All eyes are likely on the N64 corner of the Nintendo Switch Online library, but every now and then the SNES side still gets a little something worth celebrating. No, it’s not Super Mario RPG, but it’s a game (two games, in fact!) that puzzle fans and Dream Land denizens can come together and enjoy.
Kirby’s Avalanche is a curious entry in the character’s history, as it’s actually a reskin of the original Puyo Puyo. Put another way, this was the Super Nintendo’s answer to Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, and even if you’re a Puyo pro it’s worth playing through for the dialogue between matches where Kirby and his enemies throw very much out of character shade at each other.
Japan instead has Kirby Super Star Stacker, a different puzzle game that has its own interesting history. An updated and expanded version of Kirby Star Stacker for the Game Boy, it never made its way out of Japan due to unfortunate release timing. It’s definitely an obscure piece of the Kirby series, but one that’s been slowly getting referenced in modern games.
Beyond these Kirby gets, the SNES is also getting Fighter’s History (a game that Capcom actually sued Data East over due to perceived similarities to Street Fighter II) and the NES app nets the obscure Daiva Story 6 Imperial of Nirsartia.
These newest additions are available in their associated Switch Online applications now.