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A new update has just released for the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, bringing it to version 2.3.0.

This update mostly focuses on SplatNet 3 functionality; specifically, it allows the use of widgets for the app, letting you display the battle logs, stage schedule, current gear loadout and/or album directly onto your home screen.

Here are the full patch notes for the Nintendo Switch Online app version 2.3.0 update:

NES icons Switch online

Original (9/5): To kick off the month of September, NES icons have now been added to the Nintendo Switch Online service. They can be redeemed with points on My Nintendo.

Icons are available based on characters – and that’s it. Typically we see backgrounds and frames as well, but there are none of those this time around. At least for wave one, fans can get their hands on icons for Super Mario Bros., Balloon Fight, Tennis, Baseball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Ice Hockey plus consoles and accessories from the era, from both inside and outside Japan. Each one will set you back 10 Platinum Points from My Nintendo.

It has been announced that Nintendo Switch Online subscribers in Europe will be able to try The Jackbox Party Pack 3 for free as part of the latest Switch Online Game Trial. Like other Switch Online Game Trials, players who hold a Nintendo Switch Online subscription will be able to play the entirety of the game’s content for the duration of the trial, which is scheduled to go live on September 28. Here’s some more information about the game:

The threequel to the party game phenomenon features five new sense-shattering games!

The say-anything sequel – Quiplash 2 (3-8 players). Play all new questions or make your own!
The deadly quiz show – Trivia Murder Party (1-8 players). Match wits with a trivia-obsessed killer.
The surprising survey game – Guesspionage (2-8 players). Guess the results to silly survey questions.
The t-shirt slugfest – Tee K.O. (3-8 players). Battle your custom t-shirts to the death!
The sneaky trickster game – Fakin’ It (3-6 players). One of your friends has something to hide.
Play using your phones, tablets, or computers. No extra controllers needed!

All games support up to 10,000 audience members playing along!

Plus tons of new features just for streamers! It’s a digital box full of actual fun!

The Jackbox Party Pack 3 is in English only.


Earthworm Jim, Alisia Dragoon, Beyond Oasis Switch Online

A few more SEGA Genesis games are now available on Nintendo Switch Online, as Earthworm Jim, Alisia Dragoon, and Beyond Oasis have just been added. All three can be accessed if you’re subscribed to the Expansion Pack tier.

GoldenEye 007 online multiplayer exclusive

The inclusion of online multiplayer for GoldenEye 007’s re-release is exclusive to Switch, it’s been confirmed.

The acclaimed shooter GoldenEye 007 is finally making a comeback with the game set to appear on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. It’ll also be coming to Xbox Game Pass as well. However, players that pick up the Xbox version won’t have access to online multiplayer.

Harvest Moon 64 Switch Online

Over in Japan, it’s been announced that Harvest Moon 64 will be added to Nintendo Switch Online. The game will be offered as part of the Expansion Pack tier.

Nintendo announced a bunch of new N64 games for Nintendo Switch Online today, including the long-awaited return of GoldenEye 007. However, as of now, Harvest Moon has not been announced for the west.

The one piece of good news is that those with a Japanese Nintendo Account will be able to play Harvest Moon 64 on their Switch, though obviously English won’t be included. The game’s release is planned for 2023.

During today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that the N64 classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Nintendo Switch Online as part of the Expansion Pack service. Online play will be supported.

A bunch of other N64 games have also been confirmed. Pilotwings 64, Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080° Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64 are all on the way. Specific launch dates will follow in the future. However, we know that Pilotwings 64, Mario Party, and Mario Party 2 are slated for this year. Everything else is set for next year.

Kirby's Dream Buffet Nintendo Switch Online icons

Original (8/30): Starting today, Nintendo Switch Online members can redeem their Platinum Points on user icons from Kirby’s Dream Buffet. This will be a featured game until September 13, 2022. New icons will be rotated weekly until then.

Icons are available for characters, backgrounds and frames. Each character costs 10 Platinum Points while everything else is 5 Platinum Points.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass icons Nintendo Switch Online

Original (8/1): A new batch of user icons are being made available for Nintendo Switch Online based on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in celebration of the Booster Course Pass. We have a look at some of the designs that are planned above.

This isn’t the first time that the racer has been a featured title. However, it appears that Nintendo has prepared a fresh set of designs, and the first wave is available now. Additional waves with different designs will be going live each week. You’ll be able to claim Mario Kart 8 Deluxe icons until August 8 at 5:59 PM PT / 8:59 PM ET.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nintendo Switch Online icons

Original (7/28): Starting today, Nintendo Switch Online members can get their hands on new user icons based on Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

New elements will be available each week featuring characters, backgrounds, and frames. This week, fans can obtain icons featuring Noah and Mio, members of the two opposing nations of Keves and Agnus.

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