Nintendo Switch Online won’t add SNES games on a monthly schedule

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About a year ago, Nintendo finally debuted Nintendo Switch Online. This paid subscription service is required for most online gameplay, but it also comes with some perks. At launch, Nintendo Switch Online users were given access to a digital library of NES games. Each month, Nintendo added more games to that lineup. A year later, Nintendo finally expanded that lineup to include SNES games as well. However, this update also comes with a change in release policy. Nintendo will no longer add games on a regular monthly schedule.

Nintendo Switch Online: No Schedule for SNES games

Now, don’t panic! That doesn’t mean the games we have now are all we’re getting. Nintendo still intends to add more NES games over time, as well as SNES games. However, speaking with Business Insider, a Nintendo representative said the following:

More NES games will be added in the future, but those releases will not adhere to a regular schedule. More Super NES games will be added after launch, but those releases will not adhere to a regular schedule.

So what happens now?

The representative then added that we can “look forward to future announcements” regarding NES and SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online. So what exactly does that mean? We’re… not really sure. It’s great to hear that Nintendo will be bringing more games to the service, but they didn’t really explain why they’re dropping the schedule.

It makes sense that the schedule would end for NES games eventually. But SNES games just finally made their Nintendo Switch Online debut, so Nintendo still has plenty to choose from. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long to find out more about Nintendo’s plans for further updates. In the meantime, I’m having a great time playing A Link to the Past and Super Metroid!


Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.