Nintendo Download 8.30.18

This week's Nintendo eShop drops another great week full of indie options to choose from highlighted most by Into the Breach and The Messenger. https://youtu.be/AJViZXHK7bs

The Messenger – As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises and humor.

Reviews kind of speak for themselves on this one

https://twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/1034787753714741248

Into the Breach – The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of the FTL game.

https://youtu.be/vw30dENVR2Y

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season – Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption.

Also new this week:

ACA NEOGEO CROSSED SWORDS (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Bloxiq (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Claws of Furry (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 3

Fall of Light: Darkest Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Freedom Planet (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

GOD WARS The Complete Legend (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Mini Metro (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Moonfall Ultimate (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

Phantaruk (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Realpolitiks (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Son of a Witch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

The VideoKid (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Toy Stunt Bike: Tiptop’s Trials – Full and Demo Versions

 

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

My Nintendo September Rewards – Summer’s almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop – head back to school with a New Nintendo 2DS XL system! With a huge library of games featuring Mario, Link and more classic characters, it’s just the thing to get through long bus rides or down time after school. My Nintendo September rewards help kick things off with discounts for up to 50 percent on Nintendo Selects games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Nintendo 2DS XL plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D only. Check out the full list of the rewards here.

ICYMI: Dragalia Lost Detailed & Direct

https://youtu.be/-4wz7Mb8Kqw In case you missed the Dragalia Lost Direct late last night here's the latest PR update from Nintendo and the video above.

For the first time ever, Nintendo is introducing a new IP directly on smart devices! With the Dragalia Lost game, players can enjoy a fast-paced action role-playing game set in a fantasy world of warriors, magic and dragons that’s specifically designed to play on smartphones, but with the depth typically reserved for dedicated video game systems. With intuitive touch-screen controls, colorful fantasy graphics that pop off the screen and the option to join up online with up to three other players in co-op story quests, events and Raid Battles, the game can easily be enjoyed in short bursts or longer play sessions. 

“Fans are looking for a variety of experiences on mobile devices, and this vibrant action role-playing game perfectly complements our other mobile games, while also offering something completely new.”

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Nintendo debuted a video detailing many of the features coming to Dragalia Lost. To view the video presentation in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/08-29-2018/.

“Our mobile strategy is expanding with the launch of Dragalia Lost, the first original IP from Nintendo to launch on mobile devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Fans are looking for a variety of experiences on mobile devices, and this vibrant action role-playing game perfectly complements our other mobile games, while also offering something completely new.”

In Dragalia Lost, players build a customized party of adventurers and set off on a grand journey – one that will take them to a variety of locales to save the Kingdom of Alberia from mysterious evil forces that are corrupting the realm. While exploring the world, players control their party of adventurers in battle, even transforming into mighty dragons to unleash devastating attacks. Along the way, players can discover more than 60 companions for their party that offer a variety of different weapon classes, combat abilities and elemental properties.

Battles are performed in real time to keep players in the action, dragging their fingers on the screen to move their characters, tapping or holding to engage with various attacks and flicking along the screen to dodge. It’s all very intuitive and easy to pick up for any type of player. And by using the in-game currency Diamantium or Wyrmite, players can summon new characters, dragons or special accessories called Wyrmprints that can be equipped for powerful abilities or bonuses. Wyrmite is earned in the game as a reward for completing quests, while Diamantium can be purchased using real-world money.

Dragalia Lost is all about letting players play how they want. Party members can be customized in all sorts of ways, whether it’s through new equipment or leveling up and earning new or upgraded abilities. Dragalia Lost even offers synchronous online multiplayer with up to three other people who have the game, so friends can share the experience throughout the game’s main story adventure, additional quests and event raids.

For more information about Dragalia Lost, including how to pre-register, visit https://dragalialost.com/en/.

Nintendo Download 8.16.18

overShoulder resize-min.jpg The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Season Pass – After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine and AJ’s chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. In this gripping, emotional final season, your choices define your relationships, shape your world, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

DONT FORGET ABOUT THE VALKYRIA CHRONICLES DEMO!

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – In the Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes game, one player is trapped in a room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the Bomb Defusal Manual. But there’s a catch: The Experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast! Puzzle solving and communication skills – and maybe a few friendships – will be put to the test as players race to defuse bombs while communicating quickly, clearly and effectively.

Also new this week:

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Flower Festival Event – Every day is a new day in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Campsmartphone game. Starting today, the Flower Festival event begins. Stop by your garden to get special event flower seeds. If you cross-pollinate event flowers, you can get seeds for flowers of different colors. Trade event flowers to Lloid for items like a red-and-yellow bicycle and Flower Festival clothing, among other fun summer items. This event is running from Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. PT through Aug. 28 at 10:59 p.m. PT.
  • August Legendary Pokémon – The Legendary duo of Kyogre and Groudon has dominated the land and seas since originally appearing in the Hoenn region. Now you can get one of them via a code from your local participating GameStop store from Aug. 3 to Aug. 26. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Sun players can get Kyogre, while Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Moon players can get Groudon. Available while supplies last. Contact your local GameStop or check https://www.gamestop.com/stores to find participating stores.
  • Nintendo Labo Creators Contest No. 2 Ends Soon – Calling Nintendo Labo fans! In less than one week, the latest Nintendo Labo Creators Contest ends. Have you started on your entry? A team of Nintendo Labo judges will select two Grand Prize winners and eight runner-up winners in two categories: Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument and Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage. The contest ends at 10:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 20. You can also check out other submissions here – and don’t forget to give a “like” to your favorites! The prizes include a specially designed, collectible cardboard-inspired Nintendo Switch system, Nintendo Labo Creators jackets and more. For more info, please visit the official contest site at https://labo.nintendo.com/share/#!/contest/.*

Soccer Slammers Review for Nintendo Switch

Donnie had the opportunity to review Soccer Slammers, the latest game from Atooi, the developer behind Mutant Mudds, Chicken Wiggle and Xeodrifter. What did he think about this arcade button-smashing soccer game? Watch below to find out.

https://youtu.be/MP1YjQ_NL3Y

Also, if you'd like to watch Donnie and his son Jack check out the local coop, watch the let's play video.

You can buy Soccer Slammers here on Nintendo's website.

Follow the Atooi team to keep up with the latest on Chicken Wiggle and Treasurenauts.

https://youtu.be/jUyVu9JAayY

e3 Press Conferences are outdated

See the source image Every year during E3 week, video game publishers talk about the games they’re planning to release in the next couple of years (or, sometime in the next decade at least…). It’s an exciting time to be a gamer, as we learn about the worlds we will be inhabiting.

A host of companies hold live presentations to reveal the latest games, and the bevy of gaming media across the globe grade these companies on how well the presentations went. (Hey, we’ve got coverage of every conference here at PSVG. Subscribe to the podcast feed!)

But we spend too much time talking about how the presenters did. Was there enough gameplay? Were there enough surprises? Too much time on mobile games? Why’d they waste so much time on live music and YouTube personalities!?

The thing is, the world and how we consume media have changed greatly since the first Electronics Entertainment Expo more than two decades ago. Gaming itself has broken into the mainstream, with millions of people watching and playing games all over the world. More people watch eSports. More than 100 million people watch the largest League of Legends tournaments online.

Many hardcore gamers get their gaming news straight from the source — the Playstation Blog debuts games on a near-daily basis. YouTube personalities play a role in showing off developers’ hard work.

And, yet...we sit and watch as EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Devolver, Ubisoft, Square Enix and PlayStation get up on stages and talk about games. Everything between gameplay is derided as pointless, unless you have a charismatic person like Todd Howard who doesn’t fully rely on a teleprompter.

The information revealed in these staid presentations could easily be included in standard press releases, accompanied by videos. Nintendo’s Directs have this flavor, but the idea could easily be adapted to fit each company’s corporate flavor. This year’s Direct was fantastic, with about 20 minutes of fast-hitting trailers and announcements, followed by a 25-minute deep dive into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The best part of E3 — for me — is in perusing through the deluge of news and picking out what I’m interested in learning more about. The coverage that mainstream sites like IGN, Kinda Funny, Polygon and more put up throughout the event is worth far more than the presentations themselves. PlayStation and Nintendo’s livestreams are far more interesting and informative than the presentations.

I’m not calling for an end to E3 itself, but instead a reimagining of how the information is released. It can cost less, take less time and be for efficient, all while still stoking conversation and getting gamers excited.

There is plenty to be excited about, as well. Personally, I’m super excited for Fallout 76, StarLink, Anthem, Spider-Man, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and more. But I don’t need to watch hour-long “conferences” to stoke the fire of excitement. I need informative gameplay sessions with insightful commentary and interviews.

These are the views of the author, and not PSVG as a whole.

Nintendo Download - June 7th, 2018

The last week before E3 brings a brand new Nintendo game in Sushi Striker to 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Also, Banner Saga 2 & the Legendary Eleven drop to offer some choices for you to consider. See the source image

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Help Musashi end the Empire’s tyrannical monopoly of the world’s sushi supply by becoming a Sushi Striker. Devour conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and sushi types to defeat any enemy or boss who stands between you and victory. Befriend Sushi Sprites and use their powerful skills in battle. The Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushidogame for the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will be available on June 8. A free Nintendo Switch demo is also available in Nintendo eShop. Nintendo 3DS version playable in 2D only.

Banner Saga 2 – The award-winning adventure continues in Banner Saga 2. This epic story-based role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Bold leadership decisions, wise use of resources and skillful battle tactics are vital to ensure your Viking clans make it through alive. Your choices will carry over from the first game, or you can start fresh with new preset characters.

BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE – An unrivaled clash of explosive proportions! Created through an all-star collaboration between BLAZBLUE, ATLUS’ Persona, French Bread’s Under Night In-Birth and Rooster Teeth’s hugely popular RWBY web series, CROSS TAG BATTLE celebrates the fighting genre for pros and newcomers alike. Choose your team in fast-paced 2v2 battles filled with the craziness you’ve come to love from BLAZBLUE, with all the tight mechanics, smooth gameplay and gorgeous 2D graphics you expect from Arc System Works.

Activities:

  • Earn double Gold Points when you pre-purchase the digital version of Mario Tennis Aces! – Receive a bonus of 300 My Nintendo Gold Points when you pre-purchase the digital version of the Mario Tennis Aces game through Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com (where available). Offer ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 21. Bonus points will be issued a few days after the release day of the game, are earned based on the original list price of the game on Nintendo eShop, and will vary by country and currency.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes 2.6 Update – Accessories for Heroes’ mini units have been added. These accessories can be seen by other players in the Arena, so you can customize the look of your Heroes and show them off. Accessories are planned to be available through events and quests. Note: Accessories will not alter a Hero’s stats or skills.

Also new this week:

Nintendo Download - May 17th, 2018

BA DA DA DAAAAAAAAA!

It's time to share all that downloadable Nintendo goodness with you, here, in blog form! Ready to go back to Hyrule? No? Well, then you better play a  few rounds of golf in the PSVG Mario Golf lunch club!

Let's see what's cooking this week!

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – Cut down enemy hordes as characters from the Legend of Zelda series. You even play co-op multiplayer with a friend on one system! All features and downloadable content from past versions of the game, including My Fairy mode and elements from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, can be enjoyed in crisp HD on the Nintendo Switch system. The fate of Hyrule rests in your hands! The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Editiongame will be available on May 18.
    • Runner3 – The Timbletot is determined to rid the multiverse of all its love and happiness. CommanderVideo, a lover if ever there were one, refuses to let this happen. He’s ready to jump, double-jump, wall-jump, slide-jump, slide, kick, float, drive, fly and dance his way to victory, all across a medley of thrilling, challenging and joyous levels. The Runner3 game will be available on May 22.
    • Little Nightmares Complete Edition – Do you remember your childhood fears? Immerse yourself in the Little Nightmares Complete Edition game, a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears as you help Six & The Kid escape The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal. Little Nightmares Complete Editionwill be available on May 18.
    • Mega Man Legacy Collection – The Mega Man Legacy Collection game is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series’ origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind longtime fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection will be available on May 22.
    • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 – The Blue Bomber is back in this second collection of classic Mega Man games. Featuring faithful reproductions of Mega Man 789, & 10, this collection spans the iconic series’ evolution and retro revolution. Take on the nefarious Dr. Wily and his diverse Robot Masters in these timeless 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit adventures. The Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 game will be available on May 22.

 

Restocks Are Coming!

https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/995831060826030080


There you go gang! Get out there and get gaming! Stay funky!

Nintendo Download for April 26th, 2018

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Here's this week's Nintendo Download which provides a few options which should spice up anyone that's been looking for something new to play. Personal highlights we discussed on Nintendo Shack this week - Late Shift, Light Fall, South Park & Jotun.

Headliners

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a hand-drawn, action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Explore vast regions of Norse Purgatory to find runes to unleash the jotun, giant Norse elementals. Fight them using only your massive two-handed axe, the blessings of the Gods and your skills. Jotun: Valhalla Edition launches April 27.
  • Light Fall – Explore the Forgotten World of Numbra to uncover your mysterious past and save the land and its inhabitants from an imminent threat. In this land of eternal night, you will rely on your Shadow Core to brave the many challenges and foes standing in your way. Do you have what it takes to survive in perilous Numbra?

DLC & Updates:

  • Splatoon 2 Update Now Available – Nintendo has dropped some fresh (and free!) new content for the Splatoon 2 game on the Nintendo Switch system this week! After downloading a major new update (Version 3.0) to the Splatoon 2 game, players will have access to a huge amount of new content. This includes the addition of more than 100 pieces of new and returning gear, new songs, the introduction of a challenging new X Rank for the top-performing players in Ranked Battle, weapon balance adjustments and the return of Callie of the famous Squid Sisters. For more information about this free update, please visit the official Nintendo customer support site.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Version 1.4.0 Update – The Version 1.4.0 free update, which will be available later today, includes the ability to recruit and resonate the Rare Blade T-elos from the Xenosaga series after clearing the main game story. Get full update notes at the official Nintendo customer support site.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass: Rare Blade Pack – Expansion Pass owners can now receive the first additional Rare Blade from the Expansion Pass, Poppibuster! Learn more about the Expansion Pass here: https://xenobladechronicles2.nintendo.com/dlc/.

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Activities:

  • My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest – Make, Play and Discover with Nintendo Labo! Create your masterpiece using a Nintendo Labo kit and a Nintendo Switch system, then post a video or image of your creation to the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest official site. The winning My Nintendo members will each receive:
    • a Nintendo Labo Variety Kit or Nintendo Labo Robot Kit
    • a Nintendo Labo Creators jacket
    • a framed award certificate signed by Nintendo Labo developers

    My Nintendo members can submit entries in three categories:

    • Best Decorated Toy-Con – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 11
    • Best Toy-Con Mod using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 25
    • Best Original Invention Using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on June 15

    You can also look at My Nintendo members’ contest submissions here. To learn more about the contest and submit your creation, please visit the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest site.*

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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Nintendo Download for April 5, 2018

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Welcome to another week of the PSVG Nintendo Download!

I'll be honest, I haven't really had a chance to go over what is available this week yet. I'm really itching for some random new indie game to play and I really think that "The Adventure Pals" might be the one. At first glance, it has a visual vibe that really reminds me of "Castle Crashers". That alone might get me to bite, but I really need to do some research first.

Let's see what we've got this week....

Headliners

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Urban Trial Playground – This installment of the stunt bike racing series takes the action to the sunny and colorful beaches of California, mixing in crazier tricks, flips and combos than ever before. Backflip from rooftops and over palm trees to become the ultimate stunt racer.
    • The Adventure Pals – The Adventure Pals sets you and your best friends (a giraffe and a rock) out to save the world and your dad from turning into hotdogs. Explore the mystical forests of Treevale, hike the haunted craters of the moon and dive into the depths to find the lost city of Crablantis.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Detective Pikachu – Special Demo Version – Crack the case in the new Detective Pikachu game by interacting with a unique, tough-talking Pikachu! As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with a self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! Game in 2D.

Sales

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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And there you have it! Download away boys and girls, but remember, NEVER STOP GAMING!

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Nintendo Download for March 29, 2018

See the source image Greetings Koopalings! This week the Switch eShop is full of DLC for Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, indies or ports of 3DS / Wii U indie games.  Let us know if you're interested in jumping into any of these.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

New DLC:

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – New DLC is releasing for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass. Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to titanic new content, including the pack below and a new story this fall. To learn more, visit the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 site. (Full version of game required to use DLC.)
    • New Quests Pack 2 – Launching at 10 p.m. PT today
      • Nopon of Good Tastes (Talk to Bipopo near Galad Residential Zone in Gormott. Available after adding Poppi.)
      • Cleared of All Charges (Talk to Strath in Fonsett, Leftheria. Requires Perun, Godfrey and Perceval.)
      • Beneath the Aurora (Talk to Len at Rigitte Harbor in Leftheria. Available from Chapter 6.)
      • Upgrades and Tinkering (Examine the table in Tora’s house. Requires Tora. Available from Chapter 8.)
      • Most Awful News?! (Stay at the inn in Tantal. Requires Finch’s Birdbrain Lv.3 and Zeke. Available from Chapter 10.)
  • Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass (for Nintendo Switch/New Nintendo 3DS) – Expand your Fire Emblem Warriors adventure with DLC. All three DLC Packs for the Fire Emblem Warriors game are now available! Here’s what’s in the new Fire Emblem Awakening DLCpack release: three new playable characters (Owain, Tharja and Olivia), three new History Maps, new costumes, new armor break models, new support conversations, new weapons and new weapon attributes. If you already purchased the Season Pass, this DLC Pack, as well as the Fire Emblem Fates Pack and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Pack, are available to you at no additional cost. The Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass, as well as the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC Pack, can be purchased on the game’s site. Note: new costumes, character-exclusive weapons and weapon attributes must be unlocked as rewards from playing through the new History Maps. The full version of the game is required to use the DLC.

Also new this week:

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

Upcoming ARMS Events – Exciting new ARMS events are stretching your way! It’s hard to believe, but ARMS, the stretchy fighting game for the Nintendo Switch system, is almost a year old. Whether you’re a newcomer to the game or a seasoned veteran, there’s no better time to get into the game, thanks to three upcoming ARMS events:

  • ARMS U.S. & CANADA ONLINE OPEN – After fighting through a tough online qualifier, eight top ARMS players and four alternates will meet in the online finals at 10 a.m. PT on March 31. The finals will be streamed online for all to see, so be sure to check it out.
  • ARMS Global Testpunch – A global Testpunch demo for the ARMS game, which lets Nintendo Switch owners try out select modes for free, will be running for three days starting at 9 p.m. PT on March 30 and ending at 8:59 p.m. PT on April 2. To participate, players just have to download the Testpunch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
  • Save on ARMS – Ready to buy? Starting at 9 p.m. PT on March 30, you can get the ARMS game for 30 percent off in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com. Act fast, though, as the sale ends at 8:59 a.m. PT on April 6.

Don’t forget to redeem your Gold Points toward your purchase of the game. For more info about My Nintendo rewards, visit https://my.nintendo.com. For more information about ARMS, head to https://arms.nintendo.com/.

  • April My Nintendo Rewards – There’s a lot to love about the month of April, but nothing says, “I love you, sis!” or “I love you, bro!” like National Siblings Day on April 10. It’s a great day to show your brothers or sisters that you really appreciate them. You can even let them win at a video game for once! In honor of this special day, My Nintendo is offering wallpapers and an April calendar featuring the Mario Bros. You can redeem your My Nintendo reward points and plaster your PC or smart device with Mario and Luigi, the most famous siblings in the Mushroom Kingdom. My Nintendo is also offering discounts, using your My Nintendo reward points, for select games that feature Mario and Luigi. For more info, visit http://my.nintendo.com/news.

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Nintendo Download for March 22, 2018

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

  • Outlast 2 – The Outlast 2 game introduces you to Sullivan Knoth and his followers, who left our wicked world behind to give birth to the Temple Gate town deep in the wilderness and hidden from civilization. Knoth and his flock are preparing for the tribulations of the end of times and you’re right in the thick of it. Outlast 2 launches on March 27.
  • OPUS: Rocket of Whispers – Throughout the OPUS: Rocket of Whispers game, you will play as two survivors of an apocalyptic plague. Help them achieve the unimaginable goal of building a rocket, so they can return the deceased to their cosmic homeland through the ancient tradition of space burials.
  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack Wave 2 – The Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack grants immediate access to Avatar items upon purchase and two waves of DLC as they are released. The Battle Pack contains two new Battle Pokémon and two new Support Pokémon Sets. With these Pokémon joining the fray, the battle is just getting started! Wave 1 released on Jan. 31, 2018, and contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu, and additional Avatar items. Wave 2 releases on March 23, 2018, and contains Battle Pokémon Blastoise, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mew and Celebi, and additional Avatar items. Full version of game required to use DLC.

Also new this week:

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

  • Detective Pikachu – Crack the case in this new detective adventure game by interacting with a unique, fully voiced Pikachu. As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! The Detective Pikachu game will be available on March 23. Game in 2D.
  • The Alliance Alive – One thousand years ago, Daemons invaded the world of Humans. They subjugated Humanity and created the Great Barrier to separate the realms. Now the time for resistance has come. The Alliance Alive game evokes the nostalgia of JRPG greats with huge world exploration and intertwining stories of nine protagonists. The Alliance Alive launches on March 27.
  • My Nintendo Presents Nindie Game Gold Point Rewards Vol. 4 – Got Gold Points? Get select games! My Nintendo users can now redeem Gold Points for some fun indie games on Nintendo platforms. For a limited time, you can redeem points to download select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games from our talented independent developers. Users will receive a download code that is redeemable in Nintendo eShop. Please visit https://my.nintendo.com/news for more details.
  • Super Mario Run – Time is running out! The Super Mario Run game is 50 percent off until 11:59 p.m. PT on March 25. Pay once to play all of the courses as much as you want. If you haven’t bought it yet, now is your chance! You can download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free in the App Store or on Google Play.

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Nintendo Download for March 15, 2018

See the source image Let's see what Nintendo has up for grabs this week across their digital network. Brave the wild west of the Switch eShop, let's find some gems!

My top pick this week, "The Long Reach", I cannot wait to start playing this one!


 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

  • Kirby Star Allies – When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his … enemies?! By making friends out of Kirby’s foes, up to three players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever. Combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities. The Kirby Star Allies game will be available on March 16. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Game, system, and some accessories sold separately.)
  • Attack on Titan 2 – Experience the immense anime story alongside Eren and his companions as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human-devouring Titans. Try your hand at operating the omni-directional mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents. The Attack on Titan 2 game will be available on March 20.

New DLC:

  • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion – INKoming DLC! Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure launches this summer and spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling! You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Octo Expansion launches this summer, but players can purchase this content in advance today for $19.99 for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear. (The full game is required to use the DLC. Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode.)

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • Mario Jumps to Google Maps – We’ve collaborated with the team at Google to let Mario accompany you on all your driving adventures with Google Maps. Just remember to practice safe driving on the road – we don’t encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life. Navigate with Mario in Google Maps and share your #MarioMaps experience with us. Check out the limited-time event before it ends March 17 at 9 p.m. PT.

 

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Subsurface Circular [Switch] Review

See the source image The game — really a visual novel with light puzzle-solving elements through text — was released recently on the Switch, after coming out last year on Steam. It’s a short story from Mike Bithell, the creator behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume.

Bithell is one of my favorite indie creators, and Subsurface Circular fits in well with his previous work, despite being a functionally different game. The story is immediately engaging, moves fast and doesn’t get bogged down by things that don’t matter.

The player’s bot — known as James in my playthrough, though there are other choices — is a detective that begins investigating an off-the-grid case proposed to him by a fellow traveller, who is sad because a friend has disappeared.

During the ride you come into contact with a robot nanny, priest, soldier and more, as the story fills in the gaps on just how robots are used in this future society. There are easter eggs for fans of Bithell’s prior work, as well as some other current pop culture references.

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The tale comes to a satisfying conclusion, with an interesting take on the future of artificial intelligence and its role in society.

My only detraction in the game is that the text would sometimes pause during the flow of conversation. While this makes sense in the narrative, it felt at times like the pauses were simply padding the length of this brief game.

Subsurface Circular comes with a couple extras, such as director commentary and artwork examples. The music, too, is unobtrusive but fits in the game world.

I wholeheartedly recommend Subsurface Circular to fans of Bithell’s previous games, as well as science fiction and visual novels. It’s wholly text-based, so may not appeal to some, but if you give it a shot, I think you’ll find a thoughtful story worth experiencing.

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Nintendo Download for March 1, 2018

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This week's Nintendo eShop update has been released. This week is yet another showing of how much developers are focused on the still booming Nintendo Switch console as another 20 games arrive on the system today highlighted by Xenoblade 2 getting more DLC (if you bought the expansion pass), the stealth launch of Outlast, as well as some indie / steam hits Detention and Subsurface Circular.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

Mulaka – Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara. Embark on the journey of a Sukurúame, a Tarahumara shaman known for impressive running abilities. Fight back the foulness corrupting the land, while drawing upon the powers of demigods.

Scribblenauts: Showdown – Use your imagination and go head-to-head in the ultimate multiplayer showdown. Enjoy a party-style Scribblenauts experience, conjuring more than 35,000 objects from the vast Scribblenauts dictionary to outsmart your opponent in more than 25 mini-games. Scribblenauts: Showdown launches on Nintendo Switch on March 6.

Subsurface Circular – A detective stationed on the Subsurface Circular investigates a series of disappearances among the city’s robotic working class. Collect words and phrases, and then use them in dialogue puzzles to uncover the world’s secrets and determine its future.

New Updates and DLC:

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – New DLC is releasing for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass. Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to titanic new content, including the pack below and a new story this fall. To learn more, visit the officialXenoblade Chronicles 2 site.

Helpful Items Pack 4 – Launching on March 1 at 9 p.m. PT

  • Upgrade Parts for Poppi 2: 30,000 Ether
  • Driver Essentials Set 3: Legendary Core Crystal x 8, Overdrive Protocol x 3

And that’s not all! New free content is releasing for all Xenoblade Chronicles 2 players at the same time in a free software update, including a new “New Game Plus” mode for players with save data from the final chapter who have cleared the game. This mode carries over some elements from the save data and unlocks many new features.

A Normal Lost Phone (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

ACA NEOGEO SENGOKU 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Air Hockey (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Arcade Archives STAR FORCE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Detention (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Fear Effect Sedna (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 6

Grid Mania (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 2

GUILT BATTLE ARENA (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Little Triangle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

NORTH (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 6

Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Packet Queen # (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Poisoft Thud Card (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Star Ghost – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Super Toy Cars (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 2

Totes the Goat (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

Happy Pokémon Day! – Feb. 27 is the day to celebrate all things Pokémon. The holiday commemorates the launch of the very first Pokémon games in Japan way back in 1996. To celebrate, My Nintendo is offering wallpaper inspired by the upcoming 2D Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. You can redeem your My Nintendo points and plaster your PC or smart device with detective Pikachu’s adorable face!We’re also offering a Pikachu & Poké Ball inspired Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme. You can redeem your My Nintendo reward points up to three times to receive up to three codes. Use this printable card to share codes or wish your friends a belated Happy Pokémon Day.

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Nintendo Download for February 22, 2018

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Pretty good week over there on the Nintendo eShops this week but before we get into that....

This week, Bayonetta ranked as the No. 1 best-selling Nintendo Switch download title at the Nintendo eShop. So if you didn't know or didn't get to it yet.... umm... do that. Thanks.

Now back to this week. Nintendo's got you covered both on the Switch & 3DS this week with arcade games, first person shooters, and some digging action.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS – The highly acclaimed PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION series has finally come to Nintendo Switch. Featuring eye-popping high-resolution 3D graphics and funky visuals, the latest version of the classic game takes chomping and chasing through mazes to a whole new level.

PAYDAY 2 – PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew – Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains – as they descend on Washington, D.C., for an epic crime spree. (Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.) PAYDAY 2 launches on Feb. 27.

Super Mario Odyssey Update – Starting today, you can download a free update for the Super Mario Odyssey game for the Nintendo Switch system. The free update adds a fun new minigame called Balloon World (internet access required*), which you can play after finishing the main story. To get started, just find Luigi in a kingdom and talk to him! In Hide It mode, you can take a balloon and hide it somewhere in that kingdom for other players to find. In Find It mode, you must find balloons hidden by other players. There’s a limited time to hide and find the balloons, so act fast! All the secret and out-of-the-way areas you found while playing the game will come in handy! The update also adds new outfits and filters to use in Snapshot Mode!

Also new this week:

 

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

SteamWorld Dig 2 – SteamWorld Dig 2 takes you on a platform mining adventure. When an old trading town is struck by mysterious earthquakes, it’s up to a lone steambot and her unlikely companion to uncover what trembling terrors lie beneath. Dig your way underground and explore vivid worlds riddled with treasure, secrets and traps.

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Nintendo Download for February 8, 2018

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Back again (albeit a little late to the party) with another eShop update. Nintendo already got the day started with a little update to My.Nintendo Rewards program. Starting in March, we'll be able to use Gold Coins for discounts on Nintendo eShop, including Switch. How this process exactly works out is still yet to be fully detailed, but we're excited to find out more.

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

      • Dragon Quest Builders – Gather, craft and build the kingdom of your dreams to restore the ruined world of Alefgard. As the legendary Builder, you’ll construct rooms, towns and defenses while fighting monsters. In Terra Incognita, build freely, share creations online, battle in an arena and access exclusive content to the Nintendo Switch version of the game—gather special materials with the Great Sabrecub to unlock retro customization options, including the Dragon Quest Game Pak (Nintendo Account required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018). Dragon Quest Builders will be available on Feb. 9. A free demo version of the game is available now for download in Nintendo eShop.
      • Owlboy – Owlboy is a story-driven platform adventure game in which you can fly and explore a world in the clouds. Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome great obstacles and even greater enemies when Owlboy launches on Feb. 13.
      • Aegis Defenders – Explore, build and defend in this unique mashup of action-platformer and tower-defense-strategy. Play as a team of Ruinhunters searching for the one thing that can save their village: a legendary weapon known as Aegis.

    Also new this week:

 

But wait, there's more!

  • Nintendo Switch eShop Sale – Looking for something new to play? Download great digital games to play anytime, anywhere—and in a whole new way—with Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system. Starting at 9 a.m. PT, you can get up to 30 percent off select digital games for Nintendo Switch. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points on qualifying digital purchases, so it’s a win-win. Act fast, though, as this sale only runs until Feb. 1 at 8:59 a.m. PT.

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Other Nintendo Stuff This Week:

  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – Unlock the time-traveling power of the White Chronicle once again in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This beloved classic is an expanded version of the original Nintendo 3DS game, and contains a great deal of added gameplay/story content, an updated presentation and new ways to experience the adventure. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology launches on Feb. 13.