Pop’n Twinbee.
Pop’n Twinbee.
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The next batch of NES and SNES games hits Switch Online on February 19. On SNES, it’s Pop’n Twinbee and Smash Tennis; on NES it’s Shadow of the Ninja and Eliminator Boat Duel.

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Realnoize42
Realnoize42

Nice to see new games added, but damn this is underwhelming.

Maybe Nintendo should start planning on GC games (and N64 games too). Thing is, I still remember when the Switch wasn’t out yet, Nintendo said that GC games were planned, or something like that. Even if those wouldn’t be part of their Online subscription, I would pay to replay the original Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion, Wind Waker, and other Nintendo titles. I mean, I know emulation can be tricky to get it right and I know GC is much harder to emulate than an 8 or 16-bit console, even the N64 is not easy to emulate properly. But surely this requires less man-hours to get done than creating brand new games. I’d think it would be easy money for them. But then, Nintendo is always doing puzzling things. Like releasing NES and SNES games nobody asked for. That’s Nintendo.