Nintendo previously released NES-style controllers for use with Nintendo Switch Online’s library of NES titles, which can be charged by attaching them to the console.
The fact that Nintendo is seeking regulatory approval for the release of SNES-style controllers in the US will raise expectations that it’s due to add SNES games to the Switch Online service.
Over 10 million Nintendo account holders have signed up to Nintendo Switch Online, according to the platform holder, which has said it’s considering extending the service’s games library beyond the currently offered NES titles to other legacy platforms.
At the moment, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have access to a regularly updated selection of NES games, which can be played at any time as long as the player retains their Switch Online subscription.
“At this place we cannot tell new information about future classic hardware among others, but we are thinking about providing an extension of the online service which is currently providing Famicom [NES] software, as well as other methods of providing them,” he said. “We also recognise that there are opinions wanting to play past titles.”
VGC has contacted Nintendo for comment on the FCC filings.
Nintendo recently announced that NES games Kung-Fu Heroes and Vice: Project Doom will be available for Switch Online subscribers to play from August 21.
Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition miniature consoles in November 2016 and September 2017 respectively. It said in October 2018 that combined global sales of the retro systems had topped 10 million units.