My kids just got very excited by the appearance of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the home screen of the Switch, thinking I’d bought it for them while they were at school. I’m not that cool of a dad, and we don’t own the game. If I select it, it asks to insert the game cartridge so it hasn’t been purchased electronically.

It doesn’t seem very Nintendo-ey to be advertising games this way, and I’m sure I’d have heard about it if they were.

Why did this game appear and can I remove it?

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The Nintendo Switch Online account comes with some free DLC for Super Smash Bros.

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When you choose to redeem this offer (or redownload it) it puts a shortcut to the actual game on the home screen. It also downloads data that consumes 1.8 GB of storage which according to the software settings is mostly a game update but 0.2 MB is the actual DLC.

I’ve managed to remove it by going into options and deleting the software, like you would for any other software.

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    I somehow got splatoon 2 DLC through something, and I ended up downloading it. The game now shows on my main screen despite not owning the game so it seems like it's any DLC on the system.
    – Krjax
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 19:16

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