ByMichael Mitchell, writer at
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The Switch may have launched with one of the best games of all time, but it still launched with a pretty small list of titles. That changed today, as the list was almost doubled, thanks to several eShop additions.

These games are all in a similar vein, but there are a couple notable titles to keep in mind.

A Majority Of Them Are $10, Old-School Titles

Baster Master Zero
Baster Master Zero

Of the games added to the eShop today, Blaster Master Zero is the lone game that's completely brand new, but that doesn't mean it's not old-school. It's a successor to the 1988 NES title, Blaster Master, and that's immediately apparent just by looking at it. But just because it doesn't look as gorgeous as doesn't mean it's not, um, a blast.

Six of the other games added today are games from the NeoGeo — an early '90s console and arcade machine — brought to life on the Switch. Each of the following is only $7.99:

  • Waku Waku 7
  • Shock Troopers
  • Nam-1975
  • Metal Slug 3
  • The King of Fighters ‘98
  • World Heroes Perfect

If you're in the mood to play old-school games on the go, this is a perfect opportunity for it. However, the final game being added to the Switch gained attention a few weeks back for one pretty big reason.

'VOEZ' Is Notable Because It Can Only Be Played In Handheld Mode

VOEZ is a rhythm game that technically has a story but mostly boils down to tapping the screen to the beat. It may sound like any old rhythm game, but it's been received quite well and offers some colorful visuals. I say it's been received well because VOEZ originally released for mobile devices last year.

As a result, the port to the Switch does not work on the console unless it's being played in handheld mode. While this might have caused a stir when it was announced a few weeks back, I personally appreciate the willingness to adapt mobile games to the Switch without sacrificing gameplay for the sake of fitting to the console.

If you're not sure if VOEZ will be your kind of game, it's a free-to-play title on phones, with several options for in-game purchases. The Switch version will play the same, although it will only have an up-front cost of $25.00.

Nintendo Will Be Releasing More Weekly

Nintendo plans on releasing similar updates for smaller, indie-style games weekly. Unfortunately, it's not quite clear what titles will be releasing each week, but hopefully we'll see a similar mix of new, old, and unique games coming to the Switch in the coming weeks.

Personally, I'd love to see more mobile ports that opt for an up-front cost instead of a free-to-play one with in-game purchases. Either way, I'm excited to see the Switch's library expanding, and I'm happy to see Nintendo embracing what I expect will evolve into the Switch's biggest selling point: its portability.

I can't wait to give these games a go — you know, as soon as I've completed all of Breath of the Wild's 120 Shrines and collected all those awesome classic-Zelda outfits...

What old-school or mobile titles do you hope to see added to the Switch in the future?


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