Earlier this week, Nintendo finally revealed its plans for its much-anticipated Nintendo Switch Online service.
Launching this September, the service will $3.99 per month or users can opt for a Nintendo Family Membership for $34.99 a year, which will allow users to invite up to seven other people to join a family group that will all them all access to Nintendo Switch Online.
Aside from online play, the service will provide save data cloud backups, access to the Nintendo Switch Online app and will come with 20 classic NES games that have added online functionality for users to play online co-op and multiplayer games.
While the future of the Nintendo Switch seems incredibly bright, in this article, we’ll take a look at several Genesis games we’d like to see make it to the Nintendo Online Service if they decide to expand their game library beyond just Nintendo games.
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage is one of the Genesis’ most iconic co-op games. Its smooth gameplay, amazing soundtrack and incredible graphics are still being emulated by games like Raging Justice and The TakeOver. Adding a classic beat ‘em up like Streets of Rage that included online co-op would be a fantastic addition to the Nintendo Online Service.
One of the genres that is surprisingly lacking in the announced titles is a casino game. Thankfully, the Genesis had a great addition in the genre known as Caesar’s Palace.
Caesar’s Palace featured blackjack, roulette, slot machines, horse racing, Keno, Red Dog and video poker. Adding online multiplayer features might require a fair bit of work but could prove to be a very popular addition to the Switch’s online service library. Of course, there are several other alternatives in the online casino market like casino.com.
Evander Holyfield’s “Real Deal” Boxing
While Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out reigns as the king of 8- and 16-bit boxing games another pugilist classic is Evander Holyfield’s “Real Deal” Boxing for the SEGA Genesis. It eschews the arcade style gameplay that made Punch-Out so popular, opting for more of a realistic gameplay experience, and it worked very well.
Adding in online multiplayer would give the service yet another great game to add to its library to entice its older audience who prefer sports games.
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Time will tell whether the wait for the Nintendo Switch Online Service was worth it, but we believe Nintendo should look for partners like SEGA and others to team up with to add more classic games that would help round out the library to make it a more attractive service for its users.
What are some SEGA games you’d like to see added to the service?