We’re not sure how long Nintendo plans to keep their Switch Online back-catalog thingamajig going, given that they’ll eventually run out of interesting titles. At least, they will if they stick with NES and SNES forever. There are, however, still a few glaring omissions in the virtual library, and one is about to be filled.
Nintendo just announced that Donkey Kong Country (the 1994 original) is headed to Nintendo Switch Online next week. The smash hit revitalized the SNES against heavy competition with its prerendered graphics (an unseen novelty at the time), its addictive platforming gameplay, and its cheeky British wit. It also started a fruitful partnership between Nintendo and Rare that would serve the former company well in the N64 days.
Super NES™ Donkey Kong Country – Armed with chest-pounding muscle, mighty barrel rolls, and awesome vine-swinging skills, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong set out to face their adversaries, K. Rool and his reptilian crew of Kremlings. Play solo, compete with a friend, or play cooperatively in over 100 levels filled with collectibles and hidden bonus levels.
As for the other two, they are….certainly games all right. If you’ve never heard of Natsume Championship Wrestling before, neither have we. On the NES side of things we’re getting The Immortal, which James Rolfe once did an AVGN about — that should give you an indication of its quality. It’s got nice-looking isometric graphics, at least.
Natsume Championship Wrestling – Choose from 12 outrageous wrestlers and bring the pain! With a robust grappling system and over 50 moves to master, experience the most realistic wrestling action of the 16-bit era! Test your might against the AI, or up to two players can compete in exhibition, tag team, and round robin matches!
NES The Immortal – Grab your Wizard’s Pack and let your quest unfold as you explore the Labyrinth of Eternity. Delve into the dungeon’s depths to uncover the mysteries of the ancient ruins. Your teacher Mordamir awaits below!
These three games will be added to Nintendo Switch Online July 15.