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It’s time for another Nintendo Download, after having a week off last week. This was because Nintendo’s press release post was broken at the time. It was still just an empty post last weekend, though it seems to have been fixed since then. That press release didn’t really have anything major, as it has only one featured game. I suppose we’ll just include it in this week’s Nintendo Download at the end of the featured section. Probably the one major thing we missed last week would’ve been Black Friday sales, but it’s too late now. So let’s just dive into this week’s Nintendo Download news, where we have six featured titles to talk about.

 

Featured Games


First up, we have mythical adventure Immortals Fenyx Rising ($59.99). Guide the demigod, Fenyx, on an epic quest to save the Greek Gods. Along the way you’ll fight mythological beasts as you wield the powers of the Gods to best your enemies. You’ll also need to solve ancient puzzles in a stylized open world, which spans seven different regions. There is also a Gold Edition, which gets you the game, plus the season pass and some exclusive game content.

 

John Wick Hex ($19.99) gets you thinking like professional hit man, John Wick, from the well-known film franchise. This fast-paced, action-filled strategy game was developed in close cooperation with the creative teams that brought you the movies. The game expands the story of the John Wick universe, while bringing to life fight-choreographed chess, and the series’ signature gun fu style. You can watch the trailer here since it is age-restricted.
John Wick Hex

 

Next up, we have Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light ($5.99). Prince Marth’s original NES adventure is no longer Japan-only. You may recall that it got a remake on Nintendo DS in 2009, called Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, but now you can play the original 8-bit game in English on your Switch. This new localized version also includes new features, like save states. Guide Prince Marth in his tactical RPG adventure, as he recruits over 50 playable characters and takes on the forces of Shadow Dragon. The story spans 25 chapters that follow the knights of Altea as they fight against dark magic. Can you lead them to victory, or will they fall to the darkness?

I feel it should be noted here that there is also some bad news, as this game is the latest title to join Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. 35 in the limited time release club. This detail is on the game’s eShop page (linked above), and is curiously missing from the trailer. The game’s description text says it is “localized and released for the first time in North America—for a limited time.” I saw this mentioned at the top of the comments on the trailer, so I went and verified it myself. It does not say when it stops being available, though.

 

Also in the RPG category, we have the Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack ($49.99). Guide Don-chan in two different RPG adventures, as you use your drumming skills to save the world. You will embark on an adventure through time to save the world from the mysterious events that are happening.

 

The new featured title for today is PHOGS! ($24.99). Guide a duo of dogs through a puzzling adventure. The protagonists are linked by a stretchy belly. They’ll need to bark, bite, and bounce to get through this adventure by overcoming the obstacles in their path. They’ll travel through worlds themed around Food, Sleep, and Play in either single-player or co-op mode.

 

The last featured title for today is Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise ($49.99). Exercise to pop tunes in this rhythmic boxing game. Choose from various trainers with unique personalities. You can also workout with a friend by giving them a Joy-Con. There is also a free demo available, and save data will carry over to the full game.

 

I mentioned in the intro section why we missed last week’s Nintendo Download due to Nintendo’s press release post being broken. So now we’ll round out this section with the single, lonely featured title that we missed because of that last week.

Empire of Sin ($39.99) drops players into the middle of the criminal underworld in Chicago during the Prohibition era. Take on the roll of one of 14 mob bosses inspired by history, such as Al Capone, Stephanie St. Clair or Goldie Garneau. Assemble a gang, and expand your criminal empire while defending your turf. You’ll expand your territory in turn-based combat, or just send a clear message to rival gangs who dare oppose you. Empire of Sin just launched on December 1st.

 

Current Sales


There isn’t really anything major to talk about as far as sales going into this weekend, since the big sales were last week. While the sales news section is pretty empty for this Nintendo Download, you can still find some generally smaller deals scattered around the eShop, though.

 

New eShop Titles


We have six retro styled titles in this week’s Nintendo Download.

Cybxus Hearts Price:
$4.99
Size:
51.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
This action game was originally released by Konami back in 1985. It sees players infiltrating an enemy base, as they attempt to bypass four obstacles to rescue their friends. You can jump or duck to avoid incoming attacks. Take down your foes using your trusty knife, or steal weapons dropped by enemies you’ve already neutralized. The Green Berets’ honor rests on your shoulders!

Developer: TERNOX

Arcade Archives Rush'n Attack
Cybxus Hearts Price:
$4.99
Size:
51.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
This classic danmaku-style bullet hell is inspired by classic Japanese shooting games. Swap between three different characters as you blast your way through four stages packed to the brim with enemies and especially flying bullets. Should you survive the bullet storms, epic bosses will be waiting to take you down! The developers have also included multiple difficulty modes.

Developer: TERNOX

Cybxus Hearts
Morbid: The Seven Acolytes Price:
$24.99
Size:
753.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
This retro title is a Horrorpunk Action RPG full of Lovecraftian terrors and Cronenbergian gore. They say it is the most gruesome to date in the isometric Souls-like genre. As the one and only remaining Striver of Dibrom who yet survives, the moment you’ve trained your whole life for has finally come. Your quest is to take down the Seven Acolytes. These powerful beings are possessed by the Gahars, malevolent deities. The Gahars cannot survive without hosts, hence why they’ve bound themselves to the Acolytes. Can you survive your mission.

Developer: Still Running

Morbid - The Seven Acolytes

Watch the age restricted trailer on YouTube.

Nine Witches: Family Disruption Price:
$19.99
Size:
276.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 04, 2020
It is October of 1944, and when something happens in Sundäe, a rustic Norwegian town, Quadriplegic professor of occult science, Alexei Krakovitz, and his assistant, Akiro Kagasawa, find themselves being sent to Norway. Their secret mission is to uncover the mystery to save the world from the Okkulte-55. You’ll meet eccentric characters, crazy inventions, and more in a world full of dark humor, and puzzles.

Developer: Indiesruption

Pixel Game Maker Series STEOS -Sorrow song of Bounty hunter- Price:
$9.99
Size:
263.00 MB
Launch Date:
Nov. 27, 2020
This is part of the Pixel Game Maker series, which are games made with Pixel Game Maker MV. This one sees you controlling a bipedal cannon in a distant future where AI controls civilization. However, the AIs have now turned on each other and gone to war. You’ve been hired by one as an “indeterminate element” that will help it win. You have two weapons, a 45-degree bullet, and a very narrow range spanking bullet. It’s time to board Steos, your bipedal cannon and jump into the battlefield.

Developer: 125 inc.

Pixel Game Maker Series - Steos - Sorrow Song of Bounty
Wildfire Price:
$14.99
Size:
343.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
Master the elements and watch everything burn in this stealth game! Start fires, freeze water, and move earth to outsmart your foes. Rescue the captive villagers and take back your home by manipulating the environment to thwart your enemies. Magic has all but died out in this world, so your superstitious foes have labeled you a witch! They fear the elemental powers you wield, the powers you will use to defeat them and their leader, the Arch Duchess.

Developer: Humble Games

 

If adventure is your thing, we have some of that in a less retro flavor as always, with varied options:

Liberated: Enhanced Edition Price:
$19.99
Size:
3.50 GB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
Dive into a playable comic book filled with hand-drawn graphics! The story is inspired by George Orwell, Black Mirror, Mr. Robot, and Matrix. Jump, sneak, shoot, and solve puzzles as you unravel the story. This enhanced edition includes the game, full English voice-overs, and 2 epilogue chapters: “For the Homeland” and “Glory to the Heroes”.

Developer: Atomic Wolf

Death Tales Price:
$9.99
Size:
770.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
Dive into a grim but whimsical adventure, collect spells, and gather the necessary equipment to take on hordes of foes. There are over 40 pieces of equipment in the game to customize your Reaper as you see fit. Collect souls to buy things from the local merchant, Fiona. Her inventory changes daily, so check back with her often! You can mix armor pieces and utilize unique skills like fireballs, freezing enemies, summoning meteors, stampeding unicorns, gliding, and more. Epic bosses are waiting to crush you as well.

Developer: Arcade Distillery

Paw Paw Paw Price:
$9.99
Size:
223.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 04, 2020
For a more comical adventure, we have this story of a peaceful and prosperous kingdom… or at least it was until the horrible King decreed that everyone must wear pants! You are now part of the resistance, known as ANTIPANTS! Hack and slash your way through anyone who dares stand in your way, and bring down that tyrannical king!

Developer: Simpleton

Johnny Rocket Price:
$4.99
Size:
322.00 MB
Launch Date:
Nov. 27, 2020
As Johnny Rocket, take on the “Evil Forces” in this 2D cartoon adventure full of action platforming. Run, jump, double jump, and shoot your foes. Johnny also has a secret ability: using his head to destroy enemies and obstacles alike! There are many enemy types, and tough bosses await you. Defeating a boss gets you a comic cartoon telling you more of Johnny’s story.

Developer: Restless Corp

Johnny Rocket

 

For something more tactical or strategic, we have a few options, from commandos, to tower defense, to business management in this Nintendo Download:

Commandos 2 – HD Remaster Price:
$29.99
Size:
2.00 GB
Launch Date:
Dec. 04, 2020
Relive the real-time tactics masterpiece that defined a genre, now on Nintendo Switch in the form of an HD remaster. It features reworked controls, UI, and tutorials. Control your group of elite commandos as they head deep into enemy territory. To overcome some notoriously demanding World War II missions, you’ll need to use their combined expertise. Go covert in authentic World War II locations, and triumph against any odds, no matter how slim they may seem. Can you turn the tide of war in your favor?

Developer: Yippee! Entertainment

Steampunk Tower 2 Price:
$9.99
Size:
425.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 04, 2020
A world war has been dragged out in an alternative Steampunk universe. Lord Bingham is returning to the world arena, but he is in need of a skilled commander first. Hidden in Spain lies a secret base in the mountains. It hides a humongous aircraft carrier, which carries the Battle Tower under your authority. There is also a team of specialists whose job is to handle special assignments. Can you defend against the enemy onslaughts and emerge victorious?

Developer: Drageus Games

Steampunk Tower 2
Biz Builder Delux Price:
$14
Size:
196.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
Run any store you want as you build up your empire. From video games to fast food, you get to run the kind of store you want. You are the town’s business extraordinaire after all. Once you’ve become big enough, you can set your sites on other markets waiting to be cornered. This town is going to make you rich, if you can deal with pesky rivals that is!

Developer: Kairosoft

Biz Builder Delux

 

If you like a more anime style, we have one option for you in the Nintendo Download this week.

fault – milestone two side: above Price:
$14.99
Size:
1.20 GB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
Fault is a cinematic adventure series created by ALICE IN DISSONANCE, and this is the second entry in the series that continues the girls’ story. Selphine and Ritona renew their journey with a new friend, Rune. However, they suddenly run into Merano, who leads a mysterious group. This group is the one that attacked their home town of Rughzenhaide. After escaping, they wind up in the land of Biscanta. Unfortunately, unexpected troubles plague them again! Will they ever be able to return to their hometown?

Developer: Phoenixx

 

We’ll close out the New Games section of this Nintendo Download with a pair of racing themed games:

Absolute Drift Price:
$11.99
Size:
385.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
Become a master drifter in this unique driving game. Hone your skills in a minimalist world, and eventually unlock trophies and elite events. The game is brought to you by the creators of Art of Rally. There are up to six drift cars to customize, and 3 game modes (Driftkhana, Drifting, and Mountain Drifting). These span 34 different levels, with 5 free-roaming areas and unique themes. The game also features online leader boards and 3+ hours of electronic music by C41 and Nyte.

Developer: Funselektor Labs

GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire Price:
$4.99
Size:
253.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 03, 2020
This one is a bit more shooter than racing, but the game page lists it as racing, too. This twin-stick shooter sees you take on the role of Bax Torpini, an alien pest control specialist. His job is to go to the Stalwart Academy and clear out a rogue horde of marauding space robot monsters! There are 8 levels and 2 bonus stages. Swap 9 different weapons as often as you like, and utilize three alternate fires. The game also features hidden ‘Bax Card’ art collectibles for players to find and collect. Each one was illustrated by a different indie artist.

Developer: Flynns Arcade

 

 

Upcoming Games


This week’s Nintendo Download has four upcoming games to take a look at, with quite a range of variety here:

Heroes of Loot Price:
$7.99
Size:
45.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 08, 2020
Twin stick shooters meet rogue-like dungeon crawling. Take on hordes of foes from ghosts and skulls, to cyclopes, critters, and many more. This game is inspired by classic Gauntlet games of the ’80s, along with Robotron and Smash-TV style gameplay. Level up to improve your weapon while completing quests for loot and upgrades. Use your quick reflexes to survive!

Developer: Orange Pixel

Heroes of Loot
Monster Sanctuary Price:
$19.99
Size:
398.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 08, 2020
This game mixes Metroidvania with monster taming. Become a monster keeper who will save the Monster Sanctuary. Your adventure will see you work to become the ultimate Monster Keeper as you unravel the mystery of that which threatens to destroy the peace between the monsters and humans. Train your monsters, build your team, and use their powers to explore the world. Each monster has a skill tree, and they will clash in tactical 3-on-3 battles. You can also battle other players online.

Developer: Moi Rai Games

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Price:
$39.99
Size:
1.30 GB
Launch Date:
Dec. 08, 2020
Two puzzle legends are reuniting again. Japan’s beloved Puyo Puyo and the famous Tetris are teaming up to bring more fun. Match four same-colored Puyos or complete a line of blocks to keep your board clean. This also dumps the garbage in your opponents board. Don’t forget to keep an eye one what may be coming in your direction too!

Developer: Sega

Super Space Serpent Secondary Edition Price:
$9.99
Size:
206.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 06, 2020
This one is a twin-stick shooter with a vibrant coat of retro paint. Along with its neon graphics, it has a futuristic soundtrack. Take on handcrafted levels full of ever-changing enemies. Use a powerful arsenal of weapons and their upgrades to blast your foes to bits. This game takes a lot of inspiration from the arcade games of the ’80s.

Developer: VerenigdeProducties

Super Space Serpent Secondary Edition

 

Well that wraps up the first Nintendo Download for December 2020. Below is a list of all the new eShop games that we missed last week due to that technical issue I mentioned in the intro.


About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.