On Thursday, Nintendo and Sega announced three new Sega Genesis titles for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers, including the addition of Earthworm Jim, a silly, well-animated side-scrolling platformer with a space worm that you can enjoy if you can separate the art from the artist.
Two arguably better, more overlooked games that join Earthworm Jim are
- Alisia Dragoon, a side-scrolling action-adventure game from Grandia and Lunar developer Game Arts. As the young sorceress Alisia, players embark on a quest of revenge to destroy Baldoure, unleashing lightning bolts on foes and summoning four pets OK three pets and one ball of fire in battle.
- Beyond Oasis, a top-down role-playing game from Ancient, the studio founded by Yuzo Koshiro, whose music powered the Streets of Rage games. Like Alisia Dragoon, it features large, impressive sprite work and a summoning system of its own. Sega released a sequel/prequel, The Legend of Oasis, for Sega Saturn.
The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is a premium version of Nintendo's online subscription service, which includes online multiplayer for Switch games, a wide array of expansions and downloadable content, as well as a library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games (in addition to NES and Super NES games).
The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $49.99 annually for an individual user, and $79.99 annually for a family plan (for up to eight users).