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Kirby finally blesses Nintendo Switch NES game collection next week

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Kirby’s Adventure finds its rightful place

Kirby’s Adventure box art HAL Laboratory/Nintendo

The collection of NES games available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers has been sorely lacking since launch. Yes, we have most of the classics — The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Super Mario Bros., etc. — but there’s one key face missing among the crowd. On Feb. 13, however, Nintendo will rectify this oversight by adding Kirby’s Adventure to the rotation.

Kirby has become an indelible force in the Nintendo canon, so his intro here is welcome. Kirby’s Adventure was his first console game after the pink puff ball debuted in Kirby’s Dream Land for Game Boy. Adventure was a late NES release, not launching until 1993; it’s also Kirby’s only NES game. While we were well into the Super NES’ lifespan at that time, that shouldn’t undermine how good Kirby’s Adventure is. And it is very good.

Also joining the NES games on Switch next week is Super Mario Bros. 2, a game that is not very good. It’s not! Sorry! And it’s not even a real Mario game! But it’s still a big name to add to the collection, so.

Both will be available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members, who also get access to online multiplayer for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.