Nintendo has announced the next SNES and NES games coming to the Switch Online service. Depending on your perspective, the choice shines a light on some underappreciated gems or shows that you probably should not expect more third-party titles from big names to appear in the library. Possibly both.
Here is the list of games:
- Psycho Dream (1992, SNES, Telenet Japan)
- Doomsday (1992, SNES, Laser Soft)
- Prehistoric Man (1995, SNES, Titus France)
- Fire’n Ice (1992, NES, Tecmo)
Not exactly big hitters, then: three rather obscure SNES side scrollers and an NES puzzle. Fire̵
Psycho Dream is a pretty nice addition. It is a visually stunning action game that was originally intended to be released in the United States as Dream Probe, but for whatever reason the plans fell through, and it remained exclusive to Japan. And look at this summary:
When Sayaka does not return to reality after entering an immersive virtual world known as a D-movie, the main characters, Ryo and Maria, must get through a scary fantasy game called Legend of the Fallen Capital to save her and bring her back to reality.
Nintendo has been adding deep cuts to Switch Online for a while now, but the last three rounds of additions included at least every game in Donkey Kong Country the trilogy as audience members. Personally, I like to check out which titles unexpectedly appear, but it seems clear that Nintendo is running out of games that either own the rights to or can convince other publishers to include.
It may be a good time to wonder when other platforms can get to Nintendo Switch Online. Maybe the delisting of Super Mario 3D All-Stars Next month may pave the way for Nintendo 64 games at some point. In the meantime, you can check out the latest additions on February 17 if you have a $ 19.99 annual Switch Online subscription.