The first update to the NES library for Nintendo Switch Online is here, and it comes with three new games and a special new "game mode" for The Legend of Zelda.
Not long ago, Nintendo launched their own paid online service akin to Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus. It was called Nintendo Switch Online. While the primary perk for the service was online multiplayer support, it also came with access to a downloadable library of NES titles, emulated on the Nintendo Switch. Now that some time has passed, the game maker has released their first update to the game library, adding NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomons Key and Super Dodge Ball to the game library. Additionally, they also added in a special game mode for The Legend of Zelda, giving the player an over-powered head start.
If the title doesn't give it away, NES Open Tournament Golf allows the player to simulate a game of golf. Players can participate in tournaments and play against a friend in a number of fictional courses placed in the US, UK, and Japan. This is not to be confused with Golf, the NES title as part of the NES Sports Series.
In a different vein than the others is Solomon's Key. This side-view RPG places the player in the role of Dana, a talented hero with the ability to manipulate blocks and other magical powers. On every level, Dana has to free the captured fairy and grab the magic key to escape.
Super Dodge Ball, the final game added in the update, should come as no surprise. Nintendo's NES library already consisted of quite a few sports-style games, why not throw this one in too? (that's a dodgeball joke). Much like the sport itself, the player moves around a number of arenas, throwing and dodging balls while trying to eliminate the opponent.
The final change isn't a game, but a save file. Nintendo has added a special save data option to the original Legend of Zelda game. This option gives the player plenty of rupees and all items, including the White Sword, Magical Shield, Blue Ring, and Power Bracelet, at the very beginning. This is a fun option for those wanting to explore the world without worrying about having the right gear. Nintendo has expressed interest in giving the same treatment to other NES titles, though none are confirmed at this time.
According to Nintendo, we can expect to see another library update in each of the two remaining months of 2018. In November, we can expect Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee. In December, we'll see the Adventures of Lolo, Ninja Gaiden, and Wario's Woods.
Nintendo Switch Online is available as a recurring subscription for any Nintendo Switch owners. Prices range from $3.99 to $19.99, depending on plans. Visit their website for more information.