Nintendo Switch Online Adds Donkey Kong 3 And Wrecking Crew On July 17

Two 8-bit classics from one of the best eras in video game history.
Wrecking Crew
Nintendo announces the addition of Wrecking Crew and Donkey Kong 3 to their NES for the Nintendo Switch Online lineup of titles. Nintendo

Nintendo fans rejoice! A recent press release by Nintendo has announced that they will be bringing two classic titles to their Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Sure to induce nostalgic feelings, the old-school puzzler Wrecking Crew and bug-killing goodness of Donkey Kong 3 will soon be available to play this month.

Some readers might be too young to remember but back in the day, videogames that were made in the pixellated, 8-bit aesthetic HAD to be made that way. It wasn’t a choice. Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew were two of those games.

First, let’s talk Wrecking Crew. Set in a universe where Mario and Luigi aren’t plumbers, but instead are demolition men. The side-scrolling puzzler can be played in single or two-player modes. Levels are laid out and players must destroy certain sets of objects that are strategically placed. However, you can’t just go destroying everything in sight as Mario cannot jump (probably because the hammer he wields is too heavy). So before going nuts, plan everything out accordingly!

The second one needs no introduction. Donkey Kong 3 was already a classic on the arcade, much more so when it released on the NES. You play as Stanley the exterminator. With Donkey Kong planning mischief against your beloved flowers, you must spray him with bug spray (along with the insects Kong riles up) to complete each level. Buzzbees, Beespies, and Creepy Caterpillars abound, you must dodge and weave (and spray) to make Donkey Kong climb up his vine and succeed.

Currently, there are more than 40 other NES games available for subscribers of Nintendo Switch Online. A subscription currently costs $3.99 for a month, $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for a whole year. Amazon Prime members also get a free year of Nintendo Switch Online. This was offered back in March 2019, but for those who haven’t redeemed it yet, you still can if these two titles are just what you’ve been waiting for.

In addition to these two games included in next week’s update, a cool rewind feature will also be added for NES titles (available for subscribers only). Holding down ZL + ZR will rewind gameplay and allow players to redo any mistakes. This quality of life improvement, along with the two classic NES titles will be rolled out on July 17.

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