Super Mario Lost Levels, Punch-Out!! Heading To Switch This Month

Punch-Out!!
Punch-Out!!
Screenshot: Nintendo

Punch-Out!!, Star Soldier, and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, aka the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, are the next games coming to Nintendo’s NES library on Switch Online, on April 10.

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In other words, it’s another fairly safe, predictable month for Nintendo, with no especially surprising releases and nothing that hasn’t already been in print since Virtual Console on the Wii. (We’re all just waiting for SNES games at this point, anyway, right?)

Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels.
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels.
Screenshot: Nintendo
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Do note that once you get to the end of Punch-Out!!, you won’t be fighting Mike Tyson, as that version of the game hasn’t seen official release since the ‘80s. Iron Mike was replaced with the generic Mr. Dream halfway through the NES lifecycle, and that’s the version that’s been available digitally since.

While we’re on the subject, am I the only one who can’t beat Punch-Out!! on anything other than a CRT? I can knock out Tyson on the ol’ Trinitron, but in matches against Mr. Dream on anything that introduces even a little bit of lag, I don’t have enough time to dodge his punches reliably.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

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notgoodforyou
NotGoodForYou

I’ve recently picked up the free Nintendo Online that came with already being subscribed to another service and... I’m glad I didn’t actually pay for it. I find it unbelievably hard to justify paying monthly for what Nintendo Online is offering even if it is only a fraction of the price it is on other consoles. I’m surprised Nintendo has done so little nothing to cement the value of the subscription at all when they started charging for it if they couldn’t make an online that ran properly. Like, I was hoping that with the NES re-releases they’d have done some fun stuff like add co-op in games that didn’t originally have them or something of the sort, anything to sweeten the deal. I was really curious about “online multiplayer” on ES games, but for a touted feature such as that I’m surprised the list of games that have any multiplayer whastoever is so paltry.

Also, controversial opinion, but... the NES games really didn’t age well. I grew up with them, mind you, but I also grew up with the SNES remakes for a lot of them and beyond core game design elements the titles themselves are incredibly rough. SNES titles for Switch Online can’t come soon enough.