It's that time of the month again when Nintendo adds more classic titles to the NES library on the Nintendo Switch Online app. Along with the two previously announced games, this update also adds in another special version of an iconic shoot 'em up.
In terms of the new games, we have Culture Brain's action-arcade title Kung-Fu Heroes (part of the Super Chinese series) and the second one is the multi-genre action title, Vice: Project Doom (also known as Gun-Dec in Japan). This was published by Sammy and developed by Aicom.
As a surprise, Nintendo has also added a second special version of the 1986 Konami title, Gradius. Gradius "the second loop" is even tougher than the previous versions. Here's the full rundown:
Will you be booting up the NES app to play any of these games? Tell us below.
This comment section is going to get rough, but in all seriousness, I do want to try vice project doom . At least for 5 minutes
Vice was a good (and lengthy) NES game, bit easy but still very good.
@NintendoByNature 5 long minutes lol.
First stage was rough, it got better after that.
Okay Nintendo, we heard the news about a SNES style controller for Switch. Just give us the announcement please.
Jeez, I tried both and well, they definitely aren’t the high points of the NES library. I’d love an RPG like FF, Dragon Quest or hopefully Mother but I doubt it, knowing Ninty. Roll on SNES games.
Zzzzzz!! Snooze fest!!
@w00dm4n lol yea some of them that I have no nostalgia for, I can only handle them for 5 min
C’mon man. Nintendo needs to stop with these lackluster games. Surely they track user playtimes. I bet the average Nintendo Online user plays these games no more than an hour. The only games I think are worth playing are Punch-Out, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Kirby. Everything else is bone dry boredom.
Some of us came to terms with Nintendo using "Special" editions of N.E.S. games as filler but I can't imagine anybody that would let two Special editions of the same game off the hook.
Come on Nintendo, pick up your game by giving us games.
I sat down to play a few minutes of Vice Project Doom and ended up playing nearly an hour. It’s a really good game provided you aren’t going in looking to hate it because it’s not an NES game you’re familiar with or a SNES game.
Vice Project Doom is actually an under rated, solid game. Honestly tho, there's still a ton of stuff that could be done. Even light gun games that either use a cursor as a zapper or gyro controls are an option.
It might be an unpopular opinion, but I'm going to say it... Vice: Project Doom is my kind of obscure. Already played it today, and pleasantly surprised by it.
One amazing game that deserves way more love and attention...the other is garbage
A friend of mine introduced me to Vice: Project Doom several years ago and I'm glad he did. I found it to be a very good game. Definitely worth trying for fans of action platformers.
Damn near everybody : we would like snes games
Nintendo : ok great, here’s some random NES games that you didn’t want
I’m feeling they won’t release SNES titles on switch until they have completely milked sales of the SNES mini. Maybe when that System is discontinued...
Wake me up when N64 and GameCube finally have a portable library.
@telepathy2000 Uhhh. I’m not 100% in the loop on this, but I’m pretty sure they discontinued the SNES Classic like eight months ago. And milking? I don’t see how that’s the case, when you consider how comically undersupplied both Classics were and the fact that they claim to have stopped manufacturing them after the Christmas shopping season.
Drip feeding snooze fest. I hate to complain but it’s 2019. We should have all they can give us and more by now. I pay for NSO for the cloud save backups mainly. I’m ready for them to set the stage for something better.
I’m just gonna say it; there won’t be as many GCN games as N64 games when they come out, or as many N64 games than SNES games when they come out, and their won’t be as many SNES games than NES games when they come out. Look up how many units each system sold and compare them to each other and call me in the morning. I’m probably still looking forwards for more NES games. Still waiting for Atlus’ Rockin’ Kats, or Amagon.
The special versions have lost their special appeal at this point to be honest. Especially since most, if not all, the time, they're basically just the games with certain Gameshark codes or such enabled to give the player certain things ahead of time. I think it'd be better if they put the energy they put into these into other things.
Ah well, they can be fun to mess with here and there I suppose.
There's been a lot of positive comments for Vice, which I originally assumed was just garbage. It's a pity that it gets released in the middle of month-after-month of shovelware. Now people just assume it's crap without giving it a shot first.
NSO needs SNES games so bad at this point.
Hopefully this is the last month we get NES games. Just saying— fingers crossed
@Zacattack99 What makes you think they'd put Gamecube games as part of the online service? They'd still have to emulate it somehow as well
Annoying opinion: if it isn’t Super Mario 3, Punch Out, Zelda, or Kirby, it’s garbage that I don’t want.
VPD is actually a really fantastic game! Come on, already! Step out of your constant demand for things that have been rereleased a million times, across several platforms, and try something new! By doing so, you’re sending the message that hidden gems are appreciated, and that will have a positive impact on their inevitable SNES releases.
I'd rather have a large pineapple violently inserted into my rectum.
They really need to hurry with these snes games
Vice: Project Doom is really fun! I couldn’t get into Kung-Fun Heroes. Honestly, Nintendo needs a Virtual Console more than ever.
i would love a updated version of NES Remix on Switch
The Ultimate Version on 3ds was great.
Hopefully they add something like Super Luigi Bros or Speed Mario Bros to the NES Online
Vice is a pretty fun game.
Going to get it again today
@NintendoByNature You'll be playing it much longer than that my friend, it is a fantastic game.
V.P.D is the V.I.P and the M.V.P
I hear good things about VPD, I shall see what it’s about.
Roll on September...
Never played the Switch NES games as just not interested. I mean how many versions of Gradius are on there?
Have loads of SNES and N64 games on my WII and WII U so when are they going to end this piss take?
The NES is for the most part just an old nostalgia platform for old gamers. Outside of a few Nintendo classics you had to of grown up with these games to really enjoy them.
Ah so that's the jist about the special versions. Is it always some kind of slight alteration or new challenge like with Gradius?
Don't sleep on Vice: Project Doom. It's a solid, multi-genre game and a tech showcase for the NES with that parallax scrolling and those wavy background effects that I forgot the name of.
Vice: Spy Hunter+Ninja Gaiden=good game.
Kung Fu Heroes: garbage.
Gradius SP2: I find Gradius too hard. Glad they added a free pass to an extra hard mode. :/
I don't know about the rest of Europe or the USA, but here in the UK the SNES mini is sold out at all retailers other than auction sites and 3rd party sellers on Amazon. Hopefully this is an indication, along with that SNES controller rumour, that SNES games are on the way soon.
I’ve been taking one NES game each week and trying to put 2-3 hours into to find out what it’s actually about. I almost always select a game I’ve never played or played sparingly. Honestly, I’ve found some games that most people automatically dismiss to be very fun, Vice Project Doom being the latest (Donkey Kong 3, Wrecking Crew, Super Dodgeball are some others). VPD was never released on VC. Check out the prices the game goes for on the secondary market. This should be one people are celebrating was added.
Instead people are clamoring for the same SNES game we’ve already gotten on Wii VC, Wii U VC, 3DS VC, and SNES Classic. I’m looking forward to SNES games as much as the next person but I’m also enjoying what is currently available on NES Online.
@NintendoByNature @Sunsy I certainly haven't been overjoyed by the NES games on this service, and admit I haven't spent too long on them at this point... But Vice: Project Doom is my kind of obscure and I did enjoy my five minutes with it last night when I found it there. Quite impressive!
@JasonLee99 I wish I had the time (and energy) to try what you are doing, I'm sure there is fun to be had revisiting some of these titles. Good on you.
First SP I recall that makes things harder rather than vice versa.
Tried Vice last night, and it's a really impressive game indeed. Including the cutscenes - while I'm uninformed in regards to how accurate the translations are, the very fact that the localization didn't bail out of lengthy clips and wordy dialogues scores good points for its time (looking at you, Krion Conquest).
Gradius is already a much harder game than contra. What about an easier version? Even a remix of enemy layouts?
@Blister Yeah, because people don't like the NES Online bonus, that's why I assumed it would be an unpopular opinion. I'm glad to see others enjoying it. I have a soft spot for obscure games, and hidden gems, and games that are overlooked, so it's nice to be able to play it.
Played both games for the first time. I thought Vice was alright but Kung Fu Hero’s I can do without.
@Blister @YANDMAN very cool. It looks pretty solid. Interestingly enough, as a kid i never heard of this game or saw it at a video store so I'm excited to at least give it a shot
Like a lot of other people I’m really bored
of NES games but Vice is good fun. Not played it before.
@NintendoByNature Its my most prized NES possession, i have a sealed copy and one to play of course.
@Illusion 1000% accurate V.P.D review. This could actually be rom hacked into an Awesome Ninja game.
I had to sign up for a free trial of NO to play Diablo 3 OFFLINE ON THE SAME SWITCH CONSOLE with my kids and they really aren't trying very hard to get me to pay for it if this is what's on offer.
@Doktor-Mandrake, IF they do GCN, I think there won’t be as many games go everything else come to think of it. With the pace they been doing it, their trying to be careful with the ROMs they know are ready, and trying to make sure it’s a varied line-up. (depends on your definition of line-up) I think it’s a lot more of a process than people make it out to be than just “dumping ROMs people already can just boot up for nothing on a emulator”. I mean you need permission from third parties for select games (Why Goku or Shrek will never be in Smash Bros.), tweak the emulator and ROM to make them work properly, write a synopsis about said game, and search for a high-quality scan of the box art. Then it’s the already mentioned picking which games to pair up and add to the line-up, depending on variety, regional familiarity, and if there’s a NA/PAL version of the game. (hence why Joy Mecha Fight, Famicom Wars, or the original Fire Emblem wouldn’t make real sense for American and European non-diehard fans)
That is why I am not discontent, or impatient as everyone else begging for SNES, N64, and GCN.
Played a bit of Kung Fu Heroes last night, it's alright but not great, probably be better with a friend but I will still play through.
I've sunk a large number of hours into the NES online service, playing through all the games. Having save states and the rewind feature really help me appreciate some if these games more because even if I don't like the game at first I can still play through it without beating my head against the wall and experience the whole thing. It's kind of nice because you can examine them more like you would examine a work of art than you would a hard crappy game that you can barely get past the first level.
@Zacattack99 Personally would like to see Gameboy games as well, something I don't see get mentioned often but also something that would be a perfect fit for something like the switch.. Would love to replay through super mario land 2 and wario land on my switch
@Doktor-Mandrake, That I can agree with, and who knows what else might come from that platform?
@Zacattack99 that process doesn’t take as long as you’re making it out to be. When I’ve added games to my SNES Classic, I’ve had to do all that minus the synopsis, and it takes only a few minutes tops. I defend Nintendo for a lot of stupid stuff, but this trickle of games isn’t due to the time they take to upload, it’s so they can every month say they have new content for subscribers without having to branch out of the NES catalog, as there’s more money in potentially doing remakes of SNES games and onwards.
cheap basterds, its not worth your money nintendo online.
you dont have normal party chat, achievement, its no fun whatsoever.
at least give us normal deacent games monthly instead of those pain in the eye 8bit crap.
i rather like gamecube games. every system below that, is not playable anymore. we've seen this stuff too much the past decades
@ShadJV, considering they need permission for certain games and maybe tweak their emulator. No, it’s still a bit more complicated than that.
@Zacattack99 the permissions yes but that doesn’t take that long, they did multiple games weekly on Virtual Console. And the emulator isn’t being tweaked, there’s only one emulator in the app and it’s loading in ROMs, which are easily uploaded, the ROM doesn’t need to be changed. I have a feeling you haven’t done much game development or even just played around with ROMs a lot. It’s really not hard what they’re doing. The most complex part is the SP versions (which almost everyone would prefer new games to those anyways), and those are just literally loading save states.
To be honest I’m not even hyped for SNES anymore, they’ve missed the bus with that. N64 on the other hand.........will probably not happen in my lifetime at this rate.
@Zacattack99 That's what I think too. It has to be a huge undertaking by Nintendo trying to get the licensing alone, let alone trying to decide which games to even try and get licensed, plus figuring out the release schedule so there's something for everyone.
I mean, I get the impatience. I really do. I'd love to have some SNES / N64 / GCN / GB games on the service, but trying to get licensing rights for all those hundreds of games across all those generations of systems from a number of different developers is a daunting task that anyone here would probably be driven nuts over.
VICE: Project Doom is a fantastic, underappreciated NES gem. Know that there is a hidden playtest mode that's super easily activated on the Switch: press and hold A as the game boots up, so basically when you select it from the NES menu, just keep holding A. Then, the P2 controller (which you'll have to turn on) can access a level select and sound test.
Seeing Vice Project Doom gives me a lot of hope that other obscure NES titles will make it. Definitely an NES game that deserved a second shot. I'm looking forward to seeing Shatterhand as well. And as rare as it is, I would love to see Power Blade 1 and 2. I'm sorry that these old school NES games are too much for some of you younger folks, but I understand. It would be nice if some of you would give them a shot before you re-assert how much you'd rather have SNES games, but to each their own I suppose.
There’s more to the NES library that isn’t just scrapping the bottom of the barrel: here’s a pool of literally 117 possible NES games for NSO, new games and obvious Virtual Console overlap, (yes Mega Man, Contra, and Castlevania, and SNK games already have collections, but I digress)
(If you’re @AlexOlney or @Ziondood, I will take a “oomph”, “wow” or “oh my” as a response)
The Legend of Kage
Milon’s Secret Castle
Donkey Kong JR. Math
NES Play Action Football
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Blades of Steel
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Crash ‘N’ The Boys: Street Challenge
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
Mega Man 4
Shadow of the Ninja
Ufouria: The Saga
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6
Summer Carnival ‘92: Recca
Adventure Island II
The Mysterious Murasame Castle
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight
Gargoyle’s Quest II
Mighty Final Fight
The Adventures of Bayou Billy
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones
Dig Dug II
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll
Baseball Simulator 1,000
Little Ninja Brothers
Adventure Island 3
Adventures of Lolo 3
Dragon Warrior II
Track & Field II
Ikari III: The Rescue
Dragon Warrior III
Dragon Warrior IV
Snake Rattle N’Roll
Digger T. Rock
R.C. Pro-AM II
Battletoads & Double Dragon - The Ultimate Team
@PALversusNTSC oh I like gamecube games too, but I can't see them doing that unless they up the price of NSO and stuff
gameboy games I still think would be nice, SNES will probably be next but we already had NES and SNES classic consoles.. AFAIK aside from roms and emulation or playing on original gameboy hardware there's no other way to play these games? Maybe they were on virtual store, never had a wii or wii u so I don't know
Either way Gameboy and Gameboy advance games on Switch just makes so much sense to me xD
Gradius, Parodius, Otomedius, Darius, Gaplus, Caladrius... Shmup names are the best.
@Zacattack99 That's a pretty good list! I'd definitely appreciate it if they brought over more games each month to fill out the library! Rockin' Kats has been on my list to play forever, however, I'm stingy and would rather not pay the high asking price for a physical version, haha.
@Zacattack99 Good list, I own quite a bit of those on Wii U and 3DS. I actually bought a lot of Virtual Console and enjoyed all those games, like Earthbound Beginnings, ‘92 Recca, and Mysterious Murasame Castle. No reason those games can’t be on the service. I’m sure the 3rd party stuff is just silliness like Square Enix thinking, “if we give them Final Fantasy or Dragon Warrior, they won’t buy the remastered mobile phone versions.” For example.
What about Xevious, Solstice, Solar Jetman... or Snake Rattle N Roll?!
Those games were TOUGH!
@JasonLee99 Why would I suffer through some garbage (or slightly better than garbage) NES games when I've got such a high quality backlog of eshop and big titles.
Just a few on my list to run through:
Dark Souls Remastered
Collection of Mana
Salt & Sanctuary
And the big one that's taking up all my gaming time right now:
@NotoriousWhiz To each their own. I just spent 3 hours the past couple days playing through Vice Project Doom and had a blast with it. Fire Emblem was sitting on my shelf as I played.
I'm glad you found a game worth putting fire emblem down for. Maybe I'll experiment with unknown games after my backlog of known games starts to shrink. Right now it just keeps growing.
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