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Nintendo Switch Online

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Nintendo Switch Online is the official online service for Nintendo Switch.

Unlike Nintendo Network, the Nintendo Switch Online service requires a paid subscription, albeit for a limited time general online gameplay was available for free. Many Nintendo Switch games with online features require a paid Nintendo Switch Online subscription, but various free-to-play titles can be played online without a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

The Nintendo Switch Online originally soft-launched in some territories in March 2017, with general online play available for free. In its January 2017 presentation, Nintendo called it a trial period for early adopters, as they initially intended to launch Nintendo Switch Online with all its intended features for late 2017. In June 2017, Nintendo has revealed some features they intended to include with service, but also confirmed they extended the trial period into 2018. A mobile app for the Nintendo Switch Online was launched on July 21, 2017, alongside Splatoon 2. The service fully launched in many territories on September 19, 2018.

Features[edit]

  • Users can download software that contains a collection of Nintendo Entertainment System or Super Nintendo Entertainment System games. It is updated regularly with local multiplayer and restore point (fast saving of game sessions) support.
  • Tetris 99 is a Nintendo produced game in which up to 99 players compete in Tetris at the same time. Originally there was only one mode, but additional modes were introduced in an update.

NES and SNES games[edit]

NES[edit]

Title North America, Europe, Australia, S. Korea, Southeast Asia Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong Additional notes
Adventures of Lolo December 12, 2018 N/A N/A
Adventures of Lolo (Japan) N/A December 12, 2018 This version is not to be confused with the Western sequel, Adventures of Lolo 2.
Atlantis no Nazo N/A February 19, 2020 N/A
Balloon Fight September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Baseball September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Blaster Master January 16, 2019 January 16, 2019 An SP version was released on February 13, 2019.
City Connection June 12, 2019 June 12, 2019 N/A
Clu Clu Land May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019 N/A
Crystalis December 12, 2019 February 19, 2020 N/A
Donkey Kong September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Donkey Kong Jr. May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019 N/A
Donkey Kong 3 July 17, 2019 July 17, 2019 N/A
Double Dragon September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Double Dragon II: The Revenge June 12, 2019 June 12, 2019 N/A
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai N/A August 21, 2019 N/A
Dr. Mario September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 An SP version was released on December 12, 2018.
Eliminator Boat Duel February 19, 2020 N/A N/A
Excitebike September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Famicom Wars N/A December 12, 2019 N/A
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light N/A March 13, 2019 Two SP versions were released on April 20, 2020.
Ghosts 'n Goblins September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 An SP version was released on January 16, 2019.
Gradius September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 An SP version was released on November 14, 2018, followed by another one on August 21, 2019.
Ice Climber September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Ice Hockey September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Journey to Silius December 12, 2019 May 20, 2020 N/A
Joy Mech Fight N/A January 16, 2019 N/A
Kid Icarus March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 An SP version was released on April 10, 2019.
Kirby's Adventure February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 An SP version was released on March 13, 2019.
Kung Fu Heroes August 21, 2019 August 21, 2019 N/A
Mario Bros. September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Metroid November 14, 2018 November 14, 2018 An SP version was released on December 12, 2018, followed by another one on February 13, 2019.
Mighty Bomb Jack November 14, 2018 November 14, 2018 An SP version was released on July 17, 2019.
NES Open Tournament Golf October 10, 2018 October 10, 2018 An SP version was released only in Japan on November 14, 2018.
Ninja Gaiden December 12, 2018 December 12, 2018 An SP version was released on January 16, 2019.
Pro Wrestling September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Punch-Out!! April 10, 2019 April 10, 2019 N/A
River City Ransom September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Route-16 Turbo N/A December 12, 2019 N/A
Rygar May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020 N/A
S.C.A.T. September 23, 2020 N/A N/A
Shadow of the Ninja February 19, 2020 N/A N/A
Soccer September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Solomon's Key October 10, 2018 October 10, 2018 N/A
Star Soldier April 10, 2019 April 10, 2019 An SP version was released on May 15, 2019.
StarTropics March 13, 2019 N/A N/A
Super Dodge Ball October 10, 2018 October 10, 2018 N/A
Super Mario Bros. September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Super Mario Bros. 2 February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 N/A
Super Mario Bros. 3 September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels April 10, 2019 April 10, 2019 N/A
Tecmo Bowl September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Tennis September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
The Immortal July 15, 2020 N/A N/A
The Legend of Zelda September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 An SP version was released on October 10, 2018.
Tsuppari Ōzumō N/A February 13, 2019 N/A
TwinBee November 14, 2018 November 14, 2018 This game was made available internationally as part of 3D Classics in 2011, but this is the first time the original Famicom version is made available outside of Japan. An SP version was released on June 12, 2019.
Vice: Project Doom August 21, 2019 July 15, 2020 N/A
Volleyball June 12, 2019 June 12, 2019 N/A
VS. Excitebike May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019 N/A
Wario's Woods December 12, 2018 December 12, 2018 N/A
Wrecking Crew July 17, 2019 July 17, 2019 N/A
Yie Ar Kung-Fu N/A March 13, 2019 N/A
Yoshi September 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 N/A
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link January 16, 2019 January 16, 2019 An SP version was released on March 13, 2019.

SNES[edit]

Title North America, Europe, Australia, S. Korea, Southeast Asia Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong Additional notes
Brawl Brothers September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Breath of Fire September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Breath of Fire II December 12, 2019 February 19, 2020 N/A
Demon's Crest September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Donkey Kong Country July 15, 2020 July 15, 2020 N/A
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest September 23, 2020 September 23, 2020 N/A
F-Zero September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem N/A September 23, 2020 N/A
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Kirby Super Star December 12, 2019 December 12, 2019 N/A
Kirby's Dream Course September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Kirby's Dream Land 3 September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Mario's Super Picross September 23, 2020 N/A This is the first release of the game in North America.
Natsume Championship Wrestling July 15, 2020 N/A N/A
Operation Logic Bomb May 20, 2020 N/A N/A
Panel de Pon May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020 This game was made available internationally as Tetris Attack in 1996, but this is the first time the original Super Famicom version is made available outside of Japan.
Pilotwings September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Pop'n TwinBee February 19, 2020 February 19, 2020 This is the first release of the game in North America.
Shin Megami Tensei N/A July 15, 2020 N/A
Smash Tennis February 19, 2020 September 6, 2019 This is the first release of the game in North America.
Star Fox September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Star Fox 2 December 12, 2019 December 12, 2019 This game was previously exclusive to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition.
Stunt Race FX September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super Mario All-Stars September 3, 2020 September 3, 2020 N/A
Super Mario Kart September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super Mario World September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super Metroid September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super Punch-Out!! December 12, 2019 May 20, 2020 N/A
Super Puyo Puyo 2 September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 This is the first release of the game outside of Japan.
Super Soccer September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
Super Tennis September 6, 2019 September 23, 2020 N/A
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 N/A
The Peace Keepers September 23, 2020 N/A N/A
Wild Guns May 20, 2020 September 23, 2020 N/A


Availability[edit]

On September 19, 2018, the Nintendo Switch Online service was officially available in 43 markets, which include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States (including U.S. territories like Puerto Rico).

On April 23, 2019, the service officially launched in South Korea and Hong Kong.

In July 2019, Nintendo of Europe granted special access to the European Nintendo Switch Online service for users using Nintendo Accounts set in Israel. TorGaming, Nintendo's official distributor in Israel, allowed this process possible via the official Nintendo Israel website and in some stores where users can pay in shekels for a 12-month subscription and receive a download code.[1] Users can redeem this download code via a limited variant of the Nintendo Switch eShop. The service is not officially available in Israel specifically however.

References[edit]


Nintendo online services
 • Famicom Network System (Famicom, 1988)
 • Satellaview (Super Famicom, 1995)
 • Randnet (Nintendo 64DD 1999)
 • Mobile System GB (Game Boy Color/Game Boy Advance w/Mobile GB Adapter and mobile phone, 2001)  • Online Nintendo GameCube gameplay (Nintendo GameCube, w/GameCube Broadband Adapter/Modem Adapter, 2002)
 • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (Wii, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL optionally w/Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector, Nintendo DS & DSi Browser, 2006)
 • Nintendo Network (Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Web, 2012/3)
 • Nintendo Switch Online (2018; Nintendo Switch)
 • Websites (Nintendo web browser games)
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