The next batch of Nintendo Entertainment System games that are coming to subscribers of the Nintendo Switch Online service might be the most obscure ones yet, as Kung-Fu Heroes and Vice: Project Doom will be added in late August.
Kung-Fu Heroes is an overhead action game where two players can take on the role of Jacky or Lee. As either of the characters, they will fight through hordes of enemies in order to save the Princess Min-Min and reclaim the ten stolen treasures of the kingdom.
Vice: Project Doom is a hybrid game that has platforming sections that are similar to Ninja Gaiden. Moreover, the game contains racing and on-rails shooting segments where the player moves the cursor around the screen.
The Nintendo Switch Online subscription service's retro game selection has been resorting to more obscure games lately and the number of titles given away each month seems to now be two instead of three, which is what fans were receiving when the service first launched. Kung-Fu Heroes and Vice: Project Doom aren't exactly noteworthy games, especially when classic titles like Duck Hunt, DuckTales, EarthBound Beginnings, Final Fantasy, or any of the Castlevania, Dragon Quest or Mega Man titles are missing from the service. Nintendo likely doesn't want to pay too much for third-party titles that are intended to be given away, which means that the bottom of the barrel is going to be scraped.
It is possible that the recent Game Trials service is intended to take the pressure off the Nintendo Entertainment System games, as Mario Tennis Aces is now available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers for almost a week. Meanwhile, subscribers in Japan are receiving Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker instead. The ability to demo a first-party Nintendo title for several days is a much more appealing prospect than having access to two obscure NES titles, or at least it is for those who don't already own Mario Tennis Aces.
Kung-Fu Heroes and Vice: Project Doom will be available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers to download on August 21st, 2019.