By Josh Speer / November 17th, 2016
Is anybody else shivering right now? There’s definitely a nip in the air of late, and while some may warm themselves up with a large mug of hot chocolate or a blanket, I find few things as comforting as sitting down and playing a good video game. We need some way to stave off the boring Winter months, right? Well, while Nintendo does have some interesting games to keep us busy this week, there’s not a whole ton to stay warm with. I would venture that’s likely because we’ll all be heating up just thinking about playing Pokémon Sun and Moon starting tomorrow! But let’s not sell the other games short. Here’s what’s noteworthy this week!
First let’s get the best game out of the way. The hotly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Moon releases tomorrow, and nothing says fun like spending a little time in the Alolan sun! I myself am very excited about the latest release, but you’ll be able to find out more about the game when our official review goes live. But I promised other games, so let’s talk about those for a minute. One newly released game this week is Swapdoodle. It almost sounds like an app that lets you write messages to other 3DS owners, as well as drawing quick doodles using stamps and icons. It probably sounds familiar to many of you, since it almost strikes me as a replacement for Swapnote. And while it does start out free, there are add on packs you can purchase that help teach you various “doodle lessons”. Swapdoodle definitely sounds intriguing, and I am curious to see how well it sells. As far as Virtual Console titles, there is one great one and one subpar one this week. Wario Land: Shake It launches on the Wii U VC, and it’s one of the most stylish games on the Wii. The less exciting title is Excitebike 64. But if you’re a fan of doing sweet tricks on your motor bike, then enjoy.
On the sales side of things, there is honestly nothing new I would recommend. The course of action I would suggest is to just wait a few more weeks and see if any great games go on sale. But if you’ve already picked up Gunman Clive or Gunman Clive 2, there just isn’t anything else but shovelware right now. Just take a look.
It might sound like this is gonna be a bummer week, but there is a holiday themed promotion happening that might improve your mood. By entering the My Nintendo Holiday Sweepstakes and picking a few games, you have the opportunity to win from a massive prize pool, including a Pokémon Sun and Moon themed 3DS, a Mario amiibo, Triforce Heroes and more. Full details of how the sweepstakes work can be found here. Just keep in mind you need to enter before next Monday.
For Themes this week, there are (surprise!) 2 new Pokémon Sun and Moon Themes to pick from. And lastly, Exile’s End releases for the Wii U eShop this week. I thought the game looked fascinating when it released on Steam, and look forward to trying it out on my Gamepad. But that’s it for this week. A bit weak, I know, but stick with us here at oprainfall. I’m confident the next couple weeks will make up for the general lack of great games this time. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go back to counting the minutes until I can pick up my Litten…