Switch’s virtual NES surges to over 40 games

May 7, 2019
News, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch


Say what you want about the Switch’s online plan, but it’s not shy on NES games. Nintendo has quietly updated the console’s offerings to over 40.

“Free” library

The virtual NES that comes as a part of the Nintendo Switch’s online plan is more of a bonus than a freebie. After all, it’s not like the plan is free to take part in. Users do have to pay a fee, as low as it is.

And as a nice little bonus for that payment, Switch gamers get NES games. Playable any time, the virtual NES is an app that’s accessible from the Switch’s main menu. Once you open it up, you’ll find yourself greeted with what’s become a terrific little library.

As of May 15th, that set of titles grows to over 40. Donkey Kong Jr., Vs. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land are all 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 Famicomdisk 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.

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