The Switch’ NES Online library is starting to grow!
Last month, Nintendo graced us with three unforgettable classics for the Switch NES Online Service. To continue the trend, the company just announced the next three titles we’re receiving — Doneky Kong Jr., VS. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land.
Donkey Kong Jr.
First up let’s take a look at Donkey Kong (DK) Jr., the first game to introduce us to Donkey Kong’s boy. The game is a sequel to the original Donkey Kong, only this time Mario is the villain and DK Jr. is our little hero. Much like the previous title, Donkey Kong Jr. is a platformer. This time around we’re getting four stages, each with a unique theme.
The goal of the game is for Donkey Kong Jr. to reach the top of the stage to retrieve a key guarded by Mario. At the last stage, Junior will be tasked to insert six keys to the cage to free his father. After which, the player is transported back to stage 1, but the levels now have increased difficulty. The title was first released way back in 1982 to multiple classic platforms.
Next up, VS. Excitebike. The game is actually the enhanced version of Excitebike, the first title in the Excite series, released for the Famicom back in 1984 and NES the year after. It was released for the Famicom Disk System peripheral back in 1988. The controls of the game are quite simple — A and B controls the bike’s acceleration, while the directional pads control the bike’s trajectory (left raises the front, and right lowers it).
The goal for the game is for the player to qualify for the Excitebike championship, done by completing time attack races. Apart from the three initial modes of the original (Solo race, with CPU Players as obstacles, and Design mode), Vs. Excitebike introduces, well, a Vs. Excite mode, an original soundtrack, and the ability to save created tracks to the rewritable disk.
Clu Clu Land
Lastly, Clu Clu Land. It was first released as an arcade and Famicom title back in 1984 in Japan, followed by a NES release a year later in North America, and a European release in 1987. In the game, players assume the mantle of Bubbles, a female balloonfish who is the heroine of the title. The story revolves around a group of sea urchins, the Unira, stealing the treasures of the underwater kingdom, Clu Clu Land.
The goal of the game is for players to uncover all of the golden ingots in each stage while avoiding the Unira and other obstacles. The stages provide a slight challenge as Bubbles can only turn and change directions by using “Turning Posts”. Although, the heroine is not without her weapon as she can use sound waves to stun the Unira and bump them into a wall.
The games willl be available to play on May 15th. Be sure to come back next month for our coverage of the June free titles!