Nintendo adds the final three NES games of 2018 to its Nintendo Switch Online subscription plan next week on Dec. 18. All three games will be available for free for those who are online with their Switch, and at least two of these are games you’ll want to check out.
First up is the original Ninja Gaiden, a brutal action platformer and one of the first games to ever utilize cutscenes to tell a story.
Take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa, a rising ninja in his family’s clan who travels to America to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Fight your way through six challenging side-scrolling chapters/14 stages (not including boss battles) while defeating gangs of street thugs, battling evil ninjas and fighting barbarian bosses by using the deadly Dragon Sword, ninja skills and ninja magic.
After that, we have an underrated gem of the NES, The Adventures of Lolo. This eggs-ellent block-pushing puzzle game comes from Kirby studio HAL Laboratories and has two sequels that are also worth seeking out.
After the love of his life, Lala, is kidnapped by the devilish King Egger and taken to his haunted castle, our hero, Lolo, sets out to rescue her. The journey is perilous, as the Great Devil’s fortress is guarded by a massive army. But Lolo has a few tricks up his sleeve. Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging style, Adventures of Lolo is a true classic.
And lastly, we have Wario’s Woods, a latecomer to the original NES and a puzzle game that stacks up pretty well against the console’s masterpieces, Tetris and Dr. Mario. It’s the weakest of the three, but as Wario’s home console debut, it’s a fun little moment in Nintendo history.
Control Toad as he scrambles along the bottom of the screen picking up monsters and bombs and arranging them vertically, horizontally and diagonally to clear the screen of enemies. This game features several modes of play, such as basic, lesson and time race. If you like puzzle games like Dr. Mario, you will definitely love this one!
Nintendo also confirmed that it will be adding to the list in 2019 with plenty of more NES goodies. If you subscribe, be sure to check them out.