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Part of the Nintendo Switch's premium online membership comes with the ability to play classic NES games through an emulator on the Switch that enables online play through these classic 8-bit titles. It's not the sort of thing that would instantly make most gamers jump up for joy when it comes to paying real money to play Switch games online, but Nintendo is sticking to its guns and running with the ball like a wide receiver toward the end zone while attempting to dodge all the incoming competition. If you actually enjoy the prospect of playing classic NES games on your Nintendo Switch, and if you've already laid down the $20 or so to access the online component for a year, then you can look forward to three classic games that will be made available for the Switch's premium online service.
The news was posted on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account. It features a very quick rundown of the three games that will be available on October 10th via the Switch online membership service. This includes Open Tournament Golf, a game called Solomon's Key, and one of the most iconic NES games of all time, Super Dodge Ball.
I remember playing Super Dodge Ball quite a bit back in the day because it was from Technos Japan and it was based on the Kunio-kun series, also known as River City Ransom. It featured the characters from the Nekketsu series playing dodge ball against other characters from rival schools. If you were a fan of beat-'em-up games then you probably had your eye on Technos' releases given that the company was also responsible for Double Dragon and another favorite of mine, The Combat Tribes. If you enjoyed the simplistic style of gameplay featured in Technos titles, but you also wanted to challenge your friends (or rivals) to a friendly game of dodge ball, when you can do that with Super Dodge Ball.
As for Open Tournament Golf... the game probably looks familiar to some gamers given that it's very similar to the golf game that was included in the Nintendo Switch's firmware for a time as an homage to Satoru Iwata.
Solomon's Key is a side-scrolling platformer, almost equivalent to the old versus mode in Super Mario Bros. It's not the sort of game that will set the world on fire but it's there for you to play.
The response to the games hasn't been the most positive from the gaming community. Many of them were hoping for online multiplayer-enabled SNES games, or a few N64 games. There were some who were hoping that Nintendo would make GameCube titles backwards compatible for the Switch through a Virtual Console-style service.
I think Nintendo might be able to garner more excitement for the online service if the games were a little more tempting, and if they were from newer generations... preferably the SNES or N64 era.
For now, the three NES titles will join the 20 other classic games as part of the Nintendo Switch's premium online service, starting October 10th.