You can now access your digital Switch library on other consoles

James Marshall
October 4, 2018

Nintendo Switch's long-awaited (or dreaded) online service has finally been rolled out.

Yes, we've played all these games many times before, but Nintendo will regularly add to this library of games, and nine more will be available by the end of the year. The included V-Bucks are just enough to purchase an in-game Battle Pass, which unlocks an entire season's worth of content, or they could be used on shiny cosmetic items from the game's store to spruce up your character. Latest update 6.0 is out now for Nintendo Switch devices and after you update, you will be required to buy a new membership before playing most of the games online.

These NES games, which include stuff like Super Mario Bros. The service can be yours for $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 per year. Free trials can be accessed via the Nintendo eShop.


You'll need a subscription to play games online, including popular titles like "Splatoon 2", "Mario Kart 8: Deluxe", and "Mario Tennis: Aces". KapuccinoHeck discovered that all the game files on Switch Online are run of the mill.nes files that can be found on the plethora of ROM sites across the internet.

About an hour later, Kapu shared a short video of Kirby's Adventure (which isn't one of official NES titles for the online service) running flawlessly on the Switch. In an email, KapuccinoHeck told Kotaku the NES games can only be added to hacked Switches, which remains a complex undertaking and carries the constant threat of having your account banned by Nintendo. All three platforms now require purchase of the online platform in order to play in online mode. Currently, there are 20 classic NES games available with the promise of more to come. This makes it easy for players to retrieve save data if they lose their system or start using a new one.

Special Offers: A Nintendo Switch Online membership also gives people access to special offers, such as the exclusive chance to purchase a pair of wireless Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers, which look like the original NES controller.

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