Nintendo has added three new games to its Switch Online service for April, which subscribers can access and play for free.
They include boxing game Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, infamous for having some of the hardest Super Mario levels ever, and finally, shoot-em-up title Star Soldier. Japanese gamers are also receiving the same lineup.
Nintendo Switch Online April Games
All three will be available to download beginning April 10, but only for Switch Online subscribers. Free NES games are one of the perks of signing up to Nintendo's online service. The catalog includes other iconic games such as Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Yoshi. Nintendo Switch owners get new titles every month, and these games all remain playable as long as they're subscribed, unlike on other services where certain titles become free to play but only for a set period.
#SuperMario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, and Star Soldier are coming to Nintendo Entertainment System - #NintendoSwitchOnline on 04/10! #NEShttps://t.co/tpOrxPHBYZ pic.twitter.com/tkujK8RNzZ — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 3, 2019
Nintendo Switch Online Perks
Another perk with a Switch Online subscription is being able to use and access cloud saves, although not all titles support this feature. The main perk, of course, is the ability to play with other people online. Nintendo used to offer this latter feature for free via the now-defunct Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, but it took a page off Sony's and Microsoft's respective playbooks and also created its own premium online service.
A Nintendo Switch online subscription costs $4 per month and $20 for a year. Twitch is currently running a promotion where users can get a whole year's worth for free if they remain subscribed to Twitch Premium for several months. Nintendo's service is far cheaper than Sony's or Microsoft's, and for good reason — these rival services are arguably better, have more to offer, and seem more sure-footed. There have been a number of complaints about Switch Online lacking voice chat, taking too long to develop for what ended up being a mediocre service, and other issues.
In any case, any thoughts on this month's lineup? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!