For July, Nintendo just released their new Switch Online games. They include Natsume Championship Wrestling and Donkey Kong Country for SNES and The Immortal for the NES. When you boot up the NES and SNES apps on your Switch and scroll to the top, you’ll see that the new titles are revealed one by one. Nintendo Switch Online costs $20 per year and gives you access to classic Nintendo and Super Nintendo games with some added game modes, save states and the ability to play your Switch online with others. Have fun and don’t forget to revisit some of the existing games too as there are tons of them now!
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong will clearly be the most popular title on this list today, so let’s talk about it first! I hold this game close to my heart. When everyone was out playing Zelda and such, I had Mario and Donkey Kong Country. I spent years uncovering all of the secrets in the levels and mastering Mine Cart Madness. You can still find the soundtrack on repeat and on full blast on my Youtube Music playlists around my home!
Nintendo released the video below with “classified information” on how to get a ton of lives using a trick in one of the levels. Since we weren’t able to find any high quality trailers for the 1994 original release, this seemed like the perfect way to show those new to the game what it’s about and what it looks like!
Initially, I wondered why Nintendo took so long to add this title to the line up, but then I realized that their goal with their Switch Online offerings seems to be more geared towards helping gamers rediscover the joy of many of the games we would nowadays just skip right over. They also want to provide a bit of something for everyone, so it’s understandable that they’re not just tossing out a few games from the top charts and calling it a day. Many of us had favorite games from our youth that aren’t exactly every fan’s favorites. Gaming is a deeply personal and special experience and it feels as though Nintendo is trying to recapture that for us. I can appreciate that!
Besides, could you imagine how many people would probably cancel the service after they got what they wanted with Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda? The appeal of the service would fade quickly and we’d be on to our next dopamine rush, so I feel that Nintendo building anticipation for these titles by surprising us with them at random is, in some capacity, smart. I can’t say I’m completely a fan of this approach, but I get it. Here’s to hoping we get Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 sooner rather than later!
Natsume Championship Wrestling
Natsume Championship Wrestling is a 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game that was released in North America. This game is widely based on a conversion of Zen-Nippon Pro Wrestling Dash: Sekai Saikyō Tag, a Japanese video game for the Super Famicom based on the All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. Players must become either the Triple Crown Champion or the Triple Crown Tag Team Champions and achieve the limits of professional wrestling.Youtube Gaming
I used to love me some wrestling games. I remember playing WWF Super Wrestlemania on the Super Nintendo and dominating as Hulk Hogan. I never played Natsume Championship Wrestling, but it looks like it will give me the same beat down feeling I got before, but with an extra serving of brutal. Some of the moves look pretty intense.
The Immortal is an isometric action-adventure dark fantasy video game originally created for the Apple IIGS, which was ported to the Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, NES, and Sega Genesis. A wizard is attempting to find his mentor in a large and dangerous labyrinth. The game has a high degree of graphic violence.Youtube Gaming
I particularly like how the developers were able to achieve a high level of detailed animation with pixel art in this game. Combat looks neat too with almost an RPG-esque Punchout mechanic of dodging left and right and hitting the enemy. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!