FINALLY! During the 9/4/19 Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that SNES games will be available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

Since then, 20(!) SNES games have released via the Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online application available on the eShop. They are:

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

Really quick, let’s go over the SNES games available now that are must plays.

Super Mario World and Yoshi’s Island
Shocking I know. Mario’s two 16-bit adventures are two of the best platforming games of all-time. World is full of brilliantly designed levels and secrets, and Yoshi’s Island unique style and score make it one of the most distinct games of its era. Absoultely play them both.

Super Metroid
Considered by many to be the best Metroid game and best SNES game ever, Super Metroid is for sure the definitive 2D Metroid experience. Tight controls, atmospheric as hell levels, and a surprisingly emotional story all make Super Metroid a priority game to check out.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The third game in the Zelda series is easily the best starting point for newcomers to the series. Decades later this game is still super accessible and a blast to play, and after just a hour or two you’ll see why A Link to the Past has earned its reputation.

Those three are kind of obvious, so also checkout:

Super Puyo Puyo 2
A former Japan-exclusive, this Puyo Puyo title is an addictive puzzler, almost like competitive Tetris. Once you figure out how to navigate the menus, it’s a treat.

Breath of Fire
Want to play a retro turn-based RPG? Now’s your chance with this impressive Square Soft title. It’s no FF6 or Chrono Trigger, but it will absolutely scratch that itch.

Kirby’s Dream Course
It showed up on the SNES Classic, and deservedly so here. Dream Course is basically Kirby golf, and once you get the hang of it, the game is a local multiplayer treat.

The Direct also revealed a retro, wireless SNES controller will be available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers who want to play these games with the controller they’re meant to be played on. You cannot pre-order the controller yet, but it will be available “soon.