Blasts from the Past
Nintendo has announced that it will be adding four new titles to the Nintendo Switch Online Collection app — a compilation of classic NES & SNES releases that are readily accessible to all users who have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
Joining the roster on May 26 will be Jaleco’s Ninja JaJaMaru-kun, a rarity that first launched for the Famicom back in 1985. From the 16-bit SNES era, the Online Collection will be receiving Natsume’s 1991 action title Spanky’s Quest, Culture Brain’s 1991 sports release Super Baseball Simulator 1.000, Data East’s arcade platformer Joe & Mac: Cavemen Ninja and, also from Data East, one of my personal favorite puzzle games, Magical Drop II, which is getting its first ever western release.
Now, admittedly this is hardly the most exciting or world-renown of releases, but it’s definitely an interesting batch of oddities. The Nintendo Switch Online Collection seems to be a solid blend of the obvious (Super Metroid, Super Mario World, StarFox) and the sublime (Wild Guns, River City Ransom, Gradius). But I hope that Nintendo will continue to pull both popular and unknown releases from its extensive back catalogue of yesteryear’s hits.
Super NES â€“ Nintendo Switch Online:
ãƒ»Super Baseball Simulator 1.000
ãƒ»Caveman Ninja (also known as Joe & Mac)
NES â€“ Nintendo Switch Online:
ãƒ»Ninja JaJaMaru-kun pic.twitter.com/OzYmF7lIYk
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 19, 2021