Nintendo Switch Online has added three new 8-bit classics to its growing NES collection. This month we get games from earlier in the NES’ lifespan, including Donkey Kong Jr., Vs. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land. Donkey Kong Jr. flips the script on the original classic, casting Mario as the villain and DK’s son as the hero, Vs. Excitebike is the multiplayer Japanese version of the dependable old dirt bike racer, and Clu Clu Land is a unique Pac-Man-like arcade game. You can check out all three in the trailer, below.
Here’s how Nintendo describes the new NES games:
- Donkey Kong Jr. – Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Kong game. Play as Donkey Kong’s son, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless NES classic.
- Vs. Excitebike – Fans love the Excitebike game for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. With this game, you can take it to the next level with the Famicom disk version of Vs. Excitebike – complete with two-player split screen. Create tracks from 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for a best time or take on friends. Racing is even more exciting when the rivalries are real. You can also try out the single-player mode in Vs. Excitebike. It adds tracks, music and the ability to save your high score.
- Clu Clu Land – The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.
Donkey Kong Jr., Vs. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land join 38 other Switch Online NES games, including Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, TwinBee, Soccer, Tennis, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Dr. Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Double Dragon, River City Ransom, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Tecmo Bowl, Gradius, Pro Wrestling, Excitebike, Yoshi, Ice Hockey, Baseball, Solomon's Key, NES Open Tournament Golf, Super Dodge Ball, Wario's Woods, Ninja Gaiden, Adventures Of Lolo, Blaster Master, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Super Mario Bros 2, Kirby's Adventure, Kid Icarus, StarTropics, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Punch-Out!!, and Star Soldier.
Nintendo Switch Online will set you back $4 a month, and a mere $20 for a full year. A Family Membership, which lets you share your account with up to 7 other people, will cost you $35 a year. In addition to its collection of NES games, the service also includes cloud saves, special offers, and, of course, online play for compatible games.
Donkey Kong Jr., Vs. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land are available now. What other classic NES titles would you like to see added in the future?