Three Games Come to the West For the First Time on Nintendo Switch Online


Nintendo Switch Online brings three previously Japan-only games to the West for the first time, including Kirby’s Star Stacker and Joy Mech Fight. The service has been steadily expanding its library of classic games with exciting new content like ExciteBike 64 and The Legend of Zelda Oracle game. These new games are only playable in Japanese, but for knowledgeable Nintendo fans, having these exclusive games added to the service is a treat. DAYSCROLL’s Gamer Video Continues Content The Nintendo Switch Online service has added three games that were previously only released in Japan, bringing them to the West for the first time. The three games are Kirby, Downtown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day, and Joy Mech Fight, all released on the SNES and NES systems. In addition to these three games, Nintendo also revealed that another Game Boy game will be added to the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.

Over the past few years, the Nintendo Switch Online service has been expanding its library of classic games. For example, ExciteBike 64 was recently added to the service’s expansion pack, giving Nintendo fans the chance to play the N64 classic racer with the added benefit of online multiplayer. The service’s first tier is also getting a steady stream of games, such as the Game Boy Legend of Zelda Oracle duology being added this July. More knowledgeable Nintendo fans may be excited about these previously Japan-exclusive games being added to the service.

The four games are now playable in the latest NSO update and include two NES games, one SNES game and one Game Boy game. One of the most famous was a game called Kirby Star Stacker released on the Super Nintendo. This is a remake of the original Kirby Star Stacker on the Game Boy and was only released in Japan. While it was ported to various systems via the Virtual Console, the NSO version was the first time a version of the game had been released in the West.

The two Japan-only NES games added are Downtown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day and Joy Mech Fight. The former is an action sports spin-off of the Kunio-kun series (Western River City Ransom), in which four players compete for points in various sports events. Joy Mech Fight is one of Nintendo’s attempts at making a fighting game to capitalize on the success of Capcom’s Street Fighter 2. Sukapon, the protagonist of Joy Mech Fight, even appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an assist trophy.

Like other Japanese exclusives previously added to the service, the three aforementioned games are only playable in Japanese and have no English translations. The last game added in this update is a rather understated Game Boy title called Quest for Camelot, developed by Titus Interactive. It is a licensed action role-playing game based on the 1998 Warner Bros. animated film of the same name.

Quest for Camelot, Kirby’s Star Stacker, Downtown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day, and Joy Mech Fight are now available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.