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Nintendo Switch Gets More NES Games and "Rewind"

Maybe these older games will be a bit easier now.

Jul 22, 2019

By: Max Cannon

If playing games online on your Nintendo Switch then you must be a subscriber to Nintendo Switch Online, as the service is required to play games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the internet. However, that's not the only perk to signing up for the service as you'll also get access to a library of NES games slightly modernized with a few new features. The collection of games isn't the entire NES library so Nintendo slowly adds in a few new titles into the lineup, now they're also throwing a new feature onto these older games that could make things a little easier.  

A pair of new games are available now on Nintendo's NES library.A pair of new games are available now on Nintendo's NES library.

Old Games on a New Machine

Coming to the Nintendo Switch from the retro 1980's Nintendo Entertainment System, Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew have joined the library. While these aren't quite the showstoppers that we've seen in past entries, like Super Mario Bros. 2 and Kirby's Adventurethese are some niche games that many players could've otherwise ignored. Donkey Kong 3 features that recognizable gorilla but swaps out the usual Mario the Plumber with Stanley the Exterminator as the player character. Wrecking Crew stars Mario and Luigi dressed like they're straight out of Super Mario Maker 2 as they do less building a bit more wrecking. You may be familiar with this game's similar-looking stage represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. 

NES - July Game Updates - Nintendo Switch Online


Like we'd mentioned, these two new games are part of a package of over 50 games available in the service. If you haven't had the chance to play many older games this is one of the best ways to see what made the NES such a special part of video game history. If you're looking for something other than the new titles introduced this month then check out a true classic like Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda


Nintendo's New Rewind Feature

Older games are considered to be much more challenging than much of what we're playing today and these NES games are no exception, fortunately, the team at Nintendo came up with a solution to make things easier. Holding down ZL and ZR will rewind your game back to a point of your choosing so you can pull Mario out of a fallen ledge or try again to dodge an attack in Donkey Kong. You'll still be faced with a tough time if you're hoping to finish these games but this simple feature gives you infinite opportunities to try any challenge again. 

Nintendo's Rewind feature will make these older games far easier to actually finish.Nintendo's Rewind feature will make these older games far easier to actually finish.Courtesy of Know Techie

If you don't have Nintendo Switch Online you can get the service for $3.99 a month or $19.99 to get an entire year of access, with a few family plans available to give multiple accounts access to the service's feature.

Have Your Say!

Are you going to check out Nintendo Switch Online's games? Do you prefer older games or do you stick with the newest releases? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!