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Nintendo Switch Online’s new SNES, NES games support multiplayer

Nintendo Switch Online’s new SNES, NES games support multiplayer

It has become almost a common practice for console makers to turn back time slightly and give players access to games from the past. In Nintendo's case, it goes back way into the past, back to the glory days of the company. Of course, some might argue that one could always relive that time with an emulator and some questionably acquired ROMs. Few of those, however, would be able to add some modern gaming conveniences, like playing a decades-old multiplayer game with someone far, far away.

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Nintendo Switch Online NES controllers get a big price cut

Nintendo Switch Online NES controllers get a big price cut

Some of the more interesting perks of being a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber are the collections of retro games you gain access to. Nintendo has two such collections currently on offer: one for NES, and a second for SNES. Switch owners can only play these games with an active subscription to Switch Online, and they can even buy special controllers that mimic the familiar gamepads of both consoles.

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Nintendo Switch Online finally expands SNES roster, includes Star Fox 2

Nintendo Switch Online finally expands SNES roster, includes Star Fox 2

One of the perks of Nintendo's Switch Online service is access to a roster of classic Nintendo titles that were promised to grow every month. That, however, mysteriously stopped after the introduction of SNES titles back in September. Worry not because Nintendo has finally announced the addition of new games to the Switch Online list and it happily does include four games for the SNES, including a long-lost sequel to a less-known but still beloved franchise.

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8BitDo N30 2.4g is a wireless mouse in NES Controller clothing

8BitDo N30 2.4g is a wireless mouse in NES Controller clothing

What is old is new again, or something like that. The past years have seen the proliferation of retro gaming consoles, shrunk down to the size of your hand (or hands) as well as designs that try to appeal to the powerful and apparently profitable sentiment of nostalgia. Most of them try to bring back the past to the present as they were, prioritizing design fidelity over modern utility. To that extent, this new 8BitDo N30 2.4g wireless mouse is different, bringing the aesthetic of an age long gone to a tool few people can't live without these days.

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Extremely rare Konami NES games emulated after auction discovery

Extremely rare Konami NES games emulated after auction discovery

Four of seven extremely rare Famicon (NES) games created by Konami for schools and a public utility company in Japan decades ago have been discovered and dumped online for use with emulators. The emulation was made possible by two Russian enthusiasts and a very lucky auction discovery, one that included special and extremely rare hardware that is needed to use the game cartridges.

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Two forgotten NES games head to Switch Online this month

Two forgotten NES games head to Switch Online this month

As it does every month, Nintendo has detailed the next NES games on the way to Nintendo Switch Online. One of the perks of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is access to a library of NES game that grows every month, and in August, we're looking at another two games joining the roster. Unfortunately, there really aren't any big names to be found in August's lineup.

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Switch Online NES games will let you rewind to the time before you died

Switch Online NES games will let you rewind to the time before you died

Gamers from yesteryears might say that today's players are spoiled. The games that we call classics today are entertaining but they are also notorious for being unforgiving. Sometimes, you just wish you could back in time, just a few seconds to undo the mistake you've made. Thanks to modern technology, that's now possible and Nintendo is bringing it to those classic NES titles on the Nintendo Switch as well.

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Contra Anniversary Collection detailed: The games list

Contra Anniversary Collection detailed: The games list

It was a strange time in video game history when Contra first hit NES. International rules forbade content of too violent a nature - if it contained humans - and all blood was highly, highly pixelated (no matter where you lived). Now, here in 2019, for the first (official) time ever, Konami's prepared the entire history of one of the most classic running and gunning games of all time.

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Nintendo Switch Online gets three new NES games next week

Nintendo Switch Online gets three new NES games next week

Today, Nintendo revealed the next batch of NES games heading to Switch Online. We're getting three this month, while some recent months have only added two. Once these three games join the service, Nintendo says there will be more than 40 NES games available to play with a Switch Online subscription.

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Mario, Kirby NES games joining Switch Online this month

Mario, Kirby NES games joining Switch Online this month

The next batch of NES games heading to Nintendo Switch Online have been revealed. We've grown used to receiving at least three new NES games per month since Switch Online launched back in September, but for February, we're only getting two. With that said, both titles for February can certainly be counted among the biggest games released for the NES.

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SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

The fast-paced game development process today means that many prototypes are made and discarded but that has actually been true even in ages past. While most prototypes never make it outside NDA’d halls, some do make a pubic appearance. So when something as high-profile as Simcity for the Nintendo Entertainment System, a.k.a. Famicom in Japan, vanishes without a trace, gaming historians are naturally intrigued. After 27 years, their sleuthing has finally paid off and SimCity for the NES has reemerged and is now available for everyone to learn from.

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Do you want the good NES Classic and SNES Classic news first, or the bad?

Do you want the good NES Classic and SNES Classic news first, or the bad?

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime had an interview this week where he made clear the fate the NES Classic and SNES Classic. Both of these systems come with a pre-set number of games, and at first appeared to be limited to those games alone. This week, Fils-Aime put to bed rumors that either one of the consoles would have a path to attaining additional games at any point in the future. And there's more sorta bad news, too.

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