With a couple dozen NES games now available on Nintendo Switch Online, you might not be sure which games are worth your time and which are not. Well, now that I’ve tried out nearly all of the games being offered, I thought I’d make your choice a bit easier with a list of top 5 NES games currently available on the Switch. As were the rules with my list of top 10 games from Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, major titles like Super Mario Bros or The Legend of Zelda will not be included here, for the sake of fairness and to bring lesser-known games into the spotlight. Also keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, as Nintendo is still adding new NES games to its service, and I have yet to play some of the more recently added titles.
5: Blaster Master – Blaster Master is an interesting game where you can play as both a tank named SOPHIA and a boy named Jason in 2D side-scrolling levels or top-down. I didn’t play much of this game so far, but it was pretty fun. I can only imagine it gets even better when you get new upgrades, like SOPHIA’s ability to go up walls.
4: Solomon’s Key – Solomon’s Key is a fun puzzle game where you can make blocks pretty much anywhere, allowing you to make platforms or stairs to traverse, hinder enemies, etc. If you enjoy simple puzzle games, this might be a good game for you.
3: StarTropics – Though I didn’t get very far into this game (which is the case for pretty much all the NES games that Nintendo’s offering), StarTropics seems like it could be a fun adventure. You play as Mike Jones, who has to locate his missing uncle, archaeologist Dr. Steven Jones. Mike’s weapon of choice, at least as the game starts out, is a yo-yo, and you can also jump in order to traverse platforms or solve puzzles.
2: Ghosts’n Goblins – Having loved the MediEvil remake on the PS4, it’s no wonder I also really enjoyed Ghosts’n Goblins on the NES. Both games have the player taking on the role of a knight and both games revolve around spooky elements like ghosts and zombies. I had a lot of fun with Ghosts’n Goblins, even if the game’s really tough, and I could barely get past the initial graveyard.
1: Adventures of Lolo – Adventures of Lolo is a puzzle game where you avoid enemies, push blocks, and whatever else it takes to solve the puzzle in each room. Considering that a lot of the other NES games I’ve played are far too difficult to really enjoy, Adventures of Lolo was a refreshing change of pace, as it’s pretty easy, but still requires some thought to figure out all the puzzles.
What about you, dear readers? What are your favorite NES games being offered in the Switch’s Online service so far? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!