SNES games coming to Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo is expanding the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service with Super Nintendo games, the company announced Wednesday during a Nintendo Direct presentation. The games are coming to the service Thursday, Sept. 5.

Twenty games will join the Nintendo Switch Online lineup, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and — for the first time on any platform besides the SNES — Stunt Racer FX, Super Soccer, and Super Tennis. Here’s the full list:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Star Fox
  • F-Zero
  • Pilotwings
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Breath of Fire
  • Demon’s Crest
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2 (available for the first time in the U.S.)
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Tennis

Nintendo Switch Online launched in September 2018 with a lineup of 20 NES games included in the subscription; the library has since grown to nearly 50 titles. This year, evidence has emerged on multiple occasions to suggest that Nintendo was working on bringing SNES games to the service, including a data mine of the NES titles and a U.S. Federal Communications Commission filing for a SNES-style wireless controller.

That controller is indeed on the way. A wireless SNES controller will be sold for $29.99, available exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. (Nintendo currently sells wireless controllers for the Nintendo Switch that are based on the NES controller; the gamepads are meant to be used with the NES games available through Nintendo Switch Online.)

Of course, Nintendo already revived the Super NES with the SNES Classic, which the company released in September 2017. The mini console came with 21 games, including the never-before-released Star Fox 2.

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