Nintendo Switch Online Getting 6 New Classic Games

From well-worn classics like Breath of Fire 2 to relics of the past like Crystalis, Nintendo's dishing up some retro goodness for December.

It's been a little while since Nintendo added SNES games to Nintendo Switch online, with the caution that we shouldn't get our hopes up for regular content updates

But the dearth of new classic games is over for now. Nintendo Switch Online is getting six new classic games, four from the SNES and two from the NES.

These classic games will be added to their storefronts on December 12. The following is a list of the games coming to Switch. 

SNES Games

  • Star Fox 2
  • Breath of Fire 2
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Super Punch-Out!!

NES Games

  • Crystalis
  • Journey to Silius

Some of these classic titles have been available on various renditions of the Virtual Console over the past 10 years. But it's the first time outside of the SNES Classic Mini we'll be able to get our hands on Star Fox 2. That says nothing of how long it's been since Crystalis and Journey to Silius have been easily accessible.

For those uninitiated, Crystalis is a cult classic RPG from SNK, following the adventures of an unnamed hero in a post-apocalyptic world. Journey is a side-scrolling shooter inspired by the Terminator films — a product of the '80s if ever there was one.

If you're looking to get your hands on those lovely SNES controllers Nintendo put up when SNES games first launched on Nintendo Switch Online, you'll have to wait a little longer. The controllers won't be back in stock until January. On the other hand, the NES controllers are back in stock.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo Switch Online news as it develops.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Dec. 5th 2019

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