Support

Get support for your Nintendo systems, software and services

Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online Overview & FAQ

Nintendo Switch Online members can enjoy a selection of NES games with added online play as part of a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership. With the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, members aged 13 and over can also use voice chat while playing compatible games.

The service includes 20 games at launch, with new games to be added regularly. For a list of available games, click here.

FAQ

How does this service work as part of Nintendo Switch Online?

Nintendo Switch Online members have ongoing access to a compilation of classic games with added online play. Members can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, for as long as they have an active membership.

Will additional classic games be added?

After launch, more classic NES games will be added on a monthly basis. For a list of available games, click here.

Can I play Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online games released before I joined Nintendo Switch Online?

Yes. You can play all games that have been released for this service when you purchase a membership.

Will any new features be added to these classic games?

For the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy these games online. Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action. Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and "pass the controller" at any time.

Have new online multiplayer modes been added to the classic NES games?

If the classic NES game originally had any kind of multiplayer features, those features will work online. Additionally, voice chat is supported for all classic NES games via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app (available to Nintendo Account users aged 13+).

By using voice chat on the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, Nintendo Switch Online members will be able to enjoy these games together online as if they were sitting next to each other on the couch.

Can these classic games be played online indefinitely?

Active Nintendo Switch Online members will have ongoing access to all classic games in the Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online collection.

Games can be played while you are offline, but you must have an active membership and regularly verify your membership by connecting to the internet.

Can I still play if I don't renew my Nintendo Switch Online membership?

Classic games can only be accessed by a Nintendo Account with an active Nintendo Switch Online membership. However, the save data for the games will remain on your Nintendo Switch console and will still be available to use if you renew your membership at a later time.

Will the classic NES games with added features also be sold individually?

There are no plans to make Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online games available outside of the Nintendo Switch Online service.

Will I need extra storage space to download the games?

The amount of storage space needed will be displayed in Nintendo eShop when you download the games.

The storage requirements will increase as additional games are added to the software.

If you don't have enough space available, you can delete some content on your console or purchase a microSD card to provide additional storage space. Deleted software can be redownloaded from Nintendo eShop at no additional cost. For additional assistance, click here.

Is Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online a replacement for Virtual Console? Will Virtual Console return?

There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems. There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections.

Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online provides a fun new way to experience classic NES titles, thanks to enhancements such as added online play and voice chat via a smartphone app.