Nintendo Switch Online is the subscription service for owners of, you guessed it, the Nintendo Switch. The portable games console’s snazzy membership club launched properly in September 2018, and, although membership isn’t essential to enjoying the Switch, it does connect you to some pretty cool stuff.
In terms of pricing, single-user membership to Nintendo Switch Online is priced on the official Nintendo website at £3.49 for one month, £6.99 for three months or £17.99 for a year. There is also an option to spend £31.49 for a family of up to eight members to have access to the service for a year. Alternatively, you can buy a membership through Amazon, which can be a bit cheaper depending on the retail giant’s current pricing fluctuations.
Right now, in fact, Amazon has a very hot deal going on: you can get a year’s worth of free access to Nintendo Switch Online if you sign up for Twitch Prime (a service that is included with Amazon Prime, if you already have that). You can click here for all the details on this deal.
As for perks, members of Nintendo Switch Online can use online multiplayer features on a vast selection of games. They can also make the most of cloud saves and exclusive offers, as well as communicating through voice chat on the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app.
We’d argue, though, that the coolest thing about Nintendo Switch Online is the library of games from the NES era that it allows you to play on your Switch. In this article, we’ll keep tabs on what games are available through Nintendo Switch Online and what’s coming up next…
New NES games on Nintendo Switch Online in August
As Nintendo announced with the following video, Nintendo Switch Online members will get access to Kung-Fu Heroes and Vice: Project Doom on 21 August.
You can watch the video to get a glimpse at those two new games, or read on for Nintendo’s official descriptions of them…
“Monsters have taken Princess Min-Min and the 10 treasures of the land, and the people have fallen into sorrow. Only Kung-Fu Masters Jacky and Lee can save the princess and retrieve the treasures! Their journey will take them to eight different castles filled with hosts of traps and obstacles. Use punches and the Miracle Kick to defeat the enemies. You will need quick wits and lightning reflexes to make it to the last castle!”
Vice: Project Doom
“There exists a group of undercover detectives who dare stand up to the evil in the world… They are known as Vice. Officer Quinn Hart, a member of Vice, is on the case and after the truth. High-speed car chases, action-packed battles employing three types of weapons and a mode with three 3D rail-shooting stages all bring this cyberpunk world to life.”
Nintendo Switch Online games: the full existing library of NES games
Putting those new titles aside for a moment, this is the full library of NES games that were already available through Nintendo Switch Online…
Adventures of Lolo
Clu Clu Land
Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Jr
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario SP
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon And The Blade Of Light (Japan only)
Joy Mech Fight (Japan only)
Mighty Bomb Jack
NES Open Tournament Golf
River City Ransom
Star Soldier SP (Japan only)
Super Dodge Ball
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda SP
Yie Ar Kung-Fu (Japan only)
Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
And that’s your lot! We’ll keep this article updated as Nintendo adds more NES games to Nintendo Switch Online…