One of the benefits to subscribing to the Nintendo Switch Online service ($20 a year) is that gamer’s gain access to a growing library of classic NES games. The next batch joining the service on May 15, 2019 include: Donkey Kong Jr., Clu Clu Land, and VS. Excitebike. Once they go up the total number of NES games will be over 40.
Nintendo has said it plans to continue to offer incentives to keep gamers engaged with its service. Rumors have swirled that Super NES games could join the service later this year, but for now there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy in the NES catalog of titles.
On May 15, classic NES™ games Donkey Kong Jr.™, Clu Clu Land™ and VS. Excitebike™ are coming to the Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online collection, bringing its total number of games to more than 40. That’s dozens of classic games that can be played on the Nintendo Switch™ system anytime and anywhere with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, with even more games on the way!
Donkey Kong Jr. – Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Kong™ game. Play as Donkey Kong’s son, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.
VS. Excitebike – Fans love the Excitebike™ game for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. With this game, you can take it to the next level with the Famicom™ disk version of VS. Excitebike – complete with two-player split screen. Create tracks from 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for a best time or take on friends. Racing is even more exciting when the rivalries are real. You can also try out the single-player mode in VS. Excitebike. It adds tracks, music and the ability to save your high score.
Clu Clu Land – The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.
These three games join classics like Super Mario Bros.™ 3, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda™ and many others, all of which have been enhanced with online features.
Nintendo Switch Online members also have access to the free-to-download software Tetris® 99 as a special offer. The game includes online events like the Tetris 99 MAXIMUS CUP events.
Other features of the Nintendo Switch Online service include online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, plus a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games.
The Nintendo Switch Online app now includes Smash World, a new service for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimategame. With Smash World, players can use a mobile device to view recommended gameplay videos and download custom stages created in the game’s Stage Builder mode directly to their game, providing more ways than ever before to share their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate experience with others.
Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required. Persistent Internet, compatible smartphone and Nintendo Account age 13+ required to use app. Data charges may apply. Online play, Save Data Cloud and Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app features available in compatible games. Not available in all countries. The Nintendo Account User Agreement, including the Purchase and Subscription terms, apply. nintendo.com/switch-online
*Limit one purchase per Nintendo Account with paid Nintendo Switch Online individual or family membership. Offer not available for trial membership. These controllers are optional and not required to play the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online collection of games.
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