Lately the Nintendo Switch Online service is increasingly oriented towards retrogaming so much so as to include the titles for Mega Drive, but we are sure that we could have dared a little more
Currently the Nintendo Switch Online service hosts some consoles of the Grande N, as in the case of NES, SNES e Nintendo 64but also the famous Sega Mega Drive that many blows gave and suffered during the famous “Console war” of the early nineties. Now the hatchet has long been buried, but are we sure this catalog is enough to heal 16-bit wounds? Let’s find out together!
But why don’t you play with what you already have?
In the nineties, mainly in the United States given the change of name, there was the saying “Genesis does what Nintendon’t”a claim that would now be on the verge of illegality, to emphasize how the 16-bit of Tokyo was superior to that of the Kyoto house. Then the story went differently, but let’s not digress.
Years and bits have passed under the bridge and the catalog of the Sega Mega Drive seen on Nintendo Switch Online is the demonstration of how that period is a faint reminder of the warlike times past. But how she sang Umberto Tozzi with Enrico Ruggeri and Gianni Morandi“You can give more”!
So, a bit like a slightly capricious child and very passionate about video games, let’s see the offer already present and understand how this could be expanded. At least come on a little (otherwise we cry!).
- Golden Axe
- Shining Force
- Sonic The Hedgehog 2
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Streets of Rage 2
- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
- Ecco The Dolphin
- Gunstar Heroes
- Phantasy Star IV
- Castlevania Bloodline
- Contra Hard Corps
- Ristar Thunder Force II
- ToeJam & Earl
- Sword of Vermilion
- Dynamite Headdy
- Altered Beast
- Super Fantasy Zone
- Light Crusader
- Alien Soldier
These were therefore the titles already present in the catalog with which we should “be satisfied”, but staying true to the logic of the child pointing his toes on the ground and holds his breath until he turns purple, us we want to remind you of some serious shortcomings which we hope will be filled as soon as possible.
Sonic the Hedgehog – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Maybe it’s a bit too trivial, but what can you do, the history of video games has also passed from this title that today we can review in many others shapechapters, cinematic modes, cartoons and so on.
We can say that, given the presence of the second chapter in the catalog, it is really strange that the very first apparition is not present of the mythical blue porcupine. A very fast, fresh and innovative title that has clashed several times with the good Super Mario as regards the game mode and the explorable worlds. Sincerely we are a bit stunned (F4 cit. Boris) for this more than unjustified absence!
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Also quoted by Caparezza in the song “Abiura di me”, together with many other characters of the most classic video games, Wonder Boy is one of those characters who made history even on consoles such as Master System and PC Engine, managing to reach even the most modern ones such as PS4, Nintendo Switch ed Xbox One con Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap del 2017.
This third installment for the 16-bit console had actually been “Downsized” to meet the limits of cartridges, 9 levels against the 14 of the arcade version, but still offered a nice cooperative gaming experience together with a style that alternated platform phases with other more shoot ’em up. Thanks to the power of the new consoles, the five missing levels could be inserted, don’t you think?
Disney’s Aladdin – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Title already dealt with in our special concerning i best video games based on cartoons (which you can find here) Disney’s Aladdin is one of those titles that has certainly not spared one journey between consoles enough to end up on PC, SNES, Game Boy, Game Gear and so on.
Colorful and fun, it re-proposes the adventures of one of the most famous thieves of Disney animated films, after the fox Robin Hood, in one of its best 16-bit versions. The title released for this console was a real success, so much so that it was placed at third place among the best sellers after the first two Sonics, garnering many rave reviews at the time. You will therefore understand that positioning yourself just below the famous blue hedgehog is certainly not an everyday thing!
OutRun – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Created by Yu Suzuki (i.e. the man behind the first two Shenmue, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter and much more) in the eighties as a cabinet and then converted for consoles, OutRun is one of those titles that, more of a rush, is a kind of driving simulator that makes us savor every moment spent on board.
At the wheel of a very fast Ferrari, and with a beautiful girl at your side, you will go and immerse yourself in fairytale landscapes where the kilometers per hour flow together with a truly apt and engaging soundtrack. So, we say, why deprive yourself of a pearl like this?
Rocket Knight Adventures – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Developed by the Konamiwho knows something about classic video games, Rocket Knight Adventures it’s a really interesting title to both play and analyze. As an armored rodent named Sparkster, the only champion against the Pig Star menace, you will need to defeat tons of enemies and explore intricate levels by blasting your way through. jet pack, spada e coda.
There will also be two sequels, as well as versions for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but at least you could put your first visa its interesting combination of medieval, science fiction and steampunk atmospheres. A little bit also for change from the usual “clash” Sonic VS Mario.
Virtua Fighter – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Another lack really bordering on the unforgivableso we hope that updates will arrive as soon as possible, since this is the first fighting game to exploit the nascent “Three dimensions” thus going to upset the usual 2D fighting scenario. Of course we needed theadd – on 32X to make it work otherwise nothing done.
With nine characters to choose from, this was the progenitor of a number of other chapters including that of rival Tekken. Also the suffix Virtua went to apply also to sport e track shooter. If you want to take a look at how this title rocked more than one player at the time, then, we recommend that you catch up Hi Score Girl su Netflix.
Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
From the gli series pets with beating powers hands and defeat the bad guys, with Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel we will play the role of a squirrel who will have to defeat the enemy of the moment (Jacques Le Sheets) who has kidnapped his girlfriend and her father.
Sequel and at the same time spinoff of the series Aero the Acro-Batdeveloped by Iguana Entertainment and published by Sunsoft, in this title we could use flying and jumping skills to make our way through the enemies and between the levels to get up to the fateful final clash. Fast, fun and challenging, it would be a good combo to put together with Sonic in the catalog.
Earthworm Jim – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
In this case the matter becomes more serious for two reasons. First of all, Earthworm Jim, it had been first published on this console and then converted for SNES, PC, Game Gear, Master System and so on and then its sequel is featured in the SNES catalog of the last consul of Kyoto. So the question is why?
For those unfamiliar with it, you should know what it is a title that expertly mixes action, platforming phases, humor and science fiction. In the role of an anthropomorphic earthworm, who has become so after entering a spacesuit that gave him these “powers”, he will have to deal with the bounty hunter Psy – Crow and also save the princess What’s-her-Name.
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Already known in the Land of the Rising Sun with the articulated title of I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no shiro da ibōkenwe had said that it was articulated, it is certainly not the first title dedicated to the famous mouse of Disney (and we also know something about it) that we still see today thanks to Kingdom Hearts.
Here the good Mickey Mouse he will have to save his girlfriend Minnie Mouse kidnapped by the witch Mizrabel e recover the seven gems of the rainbow. Linear story, but seasoned with an interesting and cartoonish gameplay which then gave life to one handful followedwhere there will also be the good Donald Duck, and to a remake in 2013 but withdrawn a few years later due to the breaking of the agreement with Disney.
Splatterhouse – Nintendo Switch Online: Mega Drive, you can give us more
Surprise of surprises, even this title is mentioned within Hi Score Girl, but joking aside, the reason goes beyond mere quotationism due to the issues addressed and the way to manage them despite the times. In fact, think that, again for this console, two more disturbing sequels ensued.
In this horror scrolling fighting game we will take on the role of Rick Taylor who will have to save his girlfriend Jennifer Wills disappeared during a search in Dr. West’s mansion. Awakened with a monstrous mask on, good Rick will have to descend into the abyss of the villa and of its own soul exploring bloodthirsty mazes and defeating horrific monsters with a variety of weapons ranging from wooden plank to shotgun. Obviously there will be blood in wagons!
In conclusion of another “whim”
Now we can say that too “Whim” for the catalog of the Mega Drive on Nintendo Switch Onlinewe have already done the same with that of the Nintendo 64, ended up with this short list of ten titles that we would like to review sooner or later.
Of course, at this point we could also say that it wouldn’t have been bad to see a title like Alex Kidd as well in the Enchanted Castle or Comix Zonebut we try to contain ourselves a little, be satisfied if we can e hope for a future update of the catalog.
We have therefore seen some of the videogame shortcomings that we considered “more serious” therefore, provocation by provocation, it would be better if the offer expanded a little otherwise it will be time to brush up on the miniature version of this historic consul or the original one dispersed in some boxes in the attic. If not, then buy the working reproduction of that curious controller is worth even less than the cost of 50 euros. Don’t forget to these add up the annual cost of the servicetherefore, do your math.
For the moment there is nothing left to do but make ourselves comfortable and wait, but to deceive the wait how about retrieve chapters …