By Michael Fontanini / September 17th, 2020
It’s time again for the Nintendo Download! This time we have four featured titles, the first of which is a compilation featuring a familiar red Italian whose life is constantly ruined by a giant turtle! So let’s jump into this week’s downloads.
First up, Mario’s 35th anniversary is kicking off with tomorrow’s release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars ($59.99)! While Nintendo may not have put quite as much effort into this compilation as some fans would’ve liked, it will sell wildly all the same. Spanning three generations of consoles, it includes three of Mario’s greatest adventures: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy! Nintendo has added a music player mode where players can enjoy the timeless music of all three games at their leisure. They’ve also improved some textures, and made some minor tweaks to the controls and visuals. For example, Super Mario Sunshine is now widescreen. If you still want to get a copy, Nintendo says both the digital and physical versions will be available through March 31st, 2021. Not surprisingly, physical copies are pretty hard to come by at the moment. This compilation is loaded with nostalgia for those who grew up with these games, and new adventure for those who haven’t experienced them yet.
If you’re up for some racing action, our next featured title for today is Mini Motor Racing X ($15.99). The game includes the classic Mini Motor Career Mode with eight championships to master, dozens of upgradeable cars to unlock, and hundreds of races. There are 52 courses to race in, each with day/night/weather variants. The new Type-X mode adds some firepower into the action for both career and multiplayer modes. You can also take on your friends in online multiplayer and local career co-op mode. There are also some party mini games like Bumper Ball and Micro Motor Racing.
This week’s third featured title is WWE 2K Battlegrounds ($39.99). The game brings over-the-top arcade action with your favorite WWE Superstars. Battle it out in locations from around the world, and use special abilities and power-ups to defeat your opponents. There are different match types, like Steel Cage, Royal Rumble, and of course more. You can also participate in online tournaments to take on players from around the globe. The game also features a story mode. They didn’t have a trailer for this title, so we have an image here.
Finally, you can work together with friends to build a railroad through many endless procedurally generated worlds in Unrailed!. The game is set to launch on September 23rd. You’ll need to work together to keep building more rail to make sure your train doesn’t reach the end of the line! Cooperation is of paramount importance, as there is only one tool of each type. So you have to work together or it all goes up in smoke! Your adventure through the wilderness will get increasingly challenging, so team coordination will also be important. You’ll also be able to upgrade things along the way to help you out, including the train itself. You can also challenge each other, in two vs. two mode to see which team is the best if you want some competition.
The sales scene is less active in this week’s Nintendo Download, but there are still some deals. If you like taking on big monsters, the Monster Hunter Franchise is currently on sale up to 70% off on the Nintendo eShop. This includes Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate ($15.99) on the Switch, as well as the following four 3DS games:
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate ($5.99)
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate ($8.99)
- Monster Hunter Generations ($15.99)
- Monster Hunter Stories ($19.99)
There aren’t any other major new sales, but there are some individual highlighted titles. Farm, marry, and kill in Atomicrops ($10.49). Survive as best you can in the The Long Dark, with a discounted launch price of $31.49. Hack and slash your way out of the underworld and defy the god of the dead in Hades, with a discount launch price of $19.99. Take on tense one-on-one duels as you try to fight your way to freedom in Furi, which is more than 50% off ($6.99). Note that this game is rated M for Mature.
The Summer Sunset Sale and the Board Game Sale covered in last week’s Nintendo Download are also still running. Last week, you could save $20 on select Nintendo games at Best Buy, but this week they are doing it again, but at Walmart.
New eShop Titles
It’s time to check out what new games this week’s Nintendo Download has. You and your squad must save the world from an evil Octopus Commander and his army in strategy, arcade game, Dog Duty ($17.99). If you’d prefer a more avian squad, you can use your tactical skills to help a strange squad of birds to advance in puzzle, strategy game, Flying Soldiers ($14.39). We also have action, strategy, tower defense game, Kingdom Rush Origins ($14.99), the third installment and a prequel in the award-winning saga.
For those looking for some dungeon crawling, and rogue-like RPG elements, there is Endurance – space action ($7.99). It is a prequel of Ailment. For more RPG elements, there is 2D open-world adventure, Vampire’s Fall: Origins ($12.99) with tactical combat.
If your looking for some anime style, we have another title from eastasiasoft this week. Recruit monster girls and embark on a mission to take back the Bra of Darkness from a mysterious thief who is corrupting monster girls in Moero Crystal H ($33.99). Note that this one is rated M for Mature. There is also My Forged Wedding ($24.99), where a strange twist of fate has you pretending to be married to a man you just met. As time goes on, your mutual attraction grows deeper, and this title is also rated M for Mature.
The street lights mysteriously go out one by one, and a girl must bring back the light with the help of a glowing butterfly, in Nevaeh ($10.39). If you’re feeling in more of a fighting mood, there is Super Punch Patrol ($4.99), with its colored sketch art style. It is brought to you by the creator of Gunman Clive and Mechstermination Force. You can also battle mechs in multiple modes and arenas in Titan Glory ($19.99).
If you’re in more of a racing mood, we have another option besides the one in the featured section. This time you can take the race to the drag strip in Drag Racing Rivals ($7.99).
If you have kids, 2weistein – The Curse of the Red Dragon ($18.00) may help them learn math. The action adventure with embedded puzzles and math quests was developed in cooperation with teachers and psychologists, and won a few awards.
We also have a handful of games that have just barely launched. As they will be out by the time many of you read this, I’m putting them in this section. Manipulate the ground, spin walls, crush enemies, twist tunnels, and more across over 300 stages in puzzle adventure, Georifters ($29.99). There is also intense, 2D arena combat in GORSD ($16.99), a world where you have just one bullet to fire, control, and collect. We also have Journey of the Broken Circle ($8.00), a shorter, artistic 2D adventure about life, love, and fulfillment in which relationships bring new powers. Next, as the dragons begin to act strangely, the balance between peace and chaos begins to break in The Secret Order: Return to the Buried Kingdom ($14.99). For a more retro style, you can take on Saboteur SiO ($10.99), the official sequel to the classic games Saboteur! and Saboteur II: Avenging Angel. Another option with a retro feel brings old school balloon popping action in Tamiku ($4.99).
This time around, we have three games coming out for next week’s Nintendo Download. All three of them are launching on September 23rd. The first is CastleStorm II ($17.99). Aim your catapults and command your troops on the battlefield. Take on the Undead forces that stand against you in strategic battle. We also have a story-driven block breaker game called Twin Breaker ($9.99). It’s the early 2300s, when Earth is still dealing with the aftermath of a multi-decade World War. It has multiple game modes, new game+, and over 40 stages. If you like chasing high scores, then another option is Orbt XL ($0.99), where you’re tasked with staying in orbit while avoiding obstacles or the suction of black holes!
That concludes this week’s Nintendo download! Take care until the next week.
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