Nintendo Switch's Free NES Games For May Now Available

Three more classics join the lineup.

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Nintendo Switch's NES library continues to grow little by little. May's free NES games are now available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. This month brings three more classic titles to the hybrid console, as well as a special save state for one of last month's additions to the catalog.

Joining the lineup this month are Clu Clu Land, Donkey Kong Jr., and Vs. Excitebike, a two-player version of the classic racing game. Rounding out the new games is an SP version of Star Soldier, which was added to Switch's NES library in April. This version starts players off on stage 8 with a powered-up starship.

The NES library is one of the perks Switch owners get for subscribing to the Nintendo Switch Online service. It launched back in September 2018 with 20 games and has been updated every month since with new titles. In addition to the aforementioned Star Soldier, April brought Punch-Out and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels to the service, while March's additions consisted of Kid Icarus and StarTropics.

Individual NSO subscriptions run for US $4 / £3.49 / AU $6 for one month, US $8 / £7 / AU $12 for three months, and US $20 / £18 / AU $30 for one year. If you're interested in trying the service, you can grab a free year of NSO from Twitch Prime. Nintendo also offers a Family Membership, which covers up to eight Nintendo Accounts across multiple systems, for US $35 / £31.49 / AU $55. Other benefits for subscribing include the ability to play Switch games online, cloud save data backup for most games, and exclusive offers such as Tetris 99, which is free to download for NSO members.

Speaking of Tetris 99, the puzzle game recently received its first paid DLC. It costs $10 and introduces two offline modes, CPU and Marathon. Even those who don't have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription can download the DLC, but you'll need a membership in order to play Tetris 99 online against other players. The game's third Maximus Cup competition also takes place this week, from May 17-19. Players who rack up at least 100 points during that time will unlock a new theme based on the original Game Boy Tetris game.

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Dear Nintendo,

Please stop fannying about and at least start giving us SNES games too.

Sincerely

Everyone

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Oh those guys in the caption are not using the joycon straps!

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Do Nintendo owners get to keep their free NES games forever digitally, or do you only have access to them as long as you are a monthly subscriber?

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Why don't they blow the gate open finally.

VC was building into a solid library before they killed it.

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@gargungulunk: Agreed. I'd actually buy way more games on VC than I would subbing to NS Online during my life time just to have access to these old NES games.

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Am I alone in not caring at all about the NES games? If Nintendo wants to give it's online service value, they should start porting N64 titles and things like that...

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@saltymemesoup: I'm happy playing the actual classics like Zelda and Metroid and oldschool Mario. My kids get a real kick out of ice hockey. But of all the releases so far, there's been maybe 5 I care about to bother with at all. Most I don't have much interest in. I'd be perfectly fine if they just released one real great game a month between NES and SNES than put out 3 or 4 a month, most of which are forgettable. But that's my own opinion. I'd be curious how many people are excited for most the other games.

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@ZIMdoom: I love them.

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@saltymemesoup: I'm enjoying them (again).

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@saltymemesoup: I love playing these old games. I also splurged for the NES classic joy cons and less wires it's pretty authentic.

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I loved Donkey Kong Jr.! I'm looking forward to playing it again.

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