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​Metroid And Two More NES Freebies Coming To Nintendo Switch Online Next Week

​Metroid And Two More NES Freebies Coming To Nintendo Switch Online Next Week

Nintendo has announced the next wave of classic titles headed straight for the impressive Nintendo Switch Online NES library.

Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack and TwinBee will be available on the Switch from next Wednesday - free of charge, assuming you've already paid for the system's online service.

The first on that list, Metroid, launched on the Famicom Disk System in Japan back in 1986, before coming to the Nintendo Entertainment System (the NES) the following year. Platformer Mighty Bomb Jack also dates from 1986, and TwinBee - a cartoon-themed vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up - debuted on the Famicom Disk System in 1988.

(And if you've never heard of the Famicom Disk System, which ran floppies rather than cartridges, don't worry - it was only ever released in Japan, never officially coming to the UK.)


Last month welcomed NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomon's Key and Super Dodge Ball to Switch Online's ever-growing library, as well as an unexpected addition of The Legend of Zelda SP - a game where Link's adventure begins with every in-game item and 255 rupees [via IGN].

Here's the full list of classic NES games currently in the Switch Online library:

Balloon Fight



Donkey Kong

Dr. Mario

Double Dragon



Ghosts 'n Goblins


Ice Climber


Ice Hockey

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda SP

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Mighty Bomb Jack

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Solomon's Key

Super Dodge Ball

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3

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Almost identical to how Microsoft and Sony offer Xbox Live and PS Plus, Nintendo began charging Switch users a monthly/yearly rate to access Online features on the handheld/home hybrid console.

This means players who want to enjoy multiplayer game modes must pay for online access, apart from Fortnite-only players. Epic Games' battle royale is currently the only game exempt from this rule.

However, there's more to Nintendo's Switch Online subscription than the ability to jump into multiplayer. Again, similar to Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo rewards subscribers with free, monthly games, and this impressive roster of NES titles is just the icing on the cake - and the perfect excuse to spend an extra couple of quid each month.

What do you think about this news? Will you play any? Which titles are still missing? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: Entertainment, Nintendo, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.