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Nintendo’s subscription service adds Sega Genesis titles today

There’s some new “Arcade Power” available for Switch gamers today, courtesy of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

Yes, arcade, but other stuff too

Joining the just revealed Paper Mario on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription service is a cadre of Sega Genesis titles. So where’s the “arcade” coming from then? Well, Nintendo is pointing out that one of today’s big releases wasn’t just a Genesis title.

Vivid graphics, realistic sound and the thrill of ultimate arcade power 16-bit gameplay were hallmarks of the SEGA Genesis system, and few games exemplified this quite like Altered Beast, the original pack-in game at launch. Altered Beast “rises from its grave” today, and is now playable on the Nintendo Switch system with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. It’s joined by the games ToeJam & EarlDynamite HeaddySword of Vermilion and the lightning-fast space shooter Thunder Force II. This is the first time that Thunder Force II is available again in the U.S., so don’t miss your chance to experience this high-powered blast of gaming history!


If you don’t know, all of this is due to the new “expansion pack” portion of Nintendo Switch Online. Available via a special add-on subscription, those who buy in will get Sega Genesis and N64 titles added to the already existing catalog of NES and SNES games. Overall, it’s a pretty fun service if you did retro gaming.

For more info on it, click here.

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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