And here's the cool part: some of the games will have newly added online play.
It's the one detail that was oddly absent from Nintendo's recent conference. Nintendo's newly announced paid online service will actually come with free games. One per month.
These games will be SNES or NES releases.
We haven't been able to confirm precisely how this works. Will Nintendo select the title, ala PSN or Xbox LIVE (likely), or will users be able to select a game of their choice (unlikely).
Added online play also sounds pretty great. Secret of Mana, Super Bomberman, Super Mario Kart. I can think of a number of SNES games I'd love to play online.
As per Nintendo's website:
Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.
Distressingly, that sounds like a rental, rather than the accumulative manner in which you collect games on PlayStation Plus.
The service will also provide discounts on online purchases for subscribers.