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More Nintendo Classics Coming to Nintendo Switch Online

Check out the new bunch of games hitting the Switch’s subscription soon.

Dec 09, 2019

Unlike the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t have a traditional Virtual Console store for classic games. If you’re in the mood for some retro gaming, you gotta sign up for Nintendo’s Switch Online subscription. In addition to allowing you to play Switch games in online multiplayer, Switch Online offers a growing library of NES and SNES games that you can hop into instantly. It isn’t as in-depth or expansive as the Virtual Console was, but it is a great way to easily try out games you may have heard of. Here are all the games that are coming to Nintendo Switch Online on Decemenr 12th.

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Breath of Fire II

Breath of Fire II is one of the many classic role-playing games released for the Super Nintendo. Square Enix, or as they were known at the time just Square, were the kings of this era, but Capcom’s Breath of Fire series stood toe to toe with the greats like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. In Breath of Fire II, you play as Ryu (Capcom loves naming characters Ryu) and you embark on a quest with your companions to explore dungeons, battle monsters, and clear your name of a crime you didn’t commit. Check this one out if you’re hungry for some classic, turn-based Japanese RPG goodness.

Breath of Fire II has beautiful pixel art. Breath of Fire II has beautiful pixel art.


If you want a bit more hack-and-slash in your RPGs, check out Crystalis. It takes place in the far future of 2097, where mankind has been forced to return to a simpler way of life. Mutants are on the prowl, but humans have begun to harness the power of magic to put them at bay. Having a fantasy setting be set in the future of our present-day was a neat idea at the time, and the game reviewed well when it came out.

Crystalis' combination of an RPG and action-adventure game wasn't too common at the time. Now everywhere you look games are using RPG elements.Crystalis' combination of an RPG and action-adventure game wasn't too common at the time. Now everywhere you look games are using RPG elements.

Journey to Silius

Moving on from RPG’s, Journey to Silius is a run and gun side-scroller that was originally supposed to be a Terminator game, but had to change directions when the developer Sunsoft couldn’t get permission to use the film as their inspiration. The final game ended up being still very close, and the main character you control, Jay, still battles hordes of robotic enemies across five different stages.

Jay takes on massive machines in Journey to Silius.Jay takes on massive machines in Journey to Silius.

Kirby Super Star

Kirby Super Star is one of Masahiro Sakurai’s first games. The director would later go on to change fighting games with Super Smash Bros., but Kirby Super Star was one of his first big hits. The game is unique in that it can technically be described as eight bite-sized games in one, with each featuring some unique scenarios for you to play through as Kirby. It reviewed incredibly well when it first came out and remains a favorite for Kirby fans to this day. If you like Smash Bros and want a sneak peek into the history of the character and its director, Super Star is a great piece of gaming history.

Kirby Super Star is one of the SNES's best games.Kirby Super Star is one of the SNES's best games.

Star Fox 2

Star Fox 2 is a special one for a couple of reasons. First off, the game never actually released back in the day. It was completed and ready to hit store shelves, but it was going to release just a tad too late (or so Nintendo thought). It was going to come out in 1995, but by then the Nintendo 64 was about to come out and games were about to be changed forever. It wouldn’t see the light of day until 2017 with the release of the SNES Classic, where Star Fox 2 was fully playable for the first time. Now, if you don’t want to track down a SNES classic, you’ll be able to enjoy this canceled space shooter and take the fight to the dastardly Andross with the Star Fox team once more.

Star Fox 2 is finally playable after decades in slumber.Star Fox 2 is finally playable after decades in slumber.

Super Punch-Out!!

In Super Punch-Out!! you step into the boxing ring as Little Mac, whom you might recognize from Smash Bros as you take on boxer after boxer in his quest to become the Champion. Simple set up, but it is more than enough to get the simple, but addictive and often challenging gameplay the series was known for going. It isn’t as well-remembered as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on the NES, but it's still a fun time. The characters are bombastic, the action is intense, and the overall presentation is one of the best on the SNES.

The opponent boxers' bombastic personalities are a major highlight of Super Punch-Out!!The opponent boxers' bombastic personalities are a major highlight of Super Punch-Out!!

Current NES Games

  • Metroid
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • TwinBee
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Double Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Ghosts'n Goblins
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Excitebike
  • Yoshi
  • Ice Hockey
  • Baseball
  • Solomon's Key
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Wario's Woods
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Blaster Master
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Super Mario Bros 2
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Kid Icarus
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
  • Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • Star Soldier
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • VS. Excitebike
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Volleyball
  • City Connection
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Donkey Kong 3
  • Kung-Fu Heroes
  • Vice: Project Doom
  • JOURNEY TO SILIUS (Coming Soon)
  • Crystalis (Coming Soon)

Current SNES Games

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • Star Fox
  • F-ZERO
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Pilotwings
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Super Ghouls'n Ghosts
  • Demon's Crest
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Breath Of Fire
  • Super Tennis
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Star Fox 2 (Coming Soon)
  • Super Punch-Out!! (Coming Soon)
  • Kirby Super Star (Coming Soon)
  • Breath of Fire II (Coming Soon)
Share Your Thoughts

What do you think? Do you plan on checking out any of these games? Which one are you the most interested in? Let us know below!


By: Noah Friscopp