Cheer up, puzzlers. The latest Nintendo Switch Online update has brought an obscure, albeit excellent, Kirby game to the service.
If you’re a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, you can now stream Kirby’s Avalanche through the service’s SNES digital library. Based on Sega’s classic blob matching puzzle game, Puyo Puyo, this probably isn’t the first SNES Kirby game that comes to mind. But it is certainly one of the most unique and fun.
Joining Kirby’s Avalanche is the SNES fighting game Fighter’s History and NES shooter Daiva Story 6. The latter contains quite a bit of Japanese text, but the game’s shooter nature makes it perfectly playable for an English audience.
The next time you launch the Nintendo Switch SNES and NES apps, you will be prompted to download the update. When it’s done, the games will be added to the top of each app’s menu so you can stream them.
Kirby saves us from a crappy lineup
Personally, I could take or leave this month’s games that aren’t Kirby’s Avalanche. However, the puzzling escapade of the round pink blob is worth it. That’s largely due to its roots in the devilishly addictive Puyo Puyo.
Kirby’s Avalanche is packed with charming colorful visuals and brilliantly fun puzzle gameplay that’s barely a day old. Not to mention some really hilarious one-liners Kirby throws at his opponents in cutscenes. All in all, it’s another excellent puzzle game that has been added to the ranks of the Nintendo Switch.
The Switch’s retro offerings are a long way from the days of the Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U. Still, it’s nice to see some more obscure titles and hidden gems coming to Nintendo Switch Online.
Another month, another mediocre offer?
However, it is a double-edged sword. Such games will not be to everyone’s taste. And the miniscule number of SNES and NES games being added each month is pretty dismal. Especially considering the sheer amount of games these consoles offer. A small handful of games added every month definitely gives the retro apps a bit of a wild west feel.
Fortunately, there is a greater sense of stability with Nintendo Switch Online’s lineup of N64 games available at the Expansion Pack level. Of course we only get one a month at the moment, but they are often popular titles that immediately get fans excited.
In any case, the SNES and NES collections still show signs of life. And that is certainly a good thing. I just hope Nintendo doesn’t dump the whole thing again at the launch of its next console.