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Nintendo Switch Online gets 3 more Genesis classics, including Earthworm Jim

Why not play Alisia Dragoon instead?

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo and Sega brought three new additions to the Sega Genesis lineup for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers on Thursday, including the addition of Earthworm Jim, a silly, well-animated side-scrolling platformer starring a space worm that you can enjoy if you’re able to separate the art from the artist.

Joining Earthworm Jim are two arguably better, more overlooked games:

  • Alisia Dragoon, a side-scrolling action-adventure game from Grandia and Lunar developer Game Arts. As the young sorceress Alisia, players embark on a quest of revenge to destroy Baldoure, unleashing lightning bolts on foes and summoning four pets — OK three pets and one ball of fire — in battle.
  • Beyond Oasis, a top-down role-playing game from Ancient, the studio founded by Yuzo Koshiro, whose music powered the Streets of Rage games. Like Alisia Dragoon, it features large, impressive sprite work and a summoning system of its own. Sega released a sequel/prequel, The Legend of Oasis, for Sega Saturn.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is the premium tier of Nintendo’s online subscription service, and offers access to online multiplayer for Switch games, a variety of expansions and downloadable content, and a library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games (in addition to NES and Super NES games). With the addition of Earthworm Jim, Alisia Dragoon, and Beyond Oasis, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers now have access to 32 Sega Genesis games.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $49.99 annually for an individual user, and $79.99 annually for a family plan (for up to eight users).

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