Some say this is a poor man's Joe & Mac, but we think that does this caveman themed game a bit of a disservice. Where do cavemen get sunglasses from though?
Jaleco's The Peace Keepers is the final entry in the Rushing Beat trilogy which includes Rival Turf! and Brawl Brothers. This unspectacular beat 'em up takes place in the grim, distant, corporation-run future of 2015 and sees you taking to the mean streets and generally dealing out pain to deserving goons.
Never originally released in the West (probably thanks to the N64 being the hot new Nintendo console on the block in 1996, this Super Famicom version of Magical Drop II is a cracking puzzler, much like the other entries in the series. Hamster's port of the Neo Geo version is also available on Switch, but you'll have to pay for that (beyond a yearly subscription to NSO, that is).
Smash Tennis and Super Tennis have us split here at Nintendo Life, with our favourite 16-bit SNES tennis game switching sides like a ball across a court. Prior to its inclusion in the Nintendo Switch Online lineup, this wasn't available in North America, so many players won't have nostalgia for it, but in many ways it gives the Nintendo-published game a run for its money. We'd recommend giving both a go on centre court and seeing which one works best for you.
32. Claymates (SNES)
From Interplay's clay-mation stable that included the ClayFighter series, Claymates' relation to those fighters should give you an idea of the tone of this 16-bit platformer. Playing as Clayton, son of Professor Putty, you're transformed into various animals as you attempt to rescue your Prof Padre from a witch doctor called Jobo.
Definitely sounds like an early-'90s platformer from the premise, then — the cheeky console wars reference to "Blaze-processing" (a nod to the Genesis' infamous 'Blast-processing') on the cover sets the tone, too. Not a stone-cold classic in the platforming pantheon, but a fun one all the same.
Known as Joe & Mac 3: Lost in the Tropics in Europe, this is a good-looking 2D (and 2-player) platformer that's worth investigating if you've never encountered Joe and/or Mac in your video gaming travels. You won't be missing much if you never get around to it, but there's certainly an afternoon's worth of action platforming fun to be had from it.
A powerful serving of 16-bit 2-player net sport, Super Tennis lives up to its name; it is super. As with the best sports games, it's simple enough to pick up and play, but there's plenty of depth to uncover, and a satisfying campaign mode to enjoy if you don't have a partner to play with.
While you might find the framerate hard to stomach these days, the solid design beneath the ageing facade makes this ambitious 3D racer a fun vehicle to take for a spin. What Stunt Race FX lacks in looks and performance it makes up for with personality, and there's plenty of fun to be had in nailing those corners and shaving seconds off your lap times. It's well worth revisiting, or sampling if you've never had the pleasure.
Ah, yes. Spanky's Quest. It's a game from Natsume released on both Game Boy and SNES in 1991, 1992 in the West. It has graphics and gameplay, which is nice.
Okay, we have to admit we're not really au fait with Spanky and his quest, but rest assured we're looking to plug that gap in our knowledge. "Spanky was on his way to a picnic when the witch Morticia began dropping bricks from the sky," according to Nintendo's blurb. "Trapped, with six towers now built across the land, Spanky must clear each before the witch’s evil pet crow catches him."
We'll get back to you on this one. (In fact, you can check out our Spanky’s Quest review now — hurray!)
Breath of Fire is a reasonable mid-'90s RPG, but going back to it these days requires a hefty dose of patience for some of its outdated design. It's not without charm if you've got nostalgia for it and you're willing to make concessions, but compared to contemporary 16-bit classics like Chrono Trigger, EarthBound and Secret of Mana, Capcom's effort can't keep up.
Pop'n TwinBee got a PAL release, but it makes its official North American debut on Switch. It's overflowing with charm and colour and is that rarest of things: a shoot 'em up which can be enjoyed by genre fanatics and complete newbies simultaneously. Yep, the special Couple mode enables a less-experienced gamer to join in while the shmup veteran draws all the enemy fire. Throw in multiple difficulty levels and fantastic design and Pop'n TwinBee remains a delight nearly three decades on and is definitely worth a shot.
Pilotwings is a relaxing salve of a game that requires equal parts concentration and relaxation - a perfect antidote to the distractions of the times we live in. Balancing accessibility and skill-based gameplay in that time-honoured Nintendo way, it's a great title to return to on Switch, especially given the series' lack of new entries of late.
Making its debut in the West, Super Puyo Puyo 2 is the same Puyo Puyo you've been playing for decades, although--and we're as shocked at this as you are, dear reader--there are people who have never played this blob-faller before in any form. This game's availability to anyone with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription makes it easier than ever to sample one of the best puzzle games ever made.