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."

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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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This article is the journalistic equivalent of a dumpster fire.

Why do I keep coming to this goddamn site.

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The title of this article made it sound like Nintendo isn't going to be adding games on a regular basis. The only thing they said is that it won't be adhering to a schedule. Of course since its Gamespot and they're talking about Nintendo, the author spins it to make it sound negative.

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Sounds good to me! I’m super glad for the SNES update! I don’t need new games a month but every now and then Itll be good! Hopefully a N64 emu is in the works for switch

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@Sorrow_316: Same here...I'm going to be playing all those titles for a loooong time

I've got a feeling that they might launch that in a year

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Yep. Exactly why I don't buy Nintendo hardware anymore or subscribe to their services. Subscriptions deserve consistent expanding content. Nintendo is just lazy and greedy. I don't care how cheap their service is currently. It's still a cash grab and lazy. It takes very little time and effort to put these games on their service. They just enjoy the slow trickle to keep fans wanting. It's a crappy business model. You can still keep your fans hungry while appeasing their wants. Just look at the PS3's PSN library. To this date, it's the best, most vast back catalogue of games over many generations. Nintendo is a lazy company.

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@srfilk86: You make it sound like Nintendo is going to be adding less games than they were before. They were previously adding them once a month. Nintendo said they'll be adding more games than they've been doing in the past, they're just not going to adhering to a specific schedule.

The author of the article just gave it a negative spin because they're notoriously unsupportive of Nintendo... and you are up their bs like a sucker.

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@srfilk86: Sony fanboy alert. Every system adds things in spurts. As for Sony's library it is as lame as lame can be. They added so few games and said well we are done that's all you get. Your comment is one of the most biased I have ever seen.

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@djohnson14: I own more Nintendo hardware than any other. The current day Nintendo is a shady bunch of thugs.

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Typical Nintendo and the reason they need to be a software only company. They always botch things when it comes to hardware, Seriously underpowered compared to the other consoles, or they still can’t figure out how to properly run an online service.

They always take one tiny step forward then 20 huge steps backward

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@dragonsama: How is this typical Nintendo?

The whole free NES and SNES games with a subscription is pretty much brand new. And now they're planning on releasing more games than before but Gamespot and a bunch of people are whining just because Nintendo isn't doing it on a specified scheduled basis. I'd rather get new games randomly throughout the month than having to wait an entire month to get new games on a certain day.

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@dragonsama: yea their selling more units than the PS4 or Xbox did when released and still are dominating. They have clearly not failed.

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@dragonsama: get real.

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@Richardthe3rd: microshaft and boneme fanboy are you now??? sony cant even come up with an original idea on their own and microsoft is micro transaction city

yeah sounds like you need to get real and wake up

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@SS4kronos33: Once more with feeling:

Get Real.

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@Richardthe3rd: and back at you with no feeling what so ever kid........

get a life sony and microsoft fanboy

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I hate you ninendo doing this because some online still not great and know not adding anymore games each month. And just going add if feel like it . Like ninendo give finger to there fans . I hope someone file complaint because I am on there twitter account

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It's quite temping to get it just for the SNES games for when travelling.

Does it require an online check?

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@barcaazul: You have to do an online check in with it once a week and after that you can play it offline.

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@barcaazul: Not sure about subsequent launches, but the first time I fired up the app it said something about "validating eligibility" or something like that, basically it was looking to see if I had an active subscription or not. If it runs that check every time, or just pulls the expiry date and lets it go from there, I don't know yet.

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What? Really? I'm a gamer guys, but I DO manage to go outside, visit nature, move, do sports in the REAL world. Or at least... go to the gym! Who is using something like this? We might be passionate and even extensive gamers. All the more we owe it to ourselves to step away from our consoles and take part in the thousand of great things the world around us is offering. Switch is a GREAT console, but use it for what it is meant for: gaming.

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@matheo81:

Yeah I can play those games that I have played already YEARS AGO.

OOPS.

Garbage ass platform and people like you defending them doesn't help them get better.

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@suprsolider: ??? no reference in your indistinct rambling to what I said at all. try to read text and distract meaning before writing ^_^

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why not just release all your first party SNES titles then?

is it because they want time to figure out if "hmm this would be better if we packaged these games and SOLD them on the Eshop

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@alastor529: like all companies they will release things sporadically. It is what they do to keep people.

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aaaaaaaand it's gone.

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