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Punch-Out!! and more joining Switch’s NES stable

The Switch’s subscriber-only NES virtual console is getting not two but three games this month. And one of them is the original Punch-Out!!.

Starring… Mr Dream.

No, it doesn’t have Iron Mike, but April still brings classic Punch-Out!! action to the Switch’s NES service. The only caveat though, is that the end heavyweight is Mr Dream. There rest of the game is still 100% vintage Punch-Out!! though, and that includes all your favorite punching bags.

Also landing this month is Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. Most hardcore fans know that that title is the actual intended SMB2. It saw release only in Japan though, as the US (and rest of the world) got a re-skinned Doki Doki Panic. It was probably a good idea, since several of the international SMB2’s enemies became Mario mainstays. Here though, you get to play the original, which is really just more levels for the first Super Mario title.

And the third game? Star Soldier. I can’t say I know too much about that one. All three though, land on the Switch’s NES this April the 10th.

Here’s the full listing from the press release:

  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels– Originally released in Japan asSuper Mario Bros.® 2, this game has previously made only brief cameo appearances in the Western Hemisphere. Mario fans will appreciate the familiar look and feel of the game, while finding that its updated gameplay creates an entirely new challenge. In addition to the classic enemies already known to fans worldwide, there are also Poison Mushrooms, backward Warp Zones and the occasional wind gust (which can help or hinder your progress). 
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream – As young boxer Little Mac, players have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle the big guys of the World Video Boxing Association circuit. Take them on one by one, starting with skinny Glass Joe. Battle up through King Hippo and all the way to the WVBA Champion himself. Players use their best jabs, hooks and power uppercuts to knock out opponents, but must also dodge jaw-breaking blows by paying attention to subtle changes in their foe’s body position. 
  • Star Soldier – The standard for vertically scrolling shooters, Star Soldier is the original game that spawned all of the titles in the long-running Soldier series. Go inside a floating space station inhabited by a giant computer known as Starbrain. Your mission: to stop Starbrain’s galactic invasion by piloting Caesar, a new compact space fighter, through 16 deadly stages.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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