Nintendo is expanding its Switch Online SNES and NES service with five more titles

Update [Wed 26th May, 2021 10:00 BST]: All five new titles are now available in their respective Nintendo Switch Online apps. You will need to download the latest updates to access it. There is also a bonus game – Super Mario Kart SP. Enjoy!


Original article [Wed 19th May, 2021 02:15 BST]: The month of May is well underway and Nintendo has just announced five games for the SNES and NES Switch Online service. All of these games will arrive next week, May 26th.

On the SNES side, we have Ninja Caveman (otherwise called Joe & Mac) from 1991, another Data East title Magic Drop II from 1996 (previously only in Japan), and they are joined by Spanky’s Quest (Natsume, 1991) and the release of Culture Brain in 1991, Super Baseball Simulator 1.000.

The only NES offering this month is the 1985 Jaleco title, Ninja JaJaMaru-kun. Check out our review of it (from the days of Virtual Console) here.

Below is the full rundown of each game, courtesy of Nintendo’s official press release:

Super NES

Ninja Caveman (also known as Joe & Mac) – Can cave guys Joe and Mac save the lost cave guys? In this 1991 action game, life was pretty cool for Joe and Mac until a group of Neanderthal nerds crashed into their village. Guys will have to jump to the rescue and leap, dash and use roll attacks to clear the Stone Age obstacles in their way. Just make sure you pick the best weapon for the situation, and the boys will be okay with it!

Magic drop 2 – This puzzle game launched on the Super Famicom system in 1996, but it never saw an English release. But even if you’ve never played, the rules are easy to learn. Catch and throw the drops that come down from the sky. Create vertical lines of three drops of the same color to erase all connected drops. Enjoy four playable modes, including a mode that assigns you a rank at the end of the game, as well as a story mode with 10 characters to play!

Super Baseball Simulator 1.000 – Get ready for high intensity superhuman baseball shows! Use Ultra Plays like Phantom Ball, which will make the ball disappear in the middle of the field, or Meteor Hit, which will knock out outfielders who come into contact with the ball before it bounces. With multiplayer options, a total of 18 baseball teams, and the ability to build your own original team, this is the wacky baseball simulation dream!

Spanky’s Quest – Spanky was on her way for a picnic when the witch Morticia started to knock bricks from the sky. Trapped, with six towers now built across the land, Spanky must clean them up before the Witch’s Crow catches him. He’ll have to use his magic ball to stun enemies, bounce it off his head to power it up, and pop it to attack – and try on a few hats along the way.

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Ninja JaJaMaru-kun – Play as a ninja and rescue the captured Princess Sakura in this action-packed game, originally released only in Japan. JaJaMaru must use his casting stars to defeat the lurking monsters. Keep an eye out for the ultimate power-up: a spin on Gamapa-kun, the giant frog!

Instead of Spanky’s Quest and Super Baseball Simulator 1000, the Japanese service Super Famicom and Famicom received the SNES 1992/93 version from Telenet. Warrior of the end of the world and Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. You can read more about these games in our other article.

This month also marks a milestone for the Switch Online service here in the west – with the announcement of these five new (but old) versions, SNES and NES services have now reached a combined total of 104 games.

“On May 26, the Nintendo Switch Online service reaches a milestone. Five more titles are added, bringing the number of classic games available to all Nintendo Switch Online members to a total of 104!

You can check out the full list of games available on Nintendo Switch Online here. What do you think of this latest batch of SNES and NES Switch Online offers? Leave a comment below.

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