Nintendo Switch Online Finally Gets Donkey Kong Country
If you’re a fan of retro gaming, you’ll be happy to hear that Nintendo Switch Online has finally added one of the most iconic games of all time to its library: Donkey Kong Country. This classic platformer from the Super Nintendo era is now available for you to play on your Nintendo Switch, along with other SNES and NES games that are part of the Nintendo Switch Online service. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, Donkey Kong Country, and how to enjoy this blast from the past on your modern console.
What is Nintendo Switch Online and why is it important?
Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription service that allows you to access online features for your Nintendo Switch games, such as online multiplayer, voice chat, cloud saves, and more. It also gives you access to a growing library of classic games from the SNES and NES era, as well as exclusive deals and content for members only.
Nintendo Switch Online features and benefits
With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can enjoy the following features and benefits:
- Online play: Enjoy online play in compatible games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more.
- Classic games: Play or replay classic games from the SNES and NES era, such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and more.
- Save data cloud: Your save data is automatically stored safely online for compatible games, so you can access it anytime and anywhere.
- Nintendo Switch Online app: Open the app on your smartphone or tablet to access special features in supported games, such as voice chat, game stats, tips, and more.
- Special offers: Enjoy exclusive deals and content with your membership, such as free game trials, discounts, in-game items, and more.
Nintendo Switch Online membership plans and prices
To join Nintendo Switch Online, you can choose from two membership plans:
- Individual membership: This plan is for one Nintendo Account holder only. You can choose from four options: $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months, $19.99 for 12 months, or $34.99 for 24 months.
- Family membership: This plan is for up to eight Nintendo Account holders who live in the same country. You can choose from one option: $34.99 for 12 months.
You can also sign up for a free 7-day trial to try out the service before you buy it. You can cancel anytime during the trial period without being charged.
What is Donkey Kong Country and why is it a classic?
Donkey Kong Country is a platformer game that was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1994. It was developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. It was one of the first games to use pre-rendered 3D graphics on the SNES, creating a stunning and immersive visual experience. It was also praised for its gameplay, music, and replay value. It was one of the best-selling games of the SNES, selling over 9 million copies worldwide. It spawned two sequels, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble, as well as a remake for the Game Boy Advance and a reboot for the Wii and Wii U.
Donkey Kong Country gameplay and story
Donkey Kong Country is a side-scrolling platformer game that features two playable characters: Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong. The game consists of six worlds, each with a different theme and a boss at the end. The goal of the game is to recover the stolen bananas from the evil King K. Rool and his army of Kremlings. Along the way, the Kongs can collect bananas, balloons, letters, and tokens for extra lives and bonuses. They can also ride on animal friends, such as Rambi the rhino, Enguarde the swordfish, and Expresso the ostrich, who can help them overcome obstacles and enemies. The game also features a two-player mode, where players can either cooperate or compete with each other.
Donkey Kong Country legacy and impact
Donkey Kong Country is widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, and a landmark in video game history. It revitalized the Donkey Kong franchise, which had been dormant since the arcade era. It also showcased the technical capabilities of the SNES, and influenced the development of other 3D games. It received critical acclaim from critics and fans alike, winning several awards and accolades. It also inspired many spin-offs and adaptations, such as Donkey Kong Land for the Game Boy, Donkey Kong 64 for the Nintendo 64, Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii and 3DS, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U and Switch, and Donkey Kong Country: The Animated Series for TV.
How to play Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo Switch Online
If you want to relive this classic game on your Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Once you have that, you can follow these simple steps to play Donkey Kong Country on your console.
How to access the SNES library on Nintendo Switch Online
The first thing you need to do is to download the Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online app from the Nintendo eShop. This app is free for Nintendo Switch Online members, and it contains all the SNES games that are available on the service. You can find it by searching for “SNES” or “Nintendo Switch Online” on the eShop.
Once you have downloaded the app, you can launch it from your home screen. You’ll see a list of SNES games that you can play on your Nintendo Switch. You can scroll through them using the left stick or the directional buttons. You can also sort them by release date, title, or publisher using the X button.
How to download and launch Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo Switch Online
To play Donkey Kong Country on your Nintendo Switch, you need to download it first. To do that, simply select it from the list of SNES games on the app. You’ll see a brief description of the game, as well as some screenshots and information about its genre, number of players, release date, and publisher. You’ll also see a button that says “Download”. Press it to start downloading the game to your console.
The download should take only a few seconds, depending on your internet connection speed. Once it’s done, you’ll see a button that says “Play”. Press it to launch the game on your Nintendo Switch. You’ll see a screen that shows you how to use the controls for the game. You can also access this screen anytime by pressing ZL + ZR during gameplay.
How to play Donkey Kong Country online with friends on Nintendo Switch Online
One of the coolest features of Nintendo Switch Online is that you can play online with your friends in compatible games. This includes Donkey Kong Country, which has a two-player mode that lets you cooperate or compete with another player. To play online with your friends, you need to do the following:
- Create or join an online play session: From the SNES app menu, press Y to open the online play menu. Here you can create or join an online play session with your friends or other players around the world. To create a session, select “Create Session” and choose whether you want to play with friends only or with anyone. To join a session, select “Find Session” and choose whether you want to join a friend’s session or a random session.
- Invite or accept an invitation from a friend: If you create a session with friends only, you can invite your friends to join you by pressing the + button and selecting “Invite Friends”. You can also send them a message with a code that they can enter to join your session. If you want to join a friend’s session, you can either accept their invitation from the Nintendo Switch Online app on your smartphone or tablet, or enter their code on the online play menu.
- Select Donkey Kong Country and start playing: Once you and your friend are in the same online play session, you can select Donkey Kong Country from the list of SNES games and start playing together. You can choose whether you want to play in co-op mode or versus mode. In co-op mode, you and your friend take turns controlling Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, and help each other complete the levels. In versus mode, you and your friend compete to see who can finish the levels faster or collect more items.
Playing online with your friends is a great way to enjoy Donkey Kong Country and other SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online. You can chat with your friends using the Nintendo Switch Online app, or use the in-game communication options such as stamps and voice clips. You can also switch games anytime by pressing ZL + ZR and selecting another game from the online play menu.
What else is new on Nintendo Switch Online?
Donkey Kong Country is not the only new addition to Nintendo Switch Online in July. The service also added three other SNES games and one NES game to its library, as well as some other features and offers for members. Here’s what else is new on Nintendo Switch Online:
Other SNES games added to Nintendo Switch Online in July
Besides Donkey Kong Country, Nintendo Switch Online also added these three SNES games to its library in July:
- Natsume Championship Wrestling: A wrestling game that features 12 wrestlers, each with their own moves and personality. You can compete in various modes, such as one-on-one, tag team, round robin, and gauntlet.
- The Immortal: An action-adventure game that puts you in the role of a wizard who must explore a dangerous dungeon filled with traps, monsters, and puzzles. You can use magic, items, and weapons to survive and uncover the secrets of the dungeon.
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island: A platformer game that is a prequel to Super Mario World. You control Yoshi, who must carry baby Mario through six worlds and protect him from enemies and hazards. You can use Yoshi’s abilities, such as flutter jump, ground pound, egg throw, and tongue lick, to overcome obstacles and defeat bosses.
Other NES games added to Nintendo Switch Online in July
In addition to the SNES games, Nintendo Switch Online also added one NES game to its library in July:
- Wrecking Crew: A puzzle game that features Mario and Luigi as demolition workers who must destroy all the objects in each stage. You can use hammers, bombs, ladders, doors, and pipes to clear the way and avoid enemies. You can also create your own stages using the level editor.
Other features and offers available for Nintendo Switch Online members
As a Nintendo Switch Online member, you can also enjoy these other features and offers:
- Tetris 99: A free-to-play online game that pits you against 98 other players in a battle royale version of Tetris. You can use Tetris skills and strategy to clear lines and send garbage blocks to your opponents. You can also participate in special events and unlock themes based on other Nintendo games.
- Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online: A similar app to the SNES one, but for NES games. It contains over 50 NES games that you can play on your Nintendo Switch, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby’s Adventure, and more.
- Game Trials: A feature that lets you try out full versions of selected Nintendo Switch games for a limited time. You can download and play the games as much as you want during the trial period, and even save your progress. If you decide to buy the game after the trial ends, you can continue where you left off.
- Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers: A special offer that lets you buy two digital games for $99.99. You can choose from a list of eligible games, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more. You can use the vouchers to buy the games at a discounted price, and earn Gold Points for each purchase.
Nintendo Switch Online is a great service that offers a lot of value for Nintendo Switch owners. Not only can you play online with your friends and enjoy cloud saves, but you can also access a huge library of classic games from the SNES and NES era. One of the latest additions to this library is Donkey Kong Country, a masterpiece of platforming that you can now play on your Nintendo Switch. Whether you want to relive your childhood memories or experience this game for the first time, you’ll have a blast playing Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo Switch Online.
If you’re not a Nintendo Switch Online member yet, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and enjoy all the benefits and features that this service has to offer. You can start with a free 7-day trial and then choose the membership plan that suits you best. Don’t miss this opportunity to play Donkey Kong Country and other classic games on your Nintendo Switch.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers related to the topic:
- How many games are available on Nintendo Switch Online?
As of July 2020, there are over 80 games available on Nintendo Switch Online, including 54 SNES games and 29 NES games. Nintendo adds new games to the service every month, so you can expect more games to be added in the future.
- Can I play Donkey Kong Country offline on Nintendo Switch Online?
Yes, you can play Donkey Kong Country offline on Nintendo Switch Online, as long as you have an active membership and have downloaded the game to your console. However, you’ll need an internet connection to access the online play features, such as playing with friends or using voice chat.
- Can I use a SNES controller to play Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo Switch Online?
Yes, you can use a SNES controller to play Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo Switch Online, if you have the Nintendo Switch Online exclusive wireless Super NES Controller. This controller is designed to look and feel like the original SNES controller, and it works with all the SNES games on the service. You can buy it from the Nintendo website for $29.99, but you’ll need to be a Nintendo Switch Online member to do so.
- What are the differences between Donkey Kong Country on SNES and on Nintendo Switch Online?
Donkey Kong Country on SNES and on Nintendo Switch Online are essentially the same game, with no major changes or additions. However, there are some minor differences, such as improved sound quality, faster loading times, and some graphical tweaks. You can also use some features that are exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online, such as save states, rewind, online play, and suspend points.
- What are some tips and tricks for playing Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo Switch Online?
Here are some tips and tricks for playing Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo Switch Online:
- Use both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong wisely. Donkey Kong is stronger and can defeat bigger enemies, while Diddy Kong is faster and can jump higher.
- Collect as many bananas, balloons, letters, and tokens as you can. They will give you extra lives and bonuses.
- Ride on animal friends whenever possible. They will help you overcome obstacles and enemies that you can’t deal with otherwise.
- Explore every level thoroughly. You might find hidden areas, secrets, and shortcuts that will make your journey easier.
- Save your progress frequently. You can use the save points in each world, or use the save state feature on Nintendo Switch Online.