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 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 (as of May 2020).
- Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
- Super Mario Bros 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Donkey Kong 3
- Kirby's Adventure
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Dr. Mario
- Wario's Woods
- Double Dragon
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Mighty Bomb Jack
- River City Ransom
- Ghosts'n Goblins
- Tecmo Bowl
- Ice Hockey
- Super Dodge Ball
- Pro Wrestling
- VS. Excitebike
- Solomon's Key
- NES Open Tournament Golf
- Ninja Gaiden
- Adventures of Lolo
- Blaster Master
- Kid Icarus
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Star Soldier
- Clu Clu Land
- City Connection
- Wrecking Crew
- Kung-Fu Heroes
- Vice: Project Doom
- Journey to Silius
- Shadow of the Ninja
- Eliminator Boat Duel
- Rygar (May 20, 2020)
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 (as of May 2020):
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Super Mario Kart
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Super Metroid
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Stunt Race FX
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Kirby's Dream Course
- Super Ghouls'n Ghosts
- Demon's Crest
- Super Soccer
- Super Puyo Puyo 2
- Breath Of Fire
- Breath of Fire II
- Brawl Brothers
- Super E.D.F Earth Defense Force
- Super Tennis
- Joe and Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Pop'n TwinBee
- Smash Tennis
- Wild Guns (May 20, 2020)
- Panel de Pon (May 20, 2020)
- Operation Logic Bomb (May 20, 2020)
What's new with NES and SNES Nintendo Switch Online?
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. This classic SNES puzzle game was originally designed by Gunpei Yokoi, but 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 originally released in 1993 in Japan and PAL regions, but never once made its way to the U.S. 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. 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.
March 2020: Added information about Rygar, Wild Guns, Operation Logic Bomb, and Panel de Pon.
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