Nintendo’s Netflix-like service for classic games is still far from perfect, but it’s so inexpensive that you should get it anyway

Nintendo is the Disney of video games.

There are plenty of arguments for why this is the case, but the most obvious parallel is Nintendo's vast library of classic games. Starting with the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the early '80s and going all the way up to the Nintendo DS and Wii in the early 2000s, Nintendo has a wealth of classic games that people still want to play.

And, for years, people have clamored for a way to access that library. "Why not offer a Netflix-style subscription service?" they shouted, while throwing money in the general direction of Nintendo's Kyoto, Japan headquarters.

In fall 2018, Nintendo finally offered just such a service … sort of.

Behold: Nintendo Switch Online!

The menu screen for Nintendo Switch Online's classic games list.


After nearly a year of using Nintendo's Netflix-like subscription service, I'm left wanting more than what's currently available. But that doesn't mean it's bad — you should still check it out anyway!

Allow me to explain.

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