Besides the ability to play games like Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online, one of the main perks of the Nintendo Switch online subscription service is instant access to classic NES games. On January 16, Switch Online’s lineup of NES titles will expand even further, as two more games are being added to the service.
On January 16, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can look forward to playing Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master. Zelda 2 is one of the more polarizing entries in the iconic franchise, as it trades the series’ traditional gameplay for a more combat-focused, side-scrolling approach that some hate and others love. Zelda 2 is also considered one of the more difficult games in the series, but its uniqueness alone may make it worth checking out for fans, even if they initially find it inaccessible.
Blaster Master, meanwhile, is a run and gun shooter that earned a great deal of praise back when it originally launched in the late 1980s. The game is often seen on “Best Of” lists when it comes to NES titles, though like Zelda 2, its difficulty may make it a turn off for players used to modern games and their conveniences.
While Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will undoubtedly be appreciative of more games to play, others are impatiently waiting for Nintendo to expand the service. There have been rumblings that Nintendo plans to add GameCube games to the lineup, which would make it vastly more appealing and also help Switch owners get more use out of their GameCube controllers besides just using them to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Before Nintendo adds GameCube games to the Switch Online subscription service or in the eShop through a Virtual Console-like setup, fans may want to see SNES and Nintendo 64 titles first. After all, the Wii and Wii U both have the ability to play a variety of games from a number of Nintendo platforms, and it seems like access to a robust library of classic games would be a strong selling point for the Switch as well.
It will be interesting to see what other games Nintendo adds to its Switch Online service throughout 2019, and what it decides to do after it runs out of popular NES titles. In the meantime, Switch owners can look forward to Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master joining the lineup on January 16.