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July Switch Online games revealed, plus rewind feature

July’s NES games have been revealed for the Nintendo Switch Online exclusive virtual console. But more exciting might be the rewind feature.

Retro rewind

Before we get to the actual games, let’s talk about the rewind. Nintendo has revealed that the virtual NES will be getting a rewind feature, p[utting it in line with other retro consoles out there.

Exactly what it sounds like, the rewind ability will allow Switch Online subscribers to rewind their virtual console NES titles. This is done by simply pressing ZL and ZR, and holding them down. That’s it.

Retro mini consoles and game collections tend to offer something like this, so it’s cool to see it here as well. And honestly, any new features added to the virtual NES is worth talking about.

As for the actual free games this month, they’re kinda… meh.

  • Wrecking Crew – In the days before Mario and Luigi became sports stars in their downtime from saving the princess, they tried their hands as one-man wrecking crews. With a hammer as their only tool, take control of the brothers and set out to destroy ladders, rip out pipes, knock out walls and detonate explosive devices. But make sure to plan your path of destruction carefully, as each building is designed as its own clever puzzle.
  • Donkey Kong 3 – Based on the third game in the enormously popular arcade series, Donkey Kong 3 introduces an exterminator named Stanley as he desperately tries to protect the flowers in his greenhouse from Donkey Kong. Armed only with a can of bug spray, Stanley must force Donkey Kong higher and higher into the greenhouse rafters until Donkey Kong is off the screen and the next stage is reached.

All of the above lands on July 17th.

About Jason Micciche

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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