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The next Nintendo Switch Online games include Donkey Kong Country 2

Nintendo has announced the next round of games to be added to the ever-growing Nintendo Switch Online retro library. The headliner is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, the 1995 sequel to the original Donkey Kong Country that was added to Nintendo Switch Online back in July. I will be straight with you and admit that I am not a Donkey Kong Country fan. But I am a Picross fan, so I’m excited for the next addition: Mario’s Super Picross, a 1995 SNES game that has never been released in the US. (It did see release on the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console in PAL regions, though.) If you’re not a Picross player already, Nintendo has posted a tutorial for Mario’s Super Picross here: The other additions this month are Jaleco’s 1993 SNES beat-em-up The Peace Keepers and Natsume’s 1990 NES scrolling shooter S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team. All four games will be available to Nintendo Switch Online members on September 23rd, bringing the library to a total of 90 titles. Source linkContinue readingThe next Nintendo Switch Online games include Donkey Kong Country 2

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Nintendo Switch Online is adding ‘Donkey Kong Country’ this month

Nintendo has added another batch of retro games to its Switch Online service, and one of them may have been a childhood favorite. Donkey Kong Country, the 1994 Super NES reboot of the Donkey Kong franchise, will be available to play for subscribers starting on July 15th. The side-scroller features Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong as they explore jungles and snowcapped mountains to retrieve their stolen bananas from King K. Rool and his crocodilian minions call the Kremlings. Three more titles will be added to the #NES & #SNES – #NintendoSwitchOnline collection on 7/15, including #DonkeyKong Country! Super NES – Nintendo Switch Online:・Donkey Kong Country ・Natsume Championship WrestlingNES – Nintendo Switch Online:・The Immortal pic.twitter.com/dNQ5A1yQhD — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 8, 2020 Aside from Donkey Kong Country, Switch Online is also adding Japanese game Natsume Championship Wrestling and NES action RPG The Immortal on July 15th. The wrestling game has 12 wrestlers to choose from and lets you play against an AI or a friend. Meanwhile, The Immortal will have you embarking on a quest to explore dungeons and discover ancient ruins. In all, Switch Online now offers access to 85 classic games in addition to online play for $4 a month or $20 a year. The games in its library include Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past and Kirby’s Dream Land 3. Source linkContinue readingNintendo Switch Online is adding ‘Donkey Kong Country’ this month

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Donkey Kong Country heads July’s Nintendo Switch Online games

Nintendo’s latest addition to the library of retro games that comes with its Switch Online subscription service includes a big hitter: Donkey Kong Country. Rare’s 1994 side-scrolling platformer was one of the more conspicuous absences from the service, and its addition presumably opens the door for its two sequels down the line. The other two games coming this month are a little more obscure. 1994’s Natsume Championship Wrestling is a US conversion of a SNES wrestling game with its Japanese licensing removed, while The Immortal is a 1990 NES conversion of a fantasy action RPG originally developed for the Apple IIGS and published by EA. All three games will be added to the service on July 15th. Nintendo Switch Online costs $19.99 a year and is required for online multiplayer in games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Source linkContinue readingDonkey Kong Country heads July’s Nintendo Switch Online games

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Guinness reverses decision to strip Billy Mitchell’s Pac-Man and Donkey Kong records

Guinness World Records has reversed its 2018 decision to strip Billy Mitchell of his Pac-Man and Donkey Kong world records, according to Ars Technica, in what is the latest twist in a long story about the notorious arcade game master at the center of documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. This means that, according to Guinness, Mitchell is once again the first to achieve a perfect score on Pac-Man (totaling 3,333,360 points) and the first to reach 1 million points on Donkey Kong. The controversy around Mitchell’s records has a long history But Guinness stands alone in recognizing Mitchell’s scores, as Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard — an organization that also audits and awards records — is sticking with its decision to not recognize them. Mitchell set the Pac-Man score in 1999 and the Donkey Kong one in 2005. But those records faced scrutiny after people in the community discovered that Mitchell set them on video game cabinets that were running arcade emulation software MAME. Twin Galaxies initiated an investigation, and despite finding inconclusive evidence that he cheated, stripped Mitchell of the records. Guinness World Records followed suit shortly after. Mitchell ultimately sued Twin Galaxies this year for libel, and threatened to sue Guinness. The Twin Galaxies lawsuit is still ongoing. Guinness World Records editor Craig Glenday said in a video released Thursday that “existing evidence and newly sourced eyewitness testimony, plus some new expert gameplay analyses and hardware verification” was reviewed before reversing the decision. “In the…Continue readingGuinness reverses decision to strip Billy Mitchell’s Pac-Man and Donkey Kong records