Nintendo is adding the first game of one of its most beloved franchise to the Nintendo Switch next week. On Nov. 14, the original Metroid will be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online's NES app alongside two other cult favorites, Mighty Bomb Jack and Twin Bee.

All three games will be free if you subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online for $19.99 a year.


The first installment of the immensely successful Metroid series introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic bounty hunter Samus Aran. As Samus, your mission is to penetrate the space pirates' home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the galaxy with the dangerous life-forms known as Metroids. Metroid has all the high-tech weaponry, creepy tunnels, and crawly alien creatures that anyone could ask for.

Mighty Bomb Jack

The hero of the game, Jack, must make his way through 16 levels of a pyramid in order to defeat the demon Belzebut and rescue the royal Pamera family. Each level is split into two parts: an action zone and a Royal Palace room. Action zones can be split up into several portions and contain power-ups, such as money bags, Mighty Coins, and Mighty Drinks, usually hidden in treasure chests. However, be careful to not get greedy with collecting too many Mighty Coins or Mighty Drinks.


A hit sensation back in the day, this vertical-scrolling arcade game made its 1986 release on the Famicom in Japan. Guide the spacecrafts, TwinBee and WinBee, as you dodge and destroy waves of aerial and ground enemies to save the island from a ruthless conqueror. In two-player co-op mode, you can combine forces to launch extremely powerful attacks.

Metroid in itself is an exciting NES game to jump into the first time, but fans are wondering if it will come with cheat codes the same way the The Legend of Zelda did. My guess is that Nintendo did add something to the emulation here, but it won't be necessary as the legendary "JUSTIN BAILEY —— ——" password is already a good enough cheat to get newbies involved easily.

All games will be available on the Nintendo Entertainment App on Nov. 14.