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Nintendo Switch Online launched last September with a digital library of 20 NES games available to all subscribers. Since then, they've been adding more games to that library each week, and two more are arriving on March 13th. Nintendo Switch Online users will soon be able to enjoy Kid Icarus and StarTropics, except in Japan where StarTropics is replaced by both Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Yie Ar Kung-Fu.

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It's been two years since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and in that short span of time, a decent chunk of Nintendo's key titles for the Wii U either have been ported to the hybrid or saw much more refined sequels. We've already spoken at length about eleven games from that system that could possibly make the switch to Switch following Super Mario Maker 2 in June, but now it's time to take a look at the games that will more than likely be left on the cutting room floor.

These honorable mentions are the games that didn't quite tap into their full potential, wound up as stinkers, or are so dependent on the Wii U's dual-screen functionality that a port to the Switch would be plain impossible. Let's take a look at the list together after the jump!

The ill-fated Wii U had a number of issues that held it back from achieving the unreal commercial success of its revolutionary predecessor, the Wii. Right out of the gate, consumers were confused over the branding and questioned whether the "Wii U" was only a GamePad peripheral for the Wii; the system itself was heavily marketed toward young children and their parents, which didn't help in furthering the old stigma "Nintendo makes kiddie games"; its unique hardware made it difficult for third parties to develop or port their own games onto the console. So on and so forth.

For all its quirks and woes, however, there was one thing that couldn't be taken away from the Wii U. That is its own little library of quality, must-have video games that helped the little system that couldn't stand out as long as it did. Nowadays, rather than sinking into obscurity forever, more and more of the Wii U's greatest hits are seeing either a renewed shelf life or their legacy refined on Nintendo's landmark hybrid system: the Switch.

During yesterday's Nintendo Direct, we learned that Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is getting a remake on Switch. Although the remake features a new art style and updated HD visuals, the game appears to be a fairly faithful recreation of the original. This makes it possible for a pretty direct comparison between the two, and the talented team at GameXplain has quickly recreated the remake's trailer with footage from the original.

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The Mother franchise, known as EarthBound in the West, has had an extremely complicated history when it comes to international releases. The final game in the series, Mother 3, has still never seen an official release outside of Japan since its debut in 2006. Fans have requested this so often and for so long that Nintendo even joked about it in an E3 presentation. Unfortunately, it increasingly seems like the eager fans will never get their wish fulfilled.

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Nintendo Switch Online launched with a digital library of classic NES games for all of its subscribers to enjoy. This NES library debuted with 20 games, but Nintendo has been steadily adding around three new games per month, and sometimes they include a bonus "SP" version of a game that gives the player some sort of special advantage. That lineup is about to get a little bigger once again, as February's games have just been announced.

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Back in the late 1990s, Masahiro Sakurai and the late great Satoru Iwata worked in secret on a radical new project that would pit many of Nintendo's most popular characters against each other in a brawl. Nintendo eventually greenlit the project, and Super Smash Bros. was born on the Nintendo 64. Fast forward 20 years and Smash is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Smash's Japanese debut, Sakurai sent out a thank you message to fans.

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Those who subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online have access to a digital library of classic NES games, but thus far Nintendo hasn't expanded the library beyond that single console. That might be changing soon. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has been hinting at non-NES games coming to Nintendo Switch Online for some time now, and dataminers believe they've found evidence of Super Nintendo games on the way.

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Super Mario Odyssey was one of the top games of 2017, and it was an especially big hit with retro gamers. The Switch exclusive is a brilliant tribute and follow-up to the classic 3D platforming adventures of the late 1990s and early 2000s, reminding its nostalgia-loving fans of games like Banjo-Kazooie. In that spirit, modder ItzSka decided to take the classic Clanker's Cavern level from Banjo-Kazooie and insert it into Odyssey.

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The Sonic franchise hasn't always achieved success and critical acclaim since making the switch from 2D to 3D, but one 3D title that's near and dear to the hearts of many fans is Sonic Adventure. The Dreamcast classic featured six playable characters, a more detailed story than ever before, voice acting (for better or worse), and the delightful Chao Garden. Now, 20 years later, the head of Sonic Team has the itch to go back and remake it.

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YouTuber CryZENx has made quite a name for himself over the past few years with his retro game remakes. He's got a knack for taking iconic moments and locations from classic games and beautifully recreating them in Unreal Engine 4, and his favorite game to tackle is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. After making considerable progress on remaking the game in its entirety, CryZENx has just released a playable demo.

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In recent years, Nintendo has had great success re-selling their old games in the form of the plug-and-play NES Classic and SNES Classic. Sony saw that success and wanted a piece of the pie themselves, so they launched the PlayStation Classic just in time for the lucrative holiday 2018 season. Unfortunately for Sony, it appears their latest piece of hardware was not stuffed in many stockings over the holidays.

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Earlier this year, an earlier prototype for Pokémon Gold and Silver leaked in ROM form, and when The Cutting Room Floor got their hands on the file, they discovered dozens of unused Pokémon. These monsters were in development for the second generation games but were either scrapped altogether or heavily redesigned to become the Pokémon we all know and love. Today a new batch of unused Pokémon surfaced, this time on a Japanese TV show.

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Sony's PlayStation Classic hasn't been wowing reviewers. While there are certain tiny flaws with the system that add up, the main problem most reviewers and consumers have is the selection of games. Most of the PlayStation's iconic and bestselling games are missing for one reason or another. Now that dataminers have their hands on the systems, however, they've discovered evidence that a total of thirty-six games were cut from the PlayStation Classic.

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Back in 1995, Nintendo launched the Broadcast Satellaview add-on for Super Nintendo, allowing Japanese fans to experience content broadcast over satellite TV. This occasionally included exclusive games, like the Zelda spin-off Ancient Stone Tablets or BS Super Mario Collection, a new version of Super Mario All-Star with extra content. In the case of the latter, Nintendo made some rather strange music choices.

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