It’s been 18 months since the release of the Nintendo Switch, and it must still be a hot item given that it still costs $300. Only this time, you get the Neon Red and Neon Blue controllers. You also get a free download of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is almost too much fun and has a score of 100 when it comes to video game addiction.
Anyhow, I’ve purchased the Nintendo Switch once and have returned it. I thought I would give the Switch another try, and I like it a lot better now that there’s a lot more content. What I was really looking forward to was playing classic video games such as Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man. Needless to say, I haven’t been able to put this thing down.
The first thing I did after setting up the Switch was download the arcade version of Donkey Kong, which looks dated (of course), but nearly perfect. Here is a video I took:
Then, I went to Nintendo Switch Online and started downloading some classic Nintendo Entertainment System games from the late 1980s and was brought back in a time machine when I started playing Super Mario Brothers. For those not old enough, this game, more than any other, was responsible for college kids getting kicked out of school for having a low GPA in the late 1980s.
Can you play classic games on a PC or Mac? Sure, but game play always feels clunky since whatever controllers (or keyboard) you use aren’t completely compatible. This isn’t the case with the Switch; the controllers work perfectly. And speaking of the iPad, you won’t find many classic games, including Donkey Kong.
After I get my fix with all my current games, I am going to buy (downloading costs way more than the physical copy) the Namco Museum Arcade Pac, which includes such classic Namco games such as as Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, and Rolling Thunder. Of course, Pac-Man is available on everything.
I would love for a company to release such arcade classics as Donkey Kong Jr., Zaxxon, Turbo, and even Mr. Do!, a game I loved that wasn’t a blockbuster. There is a huge market for classing gaming, and most video game companies haven’t really tapped into it. That will hopefully change soon.