Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online had a slow start initially, but with the introduction of SNES games, we've seen added value coming to the service which 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 – including the most recent additions as well as the bonus SP iterations of certain games. We've also listed the Japanese exclusives that aren't available to subscribers in the West (unless you have a Japanese Nintendo Account, of course).

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.

If you're interested in which games are really worth your time, you can find out in our reader-ranked polls:

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Nintendo Switch Online: NES Games (55)

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 Clu Clu Land
  • Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai
  • NES Open Tournament Golf (SP Version)
  • Famicom Wars
  • Route 16 Turbo
  • Atlantis no Nazo
  • God Slayer
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (SP Version)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (SP Version 2)
  • Gun-Dec
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Nintendo Switch Online: SNES Games (35)

Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese SNES Exclusives

If you're interested in seeing all the NES games available for the Nintendo Switch Online service ranked (or all the SNES games given the same treatment), we've got you covered.