Updated with the May 2023 additions to the GBA lineup: Super Mario Advance, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2), and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
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, now including Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles, 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 there's also the Expansion Pack tier that features Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, and Game Boy Advance 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, GB, N64, Genesis / Mega Drive, GBA applications, which are 'free' to download. Each title benefits from save states (and the ability to rewind the action for the NES, SNES, and GB 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:
- Every Nintendo Switch Online NES Game Ranked
- Every Nintendo Switch Online SNES Game Ranked
- Every Nintendo Switch Online Game Boy (Color) Game Ranked
- Every Nintendo Switch Online N64 Game Ranked
- Every Nintendo Switch Online Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Game Ranked
- Every Nintendo Switch Online Game Boy Advance (GBA) Game Ranked
Nintendo Switch Online: NES Games (64)
- Balloon Fight
- Donkey Kong
- Double Dragon
- Dr. Mario
- Ghosts ’n Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Ice Hockey
- The Legend of Zelda
- Mario Bros.
- Pro Wrestling
- River City Ransom
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- NES Open Tournament Golf
- Solomon's Key
- Super Dodge Ball
- Mighty Bomb Jack
- Adventures of Lolo (Western version)
- Ninja Gaiden
- Wario's Woods
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Blaster Master
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Kirby's Adventure
- Kid Icarus
- StarTropics (Western exclusive)
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Star Soldier
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- VS. Excitebike
- Clu Clu Land (Western exclusive)
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- City Connection
- Wrecking Crew
- Donkey Kong 3
- Kung-Fu Heroes
- Vice: Project Doom
- Journey to Silius
- Shadow of the Ninja (Western exclusive)
- Eliminator Boat Duel (Western exclusive)
- The Immortal (Western exclusive)
- S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Western exclusive)
- Nightshade (Western exclusive)
- Fire 'n Ice
- Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
- EarthBound Beginnings
- Dig Dug II
- Daiva Story 6: Imperial of Nirsartia
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
Nintendo Switch Online: SNES Games (56)
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario Kart
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Super Metroid
- Stunt Race FX
- Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Star Fox
- Kirby's Dream Course
- BRAWL BROTHERS
- Breath of Fire
- Demon's Crest
- Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
- SUPER E.D.F. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE
- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
- Super Puyo Puyo 2
- Super Soccer
- Super Tennis
- Star Fox 2 (previously exclusive to the Super NES Classic Mini)
- Kirby Super Star
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Breath of Fire II
- Pop'n Twinbee
- Smash Tennis
- Wild Guns
- Panel de Pon
- Operation Logic Bomb (Western exclusive)
- Donkey Kong Country
- Natsume Championship Wrestling (Western exclusive)
- Super Mario All-Stars
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
- Mario's Super Picross
- The Peace Keepers (Western exclusive)
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!
- The Ignition Factor
- Super Valis IV (Western exclusive)
- Tuff E Nuff
- Doomsday Warrior
- Prehistorik Man (Western exclusive)
- Psycho Dream
- Joe & Mac
- Magical Drop II
- Spanky's Quest
- Super Baseball Simulator 1.000
- Jelly Boy
- Earthworm Jim 2 (Western exclusive)
- Congo's Caper (Western exclusive)
- Rival Turf
- Fighter's History
- Kirby's Avalanche (Western exclusive)
- Side Pocket
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 SP - Fully Souped Up! (150cc difficulty unlocked from the beginning)
- Super Metroid SP - Samus Aran's Ultimate Arsenal! (All items obtained and weapons and Power Suit upgrades unlocked)
- Super Mario World SP - Give the world a whole new look! (Special World is completed unlocking a new-look Dinosaur Land)
- Super Punch-Out!! SP - Champion Edition (All Circuits completed, Special Circuit unlocked)
- Kirby's Dream Course SP - Dancy along with Kirby! (All secret modes unlocked)
- Kirby's Dream Land 3 SP - Set difficulty to Easy Breezy! (All secret modes unlocked)
- Kirby Super Star SP - Meta Knight's revenge! (All secret modes unlocked)
Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese SNES Exclusives (Super Famicom)
- Shin Megami Tensei
- Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
- Kunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zen'in Shūgō
- Sugoi Hebereke
- Shin Megami Tensei II
- Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- Shin Megami Tense If
- Harvest Moon
- Umihara Kawase
- Kirby Star Stacker
Nintendo Switch Online: Game Boy (Color) Games (11)
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
- Gargoyle’s Quest
- Game & Watch Gallery 3
- Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (Western exclusive)
- Metroid II: Return of Samus
- Wario Land 3
- Kirby’s Dream Land
- Kirby's Dream Land 2
- BurgerTime Deluxe
Upcoming NSO Game Boy (Color) games
Here are the announced Game Boy (Color) games scheduled to arrive on Nintendo Switch Online in the future.
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
- Pokémon Trading Card Game
- Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
- Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (The Frog For Whom The Bell Tolls) - (Japanese Exclusive)
Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese Game Boy (Color) Exclusives
One extra Japan-only Game Boy titles is currently available in that region only:
Nintendo Switch Online: N64 Games (22)
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
- Super Mario 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Mario Kart 64
- Star Fox 64
- Sin and Punishment
- Dr. Mario 64 (Western exclusive)
- Mario Tennis
- Yoshi’s Story
- Paper Mario
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
- F-Zero X
- Mario Golf
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Pokémon Snap
- Pokémon Puzzle League
- Wave Race 64
- Pilotwings 64
- Mario Party
- Mario Party 2
- GoldenEye 007
- Pokémon Stadium
Upcoming NSO N64 games
Here are the announced N64 games scheduled to arrive on Nintendo Switch Online in the future.
- Mario Party 3
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- 1080º Snowboarding
- Excitebike 64
- Harvest Moon 64 (Japanese exclusive)
Nintendo Switch Online: Japanese N64 Exclusives
Two extra Japan-only N64 titles are available in that region only:
Nintendo Switch Online: Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Games (40)
The following Sega Mega Drive / Genesis games are available as part of the upgraded Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack membership level:
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Streets of Rage 2
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Castlevania: Bloodlines
- Contra: Hard Corps
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Golden Axe
- Gunstar Heroes
- Phantasy Star IV
- Shining Force
- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
- Altered Beast
- Dynamite Headdy
- Sword of Vermilion
- ToeJam & Earl
- Thunder Force II
- Light Crusader
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Alien Soldier
- Space Harrier II
- Shining Force II
- Sonic Spinball
- Comix Zone
- Target Earth (Assault Suits Leynos)
- Zero Wing
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars
- Alisia Dragoon
- Beyond Oasis (The Story of Thor)
- Earthworm Jim
- Golden Axe II
- Alien Storm
- Virtua Fighter 2
- Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
- Kid Chameleon
Nintendo Switch Online: Game Boy Advance Games (7)
The following Game Boy Advance games are available as part of the upgraded Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack membership level:
- Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (with e-Reader)
- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
- Kuru Kuru Kururin
- Mario Kart Super Circuit
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
- Metroid Fusion
- Super Mario Advance
- Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
- Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Upcoming NSO Game Boy Advance games
Here are the announced Game Boy Advance games scheduled to arrive on Nintendo Switch Online in the future.
- Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
- Fire Emblem
- F-Zero Maximum Velocity
- Golden Sun
- Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (Japanese exclusive)
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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!
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I made a japanese account just so I could play Joy Mech Fight
The SNES games are so good that they are even diverting some of my attention from some of the new big releases. Hope they plan to drop some more next month. DKC and the Witcher 3 would make for a good October.
Lolo 2 on the Famicom Online list? Where have I been? I gotta get on that since I never managed to finish it. And here's hoping Lolo 3 gets added on at some point. (also LOL, "Japanese NES")
@Hylian-Likely Earthbound will come eventually but not Chrono Trigger and FF 6. The NES Dragon Warriors (Quest) games being separate Eshop purchases proves that Square wants to release their games independently. Looks like Konami and Capcom are going in the same direction, despite some of their smaller releases popping up on the service.
I kinda feel bad about Nintendo Online by now. I've been asking for SNES games for a while, but after spending a couple of hours with the service a short while back ... yeah, no. These games hold up better than the NES in my view, but that does not mean, they really amount to something I want to spend a significant amount of time with.
Part of it is probably the limited selection and the fact, that out of those, the games that speak to me most, I've already played, maybe even several times, but still.
Super Metroid is a good example. It's a truly good game, I might have called it great at one point, but booting it up to today, it is at the same time overly familiar and foreign.
Familiar, because 'ben there dan that' and because it - among a few others - inspired countless future titles (which is one way to define it as an 'all-time great' of course) and forgein, precisely because it has a tough time standing up against those it inspired, with all their added flavors and variety, incl. improved controls and such.
I find myself thinking, that I much rather go back to Hollow Knight and take another shot at unfinished content (cough Godmaster), go for another run in Dead Cells, find the last goodies in Ori and the Blind Forest, finally finish Guacamelee! (yeah, shame on me, I know), keep building my anticipation for the next Ori game or ...
So for anyone who never played the game, it's a nice thing to have, but I dunno, I've been re-playing a couple of GC games this year using Dolphin (well, just Baten Kaitos Origins and FE:PoR really), but it show me, that it is not just about familiarity with the SNES.
Maybe Nintendo just needs to build their catalogue, include alot more non-mainstreams games, most folks incl. myself are unfamiliar with or they can speed things up and move on to GC/Wii content ... or maybe I'll be never happy
I start thinking, it would have been better to make the Virtual Console like the Xbox Game-Pass: You pay extra for it, but you basically get access to all their own content - but in this case going back to the NES up to ... well, I guess not the WiiU/3DS, but certainly the GC/Wii and at least the GBA.
Personally, I'd rather pay $5-10 a month for that ( depending on how good the emulation is and ultimately how extensive the catalogue ) than what I do now.
It's a nice feature for those who need Online anyways, but for those that don't ... it's still cheap I guess, but as a service that can justify itself outside of online, I still don't see it.
For PS and Xbox that would be a minor issue, but Nintendo has such a treasure chest of stuff to share, yes, even and esp. after 1997'ish, that this feels like not even a half-measure in that regard, more like yet again another stop-gap-measure.
I sure hope they are not waiting to do their own Stadia-thing (like who needs a data centre to emulate an N64 or even GC game) ... and miss out on doing an exhaustive library on a PortablE system.
/rant over .-)
@Ralek85: "because it has a tough time standing up against those it inspired," - From a technical standpoint, as well as the standpoint of experimentation-then-improvments-to-the-gameplay-formula, future games always have the potential to make their predecessors, and/or inspiration, obsolete. Of course, this usually doesn't devalue personal favorites, and/or nostalgia for a specific title.
@Hylian-Likely yeah, switch online is basically all about the single player games I would love to have in portable format for me, too. I haven’t sprung for it yet, but now that SNES is — blessedly, FINALLY — there, it’s just a matter of time.
A missed opportunity to mention all NES and SNES games available from third party collections.
I feel like there still missing some games..
Maybe this guide should also mention the collections that contain NES games such as the Mega Man and Castlevania collections?
@Hylian-Likely Those games are worth the subscription price alone!
@BarefootBowser Yeah that’s true. Saw that a while back. Maybe it will be every other month now? I guess it’s up in the air, but I agree it would be nice if they drop more than a couple if that is the case.
I personally just want to buy and own the games rather than pay a yearly rental fee and play the games I want at anytime I want. With the account system we should have access to our wiiu and 3ds VC games (why even restart the service again! Just add rental capabilities to the VC and you'd be done with it.). I don't have the Internet access to check in on a regular basis so an alternative to this service is desperately needed. Not everyone lives in a connected world, the service locks out a good chunk of gamers in rural areas like myself.
@GameOtaku I purchased these games enough, I am just happy I get them for my 5$ a year. Either way I have the entire SNES library from all regions and most patched ROMS, not really a big deal and I will have them forever and have an unlimited amount of devices that I can hack and or us emulators to play them.
That being said, a subscription makes them more money than one-off sales in the grand scheme of things, this is why subscription models are dominating the digital front now so you are paying for all of them for less but it is more restrictive.
@Ralek85 Basically you don't know what you want, that's your problem. You are those fanboys that kept asking for something and then when you finally get it you complain again like oh I know I had been asking for this but now that I got it, it's really not that special. Dude had some respect for the big N, they went out of their way to give us what they could, they are a business and to be able to give us titles like Breath of Fire, Demon's Crest, and Joe and Mac for their platform required lots of licensing agreement to have them there not to mention we wouldn't had known about these games had it not for their availability through service like this. Sure there's only 20 games in the service right now but not everyone is lucky like you.
My brother who grew up with a Sega Genesis and Super NES back then only had 3 Super NES games in his life time, to be able experience 20 games let alone many new ones that he never got the chance to try with the SNES Mini or his original SNES is a blessing to him. So before you say it's not that special, to some it is. Even I myself am blessed that older games are coming to Switch cause a majority of them I had missed in the last gen or so, games like Dragon's Dogma, The Last Remnant, Grandia II, Diablo III, L.A. Noire, Samurai Shodown V Special, Final Fantasy VIII (the only FF I hadn't got the chance to play at the time cause I never got a PlayStation and no one I know had this game), and Kirby's Dream Land 3 (this game I didn't even know existed cause I use to think that the Kirby's Dream Land series ended with the Game Boy as I had only play or known about Kirby Superstar on Super NES).
With the Nintendo Switch Online service if we're lucky we may even see lost titles surface too like Star Fox 2, maybe someday even that lost Killer Instinct 2 title that was finished on SNES but never got release. That would be exciting or even that cancelled Super NES version of Rayman or even some of the Super NES Satellaview games like the Legend of Zelda 1 remake they had for that service. These service are more just a haven for rom games, there may even be surprises in store that we are yet to get. Remember that Super Mario Bros. 3: Super Mario Advance 4 game that got released on Wii U? No one expect that version to came with all the e-Reader levels unlocked, no one but it did and it was awesome. Surprises like that could still happen with service like these.
@PcTV That would be a better and far more helpful list to compile than this one.
@Capt_N I think potential is the operative term there.
Playing PoR, I thought about how FE lost quite a bit of it's strategic appeal starting with Awakening. With Three Houses, it also started loosing quite a bit of it's tactical depth. It improved on a bunch of other aspects, but I struggle to see how it really innovated and improved on the formula over-all.
While Hollow Knight might not have been perfect, I think it got close, and really pushed the 2D Metroidvania structure (meets Souls) kinda to the brink of what seems can be done. I'd love to see the game that really outdoes it without reservation.
Not to sound too salty, but yes, I know, that I don't know what I want. I think I made that rather explicit. I do like the implict point, that I am potentially in any way, shape or form unique in this, when in fact, I am anything but.
I do reject the fanboy label. If anything I turned into a Playsi fanboy this gen It was meant as a Big-N-critial and self-critical statement in favor of a different approach to Nintendo Online was well as the endless story of their "virtual console" (remember rebooting it every gen so far, pricey individual sales, drip-feed releases, often repeating the same titles over the gens, not moving on to newer gens ... and so on and so forth).
"they went out of their way to give us what they could"
I'm not sure I get what you are saying? You think they couldn't handle a broad classic games library? It's just a couple Gigs of Roms basically, sure, they need to test them on their emulation, and it would probably take a fair bit of time and effort, but other than that ... the new online features would go away, for sure, but to me that seems like a fair trade-off.
"So before you say it's not that special, to some it is. "
Yes, but I explicit said that. I feel your brother would really benefit, from a wide selection of classic Nintendo games incl. but certainly not limited to the NES and SNES.
I have zero trouble with last-gen re-release on the Switch, esp. if these games are entirely new to true Nintendo die-hards or fanboys (in the sense of sticking to Big-N and only Big-N). Personally since the Gamecube, Nintendo has always been a secondary or tertiary system to me (the WiiU certainly due to it's limitations vis-a-vis the 360 and PS3 at the time), so I rarely feel compelled to pick these up, as I already own them (a few rare exceptions not withstanding ^^).
"With the Nintendo Switch Online service if we're lucky we may even see lost titles surface too like Star Fox 2, maybe someday even that lost Killer Instinct 2"
I hear that, this is exactly what I meant that are not mainstream. But I am not super confident in that regard. Sure, there are examples, but yeah ... I am still waiting on that often rumored Mother 3 'release'!
While I don't know what I want, I do stand by my momentary wish for a more Game-Pass-like service, that is focused on games, and does not mix up it priorities with online 'features'. Nintendo has enough content to support such a service. If anyone ... it's them. They could do it, too, for sure!
While Mother 3 (Earthbound "Insert Secondary Title Here") is a mystery in terms of a Western release, the SNES option opens the door for the first and second Earthbound to come onto Switch, which is cool.
I'm personally waiting for StarTropics 2 so I can play the series together. Speaking of which, I think it's one of the only Nintendo series that's exclusive to the West. Even the Famicom Mini didn't have it over there, lol.
A pretty decent selection building up.
@Ralek85 eh, I know you’re speaking purely subjectively and already stated you don’t know what you want, but I think you’re in a minority (in regards to asking for SNES Online and then being underwhelmed). A majority of the people who asked for it got what they wanted and are happy with it, aside from the small selection (which is to be expected at release). They 20 titles they picked range from classics to more obscure and, even for those of us who’ve played through them countless times, are enjoyed greatly to this day, especially now that they’re in handheld format. I didn’t even grow up with Super Metroid and yet I don’t think any later Metroid titles ever really outdid it. It sounds to me like you want to be challenged, which replaying games often doesn’t do. And I mean, that’s fine, we all have our tastes, but I do think this was exactly what Switch Online needed to make it worth the price (especially given the online services are still pretty mediocre at best). The fact remains that the third party titles are legal headaches to rerelease and Nintendo jumped through some pretty tough hoops for the ones that are on there. It is much harder for them to do it this way than VC, where in the latter case companies can simply get a percentage of the sales. Many companies, like Square, might not be willing to put their classic games on a subscription service rather than just rerelease them. And many IPs have changed ownership several times since the early 90s which makes it even harder to put them on the service. The only reason first party games like DKC aren’t on it is because Nintendo has to keep some ready in case they have trouble securing rights to other games - they need to add games in the future to keep interest in the app. You seem to think they can just easily upload the majority of the SNES catalog but third party titles take a lot of legal work and first party titles won’t be released all at once in case they CAN’T secure third party titles... no matter what they’re going to add to this over time.
As for your low expectations on things like lost titles resurfacing or games being released in the West for the first time... well, they already did that with Super Puyo Puyo 2. They set that precedence off the bat and will be expected to keep going, especially considering it’s not one of the more in demand games. They’re not gonna play their whole hand at once. That would simply be foolish in terms of business. You might just not be the target audience for this app though and that’s okay, not every has to like everything.
Also, I wouldn’t hold my breath with Mother 3, if it ever gets localized it’d be a stand-alone release, not on a service like this.
Hope we get more SNES titles soon - I know they aren’t going to be monthly anymore but I want more games for my SNES controllers, I just got them and have already blown through a lot of the selection before the controllers even arrived!
Decent selection so far but having owned many VC games before on Wii and Wii U i already have most of these. Vice project doom was certainly a nice surprise though. I know it looks generic but it's quite the hidden gem actually! It's like Ninja Gaiden with a lightsaber whip and a little spy hunter thrown in. Sweet!
I've been doing alot of research on hidden gems for each of the various systems and this game popped up alot on peoples lists.
@GameOtaku I totally agree with you, at least they aren't forcing us to buy them all again. Honouring the fact we already purchased these games on 3ds, Wii and Wii U would have been nice.
@masterLEON I don't see Lolo 2 or A second clu clu land game on my famicom online app :/
Edit: it seems from the wikipedia article that Adventures of Lolo japanese version is actually what is known as Adventures of Lolo 2 outside of Japan
and the clu clu land thing is an updated disc system version.
@Ralek85 Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island inspired many other games but none have bettered them. They are the gold standard of 2D platformers and I'm not sure they'll ever be bettered.
@Damo For Japanese NES exclusives... the Adventures of Lolo is a numbering inconsistency. The western Adventures of Lolo 1 was not released in Japan (I think it was a level pack of HAL's previous "Eggerland" games.)
So Japanese Lolo 1 and 2 are western Lolo 2 and 3.
I think Japanese 2/western 3 had not been previously released on VC. (I know it was missing from the original Wii.)
@Ralek85: I agree with what you mean, although I haven't played any of those titles you mention. It's sad when developers regress in gameplay, rather than improve.
Well to play online you have to subscribe right? They are already making a killing for doing absolutely nothing except charge people to use their own internet connection.
Of those ROMs you have just how many do you actually play? I'm guessing only a small fraction, afterall, no two people like the same things. I could care less about sports titles but platformers and RPGs I love. Right now you have no control over what games you play on the service. At least with VC you could purchase only games you wanted and could play at anytime. Maybe they should've put more effort into getting the entire gaming library on the service. It would certainly cut down on illegally downloading ROMs if you could actually buy it. Will people still download illegally? Heck yeah but the majority will gladly pay for games.
@Ralek85 Love Hollow Knight and put over 300 hours (Godmaster radiant runs) into it but while it may be more refined, I’d struggle to call it truly innovative. The main journey basically hits all the beats that Super Metroid did, and I didn’t find the storytelling/lore any more interesting than the one presented in Metroid.
So I think the whole “indievania” thing is great comfort food but I still find the older titles to hold up. The only one I’ve played recently that seems to add anything truly new to the formula is Rain World.
Dead Cells is a blast, but the nature of the roguelike design means that exploration is limited. Clever idea though.
I greatly enjoy being able to play these old games. I was happy to see the NES collection grow even if a lot of people thought they were being added far to slowly. Now that they aren't releasing games on a schedule I am concerned that new games will start being few and far between. As it was I enjoyed starting a new month wondering what new games would be added. September was great with 20 SNES games coming but now it's October and miss the anticipation of learning what was going to be added. I know, I'm a little weird.
I don't know why they have seperate Japanese and North America NES games, just put all of them together without forcing us to make a separate account. At first I was baffled that an untranslated Puyo Puyo 2 was released on the NA SNES online but then I played it for hours and was glad it was there.
@KingMike Ah, thanks - will amend!
@EarthboundBenjy This list is for games available via NSO only.
@Ralek85 The problem you have is that you presented harsh but true notions here, in a Nintendo fanboys website. I think Nintendo does not understand that selling the same NES/SNES games can be detrimental and an obstacle in the long run.
Let's take SNES games for a good example: Nintendo started selling them on the Wii channel. This is the one and only legitimate way they sold them. Why? Because it was back when purchasing digital games started being a huge game-changer and also allowed you to morph your console into a retro-console as well. The only problem? The pricing. Nintendo still believes that paying €10 to €20 for a 20 years or more old game is A-OK! Still.
Then what happened? They started selling them on the Wii U at the same price, even though more years had passed by, and you could transfer your Wii library of games to the U.
And then? NEW!!!!!! NINTENDO 3DS!!!! You want SNES games on your regular 3DS? How dare you ask us for that, you peasant??!!!! Buy the overpriced and majorly worthless upgrade if you want them on the go. Give us money or you get nothing (Even though M2 proved that perfect and smooth emulations of 16-bit games can be made available for the regular 3DS).
Then what? Hahahaha hahaha Introducing.... SNES MINI!!!! THE ULTIMATE GAMING MACHINE TO PLAY THEM ON!!!! You want one? Hahahaha Good luck, as Reggie took half the stock in his car to build a castle out of them in his garage. The other half...???? You have to sleep outside a Game stop and pray that it is there when you want to buy it, as the employees are scalpers that need to feed their families. The poor things
And now...??? We are not selling the games anymore. Nope. What we do now is blatantly sell you the chance to play them online on your console from our servers. And we are gonna sell you a wireless SNES controller to give you the illusion that you are getting the better end of the stick here, kiddo.
See the "evolution" here? From actually getting something worth of your money, we have arrived at this point where they are not selling you Super Mario World for the fifth time. They are granting you the privilege of playing it online. If they feel like pulling the game from the servers, you are screwed.
Gotta love Nintendo
I want them to bring back paper boy for SNES.
Obviously it'll never happen, but I'm a little sad there's no NES Tetris (maybe a Tetris 99 NES theme?).
If they ever do Game Boy games, though, and don't include Tetris, that'll be a little weird.
Also, any chance of Mario All Stars? I like the new graphics.
Also, also, would be nice to have access to manuals. I've tracked most of them down, but the good versions they have online for NES/SNES classic, would be nice.
@retro_player_22 Well, you described your brother's personal (very much subjective) experience. I never claimed objectivity (no such thing exists of course anyways), but given that ... yeah, I acknowledge your point, but I don't know what to do with it.
I think I made it pretty clear, I was mainly focused on Nintendo owned content. But yeah, even there issues with licensing for stuff like music and such can probably arise.
I fail to see how after at least a decade of trying to get it right and (most of, I assume) hoping they would get it right, what we are left with is, is another sevice that will pretty much over the same limited content, over an extensive amount of time - a bunch of welcome exception aside.
It's not the best they could have done, it's not even close and I don't think it is ultimately satisfying. The Switch will soon be three years old, which is, for a system like that, probably half it's life-time ... having 20 SNES games ... low expectations indeed.
Mother 3 is localized, it has been offered from what I understand.
@OorWullie I admittedly cannot speak to that with any confidence. Platforming was never my genre, so you might very well be right, but I wouldn't know.
Nintendo has alot more to offer though than platforming (or "Mario" for that matter). I think the last couple of years really underlined that and I wish they would lean into it even more and also push their history on this harder! (incl. with this service). Just saying.
@NotTelevision That's fair, still, I think Hollow Knight did alot of things not just right or great, while they also really re-contextualised them in a way.
I love how they managed to create a similar atmosphere to like Demon/Dark Souls and Bloodborne by having the world itself and the environments tell huge chunks of the story (also the music of course). The game is often hauntingly beautiful while it also makes you wonder ...
how this world came to be, where the 'monsters' and 'bosses' came from. You can clearly tell, that something is truly ... amiss, right away. It's eerie and it just keeps building that.
It is not something obviously that has never been done in any shape or form, but it is still rare and incredibly rarely done this well (imho).
I also like a bunch of the level design choices and traversal moves in the game as well, but I lack the knowledge of platforming to really consider whether they shall be thought of 'innovative' in any way.
Innovation can be, in my view, doing something really well, that so far has been only an afterthought. Again, meaning re-contextualising something known in a meaningful way, and pushing the concept not just to the forefront but to it's limits.
@FRANKLIN_BADGE Yes indeed, that is kinda of my point. No one could argue, that fans did not have plenty of patience with Nintendo through at least two generations now only to end up with ... two dozen SNES games, three years into the next generation, with no clear idea what else is to come or when, with little hope of seeing other gens beyond the SNES make any appearence.
This should have been easy, like truly easy. The Switch is beefy enough to emulate pretty much any of the older systems (not considering that Nintendo has the luxury of not having to do alot of reverse engineering of their own stuff) and yet ... nothing really.
I admit, that they had me for a moment. A moment where I wanted to cheer them for moving on to the SNES. It's not so much bad on it's own, as it is absolutely falling short, not just on expectations, that would be one thing, but potential.
It's a metric tone of waste potential. It doesn't bear thinking on. It's like looking at Mario Kart Tour ... and you just know, they didn't care to get this right. It was indeed just one way to advertise the Switch, and barely competent at that. It's fine, it's their prerogative to be okay with making ... it that way, but I still feel sorry for anyone who falls for this, puts money into it.
It's rather bland, it won't be around for a very long time and you will not end up being satisfied. It's like the story of Nintendo's quest with "virtual consoles" in a nutshell.
@May_Nyan Ah, that's too bad. Probably never going to see them again unless I pony up to cash to an eBayer or y'know...the other method. Ever since Kirby came about, Lolo's been out of the spotlight. It's a shame, really.
@Ralek85 Uh what? I think you’re replying to the wrong message, I don’t have a brother.
@ShadJV Yup, sorry, fixed it
It's so sad that Nintendo STILL hasn't done this whole retro stuff properly on Switch. At the very least I would have liked it to have matched what they already achieved on the Wii two generations ago.
NES games: Didn't even look
SNES: booted up Super Metroid but would rather have a game save that lasts forever, without a subscription, on my 3DS and mini console. No point investing time here.
N64: Probably play, but that's what I thought about SNES before it came out.
Gamecube: I'd rather buy the good games as HD remasters like Windwaker HD
Wii: Wii sports would be fun as a freebie, or the one on Wii U they thought people would subscribe to.
Wii U: I'm not sure they released any games I wanted, except Windwaker HD
now it is time for Nintendo to add some Nintendo 64 games to Nintendo Switch Online.
At last we get DKC, thank you Nintendo.
For the NES how about:
And for the SNES how about:
Super Double Dragon
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Off Road
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
Maybe someday we'll get to play Super Mario 64...
@stevenw45 Common sense? We can't be having any of that. Nintendo hate that!
God Slayer is Crystalis ..which we have as well as Gundec is Vice Project Doom.....cool guide
I tried the online thing for a week. It was fun, original Mario Kart is still class, and I enjoyed a run through Mario bros. 3, but I don't want a rolling subscription. It didn't capture my heart the same as way back. For once, genuinely, it's not you, it's me.
SP should be called SS as in SAVE STATES because that's what they are.
Nice job Nintendo, now you only need 5500 more roms to catch up to me 😄
Still haven't bought a subscription from Nintendo, untill N64 and some GameCube comes along
@KazooieTooie yeah I'll be sold when monkey ball and Mario golf are on it
How is Gun-Dec a Japanese exclusive when it's just the Japanese version of Vice: Project Doom?
This isn't too bad in terms of value for money on what you're getting. There's more than enough games to merit the cost of subscription.
The problem is, does that add value to you personally?
Are these games, games you would want to go out of your way to play?
Will wanting to play them entice you to purchase the online subscription?
Unfortunately it seems nobody at Nintendo asked those question, sure they are throwing tons of games in for a cheap price but are they games people will actually want to play?
I would have purchased the good snes games, like I did on 3ds and Wii. I should be allowed to play these games I bought twice already on switch. When I feel like Nintendo is stealing off me, I have no qualms with playing backups of games I own, on a hacked mini console. No online subscription required.
I dip in and out of SNES online games now and then, sometimes NES ones too. Do often forget about the service though.
If Chrono Trigger isn't coming to NSO then I hope it's made available on Switch as that's my most wanted SNES game right now.
Great! Now I will need learn is Japanese.
This is why I use my phone connected to my HDTV via HDMI if I ever wanted to play some earlier titles on my HDTV since Android has many great emulators and my phone runs even GameCube games pretty well!
remember sega channel? They KNEW how to do a paid subscription service to backcatalogs- mixing obscure AND marquee games with a healthy update schedule.
I mean the only thing I would really play in the n64 app is Zelda,Mario kart and the star fox, I’m not to concerned on the other games that much. I’m not sure what the differences are going to be between the 3D collection Mario 64 and the NSO version but I might just stick with the 3D collection if it better but I’m not sure
Thanks for keeping this list updated, NL!
I don't see why they don't continually release a good amount per system each month and/or give the ability to buy some of these virtual console games outright. I would buy Mario Tennis, Castlevania Bloodlines, Contra Hard Corps, and some others. And the fact that they are holding back on a lot of other systems, Gameboy, GBA, DS, and most importantly, GameCube.
You should include Japan's exclusive games (Puyo Puyo, Aleste) for Mega Drive/Sega Genesis console.
Love the way the games are presented in their own console thumbnail on the Switch home menu, and love the selection of games too, I now can play titles I would not have dreamed of buying if I had to purchase them individually.
NES, SNES , N64 and GENESIS systems, pretty good amount of choice there, and hopefully more titles for all these systems, plus more consoles added to the service in the future. And of course the whole lot rolling over to the Switch 2.
Nintendo fanboy site ???????, be sure to let me know when they all start turning up, this site plays host to some of the most harshest Nintendo critics I have ever seen.
They moan about the online service having no SNES console, Nintendo release one and they still complain.
"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)
Super Metroid SP - Samus Aran's Ultimate Arsenal! (All items obtained and weapons and Power Suit upgrades unlocked)"
They also released SP versions for Super Mario World and Super Punch-Out!!
@PBandSmelly interesting, do I have to pay for another account to play those games?
@Reploid Ah, thanks for that — I've added them to the list.
Oh Nintendo, if you really love me, translate those Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei games.
No, I believe one base online subscription covers every profile
Such a good selection of games that's only going to increase, such great value too.
My 12 year old has subscribed for 3 months with the basic package. So far he's not that impressed. We've played a little 2 player together but the UI is poor and a lot of the multiplayer games are take turn games, rather than simultaneous, so it's taking us a while to sift through it all.
@GamingDude800 this is the fundamental problem that Nintendo refuses to accept. People who have already purchased their games 100 times over already have better emulation paths to play their games. To catch up with the times Nintendo needs a Gamepass or PS Now model that have a wealth of modern offerings in a justifiably pricier subscription model. They need to push for more exclusives, and partner with Indies. The current path still ignores that 3rd party emulation is still a more viable and robust solution.
@Ralek85 I think you are a gamer best kept moving forward instead of relying on old classics. It's likely you already had your fill of the past. I say just take the PC route and never look back that is unless you want to share the past with the new generations.
NES game I want LOLO 3. They can surely do that one. I don’t even think we have a LOLO. Nope 👎. We have drip 💧
I just want the N64 controller to be mass produced so we can stop all this stupid ebay scalping.
@Bunkerneath right before I read this post I refreshed my now permanent N64 controller tab. It is my number 1 want for the switch.
It's great to see these collections grow over time with some great titles available. There are a few shortcomings like many titles still being unavailable that would be great additions. And hopefully someday the ability to buy to own certain titles or collections. It would be cool if, but I doubt Nintendo ever would release a cartridge of the entire service or individual console compilations as they are at some point. Could you imagine say the Super Nintendo Collection getting a physical release and having games like Earthbound on a Switch cartridge? I'll dream.
The service is a great entry point for those newer gamers that don't have other ways to play these games. Gamers that are even young adults in their twenties could have never played some of these series origin games for fan-favorite franchises. As much as I'd like to see more acclaimed titles show up it is also cool to see obscure titles hit the service that maybe didn't get an official North American (or rather English) release.
The list of content is slowly growing. It felt amazing playing Wave Race today with the N64 controller, took me back to 1997!
I totally and wholeheartedly agree with u there
I've checked out the nes/snes catalogue recently and it's kinda not living up to the expectations, January 2023
Almost done with Metroid Fusion, which coming right off the back of Metroid Prime Remastered and a year after beating Dread, makes me appreciate it all the more. It's sooo good.
In fact, it's reinvigorated my interest in retro games that still hold up. My list of other NSO games I may play is as follows:
@PBandSmelly How do you make a japanese account exactly?
@Andrew5678 I think Star Tropics did not get a PAL release. But it is available on Virtual Console on Wii U eshop at least. For a while. Like for two more days.
Make a new gmail account, takes like 5 seconds. It can be any reigon. Choose a different profile on your switch, and link the email. Make sure this new user also has a new nintendo account, but set this nintendo account to japanese/in japan. After all is linked, you should be able to download all the japan only stuff
@PBandSmelly It sounds simple enough. But what about paying for a japan subscription? Would i need a special credit card to buy from the japanese switch shop?
I might do it but i guess it depends. Paying for double subscriptions is kind of..expensive. But it is nice to be able to do it.
Anyway, for Harvest Moon, playing the japanese version means playing it in japanese so i might want to buy it right now on e shop anyway.
No, having one subscription per switch should work. One applies toward all accounts on the system
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