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The next back of Nintendo Switch Online games are a little left-field, but they’re certainly a pleasant surprise.

Most of the games included in the Nintendo Switch Online subscription are classic Nintendo staples from the NES and SNES era. We’re talking Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, Star Fox, Z-Zero, Donkey Kong – you know the sort of thing.

But there are also some games you might not expect. Things you wouldn’t have picked for your fantasy dinner party of retro games. Video games you might have thought Nintendo didn’t remember existed, never mind everyone else.

Today’s announcement, of the latest NES and SNES games to join Nintendo Switch Online next week, is made up almost entirely of games you might not have expected. But they’re all fun, a bit different, and you should give them a go when they release on February 19, 2020. (Especially Eliminator Boat Duel! That’s brilliant and weird, in the same vein as California Games.)

New Nintendo Switch Online games, February 19, 2020


  • Eliminator Boat Duel
  • Shadow of the Ninja


  • Pop’n TwinBee
  • Smash Tennis

In addition to the ever-growing list of retro NES and SNES games, a Nintendo Switch Online subscription confers other benefits, like cloud saves, a smartphone companion app, and member discounts. You can also buy the lovely retro NES and SNES Joy-Con controllers, which aren’t available to non-subscribers. Oh, and Tetris 99, which is (surprisingly) brilliant.

You’ll also need it if you want to play Nintendo Switch games online, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. (There are a few games you don’t need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription for, including the ever-popular Fortnite Battle Royale.)

Buy Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions from Amazon.

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