Nintendo’s upcoming subscription service for online gaming has overhauled a lot since it was first announced, but one area has seen a drastic improvement: the free games you get for being a member.
Previously, Nintendo’s plan was for subscribers to gain access to a single free NES or SNES game each month. There would only be one game per month, and access to that game would end when the month was over. Now, though, the reworked offering, currently called the Classic Game Selection, gives subscribers a much better deal: access to an entire library of classic games, with the ability to play for as long as the subscription is valid.
“Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play,” a Nintendo spokesperson told GameSpot. “Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription.” Specific titles Nintendo has mentioned include Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario, so some quality games will definitely be available.
The best part is that this service is included in Switch Online’s fee, so you won’t be paying extra as with the Xbox Live Game Pass, although the size of the Switch’s free game library is still a mystery.
That’s because, at the service’s launch, only NES games will be available, while SNES games are still “under consideration.” This could be because Nintendo is planning on launching the SNES Classic Edition in the near future. Nintendo didn’t mention anything about games for the Nintendo 64 or any other systems.
Alongside the rework of the Classic Game Selection, Nintendo also revealed details about the service’s pricing and announced a delay in the launch of the paid version of the service. It’ll now arrive in 2018, with a free version going live this summer.
Michael Goroff contributed additional reporting.