Donkey Kong Country Headlines Three New Games Coming to Nintendo Switch Online

Donkey Kong Country Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo has posted a trailer revealing which SNES and NES games it will be adding to its Nintendo Switch Online service later this month. Headlining the update is Donkey Kong Country, which will be coming to the service on July 15 alongside two other classic titles.

On the NES, we have The Immortal, a dark fantasy released towards the end of the system’s life cycle in 1990. In The Immortal, players must navigate through a multi-layered labyrinth, solving puzzles and defeating an array of goblins and trolls to rescue their master from the deepest depths of the labyrinth. The game offers a retro dungeon-crawling RPG experience for more modern fans of the genre, and an exciting boon for those who played it when it was new.

For the SNES, we have two new games added to the classic roster, the first being Natsume Championship Wrestling. Released in 1994 as a westernised adaptation of the Super Famicom’s Zen-Nippon Pro Wrestling Dash: Sekai Saikyō Tag, this is a hefty game for any wrestling fans, featuring more than 50 moves to master and three different modes to play through.

Wrapping things up, the third game that is set to come to the SNES is none other than Donkey Kong Country, the Rare helmed side-scrolling classic. This game started a series which is still going strong to this day with its fifth instalment, Tropical Freeze, coming to the Wii U in 2014 and to the Switch as a port in 2018.

Donkey Kong Country was released back in 1994 on the SNES and follows Donkey Kong, and at the time series newcomer, Diddy Kong as they set out to defeat King K. Rool and retrieve their stolen banana hoard from the villainous crocodile. The game features more than 40 levels and is filled with a barrage of collectables and secrets, making it perfect for fans of Rare games. It also boasts a very unique art style and is one of the first console games ever made to have pre-rendered graphics.

Donkey Kong Country is one of the most loved side-scrollers of the fourth generation of video games and a perfect game for fans of the later instalments or of Rares other classics such as Banjo and Kazooie or Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

Overall, these games make some great additions to further bolster the roster of games available with Nintendo Switch Online. In time, hopefully, other missing classics, such as Donkey Kong Country’s sequels will be announced, but only time will tell.

Written by Andrew Smith