Artwork for Donkey Kong Country, one of this month's Nintendo Switch Online games

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Donkey Kong, Shin Megami Tensei Join Nintendo Switch Online

July 8, 2020

By: Joseph Allen

 
 

Some new Nintendo Switch Online offerings have been announced. They include a classic beloved platformer, an arcade wrestling sim, and an isometric fantasy adventure game. On the Japanese side, you're also getting a cult JRPG classic. Let's take a look.


Nintendo Switch Online - SNES / Super Famicom

Donkey Kong Country

The first SNES game that's being added to the Nintendo Switch Online library is Donkey Kong Country. It's being made available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers both in Japan and in the West. This beloved, seminal 1994 side-scrolling platformer introduced the world to Diddy Kong and King K. Rool, two mainstays of the Donkey Kong world whose legacies persist to this day. The first Donkey Kong Country game offers solo play or a co-op option in which the second player controls Diddy Kong, and due to how Switch Online works, for the first time you'll be able to play the co-op online.

 

Natsume Championship Wrestling

The title screen for Nintendo Switch Online's Natsume Championship Wrestling

Your second SNES game is Natsume Championship Wrestling. This one's available if you have a Western Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Natsume Championship Wrestling features 12 wrestlers and several game modes to choose from including exhibition mode, round robin play, and tag team bouts. Each wrestler has a variety of moves to master, so if you're a big fan of old-school wrestling games you'll find lots to like here.

 
 

Shin Megami Tensei

A shot of Shin Megami Tensei running on Nintendo Switch Online
Screenshot courtesy of Japanese Nintendo.

If you've got a Japanese Nintendo Switch account - which anyone can create - then your Nintendo Switch Online subscription this month will give you access to cult RPG classic Shin Megami Tensei. Unlike the famous Persona spinoff series, Shin Megami Tensei is a first-person dungeon crawler, but it features many of the same creatures, albeit in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. You'll need to breed demons and use them to battle your enemies, making sure your demons' alignments match yours for maximum effect.

Nintendo Switch Online - NES / Famicom

The Immortal

The Western NES release for Nintendo Switch Online haul is isometric action-adventure The Immortal. You, an unknown wizard, must discover the fate of your mentor Mordamir, who has become lost in the Labyrinth of Eternity. The Immortal features real-time combat, puzzle-solving, and exploration mechanics, and should be perfect for you if you're looking for a rock-hard RPG fix.

 
 

Gun-Dec

Gun-Dec on the Japanese Nintendo Switch Online service
Screenshot courtesy of Japanese Nintendo.

This Japanese Nintendo Switch Online Famicom release is genre-hopping platformer-come-racer Gun-Dec (known as Vice: Project Doom in other territories, where it was previously released onto Nintendo Switch Online). This hybrid of 2D platformer, 3D shooter, and top-down racer sees you heading the VICE team of detectives as they hunt down nefarious underworld forces. It's a cult classic that's proved influential in terms of its genre-switching gameplay.


Plenty to get stuck into if you're a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber. Switch Online subscriptions cost $3.99 per month. You can also buy a block of 3 months for $7.99 or a 12-month subscription for $19.99. You can create a Japanese Nintendo Switch Online account simply by setting a new account's region to Japan, but bear in mind that all the games in your subscription - including Shin Megami Tensei, which is pretty text-heavy - will be entirely in Japanese. Still, if you understand the language, it's well worth it to play this cult classic.

How are these Switch Online offerings shaping up for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dark Souls changed my life, and I'm here to spread the good news. I like pretty much all sorts of games, but I judge everything by its proximity to our Lord and saviour, Dark Souls.