Nintendo has announced which NES games will be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service this month, with the worlds favourite plumber and the worlds favourite fat, pink, alien thing on their way. Yep, Super Mario Bros 2 and Kirby’s Adventure will arrive on Wednesday 13th February.
Super Mario Bros. 2 released all the way back in 1989 (which happens to be the same year I was born – damn, I’m old) and wasn’t originally intended to be a Mario game; the original build of Super Mario Bros. 2 was actually a game called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, which was re-skinned to be the American release of Super Mario Bros. 2, with the character likenesses of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad built upon existing models of characters in Doki Doki Panic. Because of this, the game doesn’t really feel like a Super Mario game, but it was still very well received upon release, with many people considering it one of the best games ever to release on the NES.
Kirby’s Adventure, meanwhile, is the second installment in the Kirby series which released in 1993 as the sequel to Kirby’s Dream Land, which released on the Game Boy the previous year. The game marked the first time that Kirby had the copy ability that became iconic for the series, and—perhaps even more historically—was the first time that Kirby had been depicted in colour. Yes, Kirby’s Adventure was the beginning of Kirby’s life as a comparison for all things pink. Kirby’s Adventure was also well received upon release, with many reviewers commending the increased difficulty following criticisms that Kirby’s Dream Land was too simplistic.
If you’re reading this from all the way over in Japan, then you will also have Tsuppari Oozumou to look forward to this month, the sumo wrestling game that released way back in 1987.
All of these titles will be added to the Nintendo Switch Online service on Wednesday 13th February.