We’ve got some new 8 and 16-bit games coming to Nintendo Switch Online today, but I doubt anyone expected any of them. The first, Kirby’s Star Stacker, was only released in America as a Game Boy title. There was a Super NES version, but it came out in Japan in 1998, and Nintendo’s last batch of first-party SNES titles for the West was released at the end of 1997. What we’re getting is the SNES version, released in the US for the first time.
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Surprise! Normally Nintendo gives us at least a day’s notice before adding something to NSO, but here they are, two of the most demanded titles for its Game Boy section: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons.
In the early 90s you either had a Super Nintendo or a Sega Genesis — it was the parents who paid for these things and most would chafe at the idea of buying a second console. There were many Genesis kids who looked on at the Zelda series with some jealousy, but there WERE options to get a similar experience. Both of them have finally arrived in the Genesis section of Nintendo Switch Online as of today.
It’s been months since the NES and SNES categories of Nintendo Switch Online were updated. They were the libraries that started this whole service, but as time has gone on the number of available titles you can add that aren’t already there has dwindled. Yeah, there are some popular third-party games that are still absent, but that’s because their respective holders consider them too valuable to give away here. As for Super Mario RPG….no, we still don’t know what the case is with Super Mario RPG.
Nintendo has picked May 26 (the same day you can’t watch Willow anymore) to post its next Switch Online update — this one for the GBA section. And this time, we’re getting three games at once…and not just any three but three of the greatest games ever made.
We were kind of surprised by the latest addition to Nintendo Switch Online because generally, the stuff that winds up here is not stuff third-party publishers consider valuable enough to sell elsewhere. The Castlevania series, for example, will not appear on NSO because Konami would rather sell those games in their own packages. Street Fighter is another brand that’s too hot for NSO, or so we thought. NSO just got one. It’s the Genesis version of Street Fighter II, not the SNES version, but hey, it’s playable.
Nintendo promised Pokemon Stadium for their Nintendo Switch Online service quite a while ago. It’s only now that we’re finally hearing about a date for its arrival. Pokemon Stadium is coming around the middle of next week.
As of today, if you’ve got a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can have the full Kirby 90s Experience. The latest update to the NSO archive adds Kirby’s Dream Land 2 to the Game Boy section, which means every mainline Kirby game from 1992’s Kirby’s Dream Land through 2000’s Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is playable. It just so happens there’s another Kirby game out for Switch (but we hesitate to call it new, it originally appeared on Wii).
Nintendo recently promised all three N64 installments of Mario Party would be added to Nintendo Switch Online at some point. Guess that point is now…or two weeks from now. The first two games in the series will join the library on the same day, November 2. The third is still on the way.
When Nintendo Switch Online added Earthworm Jim 2 to its SNES library earlier this year, everyone scratched their heads and wondered “Where’s Earthworm Jim 1?” Looks like the worm’s inaugural outing made it after all — just in a different collection.
One of the many, many announcements made by Nintendo during their Direct today was what was coming up next for NSO (Nintendo Switch Online). And there was one addition in particular no one ever thought they’d see happen: Goldeneye 007.
Can you match them all? Find out next week when Nintendo Switch Online adds Pokemon Puzzle League to its N64 section.