In the ongoing drought of Nintendo Direct news, one glimmer of hope appeared last night. Nintendo of America announced that four more games would be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service, two apiece for the NES and SNES platforms.
On Feb. 19, the Super NES side will get Pop'n TwinBee and Smash Tennis. The NES section will get Shadow of the Ninja and Eliminator Boat Duel. For the SNES games, this is the first time either has seen a stateside release; despite getting English translations for a European version, neither Konami's shoot-em-up nor the riveting action of Smash Tennis came over.
These games look pretty cool, especially Smash Tennis, which should hopefully sate my sports game needs on the Switch. Shadow of the Ninja is some classic ninja fun, TwinBee looks like a lighthearted bullet-hell shooter, and Eliminator Boat Duel is a game I've actually never heard of, but is basically what I picture everytime I think of Florida.
Both of these games will be available as part of an update to Switch Online on Feb. 19. You'll be able to access them via the NES and SNES apps if you have a Switch Online subscription.
While Nintendo Switch Online has pulled in a surprising number of players, the service still lacks in some areas. A steady rollout of these SNES and NES games helps though, especially since Nintendo seems to be prioritizing games that audiences didn't get to play the first go-around (or at all).
Meanwhile, the wait continues for a Nintendo Direct to tell us what's coming in 2020. Today marks a pretty long gap since the most recent Direct, and with only Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon in the near future, fans have been pretty hungry for news. At least I can bide the time with bullet hells, smashing rackets, and a Florida life-sim.