Nintendo Switch Online Update Surprises With Four New SEGA Genesis Games

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Nintendo has revealed that four new SEGA Genesis games have been made available to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers.

Once you have downloaded the latest software update (version 2.4.0), you will be able to access these new games which have been added to the service:

  • Alien Storm: When a vicious alien species invades Earth, it’s up to the fearless Alien Busters to stop the threat! Two players can get in on the action at the same time and choose from three heroes to take out the aliens ravaging the city: Garth, the bazooka-wielding tough guy; Karen, the lone wolf with a flamethrower; and Scooter, the robot with an electromagnetic whip. Throughout the stages, you’ll swap to a first-person view where you can blast away at enemies in buildings. You’ll also pursue enemies in high-speed side-scrolling segments that add some extra thrills to the fight. This is a port of the popular arcade game from the team behind Golden Axe.
  • Columns: This falling-piece puzzle game will captivate you with gorgeous jewels and soothing audio. Connect gems in horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines to clear them. Features many modes, including two-player Doubles or Flash Columns.
  • Golden Axe II: The hit sword-and-sorcery fantasy action game is back! This is the second installment in the series and an original sequel exclusively for the Genesis / Mega Drive. Three years after the battle with the evil giant Death Adder, the wicked emperor Dark Guld obtains the power of the legendary Golden Axe and leads a clan of demons to conquer the world. Ax, Tyris, and Gilius, the heroes who previously saved the world, must once again embark on a new journey into a strange world inhabited by revamped wizards, lizardmen, and minotaurs. New animations and adjusted controls deliver the full Golden Axe experience!
  • Virtua Fighter 2: The 3D fighter that became a household name makes its 2D debut! A variety of fighters, each masters of styles like bajiquan, jeet kune do, pankration, and pro wrestling, face off to earn the title of the world’s greatest!

The SEGA Genesis – Nintendo Switch Online collection launched in late October and has since grown to also offer the following games: Alien Soldier, Alisia Dragoon, Altered Beast, Beyond Oasis, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Comix Zone, Contra: Hard Corps, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Dynamite Headdy, Earthworm Jim, Ecco the Dolphin, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, Light Crusader, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Musha, Phantasy Star IV, Ristar, Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shinobi III, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, Space Harrier II, Streets of Rage 2, Strider, Super Fantasy Zone, Sword of Vermilion, Target Earth, Thunder Force II, ToeJam & Earl and Zero Wing.

Nintendo recently revealed that Nintendo Switch Online now has more than 36 million subscribers.

The pricing plans for Nintendo Switch Online are £3.49 ($3.99) per month, £6.99 ($7.99) for three months or £17.99 ($19.99) for 12 months. There is a 12-month Family Membership for £31.49 ($34.99) that allows a Nintendo Account holder to “invite up to seven others to join a family group” that will all have access to Nintendo Switch Online.

Whereas an individual membership to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is priced at £34.99 ($49.99) for 12 months, with a Family Membership priced at £59.99 ($79.99).

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