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Nintendo Switch Online NES games make you check-in each week

If you want to keep playing those bonus NES games, get used to checking in.

A new Nintendo Switch Online FAQ has confirmed that subscribers will need to check in once a week to continue playing free, bonus NES games.

“These games can be played offline for up to 7 days as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership,” the FAQ reads, meaning players will have to access the Online service once a week to continue playing. The FAQ doesn’t detail how the check-in works, but we’d imagine interacting with the Nintendo Switch Online service when connected to the internet will do it.

Nintendo Switch Online will offer NES titles, complete with online multiplayer, in addition to online play in titles like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. A current list of available titles is as follows:

18 September

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Balloon Fight™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Dr. Mario™
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • Double Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Ghosts’n Goblins™
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Excitebike™
  • Yoshi™
  • Ice Hockey
  • Baseball


  • Double Dragon (SP)
  • Gradius (SP)
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Solomon’s Key
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (SP)


  • Dr. Mario (SP)
  • Metroid (SP)
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • Super Mario Bros. (SP)
  • TwinBee


  • Adventures of Lolo
  • The Legend of Zelda (SP)
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Wario’s Woods

Additionally, cloud save backup will be offered for most titles… though Nintendo’s FAQ also suggests that players will lose cloud saves if their subscription lapses.

Nintendo Switch Online launches on 18 September, priced at $5.95 AUD for one month, $11.95 AUD for three months or $29.95 AUD for a year. A Family Membership costs $54.95 AUD for a year.


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