Two more Nintendo Entertainment System games have been added to the Nintendo Switch Online – NES service.
As of the 13th of March, North American Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have access to Kid Icarus and StarTropics.
Kid Icarus, also known as Light Mythology: Palutena’s Mirror in Japan, originally released on the NES in Europe and North America in 1987. It’s the first game in the Kid Icarus series.
It’s an action platformer with role-playing elements. The player controls the protagonist, Pit, and guides him through 2D levels that are chock-full of monsters, obstacles, and items.
Pit is a young angel who’s trapped in the Underworld. The goddess Palutena reaches out to him and sends him on a quest to escape the Underworld and defeat Medusa.
In Kid Icarus, Pit is given his signature weapon – a magical bow and arrow, which has since been given several design, name, and origin overhauls since Pit’s introduction to the Super Smash Bros. series.
While the game received mixed reviews upon its debut, it’s since become a cult classic and a staple of any NES lineup.
StarTropics is an action-adventure game released in 1990 for the NES. StarTropics was never released in Japan and, as such, Japanese Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will instead receive Yie Ar Kung-Fu and Fire Emblem alongside Kid Icarus.
The game follows Mike Jones after he discovers that his uncle, Dr. Steven Jones, a famous archaeologist, has gone missing from his home in a tropical village on the mysterious C-Island.
The village chief gives Mike a special yo-yo to defend himself. In Mike’s search for his uncle, he comes across monsters, labyrinths, talking parrots, intelligent dolphins, and aliens.
StarTropics puts a fun spin on the usual action-adventure genre, with the game’s plot having plenty of twists and turns that players don’t expect. It’s a good addition to the Nintendo Switch Online – NES lineup and well worth a play.
You can get more information on the NES Nintendo Switch Online service here.