Nintendo has picked up the pace ever so slightly this month, as Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will gain access to three new games instead of two, which has been the norm so far in 2019. We’re still awaiting any news about the company’s plans to expand the service, but we might have to wait until E3 in June for that.
In the meantime, there are a few gems being added on April 10th, including Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. If you’ve never played it before, it’s nothing like the Super Mario Bros. 2 you might remember from the late ’80s. It’s also much more difficult, so be prepared. And speaking of difficult, Punch-Out!! is coming as well.
Here’s the complete lineup of free NES games available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers on April 10th:
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels: Originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros.® 2, this game has previously made only brief cameo appearances in the Western Hemisphere. Mario fans will appreciate the familiar look and feel of the game, while finding that its updated gameplay creates an entirely new challenge. In addition to the classic enemies already known to fans worldwide, there are also Poison Mushrooms, backward Warp Zones and the occasional wind gust (which can help or hinder your progress).
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream: As young boxer Little Mac, players have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle the big guys of the World Video Boxing Association circuit. Take them on one by one, starting with skinny Glass Joe. Battle up through King Hippo and all the way to the WVBA Champion himself. Players use their best jabs, hooks and power uppercuts to knock out opponents, but must also dodge jaw-breaking blows by paying attention to subtle changes in their foe’s body position.
- Star Soldier: The standard for vertically scrolling shooters, Star Soldier is the original game that spawned all of the titles in the long-running Soldierseries. Go inside a floating space station inhabited by a giant computer known as Starbrain. Your mission: to stop Starbrain’s galactic invasion by piloting Caesar, a new compact space fighter, through 16 deadly stages.
There are a variety of payment schemes for Nintendo Switch Online: $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a year. There’s also a family plan that costs $34.99, but can support up to 8 Nintendo Accounts. If you want to try it out before you commit to paying, there’s a 7-day free trial as well.