Nintendo has a reputation for putting hidden easter eggs in its consoles, and it turns out that the Switch is no different. SwitchBrew, which hosts files for potential hacks on the console, shared a curious post that appeared to show the classic 1984 NES Golf running on the Switch.
The post refers to a system entry called flog, with the accompanying text pointing towards it being an NES emulator. This emulator is capable of running the sole game on the system, which happens to be NES Golf (‘flog’ happens to be ‘golf’ spelled backwards). Extraordinarily, the post also claims that this version of the game supports the new JoyCons; including motion controls.
There’s no real verification of the information yet, but SwitchBrew poster “yellows8” claims to have accessed the game and played it. However, this required “unofficial” methods. Yellows8 also claims that the emulator has been available on the Switch since firmware 1.0; showing that his was always hidden on the console.
Chances are that Nintendo has been working on an emulator for the Switch and is only waiting for the right time to reveal it. Emulating old games is not exactly anything new for the company, since it already has a history of republishing titles for use through console based emulators.
That said, the addition of support for modern style controls is something new. Nintendo hasn’t updated the control scheme for any of its older games. Then again, the company is willing to try a lot of new things on the Switch. So maybe this isn’t so far fetched and makes sense.