SNES / NES Games On Switch No Longer Coming In Monthly Batches

Future additions to Switch's NES and SNES library "will not adhere to a regular schedule."


Last week saw the long-awaited arrival of SNES games on Nintendo Switch. Those with a Switch Online subscription now have access to 20 classic SNES titles on Nintendo's hybrid console, with more on the way in the future. However, it seems these new additions won't be coming on a monthly basis as we've grown to expect.

Since the Nintendo Switch Online service launched last September, Nintendo has added a handful of new NES titles to the console each month; going forward, however, it appears classic games will come more sporadically. In a statement to Business Insider, a Nintendo representative said, "More NES games will be added in the future, but those releases will not adhere to a regular schedule."

The same will hold true for SNES titles. "More Super NES games will be added after launch, but those releases will not adhere to a regular schedule," the Nintendo representative said.

To date, there are nearly 50 NES games on the Nintendo Switch Online service; most recently, Nintendo added Kung-Fu Heroes and the rare Vice: Project Doom in August. The SNES library, meanwhile, already comes with some of the system's best games, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Yoshi's Island. You can see the full current lineup below:

  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath Of Fire
  • Demon's Crest
  • F-Zero
  • Joe And Mac 2: Lost In The Tropics
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3
  • Pilotwings
  • Star Fox
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Super EDF: Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Tennis
  • The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

As previously mentioned, the NES and SNES libraries are available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members. Individual subscriptions are available 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; Nintendo also offers an annual Family Membership that costs US $35 / £31.49 / AU $55 and covers up to eight Nintendo Accounts across multiple systems.

If you're an NSO subscriber, there's another freebie available for you right now. Nintendo is giving away a second free Spirit Board Challenge Pack for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The pack includes a handful of helpful items for the game's Spirit Board mode.

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