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Nintendo has announced that players with Switch Online subscriptions will get access to two new free NES games this month. On January 16th, subscribers will be able to play two 1988 titles, Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. Other NES titles offered include more well-known offerings like Super Mario Bros, Metroid, and Donkey Kong to name just a few.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
A direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda, in Zelda II players take control of Link on his quest to save Princess Zelda (you know, like in every LOZ game). Zelda II features the first appearance of series staple Dark Link, and also introduces the magic meter mechanic seen in several later titles.
Developed by Sunsoft, Blaster Master is a run-and-gun platformer in which players assume the role of Jason, who follows his pet frog down a hole and uses a tank to fight radioactive mutants (no princesses to be saved here). The game was critically well received, peaking at #5 in Nintendo Power’s ‘Top 30 NES Games’ list in September 1989.
A Switch Online subscription will run you $4 a month (an annual subscription is available for $20) and offers access to cloud saves, online play for titles like Splatoon 2, and access to the growing library of NES titles.