Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games join the Nintendo Switch Online service next week. But there are still Nintendo Switch Online games we want that aren’t announced for the service! Whether it’s an overlooked NES or SNES title or a Genesis or N64 game you’d like to see in the future, what do you most want? Here are our picks.
Nintendo has shown a willingness to throw an occasional import-only game onto the service, especially ones that don’t have a big language barrier. Given that, why not shine a light on more Super Famicom games that the West never saw? Like Mario & Wario! Or Tetris Battle Gaiden! But the one I want to most call out is rare enough in Japan, and a cool little platforming puzzler that still feels novel today. Sutte Hakkun uses a fun paint mechanic and an endearing protagonist to present screens and screens of text-free fun. Give it a chance in the West, Nintendo! (And maybe release those Game Boy versions we’re not supposed to know about, too.) — Graham
I definitely agree that Sutte Hakkun is a game that belongs on the service. It is charming, fun and has no language barriers. Which means it would work well as one of those Nintendo Switch Online import games worldwide.
But speaking of imports, what about Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu? Anyone who played Kirby’s Star Stacker could figure it out. It’s basically the same game. Since the SNES enhanced version does include multiplayer, it’d be another game you could play with a friend. — Jenni
Many, many, many people will note that Super Mario RPG is still not on the Switch’s SNES library, which is frankly unacceptable! But for me, the most glaring absences are for 1995’s Metal Warriors and 1992’s Axelay, both originally published by Konami. Metal Warriors was a rad side-scrolling action game with mecha and some really great approximations of late-’80s sci-fi anime, much like the better-known Assault Suit Leynos/Target Earth on the Genesis. Axelay was a shooter that exhibited some of the tech and artistry of Konami at its finest.
Unfortunately, it might be more of a stretch to get those two on deck. Metal Warriors was developed by the now-defunct LucasArts, and it’s an open question who currently owns the rights to it. Meanwhile Konami hasn’t shown all that much interest in reviving that era of its history. Recent moves, though, suggest a pivot back to developing games. That may keep hope alive! — Josh
Given the amount of hours I spent playing it as a child at a friend’s house, Harvest Moon 64 needs to pop up eventually. Sure, there have been plenty of titles in the series since, but there’s nothing wrong with indulging in some sweet 3D nostalgia. — Carley