SEGA Genesis games added to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

Genesis does what NintenDON’T! Or at least that’s how the old advertising slogan read back when the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo were battling it out for 16-bit supremacy back in the day. Either way those days are long past and Sega and Nintendo get along quite well in the modern gaming era, so it’s always exciting when they play nice.

The latest and greatest team-up is Nintendo including the first batch of free Sega Genesis classics in the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service. Subscribers will get access to Altered Beast, Thunder Force II, ToeJam & Earl, Sword of Vermilion and Dynamite Headdy.  So beginning today you’re getting a little more bang for your buck for the expanded, pricier service.

Check out some screens and see the announcement below!

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack – Sega Genesis screens:

Relive some of the iconic games that defined SEGA Genesis. Today, five additional 16-bit power-packed games have been added to the SEGA Genesis ? Nintendo Switch Online library and are playable right now!

Vivid graphics, realistic sound and the thrill of ultimate arcade power 16-bit gameplay were hallmarks of the SEGA Genesis system, and few games exemplified this quite like Altered Beast, the original pack-in game at launch. Altered Beast ?rises from its grave? today, and is now playable on the Nintendo Switch system with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. It?s joined by the games ToeJam & Earl, Dynamite Headdy, Sword of Vermilion and the lightning-fast space shooter Thunder Force II. This is the first time that Thunder Force II is available again in the U.S., so don?t miss your chance to experience this high-powered blast of gaming history!

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership plan features all the same great benefits of a Nintendo Switch Online membership, but with access to classic Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games with added online play, as well as access to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons ? Happy Home Paradise DLC at no extra cost.

Members in both Nintendo Switch Online plans can enjoy online play and the Save Data Cloud feature in a large selection of compatible games, along with access to over 100 classic NES and Super NES games with added online play, a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games, and the competitive online games Tetris? 99 and PAC-MAN 99.

Both plans also provide a great way to connect and play compatible games online with friends and family around the world. With online play in compatible games like Mario Golf: Super Rush, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pok?mon Brilliant Diamond, Pok?mon Shining Pearl, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and many others, a Nintendo Switch Online membership can help you experience everything Nintendo Switch has to offer.

For more information about all the benefits and services available with the Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack memberships, and to learn about a free seven-day Nintendo Switch Online trial, go to the Nintendo Switch Online section on the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu or visit