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.
This morning, at a time when most of us were asleep ( 7 AM Pacific), Nintendo streamed out their latest Direct, detailing everything they have planned for the 2022 holiday season and beyond. As we usually do, we’ve taken notes on the entire video and created this list, in chronological order, of the Switch lineup revealed. (There were an unusually large number of farming sims this year.)
For several years now it’s been a traded factoid that Texas-based Retro Studios, most famous for the Metroid Prime trilogy and a pair of Donkey Kong Country sequels, once made an attempt at a different franchise. There’s been scattered evidence that at one point, they were developing a spinoff game for the Zelda series starring Sheik from Ocarina of Time. All that remained of that project was a series of lavish, gothic illustrations carelessly left on somebody’s Artstation profile (before getting hastily yanked).
Punch-Out has gone by many names (Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, Punch-Out Featuring Mr. Dream, or just Punch-Out!!) but it’s remained a perennial favorite since its debut in the arcades as an impressive two-screen machine. It hasn’t gotten many sequels since its NES port, but it did get a turn on the Super NES in the form of Super Punch-Out. The game was sold and marketed as a one-player experience, but it turns out it had a hidden two player mode this entire time.
Who knew we were getting TWO new Kirby games in 2022? Only Nintendo, until today. With Kirby And The Forbidden Land only a few months old, no one expected to see the pink vacuum cleaner again so soon….but here it is, Kirby’s Dream Buffet.
Can you match them all? Find out next week when Nintendo Switch Online adds Pokemon Puzzle League to its N64 section.
It’s rare that an NSO update hits and no one has anything bad to say about it, but here we are: Nintendo Switch Online updated its Genesis library today with four titles, and they don’t disappoint.
Super Mario 64 has a great soundtrack — the Dire Dire Docks track is one of this reporter’s personal favorite video game melodies. Given how chill most of the tracks are, it would be no stretch to deliberately cover them in the LoFi genre. Music Label Curaga Records has done just that with their new Mario 64-based album, brought to us by artist 88bit and Save Point.
Months ago, Nintendo announced they would be selling the Special Edition of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 exclusively on their website. It marked a change from what they had done with Xenoblade Chronicles 2, whose Special Edition was widely available at retailers nationwide. However, I seem to remember that Special Edition sitting on the Target shelf for quite a while, and that probably motivated Nintendo to scale back their release plans this time.
The thing about Nintendo Switch Online relying on a back catalog of titles from ancient consoles is that, eventually, they’re going to run out of demanded games they have access to. Castlevania and Contra, for example, will never appear on NSO because they’re part of compilations Konami is selling themselves. We’d love to be proven wrong.
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).