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) and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES) that launched in 1985 and 1990, respectively. If you are subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online, you can play any 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. If you're looking for additional titles, make sure to check our list of the best Nintendo Switch games.
What NES games are available with Nintendo Switch Online?
NES Nintendo Switch Online originally launched with 20 titles, but that number keeps growing. Here are all of the NES games included with your Nintendo Switch Online subscription as of February 2021.
- Adventures of Lolo
- Balloon Fight
- Blaster Master
- City Connection
- Clu Clu Land
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Donkey Kong 3
- Double Dragon
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Eliminator Boat Duel
- Fire 'n Ice
- Ghosts'n Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Ice Hockey
- The Immortal
- Journey to Silius
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby's Adventure
- Kung-Fu Heroes
- The Legend of Zelda
- Mario Bros.
- Mighty Bomb Jack
- NES Open Tournament Golf
- Ninja Gaiden
- Pro Wrestling
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- River City Ransom
- S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
- Shadow of the Ninja
- Solomon's Key
- Star Soldier
- Super Dodge Ball
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
- Super Mario Bros 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- Vice: Project Doom
- VS. Excitebike
- Wario's Woods
- Wrecking Crew
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
What SNES games are available with Nintendo Switch Online?
Nintendo began adding SNES titles to Nintendo Switch Online in September 2019, starting with a library of 20 games and regularly adding more. Here are all the games available as of February 2021.
- Brawl Brothers
- Breath Of Fire
- Breath of Fire II
- Demon's Crest
- Doomsday Warrior
- Donkey Kong Country
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
- Joe and Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
- Kirby's Dream Course
- Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Kirby Super Star
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mario's Super Picross
- Natsume Championship Wrestling
- Operation Logic Bomb
- Panel de Pon
- The Peace Keepers
- Psycho Dream
- Pop'n TwinBee
- Prehistorik Man
- Smash Tennis
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Stunt Race FX
- Super E.D.F Earth Defense Force
- Super Ghouls'n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Super Puyo Puyo 2
- Super Soccer
- Super Tennis
- Super Valis IV
- The Ignition Factor
- Tuff E Nuff
- Wild Guns
Are there any Nintendo Switch Online exclusive games?
Occassionally, Nintendo releases a special Nintendo Switch online exclusive game. Currently, the two games available are Tetris 99 and Pac-Man 99, two unique takes on the battle royal genre.
February 17, 2021: The first update of 2021
The SNES collection continues to grow with three new games: Prehistorik Man, Doomsday Warrior, and Psycho Dream. The NES received one new game in the form of Fire 'n Ice.
December 18, 2020: The DK Trilogy is complete
December brought Donkey Kong Country 3 to the Nintendo Switch, completing the Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Take control of Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong as they battle Kremlins to save Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.
Other new additions include the SNES games The Ignition Factor, Super Valis IV, and Tuff E Nuff. Nightshade was the lone NES addition.
September 23, 2020: Play more Mario and Donkey Kong
This month, Nintendo Switch Online adds the SNES platformer Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Players will try to rescue Donkey Kong from the clutches of Kaptain K. Rool with the help of Dixie Kong and plenty of animal friends while also exploring hidden areas to search for collectibles.
The other new additions are the SNES puzzle game Mario's Super Picross and beat-'em-up The Peace Keepers, and NES sci-fi shoot-'em-up S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team. The service now has a total of 90 titles.
July 15, 2020: Take a trip to Donkey Kong Country
The classic SNES platformer Donkey Kong Country hit the Nintendo Switch Online service this month along with two other titles, bringing the service's collection to 85 games. Play solo, competitively, or cooperatively controlling Donkey or Diddy Kong as you explore more than 100 levels filled with collectibles and secrets.
Also new for July is the dungeon-delving isometric action NES RPG The Immortal. The SNES list now includes Natsume Championship Wrestling, which lets you play one of 12 fighters and learn more than 50 moves as you fight other players or the AI.
May 14, 2020: Panel de Pon is finally available outside of Japan
For May, the Nintendo Switch Online service is adding a total of four games to the NES and SNES libraries. Rygar on NES, with Wild Guns, Operation Logic Bomb, and Panel de Pon on SNES.
Panel de Pon is a particularly unique addition because this game was originally never released outside of Japan. Gunpei Yokoi initially designed this classic SNES puzzle game. Still, outside of Japan, it was simply called Tetris Attack, and the anime art style was replaced with Nintendo characters from Yoshi's Island. So while it was technically released outside Japan in some form, it wasn't the original game. So for many, this new addition will be the first time to experience the true Panel de Pon.
Rygar is a mythical action game from Tecmo, Wild Guns is a western shooter from Natsume, and Operation Logic Bomb is an overhead shooter from Jaleco.
All of these games will be available on May 20, 2020.
Feb 19, 2020: Pop'n TwinBee and Smash Tennis are finally available in the U.S.
There are a total of four new games arriving in the NES and SNES app for active Nintendo Switch Online members. The games are: Shadow of the Ninja (NES), Eliminator Boat Duel (NES), Pop'n TwinBee (SNES), and Smash Tennis (SNES). Pop'n TwinBee and Smash Tennis have never been released in North America until now.
Pop'n TwinBee is a vertical scrolling top-down shooter from Konami that was initially released in 1993 in Japan and PAL regions, but never once made its way to the United States. Smash Tennis, also known as Super Family Tennis in Japan, is made by Namco and came out in 1993. The name became Smash Tennis when it was released in Europe in 1994.
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. So many young people 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.
April 2021: Added information about December and February's update, as well as information on Pac-Man 99 and Tetris 99.
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