Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online had a slow start in its first 12 months, but with the introduction of SNES games this year, we're finally seeing an offering which more than justifies the asking price. Nintendo has been slowly but surely fleshing out the number of games available, and we've pulled together a complete list of all the titles you'll get when you subscribe to the service – as well as the bonus SP iterations of certain games. We've also listed the Japanese exclusives that aren't available to western subscribers.

Remember, these games aren't individual downloads, but are bundled together in the Nintendo Switch Online NES and SNES applications, which are free to download when you're a subscriber. Each title benefits from save states and the ability to rewind the action.

Switch Online NES

Nintendo Switch Online: NES Games

Nintendo Switch Online: NES SP Versions

As well as releasing classic NES games on Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo has also released special 'SP' versions of selected titles which offer a new way to experience them. These are often save states which place the player in a particularly tricky part of the game, or ones which give the player access to extra items from the start. Metroid and Gradius have two SP versions each.

  • The Legend of Zelda - Living The Life of Luxury! (Loads of Rupees, all gear)
  • Gradius - Stage 5 And Maxed Out! (Stage 5, full power)
  • Gradius - The Second Loop (Harder difficulty)
  • Metroid The Decisive Battle Against Ridley! (All gear, Ridley Battle)
  • Metroid Samus Aran's Ultimate Arsenal (All power-ups unlocked)
  • Dr. Mario - The UFO Cover-Up (Level 20 cut-scene)
  • Ninja Gaiden - The Thrilling Climax! (Stage 6-4)
  • Ghosts ’n Goblins - The Great Demon Lord Awaits (Stage 6, dagger weapon)
  • Blaster Master - The Underworld Lord Awaits (Level 8, Sophia fully equipped)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - Link, Warrior without Equal (Attack, Magic, and Life all maxed out at level eight)
  • Kirby's Adventure - Now with Extra Game! (Extra Game setting and Sound Test)
  • Kid Icarus - The Three Sacred Treasures (Final Stage with each of the Three Sacred Treasures)
  • Star Soldier - Certain Victory on Stage 8 (Stage 8, five-way shot and shield)
  • TwinBee - A Second Helping of Donburi Island! (Level 6, increased difficulty)
  • Mighty Bomb Jack - High Game Deviation Value! (Final zone)

Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese NES Exclusives

  • Adventures of Lolo 2 (Japanese version, not to be confused with the western sequel)
  • Joy Mech Fight
  • Tsuppari Oozumou
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu
  • Clu Clu Land: Welcome to New Cluclu Land
  • Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai
  • NES Open Tournament Golf (SP Version)
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Nintendo Switch Online: SNES Games

Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese SNES Exclusives

  • Super Family Tennis