A subscription to Nintendo Switch Online for $20 per year comes with an NES library full of classing games that were originally played on Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES), which launched in 1985. If you are subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online, you can pay any and all of these games for free at any time from the NES Nintendo Switch Online game.

Nintendo regularly releases new titles supported in NES 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's new with NES Nintendo Switch Online?

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 to 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.

NES Nintendo Switch Online originally launched with 20 titles, but that grows every month. Here are all of the games included with your Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

  • Balloon Fight
  • Baseball
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon
  • Dr. Mario
  • VS. Excitebike
  • Excitebike
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Pro Wrestling
  • River City Ransom
  • Soccer
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tennis
  • Yoshi
  • The Legend of Zelda Special Edition
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Solomon's Key
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • TwinBee
  • Mighty BombJack
  • Metroid
  • 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.

There are some seriously top-tier titles in that list. As they add to the list we will update ours to reflect that.

With a deep and amazing 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 rabid gamers will not have to turn to eBay or emulators in order 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 game you'd like to see added to this list? What sparks your nostalgia. Add your favorite games in the comments below.

May 2019: Updated the list to include all available games.

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