Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More Classic Games, Including Rygar

Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More Classic Games, Including Rygar

Also Panel de Pon, a win for those who are too cool for Tetris Attack.

Sometimes, the updates for Nintendo Switch Online's selection of NES and Super NES titles aren't too exciting, like those "Special" remixes. It can also feel like it takes ages between updates. Soon, though, four more games will be added to the service, and there's a pretty good chance you'll think at least one of them is a stone-cold classic, even if you don't recognize it at first.

On May 20, Nintendo is adding three SNES games and one NES game to the Switch catalog. The three SNES titles are Operation Logic Bomb, Panel de Pon, and Wild Guns, while the NES selection is getting Tecmo's 1987 platformer Rygar.

Of the four, it should be noted that you've probably played one of them in some form even if it doesn't immediately register. That would be Panel de Pon, which was released as Tetris Attack in America and was later followed by the Puzzle League series that has crossed over with Pokemon and Animal Crossing. You know the drill: flip the tiles, make matches, avoid those dreaded garbage blocks.

If you're more into retro action than puzzling, then Operation Logic Bomb and Wild Guns should help scratch that itch. Rygar, meanwhile, is an under-credited gem that lives in the shadow of its arcade sibling. It has the kind of nonlinear structure and beginnings of an RPG system that's more associated in platformers with Castlevania today. Still, Rygar did get its due in a 2014 list of the greatest NES games right here on this site (you're welcome, Tecmo).

If something like Animal Crossing: New Horizons or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate convinced you to get Nintendo Switch Online, but you still haven't checked out its free offerings yet, you really should. The updates are a bit infrequent, and for people who really want a way to play all their old favorites on Switch, that can be frustrating—Nintendo just announced a new Paper Mario, so where is Super Mario RPG? If you're just checking it out now, though, you'll find a good handful of NES and SNES classics, and it's worth remembering that Tetris 99's still a perk of the service too.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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