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SNES games on a Nintendo Switch? One hacker might have cracked it

Nintendo may have killed the Virtual Console dream earlier this month when it revealed the details behind its Switch Online service.

The £17.99/$19.99 a year service will offer some free NES games (with more to be added in future), as well cloud saves and access to online multiplayer. However, it appears there’ll be no abundant access to the classics of yesteryear.

“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems,” the firm said in a statement.

Whether that means Nintendo is planning to launch it under a difference guise in the future remains to be seen, but at least one gamer is leaving nothing to chance.

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YouTuber Sam Breadman (via Nintendo Life) has hacked into his Switch console and appears to have the SNES Classic Mini UI running on the handheld device. You can see it in the video below.

Although Sam doesn’t show any games actually running on the Switch, his short video shows the SNES Classic interface in all its glory. Perhaps we’ll see actual gameplay revealed in a future video? Otherwise it’s a bit of a tease.

It’s also not clear how the YouTuber achieved the hack, or whether it compromised his ability to play regular Switch games. That’s important because, you know, Raspberry Pi-based consoles are a lot cheaper than a Switch.

We’re hoping Nintendo sees sense and voluntarily opens up its vast library of older games for Switch owners, because we can’t think of a better home for them.

Which SNES classics would you like to see Nintendo unleash for the Switch? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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