Nintendo Switch Online Won't Get NES And SNES Games Monthly Anymore

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Nintendo Switch Online Won't Get NES And SNES Games Monthly Anymore

September 6, 2019

By: Joseph Allen


This week Nintendo announced it was adding SNES games to its Nintendo Switch Online game lineup. Now, the company has divulged a little more about its intended update schedule for the service going forward.

According to an article on Nintendo's Japanese website (you'll have to translate it as it's in Japanese), retro games will now be added to the service "irregularly". This means you won't be getting the games monthly anymore if you're a Switch Online subscriber. That applies to both NES and SNES games too. This means you'll get your games when you get 'em and not according to any schedule.

This looks to be a worldwide thing. Australian website Vooks contacted Nintendo to find out if the changes were worldwide. Nintendo told the site that more games would be added to Nintendo Switch Online's NES and SNES libraries after launch, but that the releases would not "adhere to a regular schedule". Looks like you're out of luck if you were looking forward to finding out what next month's SNES games would look like. Still, Nintendo will add new games to the service; you just might have to wait a tad longer for them.

Nintendo Switch Online is Nintendo's subscription-based online service for its Switch console. Subscriptions cost $3.99 for a single month, $7.99 for three months, and $19.99 for a whole year. You can also get a family plan which covers up to 8 accounts for $34.99 per year. In return, you'll get to play Switch games online with your friends (or randoms, of course). You'll also get access to Nintendo's cloud save service, a library of NES and SNES games, and exclusive offers from Nintendo's store. For example, Switch Online subscribers will get to buy some of Nintendo's limited edition SNES controllers when they launch.


How do you feel about Nintendo changing the update schedule for its NES and SNES library? Do you think we'll be seeing more or less releases? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dark Souls changed my life, and I'm here to spread the good news. I like pretty much all sorts of games, but I judge everything by its proximity to our Lord and saviour, Dark Souls.