Nintendo Online's latest batch of NES games comes to Switch next week

Wario's Woods! Ninja Gaiden! Lolo!

The next batch of NES games to come to Switch as part of Nintendo's online subscription service will arrive next week, on December 12th.

There's no mystery as to what's coming, however, seeing as Nintendo announced its 2018 line-up months ago. As previously revealed, December's offerings take the form of Wario's Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and Adventures of Lolo.

If it's falling block puzzlers you want, then Wario's Woods is the game for you out of that little lot. Originally released in 1994, it offers something of a unique spin on the classic Tetris formula, by only permitting players, in the role of Toad, to interact with blocks once they've touched the ground. Blocks take the form of monsters and bombs, and players are required to hoist the former into the air in order to gather them into groups of a single colour. Bombs of the same colour are then used to obliterate the pesky blighters.

Next up is 1988's Ninja Gaiden, the first entry in Tecmo's fondly remember action-platform series - which would go on to inspire Team Ninja's gorgeously balletic hack-and-slash adaptation some 16 years later. Ninja Gaiden follows the exploits of Ryu Hayabusa, on a quest to avenge the death of his father. Tight platforming action (and some very catchy music) ensue.

Finally then, is puzzle game Adventures of Lolo, released in 1989 and developed by Kirby studio HAL Laboratory. It too features a protagonist, Lolo, that's little more than a circle with hands and feet - albeit blue rather than pink in this particular case. Lolo's journey to save Princess Lala takes the form of 50 puzzles rooms, with the goal in each level being to collect three stars to open the exit. Doing so primarily involves avoiding enemies and pushing blocks around to reach otherwise inaccessible areas.

All three games can be accessed on December 12th via Nintendo's NES app, which is only available to Switch Online subscribers and can be downloaded through the console's eShop.

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