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Nook Link is now available in the Nintendo Switch Online app for players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The service can be set up in game by hitting the minus (-) button on the title screen. This service allows you to scan and use custom designs from past Animal Crossing games, as well as send messages from your phone to in-game chat.

A new minor update is now available for the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, bringing the app up to version 1.6.1. No patch notes are available, but given the version number, it seems like only minor changes were part of this update.

Both the NES and SNES controllers are currently back in stock and can be purchased again by European Nintendo Switch Online members via the My Nintendo online store. The set of NES controllers also currently 50% off. Supplies likely won’t last long, so get them while you can, if you’re interested in the controllers.

Buy the NES controllers here and the SNES controllers here.

During today’s Nintendo Direct, Animal Crossing: New Horizons outlined support for the Nintendo Switch Online app.

Known as “NookLink”, players will be able to scan QR code patterns of custom designs and more. You’ll be able to scan QR codes from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Chatting with friends online is also supported.

The service will go live shortly after Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches.

Much like its SNES counterpart, the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online app has a new update. Nintendo is issuing 4.2.0, which once installed, will add Shadow of the Ninja and Eliminator Boat Duel.

Below are overviews of both titles:

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online app has been updated on Switch. Version 1.2.0 is live, featuring the additions of two new games: Pop’n TwinBee and Smash Tennis.

Here’s an overview of both games:

The SNES controllers have just received another restock via Nintendo’s official store. Two important things to note: 

  • There are now quantity limits on lifetime purchases (4 lifetime purchases per account instead of 4 purchases per restock)
  • A Nintendo Switch Online subscribtion is required to purchase

You can purchase the controllers at this link.

Nintendo has run a couple of promotions for Switch Online subscribers in Japan. Previously, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Fire Emblem Warriors were offered entirely for free during a limit period. Now the program is expanding to third-party offerings.

Today, Nintendo announced that Dead Cells will be completely free to play between February 24 and March 1, assuming you’re a Nintendo Switch Online member. There is no limit on how much the game can be played, and you’re able to transfer progress to the full version.

Nintendo has not announced any similar promotions for Switch Online subscribers in the west at this time.


Just a short while ago, Nintendo announced the latest SNES and NES games for Switch Online subscribers. The SNES additions are Pop’n TwinBee and Smash Tennis while the NES app is receiving Shadow of the Ninja and Eliminator Boat Duel.

In Japan, things are a bit different. For the country’s SNES update, Pop’n TwinBee is still included, but Smash Tennis is being swapped out for Breath of Fire II. Atlantis no Nazo and God Slayer (Crystalis) are the new NES titles.

Here’s a trailer promoting the new releases for Japan:

Nintendo has revealed a new set of games that will soon be added to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

For the SNES app, Pop’n TwinBee and Smash Tennis are on the way. The NES edition is getting Shadow of the Ninja and Eliminator Boat Duel. All titles are slated for February 19.

Here’s information about all of the games, plus a trailer: