By Josh Speer / February 14th, 2019
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still recovering from yesterday’s Direct. But the Nintendo Download waits for no one, so here’s the latest batch of games out this week. Sure it lacks those drool worthy releases a month or more out, but there’s still plenty of great games to check out. Let’s see what’s worth playing.
One of the more surprising games shown during the Direct today was Tetris 99. A free to play, battle royale version of the classic puzzle game available to anybody who opts into the Switch Online service. I thought that was a pretty great deal, personally, and downloaded it soon after the Direct finished. Not only is this version of Tetris exclusive to the Switch, it also boasts future online events. Another classic game announced yesterday is Final Fantasy IX. Sure, it’s been out for a while, but it’s never been playable on a Nintendo console. And while the adventures of Zidane weren’t my favorite FF outing, it’s worth it for Vivi alone. The next game isn’t exactly old enough to be a classic, but it’s still a port. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker came to the Switch not too long ago, but now it’s getting new content in the form of a Special Episode DLC. This offers 18 new challenges and 5 new courses. That’s a hefty amount of extra adventure for everybody’s favorite Toad. If you prefer something more niche, OlliOlli comes to the Switch with the subtitle Switch Stance. And if you want time traveling crazy, Steins;Gate Elite also hits the Switch. Next let’s check out some new entrants to the Switch Online service.
Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online
- Kirby’s Adventure – Using 20 unique tricks and Kirby’s ability to steal enemies’ powers by swallowing them, you’ll have to make your way through a horrific land filled with all kinds of nightmares. Recover the broken pieces of the Star Rod, and everyone in Dream Land will sleep peacefully once again. If you fail, the citizens of Dream Land will be subjected to a lifetime of terrible nightmares.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 – Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad embark on a quest together to save the day against the villainous Wart. Pick up items and throw them at your adversaries to clear levels in seven fantastical worlds. Even enemies can be picked up and tossed across the screen. This unique installment in the Super Mario Bros. series will keep you coming back for more.
Next up, time for some sales. If you love Thunder Lotus Games, you’re in luck, since they have some sexy sales today. Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Wii U, Switch) is only $7.49, while Sundered: Eldritch Edition (Switch) is $13.99; for some tactical fun, X-Morph: Defense (Switch) is $15.99; for something weird, Yumenikki – Dream Diary (Switch) is $15.99; for adorable SHMUP fun, Neko Navy – Daydream Edition (Switch) is pretty cheap at $11.69; or for SHMUP with a friend, Rival Megagun (Switch) is well worth $11.99; for something colorful and different, OkunoKA (Switch) is $12; for fans of rogue, Moonlighter (Switch) is finally a bit on sale for $18.74; or for demonic fun, Demon’s Crystals (Switch) is down to $11.99; indie fans can rejoice now that Undertale (Switch) is only $9.99; for a very different VN, you might enjoy 2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL (Switch) for half off at $10.32; or for a colorful puzzle game, Semblance (Switch) looks very appealing for $5.99; to descend into dreams, you might try Figment (Switch) for $11.99; or to puzzle with a buddy, look no further than Pode (Switch) for $17.49; for a fantastic rogue tribute to Bomberman, you should check out Bombslinger (Switch) for only $7.79; for platforming aerobics, you may enjoy Shadow Bug (Switch) for $3.59; for a wonderful tribute to Zelda games, you should try Mulaka (Switch) for $11.98; or for a unique indie, Owlboy (Switch) is pretty affordable at $14.99; for rogue robots, there’s Heart&Slash (Switch) for only $7.49; for portable dungeon crawling, there’s Bit Dungeon Plus (3DS) for $2.40; or for a well animated experience, Bulb Boy (Switch) hasn’t been cheaper at $2.24; and lastly, for a geometric puzzle game, EDGE (3DS, Wii U) is hard to ignore at $0.49. To see the rest of the sales, just click here.
Lastly, let’s close it out with some new digital fare, featuring stuff all out today or tomorrow. To scratch that retro itch, you may enjoy ACA NEOGEO Puzzle Bobble 2 and Alvastia Chronicles. For games focused on story, there’s Cinders and Nekopara Vol. 2. Fans of the classic Breakout might appreciate Strikey Sisters. While fans of Touhou may enjoy TOUHOU SKY ARENA -MATSURI-CLIMAX. Fans of hardcore platforming will love LOVE. And finally, for a wonderfully hand drawn puzzle platformer, there’s Degrees of Separation. Not a bad week, even if it did lack those Summer games I’m so eager to play. Be sure to tune into oprainfall next week for the latest and greatest Nintendo Download, full of games worth checking out!
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