While the Nintendo Switch games list includes some top titles, the console itself is still without some other major features.
One of the main things missing from Nintendo’s new gaming machine is proper online support, something that is supposed to be changing in early 2018.
Fans are expecting to see the new Nintendo Switch Online subscription service to go live soon, which will include some top features.
This paid service will let Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to their system and helps create a better network with friends for online play sessions in compatible games.
There will also be a Classic Games selection to choose from, with subscribers getting to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.
Fans will also new eShop discounts and continuing access to online gameplay and the console’s app.
However, new rumours suggest that this new service – much in the same vein as the PS4 and Xbox One – has been delayed.
First touted for early 2018, it’s now rumoured that it won’t launch until Autumn, 2018.
The official Nintendo Switch Online website in Italy apparently had this date listed, before it was changed to a vaguer “2018” dating.
This is of course is no official announcement and could have simply been an error on the Italian website.
However, fans will be hoping for some clarification in the near future, as the service has already been delayed once.
It was supposed to arrive soon after the March 2017 Switch release, before it was pushed back until early 2018.
There’s also rumours that a Nintendo Direct is being hosted in January, which will focus heavily on Switch games.
This would be a perfect time for the company to confirm when NSO will be launching and if fans are in for a longer wait than they first thought.
There was other news this week which may also point to things changing with Nintendo’s Virtual Console plans for the Switch.
It was discovered earlier this year that the Japanese games giant decided to hide a classic Nintendo title in their latest console.
Apparently, the NES original title, Golf, is built into every Nintendo Switch, although it was never made officially playable.
The people who found it are the Switch homebrew community, who look to analyse and crack the software used on the hybrid device.
And earlier this year an emulator was found that could apparently run NES games. This was later confirmed as something that actually only supported one title, Golf.
The difference between this and many other emulated games is that Golf was apparently updated for the Switch.
Programmers found evidence that Golf on Switch support two Joy-Con controllers, as well as motion controls.
This meant that Golf could have become one of the first Nintendo NES games to support a fully updated control system of a new console.
However, while that might have been the flavour of the future, it appears whatever that was, is now over.
The same community has now found that all the executable code for NES Golf has been completely removed.
Update 4.0.0, which was released a few weeks ago, did the damage, meaning that the NES hybrid can no longer be accessed, even by manual means.
There were hopes that this could have been another ambitious project from Nintendo, updating older games to take advantage of the Switch’s special features.