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Update: Now features the five latest Sega Genesis / Mega Drive titles, which brings the current total number of Sega games available with the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion pack to 19.

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 better 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).

And now there's also the Expansion Pack tier that features Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games, providing a more varied library of retro games — for a price, of course.

Remember, these games aren't individual downloads, but are bundled together in the Nintendo Switch Online NES, SNES, N64, and Genesis / Mega Drive applications, which are 'free' to download when you're a subscriber. Each title benefits from save states (and the ability to rewind the action for the NES and SNES games).

If you're interested in which games are really worth your time, you can find out in our reader-ranked polls and check out our reviews for many of them:

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Nintendo Switch Online: NES Games (58)

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)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - Mario, the Quick-Change Artist! (World 8, multiples of 8 power-ups available)

Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese NES Exclusives

  • Adventures of Lolo (Japanese version, not to be confused with the western version or the western sequel which used this game as a partial source for some stages — thanks Lilly!)
  • 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
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (SP version)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (SP version 2)
  • Smash Ping Pong
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Nintendo Switch Online: SNES Games (49)

Nintendo Switch Online: SNES SP Versions

As with the NES games, 'SP' versions of SNES games are also available. Well, there's one at the time of writing, but it's a good'un:

  • Super Mario Kart - Fully Souped Up! (150cc difficulty unlocked from the beginning)

Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese SNES Exclusives

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Nintendo Switch Online: N64 Games - coming October 2021 (10, plus 6 more announced)

The following Nintendo 64 games are available as part of the upgraded Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack membership level:

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack N64 lineup

Upcoming NSO N64 games

Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese N64 Exclusives

Two extra Japan-only N64 titles are available in that region only:

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Nintendo Switch Online: Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Games (19)

The following Sega Mega Drive / Genesis games are available as part of the upgraded Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack membership level:

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. Same for every N64 game and every Genesis / Mega Drive game on the service, too. We're nothing if not comprehensive!