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​Dataminers Say Nintendo Switch Online Could Add Free Super Nintendo Titles

​Dataminers Say Nintendo Switch Online Could Add Free Super Nintendo Titles

After a year-and-a-half of free multiplayer service, Nintendo rolled out Switch Online mid-September, which enables players to access multiplayer components found within several games.

In short, its introduction meant that Switch users now had to pay a monthly or yearly fee (except for when playing Fortnite, the only multiplayer title that doesn't require Switch Online) to play with friends or access certain online features, similar to Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold and Sony's PS Plus memberships.


And, like its competitors, Switch online rewards subscribers with free monthly games. Nintendo's freebies have so far come in the form of classic NES titles, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Yoshi. January's additions were Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, in case you missed them.

But if recent reports are anything to go by, the service is preparing to add a selection of hit SNES titles soon. Whether they'll be free or not hasn't been made clear. Presumably they'll be part of the same service - you pay your subscription, you get the games.

This news broke from Twitter user KapuccinoHeck, who analysed code in the Switch Online app and seemingly stumbled across 22 SNES games. They are:

Super Mario Kart


Super Soccer

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Demon's Crest

Yoshi's Island

Stunt Race FX

Kirby's Dream Course

Pop'n TwinBee

Star Fox

Contra 3

Kirby Super Star

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Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Super Metroid

Super Mario World



Star Fox 2

Super Punch-Out!!

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

Super Mario All-Stars

Breath of Fire 2

And, with help from other dataminers, on top of the NES and SNES, KapuccinoHeck discovered codenames for two more emulator types.

This suggests games from other classic Nintendo consoles could be ported to Switch at some point in the device's life-cycle. Fan speculation currently, naturally, circulates around Game Boy, N64 and GameCube titles.

Nintendo codenamed NES "Kachikachi" and SNES "Canoe". "Hiyoko" and "Count" are the two currently undeciphered codenames - can you figure them out?

The benefits of Switch Online. Credit: Nintendo
The benefits of Switch Online. Credit: Nintendo

Make sure you let us know which consoles you think they refer to, and what SNES titles you'd like to see on Switch.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: SNES, switch, Entertainment, NES, 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.