Nintendo To Release 4 More Retro Games

By Ben Hamill - September 18 2020

Nintendo To Release 4 More Retro Games

It’s Nintendo-official: the next lot of games set to be added to the Japanese games-maker’s Nintendo Switch Online retro library will include Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest and Mario’s Super Picross – with the former being of course the 1995 sequel to the July-added Donkey Kong Country original release.

Mario’s Super Picross, a 1995 SNES game never before released in the U.S., may not be the headliner release in terms of Nintendo’s latest announcement – that honour befalls Donkey Kong Country 2 - but it certainly is a release long-awaited by many eager U.S. Super Mario fans. 

Since Picross is a game bound to be unfamiliar to many; especially younger; players, Nintendo has now posted an official tutorial to the game on YouTube.

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Four Upcoming “New” Releases

The other upcoming releases scheduled for September are The Peace Keepers (a beat-em-up 1993 release for SNES by Jaleco), and Natsume’s S.C.A.T: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (released for NES in 1990). All four “new” releases will go live for Nintendo Switch Online members on September 23 – and will bring the total number of retro titles released as part of the nostalgic library to 90.

Interesting to note regarding the upcoming re-release of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Request, is that Rare, the original developers behind the game, initially toyed around with the idea of using the Super Mario character Wario as part of the Donkey Kong Country 2 storyline.

Rare’s original Donkey Kong Country, which it spent over 18 months developing, was in fact inspired by the Super Mario series and upon its release in 1994, became one of the first games developed for home console to feature so-called pre-rendered graphics.

DKC Was A Big Deal

First announced at the 1994 edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Donkey Kong Country was driven by a massive marketing campaign that ran into a cost of US$16 million in the U.S. alone. Following its release during November of that year, the game sold more than 9.3 million copies worldwide – making Donkey Kong Country the third-best selling Nintendo SNES title of all time.

Interesting too to note especially now as the world awaits the much-anticipated release of Sony’s new PS5 console, is that the original Donkey Kong Country was essentially the key that would maintain the popularity of Nintendo’s SNES during a time players were moving on toward consoles that were way more technically advanced by comparison – consoles such as Sony’s PlayStation.

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