The first update of the year for the Switch Online SNES and NES service has been announced and it will add four more games.

First up, we have the classic cute-'em-up shooter Pop'n Twinbee and the 16-bit competitive sports title Smash Tennis. Both of these Super Nintendo titles have never been released in the United States before. The other two are Shadow of the Ninja and Eliminator Boat Duel for the NES.


Pop’n TwinBee – The sixth game in the TwinBee series, this vertically scrolling shooter takes place in a cute, poppy setting. TwinBee and WinBee hear that the great Dr. Murdock has lost his wits, so they set off to return him to his normal self. This game was originally released in Japan and Europe in 1993, but this will be its first release in the U.S.

Smash Tennis – In Smash Tennis, the controls may be simple, but there’s plenty of room for skill! With strong shots, weak shots, lobs and eight different court types, you can develop all sorts of approaches, unlocking the deep strategies of tennis. This game was originally released in Japan in 1993 and Europe in 1994, but this will be its first release in the U.S.


Shadow of the Ninja – In the midst of disorder and oppression, two shadow warriors rise to the people’s cry for help. Choose to play as one of two ninja masters from the Iga clan as they infiltrate enemy front lines. Master tactics of stealth as you acquire additional weapons and power-ups in order to overthrow an evil emperor and destroy his wicked empire, solo or with a friend.

Eliminator Boat Duel – In this powerboat racing game, get behind the wheel of one of the fastest machines on the water to earn boatloads of in-game cash. Drivers earn thousands of dollars for competing, and you’ll use your winnings to repair and upgrade your boat to push your competitive edge to its maximum. A little aggression goes a long way – just try not to get sunk yourself, or you’ll be swimming back to dry land.

This bumps the NES library on the Nintendo Switch Online service up to 52 titles and the Super NES collection up to 26 titles. All up, that's 78 classic games to enjoy. All of these titles will be made available later this month on 19th February and each one promises to offer plenty of multiplayer action.

Over in Japan, the offerings are slightly different. Switch Online subscribers located in this region will be able to play Breath of Fire II, Pop'n TwinBee, Sunsoft's side-scrolling platformer Atlantis no Nazo and the action RPG title God Slayer by SNK Corp.

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