Nintendo Switch Online finally adds some new SNES games

For the first time since opening Nitnendo Switch Online to the 16-bit console, Nintendo has finally gotten around to adding some new SNES games.


It's almost become a running joke as to when Nintendo would ever get around to updating its retro library for its Nintendo Switch Online service. Neither the NES, nor the SNES libraries have received much attention for the past couple of months. Well, things are finally about to change next week, as Nintendo has announced a fresh round of games for both libaries.

The Super Nintendo side of Nintendo Switch Online is set to receive a foursome of games:

  • Star Fox 2: Yes, this is the Star Fox 2 that was never released in the United States until the SNES Classic was released back in 2017.
  • Super Punch-Out!!: This is the 16-bit outing for Little Mac, which pits him against a slew of new boxers, as well as a few familiar faces. There's no Mike Tyson here, but the Bruiser Brothers will give you a right thrashing if you take them lightly.
  • Kirby Super Star: This is the big 16-bit collection of several different Kirby games. Pick your favorite game and take on its big bad, whether it's King Dedede hogging up all of Dream Land's food or Meta Knight looking to bring down the full wrath of the Halberd.
  • Breath of Fire II: Travel 500 years after the events of the original and join Ryu, the last member of the Dragon Clan, on an all-new journey.

The NES portion of Nintendo Switch Online will receive the following games:

  • Journey to Silius: A run-and-gun game from Sunsoft that challenges players to take on a practically-endless parade of robots.
  • Crystalis: This is an old-school top-down RPG that puts players in the role of a hero just waking up from a long cryogenic sleep, who sets out to save his world that's on the edge of ruin.

The Nintendo Switch Onlin service is set to receive these six games next Thursday, December 12. In all probablity, this will be the final Nintendo Switch Online update for 2019. It's also the first major addition to the Super NES side of the library since the 16-bit games were implemented wacy back in early September. Given the frequency of Nintendo Switch Online updates, Switch owners can probably expect the next one around spring.

Remember that you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to take advantage of these games. So if you haven't yet jumped in, the service goes for $19.99 for a full year, with family membership options available.

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    December 4, 2019 5:25 PM

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      December 4, 2019 5:46 PM

      Wow this is a very solid list of games!

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      December 4, 2019 5:47 PM

      Pretty pretty pretty good

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      December 4, 2019 5:59 PM

      DKC trilogy and Super Mario RPG are all that’s missing from Nintendo that I can think of. Chrono Trigger and FF6 will be whenever Square Enix finally decides to put them out, probably after they’ve exhausted the rest of their back catalog.

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        December 4, 2019 6:23 PM

        This is dumb, but from the NES I still want Urban Champ. It wasn’t a great game, but it was one of my first and I’d love to revisit it.

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          December 4, 2019 6:26 PM

          That’s going so deep into the OG catalog, back in the days of Clu Clu Land, Wrecking Crew, Pinball, Mach Rider, etc. :) There was a lot of Nintendo stuff that was “ok” before we got SMB, Metroid, and Zelda

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        December 4, 2019 6:27 PM


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        December 4, 2019 6:34 PM

        There's a weird alien bullet hell game I want, but I can't remember the name. Begins with an X (pretty sure) and starts off flying down the throat of a giant space monster.

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      December 4, 2019 6:29 PM

      Yessss, Super Punch Out is incredible. This is next on my list of anticipated sequels now that I got my Luigi's Mansion 3.

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        December 4, 2019 6:39 PM

        Punch Out is my favorite on the NES app rn. They need to do an HD port of Punch Out for Wii, that game was great

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          December 4, 2019 6:54 PM

          Would kill for Punch Out HD/remake, it's seriously up there in my list of top 10 fav games. The challenge to get the title is tough, but having to defend it afterwards against the same boxers but now with added movesets is incredible.

          Next Level Games doing quality work as always.

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            December 4, 2019 6:56 PM

            Next Level has god-tier animators, their work on Punch Out and Luigi’s Mansion 3 is so good

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      December 4, 2019 6:54 PM

      Super Punch-Out is so, so good.

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      December 4, 2019 7:20 PM

      Crystalis is an awesome Zelda-like.

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      December 4, 2019 7:55 PM


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        December 4, 2019 8:18 PM

        Take your pick from numerous N64 and PS1 games

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        December 4, 2019 9:38 PM

        I will say Star Fox was amazing for its time on the SNES. I played it for hours upon hours as a kid and pretty much mastered it. Bonus tip: the game syncs up amazingly well to Metallica’s Master of Puppets album.

        But, yes, while mind blowing for its time, the frame rate imposed by the hardware limitations of the day make it really hard to go back to. It’s still a fantastic game but it’s very rough to play, especially once you also layer in latency with modern tvs vs the crt it would have been on back in the day.

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      December 4, 2019 8:39 PM

      It probably won't happen because of licensing but Sunsoft's NES Batman game would be so sick

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        December 4, 2019 9:39 PM

        That's a game I'm happy to still have the original cart for.

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          December 4, 2019 9:43 PM

          Same, its very good. I think its the only thing that would get me to plug my Analogue NES in again

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      December 4, 2019 9:41 PM

      I don't know why they're even bothering with Breath of Fire II unless it's getting entirely retranslated. The original English SNES release is garbage :(

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