exciting as it would be to get more N64 games on Switch, don't get your hopes up too much just yet. There are various reasons these games could have been discovered, and they're not all that exciting. There's every chance that this is leftover data from when Nintendo was testing the emulator. Some have also speculated that these game references are remnants of the Wii U virtual console data, and therefore not an indication of N64 games hitting the Switch.
Given the immense popularity of Nintendo's back-catalogue of retro titles - as well as there being no sign of an N64 Classic console on the horizon - it's reasonable to assume that Nintendo is planning to something with its N64 lineup soon... and that something will more than likely live on Switch. Keep those expectations in check for now, but watch this space.
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