Nintendo Switch Online adds Kid Icarus, StarTropics next week

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Kid Icarus stars Pit, who’s hunting for three sacred treasures.


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Nintendo Switch Online is adding another two classic games to its NES selection next Wednesday.

Kid Icarus and StarTropics originally hit the NES in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Their addition will bring to 35 the number of games in the library of the $20-a-year subscription service, Nintendo said Tuesday.

You’ve probably been seeing Kid Icarus protagonist Pit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but the NES game was his first adventure. It’s an old-school 2D platformer with a pretty catchy soundtrack.

StarTropics is top-down adventure game that’s notable for being one of the few Nintendo games not released in Japan, despite being made by a Japanese development team.

But even with that title not making it to the Japanese service, gamers there are again getting three games instead of two.

Along with Kid Icarus, Japanese subscribers will get 1990 strategy game Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and 1985 fighter Yie Ar Kung-Fu. The former was never released outside Japan, but a remake — the more simply titled Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon — came out worldwide in 2009.

In January, someone claimed to have looked into the NES Online code strings and discovered evidence of 22 SNES games — potentially revealing Nintendo’s plans for the service.


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