The Nintendo Switch not only offers incredible gaming experiences from the modern age but also grants players access to a treasure trove of classic games through its Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.
Currently, the basic subscription includes games from the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Game Boy. For those looking for more, the premium Expansion Pack adds Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64 games. No matter which subscription tier you have, there’s a wealth of amazing games waiting to be explored.
Super Mario All-Stars
Featuring remakes of the first three Super Mario Bros. games and the Lost Levels, the Super Mario All-Stars pack is a must-have for platforming fans. With the addition of Super Mario World, this collection offers some of the best 2D platformers of all time that still hold up today.
Kirby’s Dream Course
While Kirby games can be found throughout the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, Kirby’s Dream Course stands out as a unique golf spin-off that we hope gets revived in a modern game someday. Its two-player mode is particularly thrilling and can ignite your competitive spirit.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
Among the multitude of Zelda games available on the Nintendo Switch Online Library, the Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages duology for Game Boy Color stands as a hidden gem within the franchise. With special interconnectivity between the games, the Oracle games offer a unique experience unlike any other in the series.
Fire ‘n Ice
Also known as Solomon’s Key 2, Fire ‘n Ice is a puzzle-platformer that was ahead of its time when it was first released in 1992. Easy to pick up, yet difficult to master, this hidden gem will keep you engaged with its captivating challenges.
Rygar, an early example of the Metroidvania genre on the Nintendo Entertainment System, would surprise modern gamers with its innovative use of different perspectives between the overworld and main levels. Prepare to be challenged and delighted by this classic gem.
Breath of Fire I & II
Although Capcom’s Breath of Fire series may currently be dormant, the first two games in the iconic JRPG franchise are absolute must-plays for hardcore fans of the genre. The game’s charming character design and beautiful spritework alone are enough to keep you hooked for hours on end.
If you’ve been longing for a new F-Zero game, look no further. While we wait for the arrival of a new installment, the ultra-fast F-Zero X for Nintendo 64 is readily available on the Nintendo Switch. Experience the thrill of racing through randomly generated tracks in the X-Cup mode, offering endless excitement for fans of futuristic racing games.
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Embark on a journey into classic Fire Emblem gameplay with Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade for the Game Boy Advance. The English-speaking audience finally got a taste of this fantastic series thanks to this entry. If you’re new to Fire Emblem or a longtime fan, this game is a fantastic introduction to the tactical RPG franchise.
Sin and Punishment
For an adrenaline-pumping arcade experience, look no further than Sin and Punishment. This rail shooter for Nintendo 64 is still able to inject the perfect amount of excitement into your gaming sessions. With its ’90s anime aesthetic and pulsating music, Sin and Punishment is an unforgettable adventure.
An overlooked 2D entry in the Castlevania series, Castlevania: Bloodlines for the Sega Genesis is a challenging and rewarding experience that maintains the intense gameplay of the NES trilogy. With its two playable characters, this game paved the way for more diverse gameplay mechanics in future Castlevania titles.
There you have it—a fantastic selection of retro games available on the Nintendo Switch Online Library. Dive into these timeless classics and experience the magic of gaming history. For more gaming news, reviews, and features, visit Capturing Fantasy.