Nintendo's release cadence for retro titles in the Nintendo Switch Online service has slowed down significantly since the debut of Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) games last year, but the company has just announced (on Twitter) the latest round of additions to the service. Four new games are being added next week on September 23, and as usual, they'll be available at no extra cost for Switch Online subscribers.
The additions this time around are fairly notable, especially because of the addition of Mario's Super Picross to the SNES collection. The game was originally released in 1993 in Japan, but it didn't make its way overseas at the time. In 2007, PAL regions got the game through the Wii Virtual Console library, but that still doesn't include North America. This is the first time Mario's Super Picross will officially be available in the United States, and Nintendo has even shared a video showing how to play the game.
Be sure to also check out this quick video on how to play Mario's Super Picross on Super NES – #NintendoSwitchOnline without having to learn Japanese!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 16, 2020
Use numbers as clues and chisel away squares to bring hidden images to life as Mario cheers you on! pic.twitter.com/BT4AkKrFCC
Aside from that, Nintendo is adding Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Quest and The Peace Keepers to the SNES library. The Donkey Kong Country series was originally developed by Rare, now owned by Microsoft, and it's highly regarded among Nintendo fans. The first game in the series was added to the library earlier this year, and now you'll be able to play its sequel.
Finally, the NES collection is getting a single addition in the form of S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team. Most of the notable titles in the NES library are already on the service, so it's no surprise to see smaller releases now.
Earlier this month, Nintendo added Super Mario All-Stars to the SNES collection of games as part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario. This is a collection of the first four games in the series, originally on the NES, with revamped graphics and physics for the SNES.