Nintendo Switch Online adding Kid Icarus and StarTropics

Two more NES classics are set to join the growing Nintendo Switch Online library when Kid Icarus and StarTropics both hit next week.


The next batch of Nintendo Switch Online games has been unveiled for the month of March. And while the games continue to be revealed at a slower pace than most Nintendo users would like, nobody can argue the quality of what's being presented. For this month, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to another pair of NES classics.

The following two games are set to hit the NES - Nintendo Switch Online service on March 13:

  • Kid Icarus: This is one of the original NES console's most underappreciated classics. This side-scrolling adventure sees Pit journey across Angel Land to save Lady Palutena from the clutches of the wicked Medusa. This is an interesting animal, because it's one of the first games to incorporate RPG mechanics that lead to multiple endings. It's also a surprisingly challenging game, especially with labyrinths filled with Eggplant Wizards, one of the most annoying minions from that era of gaming.
  • StarTropics: Speaking of underappreciated classics, here's another one. This early RPG puts players in the role of Mike Jones, who journeys across a series of islands investigating various disturbances and disasters. Mike comes across a slew of danger, but defends himself with his mighty yo-yo. While StarTropics didn't quite hit the heights of The Legend of Zelda, it has amassed a massive cult following over the past three decades.

The NES - Nintendo Switch Online library sits at over 30 games. And like all of the games featured on the service, both Kid Icarus and StarTropics will take advantage of cloud saves and the ability to play anywhere. Voice chat and online play aren't so much needed for these single-player games, but those features are available to other games in the library that feature multiplayer.

The Nintendo Switch Online service is boasting over 8 million users. For those who haven't signed up, they can do so for $19.99 for a full year, with family membership options available.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    March 5, 2019 5:35 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Nintendo Switch Online adding Kid Icarus and StarTropics

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      March 5, 2019 7:09 PM

      Is StarTropics the game that you needed the manual to beat?

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      March 5, 2019 8:50 PM


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      March 6, 2019 9:30 AM

      the fact that no one is talking about Kid Icarus makes me sad. I love that game even though it is stupidly hard at points. So many good memories.

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        March 6, 2019 9:49 AM

        I didn't get introduced to it till like the early 2000's and at that point I had no patience for it. I should give it another go at some point.

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          March 6, 2019 10:36 AM

          it is hard as nails in points, but still really fun. I do a playthrough every couple years

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        March 6, 2019 10:41 AM

        Kid Icarus just never clicked for me. I think I was too young and closed-minded to enjoy it. I think I was like 6 years old when I played it at a friend's house, and it just felt very basic compared to other NES games out at the time that I was playing, like Castlevania. What's crazy is that Kid Icarus came out a couple months after Castlevania.

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