The Nintendo Switch features one of the strongest lineups on the market, with titles like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. But its secret weapon is its online service, which not only allows people to play multiplayer games with others across the globe, but provides access to a selection of classic NES titles.
Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription-based service with monthly and yearly options. You can either choose an individual plan or opt for a family plan, which includes support for up to eight members. If you're unsure about committing to a monthly or annual plan, you can try a free 7-day trial.
Nintendo Switch Online plans
- 1 month for $4
- 3 months for $8
- 1 year (12 months) for $20
- 1 year (12 months) for $35 (includes up to eight members)
How do I sign up?
The easiest way to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online is to download the app, which can be found in Nintendo's eShop. You can also sign up through Nintendo's website using a browser.
Additionally, you can pay for a subscription from Amazon, which will provide you with a digital code:
Access Nintendo's classic games
Nintendo Switch Online features online support for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as cloud saves. It also features access to some of the best NES games ever released.
What games can I play?
In addition to playing online in titles like Super Smash Bros. and Rocket League, the real perk is a trip down memory lane. Nintendo gives online subscribers access to several NES titles, including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Excitebike, and many others. The full list is below, with new titles being added every month.
- Mario Bros.
- Balloon Fight
- Dr. Mario
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- River City Ransom
- Tecmo Bowl
- Pro Wrestling
- NES Open Tournament Gold
- Wario's Woods
- Adventures of Lolo
- Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
- Kirby's Adventure
- Star Tropics
- Mighty Bomb Jack
- Donkey Kong
- Super Mario Bros.
- Ice Climber
- The Legend of Zelda
- Double Dragon
- Ghosts'n Goblins
- Ice Hockey
- Solomon's Key
- Super Dodge Ball
- Ninja Gaiden
- Blaster Master
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Kid Icarus
- Clu Clu Land
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Vs. Excitebike
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- City Connection
- Donkey Kong 3
- Wrecking Crew
Update June 5, 2019: Nintendo announced City Connection, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, and Volleyball are coming to Nintendo Switch Onlone on June 12.
Update July 11, 2019: Nintendo revealed Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew will be added to Nintendo Switch Online beginning July 17.
While Nintendo has committed to releasing new NES titles every month, many anticipate the company to expand to other consoles, such as SNES, N64, and Gamecube. In fact, data miners have uncovered evidence that SNES games are imminent. Imagine playing Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, and Yoshi's Island on the go.
Nintendo has an incredibly strong back catalog of titles, and with no plans to launch a Virtual Console, it seems like a matter of when, not if, the company goes beyond NES. If that happens, Nintendo Switch Online could become an instant purchase for the millions of Switch owners out there.
Get a Switch
The Nintendo Switch is the best way to play NES games on the go. Beyond that, it features some of the best titles in history, including Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. If you're an avid gamer, the Switch is a must-have.
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