NES Online

Updated: Mar 31, 2019

I wanted to take some time and talk about the Nintendo Switch online service and some things that are included with that service. Most importantly I wanted to spend some time on the NES online app you can get on the Switch which allows you to play classic NES games on your Nintendo Switch.

Switch Online Service

This is something that is very new to Nintendo consoles but something that has been happening on the others for awhile now. Nintendo historically has been very behind with online play and functionality. This is not a bad thing by any means, because the quality of the games they put out makes up for the lack of online functionality. With this new service you are required to pay in order to play some games online and use voice chat with some games as well (with the IOS or Android app). You can see the plans below and you will notice that the pricing is actually very reasonable and comes in well below the competitors which are around $60 a year. You can find more info at

The Bonus

To sweeten this deal Nintendo has decided to let you play some NES games on your Switch through the free "NES Online" app (included when you pay for a plan). The picture at the top of this post shows some of the games that are available to play. I will not list them all, but you can find more on Nintendo's site for the full list. Nintendo also plans on releasing more every month this year with more to come next year. We don't really know where they are going to go with this, but it's exciting to play these again. They have also added some online functionality to some of the games, as well as the option to play two player. Now, I do like the list and I will highlight a few of my favorites, but some are just awful and have not aged well. My favorites on this list are Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Excite Bike and Donkey Kong.


I am hoping they include more than just NES games - I want to see SNES, N64, Gamecube, GB, and GBA games come to the switch. I don't mind paying a yearly subscription to play some of these games, I just need more to make it worth while. I also am not a fan of the online app for the phone to use as voice chat - I prefer to use Skype or Discord for this if I have to use my phone. Something that is missing is a simple messaging system on the Switch or the ability to join a friends' game session by clicking on their name in the friends list. Nintendo is making an effort in the online space but has a ways to go for me.

Rating: 3/5 stars


+ NES games

+ Price


- Needs more features

- More work needed on the chat system

Family Approval:

Good for all ages

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