Nintendo Switch Online is the Nintendo Switch online subscription service. Online gameplay was free until the service's launch where it had to be paid through it. It was launched on September 18, 2018.

An add-on subscription, Expansion Pack, which includes access to additional games, was released on October 25, 2021.


Online Gameplay

To play any of the paid games online, Nintendo Switch owners need to be subscribed to the service. Free-to-Play games like Fortnite will not require the subscription.

Phone App

The Nintendo Switch Online's online play is organized through a smart device application released in Summer 2017. The application will let the player invite friends to play online, set appointments and chat with friends during games with compatible games. The compatible games are:

Cloud Saving

Players will be able to get cloud saving for compatible games. The cloud saves will automatically uploaded to cloud services on a regular basis and require no input from the user. Saves can be transferred to other Switches. Leaderboards and other online stats are the only things not included in the cloud saves.

So far, only a limited number of games exclude Cloud Saving including Splatoon 2, Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Exclusive Content

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers get access to the following content exclusively for the service:

  • Nintendo Entertainment System Online (more details below)
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System Online (more details below)
  • Tetris 99
  • Pac-Man 99
  • Ability to purchase the Nintendo Entertainment System Joy-Con pair
  • Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

Nintendo Entertainment System Online

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Nintendo Switch Online subscribers get access to a selection of classic games to play online. This collection of games does not cycle out games and subscribers can play as many games as they want from this selection. At launch, there was only support for Nintendo Entertainment System games and 20 games launched with the service. The games support online multiplayer including an option for a second player to watch and give hints via a cursor. In September of 2019, a rewind feature was added. As of May 26th 2021, there are 58 unique games available in North America on the service.

List of NES games available
Games Release date
Balloon Fight On Launch

September 19, 2018

Donkey Kong
Double Dragon
Dr. Mario
Ghosts'n Goblins
Ice Climber
The Legend of Zelda
Mario Bros.
Pro Wrestling
River City Ransom
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda SP October 10, 2018
NES Open Tournament Golf
Solomon's Key
Super Dodge Ball
Gradius SP November 14, 2018
Mighty Bomb Jack
Adventures of Lolo December 12, 2018
Dr. Mario SP
Metroid SP
Ninja Gaiden
Wario's Woods
Blaster Master January 16, 2019
Joy Mech Fight (Japanese Release)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Ghosts'n Goblins SP
Ninja Gaiden SP
Super Mario Bros. 2 February 13, 2019
Kirby's Adventure
Tsuppari Oozumou (Japanese Release)
Kid Icarus March 13, 2019
StarTropics(only in the West)
Fire Emblem (Japanese Release)
Yie Ar KUNG-FU (Japanese Release)
Kirby's Adventure SP
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link SP
Punch-Out!! April 10, 2019
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Star Soldier
Kid Icarus SP
Clu Clu Land May 15, 2019
Donkey Kong Jr.
Star Soldier SP
Vs. Excitebike
City Connection June 12, 2019
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
TwinBee SP
Donkey Kong 3 July 17, 2019
Mighty Bomb Jack SP
Wrecking Crew
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai (Japanese Release) August 21, 2019
Gradius SP (Second loop)
Kung-Fu Heroes
Vice: Project Doom
Crystalis (Western Release) December 12, 2019
Famicom Wars (Japanese Release)
Journey to Silius (Western Release)
Route-16 Turbo (Japanese Release)
Atlantis no Nazo (Japanese Release) February 19, 2020
Crystalis (Japanese Release)
Eliminator Boat Duel(Western Release)
Shadow of the Ninja (Western Release)
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light SP (Japanese Release) April 20,2020
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light SP 2 (Japanese Release)
Journey to Silius ( Japanese Release) May 20, 2020
The Immortal (Western Release) July 15, 2020
Vice: Project Doom (Japanese Release)
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Western Release) September 23, 2020
Nightshade (Western Release) December 18, 2020
Smash Ping Pong (Japanese Release)
Fire 'n Ice February 17, 2021
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun May 26, 2021
Super Mario 3 Sp July 28, 2021

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Online

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Switch Online logo.png

In September of 2019, Super Nintendo Switch Online was added to Switch Online, and gives subscribers access to a selection of Super Nintendo Entertainment System games to play online. This collection, similar to the Nintendo Entertainment System Online, does not cycle out games and subscribers can play as many games as they want from this selection. When it launched, It included all the features from NES Online with the addition of a rewind feature. As of July 28th 2021, there are 49 unique games available in North America on the service.

List of SNES games available
Games Release date
Brawl Brothers On Launch

September 5, 2019

Breath of Fire
Demon's Crest
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 3
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Smash Tennis (Japanese Release)
Star Fox
Stunt Race FX
Super Earth Defense Force
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Metroid
Puyo Puyo 2
Super Soccer
Super Tennis (Western Release)
Breath of Fire II (Western Release) December 12,2019
Kirby Super Star
Star Fox 2
Super Punch-Out!!
Breath of Fire II (Japanese Release) February 19, 2020
Pop'n TwinBee
Smash Tennis (Western Release)
Operation Logic Bomb(Western Release) May 20, 2020
Panel de Pon
Super Punch-Out!! (Japanese Release)
Wild Guns (Western Release)
Donkey Kong Country July 15, 2020
Natsume Championship Wrestling (Western Release)
Shin Megami Tensei (Japanese Release)
Super Mario All-Stars September 3, 2020
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest September 20, 2020
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (Japanese Release)
Mario's Super Picross (Western Release)
Super Tennis (Japanese Release)
The Peace Keepers (Western Release)
Wild Guns (Japanese Release)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! December 18, 2020
The Ignition Factor
Kunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zen'in Shūgō (Japanese Release)
Sugoi Hebereke (Japanese Release)
Super Valis IV (Western Release)
Tuff E Nuff (Western Release)
Doomsday Warrior (Western Release) February 17, 2021
Mario's Super Picross (Japanese Release)
Prehistorik Man (Western Release)
Psycho Dream
Shin Megami Tensei II (Japanese Release)
Doomsday Warrior (Japanese Release) May 26, 2021
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (Japanese Release)
Joe & Mac
Magical Drop II
Spanky's Quest (Western Release)
Super Baseball Simulator 1.000 (Western Release)
Super Mario Kart SP
Bombuzal July 28, 2021
Claymates (Western Release)
Jelly Boy(Western Release)
Shin Megami Tensei if... (Japanese Release)
Tuff e Nuff (Japanese Release)

Expansion Pack

Main article: Expansion Pack

An expanded paid add-on, it includes exclusive content such as access to Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, and paid DLC including for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.


The pricing for each region is displayed in the table below. The subscription can be paid using the eShop balance. The family plan will allow the user to pay for 8 accounts' access to Nintendo Switch Online, even across devices.

Country 1 month 3 months 1 year Family 1 year (With Expansion Pack) Family (With Expansion Pack)
US $3.99 $7.99 $19.99 $34.99 $49.99 $79.99
Canada $4.99 $9.99 $24.99 $44.99 $63.99 $99.99
Japan ¥300 ¥800 ¥2400 ¥4500 ¥4900 ¥8900
Europe 3.99€ 7.99€ 19.99€ 34.99€ 39,99 € 69,99 €
UK £3.49 £6.99 £17.99 £31.49 £34.99 £59.99
Australia $5.95 $11.95 $29.95 $54.99 $59.95 $109.95


Nintendo Switch Online-themed controllers are available and made to mimick the original playstyle of each respective system included in the service. All are made wireless and chargable, have LED lights, and additional small buttons. They can only be purchased online through Nintendo's website.


On September 11, 2017, version 1.1.0 was released. The update mainly fixed voice chat so that, it can used while the phone is multitasking and during sleep mode.

Nintendo upgraded to new servers and that all Switch online games will use forward. The first game to use these new server was Monster Hunter Rise.


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