The Nintendo Switch Online library of NES games is expanding this month, with three new games announced today. The games will be available from April 10.
The latest NES games to join the online library are:
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels – Originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2, this game has previously made only brief cameo appearances in the western hemisphere. Mario fans will appreciate the familiar look and feel of the game, while finding that its updated gameplay creates an entirely new challenge. In addition to the classic enemies already known to fans worldwide, there are also Poison Mushrooms, backward Warp Zones and the occasional wind gust (which can help or hinder your progress).
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream – As young boxer Little Mac, players have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle the big guys of the World Video Boxing Association circuit. Take them on one by one, starting with skinny Glass Joe. Battle up through King Hippo and all the way to the WVBA Champion himself. Players use their best jabs, hooks and power uppercuts to knock out opponents, but must also dodge jaw-breaking blows by paying attention to subtle changes in their foe’s body position.
- Star Soldier – The standard for vertically scrolling shooters, Star Soldier is the original game that spawned all of the titles in the long-running Soldier series. Go inside a floating space station inhabited by a giant computer known as Starbrain. Your mission: to stop Starbrain’s galactic invasion by piloting Caesar, a new compact space fighter, through 16 deadly stages.
With a membership to Nintendo Switch Online, these games – along with the dozens of NES games already available – can be played any time. Since launching last September, the Nintendo Switch Online library of classic games has grown, with the likes of Kid Icarus, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Pro Wrestling. You’ll also have access to the exclusive online game Tetris 99.
If you’re new to Nintendo Switch Online, there are other benefits available. Apart from access to the growing collection of NES games, the main attraction is the ability to play compatible games online. You can also save data to the cloud and there’s a handy smartphone app that enhances features of supported games. It’s $3.99 per month, or $19.99 for the full year, plus a seven-day trial for those on the fence.
Which of the latest NES games you most excited about playing on your Switch? Let us know your thoughts on the latest additions in the comments section below.