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Nintendo bringing arcade classics to Switch, starting with Mario Bros. (update)

Vs. Super Mario Bros., Vs. Balloon Fight and more

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Nintendo has yet to launch its Virtual Console service on the Nintendo Switch, but the company is bringing some classic arcade video games to the console with its new Arcade Archives program, the company announced today during a Nintendo Direct presentation.

These downloadable titles will be Switch ports of arcade games from the 1980s. That’s different from the Virtual Console, which offers ports of NES games.

“These arcade games contain subtle differences that can’t be found in their NES counterparts,” Nintendo said in a news release.

In fact, some of the arcade games in question have never been released outside of Japan before, like Vs. Clu Clu Land.

Here’s the initial list of Arcade Archives titles that Nintendo announced today:

  • Mario Bros.
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Vs. Super Mario Bros.
  • Vs. Balloon Fight
  • Vs. Ice Climber
  • Vs. Pinball
  • Vs. Clu Clu Land

The first Arcade Archives game will be Mario Bros., which will be available Sept. 27 on Switch, though the price has yet to be announced. The others are “coming soon,” said Nintendo.

Update (Sept. 27): Arcade Archives Mario Bros. is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $7.99. If you’re wondering why it costs that much, we dug into it.

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