In addition to the ability to play games like Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online, one of the greatest benefits of the Nintendo Switch online subscription service is instant access to classic NES games. On January 16, Switch Online's range of NES titles will expand even more, adding two new games to the service.
On January 16, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can look forward to playing Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master . Zelda 2 is one of the more polarizing entrances in the iconic franchise as it trades the series' traditional gameplay for a more fights-focused, side-scrolling approach that some hate and others love. Zelda 2 is also considered one of the most difficult games in the series, but its uniqueness alone can make it worth checking out for fans even though they initially find it inaccessible.
Blaster Master meanwhile, is a race and gun shooter who earned a great deal of praise as it was originally launched in the late 1980s. The game is often seen on "Best Of" lists when it comes to NES titles, but like Zelda 2 its difficulties can make it a turn for players who have been accustomed to modern games and their amenities.
While Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will no doubt appreciate more games to play, others are waiting impatiently for Nintendo to expand the service. It has been rumblings that Nintendo plans to add GameCube games to the lineup, which would make it much more appealing and also help Switch owners get more use of their GameCube controllers besides just using them to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate .
Before Nintendo adds GameCube games to the Switch Online subscription service or in eShop through a virtual console-like setup, fans may see SNES and Nintendo 64 titles first. After all, Wii and Wii U have the opportunity to play a variety of games from a variety of Nintendo platforms, and access to a robust classic game library seems to be a strong selling point for Switch as well.
It will be interesting to see which other games Nintendo adds to its Switch Online service during 2019 and what it decides to do after it runs out of popular NES titles. Meanwhile, Switch owners can look forward to Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master who joined the lineup on January 16th.