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Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels to Join Nintendo Switch Online

Three more NES games become available for NSO subscribers next week.

by Dylan Siegler

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A new month, a few more games ready to come to the Nintendo Switch Online’s NES lineup. This month, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. DreamStar Soldier, and Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels will become available to those subscribed to the online service. Nintendo recently announced that these three games will become available to NSO subscribers on Wednesday, April 10, a week from tomorrow (April 3).

Originally just called Punch-Out!!Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream is a boxing game that was originally released in arcades in 1984, before later getting ported to the NES as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, and then later Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream once Nintendo didn’t have the rights to use Mike Tyson’s name or image anymore. Star Soldier is a 1986 2D shooter, similar to the likes of Galaga and Space Invaders.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels has kind of a weird history, as it is the actual Super Mario Bros. 2, which is what it is known as in its home country of Japan. However, worried that the game would be too difficult for Western audiences, and therefore affect the popularity of the Super Mario franchise, Nintendo decided to not release the game in the West for a while, instead releasing a re-skinned version of the game Doki Doki Panic as Super Mario Bros. 2 in the West. Eventually, Japan’s Super Mario Bros. 2 would be released in the West as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

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