Game Guide

The 10 Best Retro Games to Check Out On the Nintendo Switch Online Library

The Nintendo Switch offers gamers not just some of the best experiences from the current generation of video games, but also access to vast collections of old titles via the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.

There is now only the basic subscription, which includes games for the Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Games from the Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64 are included in the more expensive Expansion Pack.

Here are some of the top games from the several libraries of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, regardless of your subscription level.

Super Mario All-Stars

This All-Star collection, which includes remakes of the original three Super Mario Bros. titles and the Lost Levels, is necessary for platforming lovers. The best 2D platformers of all time that should still be played today are those that include Super Mario World.

Kirby’s Dream Course

The Nintendo Switch Online subscription service is filled with Kirby games, but this golf-themed spin-off is one idea that ought to be brought back in a new game at some point. Your competitive spirit may especially be sparked by the two-player mode.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

Although there are many Zelda games in the Nintendo Switch Online Library, this Game Boy Color duology is a jewel in the series. The Oracle games are an intriguing deviation from this genre because they have unique interconnection between the games.

Fire ‘n Ice

This puzzle-platformer, sometimes known as Solomon’s Key 2, was somewhat of a hidden gem even when it was initially released in 1992. It was quite ahead of its time. Easy to start, difficult to finish, and much more difficult to put down if you truly understand the game’s difficulties.


Modern gamers might be surprised to learn about this early Metroidvania game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Rygar’s usage of various views between the overworld and primary levels was undoubtedly original, even though it may be difficult.

Breath of Fire I & II

Even though Capcom’s legendary JRPG series is currently inactive, die-hard aficionados of the genre should still play the first two Breath of Fire titles. You should be hooked by the game’s spritework and character design alone.

F-Zero X

Even though a new F-Zero game may not be forthcoming, the Nintendo Switch has access to this lightning-fast Nintendo 64 version. The X-Cup, which generates randomly generated tracks for participants to race through, is one of the game’s best features.

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Even though the first several Fire Emblem games didn’t reach English-speaking gamers, that all changed with the release of the Game Boy Advance. Modern fans of Fire Emblem should check out Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, a fantastic introduction to the original Fire Emblem gameplay.

Sin and Punishment

Sin & Punishment’s rail shooting action still manages to provide the ideal amount of excitement to your veins for a genuine arcade experience. With its ’90s anime design and music, this Nintendo 64 game is unapologetically retro.

Castlevania: Bloodlines

This Sega Genesis exclusive 2D Castlevania game, which is mostly forgotten, maintains the difficulty of the NES trio. Castlevania: Bloodlines, known in Europe as Castlevania: The New Generation, set the precedent for the franchise’s future expansion with its inclusion of two playable characters.