Forget Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we’re getting new SNES and NES titles through the Nintendo Switch Online service, as announced by their official Twitter account! As well as providing gamers access to online features, the library of cult classic games on offer incentivises those still undecided about signing up. Not long after it hit 15 million subscribers earlier this year, Nintendo expressed an interest in adding further value for money to encourage subscription renewals from consumers. In their financial support, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that the company would “continue to enhance the appeal of the service.”
This isn’t the first time new games have been added to the virtual console roster, the last major update coming back in December. Although this latest update of titles doesn’t include any heavy hitters such as the likes of Star Fox 2 and Super Punch-Out!!, that we were treated to last time, there is definitely one addition I’m very excited to see. You can find the full list of new games below:
- Pop’n TwinBee
- Smash Tennis
- Shadow of the Ninja
- Eliminator Boat Duel
I’ve got incredibly fond memories of playing Smash Tennis against my brother, but have admittedly no nostalgia for the other three on this list. Your mileage from this announcement may vary, but I’m pleased to see Nintendo being true to their word when it comes to supporting this. If nothing else, a wider audience than originally intended will get to experience these games, potentially for the first time.
Pop’N Twinbee is a vertical shoot-’em-up, in the vein of M.U.S.H.A or Galactic Attack, and was originally released back in 1993. Known as Super Family Tennis in Japan, the game made it to the West under the revised title of Smash Tennis. It played second fiddle to the system’s more popular tennis based game, Super Tennis, but still garnered a cult following (especially in my household). Shadow of the Ninja is a side-scrolling action game akin to Ninja Gaiden or Castlevania. The game was originally released in 1990 but later saw itself ported to the Gameboy under the rebranded Ninja Gaiden Shadow moniker. Lastly, Eliminator Boat Duel is a powerboat racing game; I don’t understand why it has been brought back from the past.
What other NES and SNES games would you like to see added? Let us know in the comments below.
These new games will be available from February 19, 2020.
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