Curious about what classic NES and SNES titles are available with the Nintendo Switch Online services? Find out here!
A subscription to Nintendo Switch Online for $20 per year comes with a library full of classic games that were initially available on the Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES), which launched in 1985, and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES) launched in 1990. If you are subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online, you can pay any and all of these games for free at any time.
Nintendo regularly releases new titles for NES and SNES Nintendo Switch Online, and we’re keeping track. Be sure to check back with us to see what’s new and what’s coming soon.
What NES games are available with Nintendo Switch Online?
NES Nintendo Switch Online originally launched with 20 titles, but that grows every month. Here are all of the NES games included with your Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
- Balloon Fight
- Donkey Kong
- Double Dragon
- Dr. Mario
- VS. Excitebike
- Ghosts ‘n Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Ice Hockey
- The Legend of Zelda
- Mario Bros.
- Pro Wrestling
- River City Ransom
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda Special Edition
- Super Dodge Ball
- Solomon’s Key
- NES Open Tournament Golf
- Mighty BombJack
- Gradius Special Edition
- Wario’s Woods
- Ninja Gaiden
- Metroid Special Edition
- Dr. Mario Special Edition
- Adventures of Lolo
- Ninja Gaiden Special Edition
- Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins Special Edition
- Metroid Special Edition 2
- Blaster Master
- Blaster Master Special Edition
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Special Edition
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Star Tropics
- Kirby’s Adventure Special Edition
- Kid Icarus
- Clu Clu Land
- Donkey Kong, Jr.
- Star Soldier
- Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
- Star Soldier SP
- Vs. Excitebike
- City Connection
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- TwinBee SP
- Donkey Kong 3
- Mighty Bomb Jack SP
- Wrecking Crew
- Gradius SP (Second Loop)
- Kung-Fu Heroes
- Vice: Project Doom
What SNES games are available with Nintendo Switch Online?
In September of 2019, Nintendo began adding SNES titles to Nintendo Switch Online, starting with a library of 20 games and more to come in the future. Here are all the games available so far:
- Brawl Brothers
- Demon’s Crest
- Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3
- Star Fox
- Super EDF Earth Defense Force
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Super Puyo Puyo 2
- Super Tennis
- Breath of Fire
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Stunt Race FX
- Super Ghosts’n Ghosts
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Soccer
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
What’s new with NES and SNES Nintendo Switch Online?
September 10, 2019: SNES games join the service!
Nintendo announced in a Direct last week that Nintendo Switch Online would now feature SNES games as well as NES games, revealing a whopping 20 titles to join the service in the initial wave, with more to come in the future.
May 12, 2019: More classic games on the way
Three additional games will be added to the queue, including Donkey Kong Jr., VS. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land. Each of these classics is a welcome addition to Nintendo Switch Online’s ever-expanding collection.
March 13, 2019: New titles have arrived in the ever-expanding NES library for Nintendo Switch Online users
So far this year, Nintendo has gifted us with plenty of great new options in the NES library for NSO. We received Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in January and February brought us Kirby’s Adventure and Super Mario Bros. 2. There have also been plenty of « Special Edition » versions of the existing games, which have you start at later points in the game, or give you all the password-locked bonuses from the get-go. We haven’t gotten word of the March additions to the NES library, but we’re sure that we’ll hear more about that soon.
November 7, 2018: New titles coming to the NES library!
Nintendo has given NES fans with Nintendo Switch Online something to look forward to. On November 14 there will be three new titles joining the NES library. Those who love the MetroidVania genre will be happy to get their mitts on the original with the release of Metroid. If you want some super fun retro platforming, you can look forward to Mighty Bomb Jack and those who find joy in sidescrolling shooters will be happy to see the addition of TwinBee. I am incredibly happy to see that Nintendo is going to continue to build this library of retro classics.
With a deep and fantastic library like Nintendo’s, it is a joy to find that they are no longer content to let great titles languish as they have for so many years. There are so many young people who have never gotten an opportunity to play some of the games that made Nintendo the behemoth that it is.
Hopefully, we will see this library of awesome old games expand so gamers will not have to turn to eBay or emulators to play the titles they want to revisit.
What games would you like to see added to the online service library?
Do you have a favorite NES or SNES game you’d like to see added to this list? What sparks your nostalgia. Add your favorite games in the comments below.
September 2019: Updated the list to include all available games, added details and updates about the addition of SNES games to the service.
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