Just in time for Christmas, Nintendo have announced that they’re adding half a dozen new games to Nintendo Switch Online game library of SNES and NES games. Set to drop on 12th December, the update even includes Star Fox 2, the once fabled game that never saw a release on the original hardware, but was revived to feature on the SNES Classic Mini when Nintendo’s retro console was released in late 2017.
Super NES – Nintendo Switch Online:
・Star Fox 2
・Kirby Super Star
・Breath of Fire II
NES – Nintendo Switch Online:
・JOURNEY TO SILIUS
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 5, 2019
Nintendo added SNES games to the Switch Online library back in September, throwing twenty of the biggest and best games from the system in as a freebie for subscribers. It also saw the company step away from the monthly drip-feed of new games that they’d stuck with since debuting retro games with the NES library. This is the first game update since then, bringing the total number of SNES titles to 24, and the number of NES games to 49, with 16 “SP” remixes of these games.
All of the games have been updated to include save states, so that you can pause and resume your progress or rewind time a little, and those with multiplayer now have online multiplayer support.
Though Star Fox 2 was one of the biggest reasons to pick up a SNES mini, outside the burst of nostalgia for the good old days of 90s gaming, there’s still a good few SNES games that are on the mini console and not on Switch Online. Primarily from third parties though with a few notable NIntendo games, these include Contra III: The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Earthbound, Final Fantasy VI, Mega Man X, Secret of Mana, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Mario RPG.
No doubt Nintendo will keep adding to the Switch Online game library, and I’m sure that fans have got more than a few games on their wishlist that they’d like to see – getting the Donkey Kong Country trilogy on there would be a big one for fans. Hopefully the wait for the next update isn’t that long.