This week’s addition to Nintendo Switch Online includes the Sonic spinoff Sega quickly threw into the holiday season of 1993 when they realized Sonic 3 wasn’t going to be ready on time. Fortunately, Sonic Spinball is pretty solid (some may disagree, but they’re not writing this piece).
Spinball is a game inspired by the Casino Night section of the original Sonic. As in that zone, you play pinball, with a curled-up Sonic serving as your ball. Sonic can do things the traditional metal ball bearing he’s replacing cannot, like angle himself toward his targets (by pushing the D-pad) or jump off a platform (to avoid falling into the gutter, or be eaten by something). For some reason Eggman built an entire fortress with a pinball theme that is fully functional, which allows Sonic to just simply bounce around and collect all the Chaos Emeralds at his leisure. Robotnik put a few robot bosses in his way, but overall, it wasn’t a well-thought-out plan.
Note: Sonic Spinball is technically already on the Nintendo Switch as part of the Genesis Collection, however that version is terrible.
Two more games have also been added today: the RPG Shining Force II (Shining Force 1 is also playable on NSO) and Space Harrier II. The former is an epic quest to slay demons by a guy named Bowie (no relation, we think), and the latter is a pseudo-3D shooter based on the arcade original. Scaling isn’t as smooth, but it’s playable and has a great soundtrack.
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