Nintendo Download for 2/18/2021

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This week we have four new featured titles to check out in the Nintendo Download, a new Smash fighter, and of course a bunch of new titles in the Nintendo eShop.

 

Featured Games


First up we have Capcom Arcade Stadium, which brings you dozen’s of classic Capcom arcade games to play on Nintendo Switch. Enjoy your favorite games from a bygone era with 3D rendered arcade machines, scanline filters, speed adjustment, and game rewind features. You get 1943 – The Battle of Midway free. To get more games, you’ll need to expand your library by purchasing various game packs or the stand-alone Ghost ‘n Goblins add-on.

 

Our second featured title this week is Persona 5 Strikers. A corruption is consuming cities throughout Japan, interrupting summer vacation as reality gets distorted. It’s up to you to join the Phantom Thieves as they fight back against the onslaught! You can nab the game on the Switch eShop starting on February 23rd.

 

Curse of the Dead Gods is a skill-based roguelike full of endless dark rooms and corridors. You’ve spent your whole life searching for untold riches, including eternal life and even divine powers. You’ll have to keep an eye out for traps as you fight through tons of enemies lurking in the cursed temple. Dare to defy the malevolent deities that reside here, but beware. Your own greed can and will lead you into the maw of death in this place. With each step you take, corruption grows inside you. Discover secrets, utilize an arsenal of weapons, and collect mystical relics when this game launches on February 23rd.

 

Finally, you can try out the Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY demo now. The tactical RPG will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch sometime next year. In the meantime, you can hop in the demo and take command in a tangled plot where your choices are important. There are three convictions, and each key decision can boost one of them. They are Utility, Morality, and Liberty. It should be noted that the title of this game is still tentative and subject to change.

 

DLC

In the DLC department for this Nintendo Download, we have a couple of upcoming ones in the near future. First up, we have a new two-in-one fighter preparing to join the ranks of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This one was another surprise that defied many predictions. Smash‘s newest fighter is two characters in one: Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Nintendo announced that the new DLC is coming in March, but did not announce a release date yet. We also don’t yet have a date for the character presentation from Smash director, Masahiro Sakurai, which is when the DLC’s launch date will probably drop.

 

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct also announced a very close release date for the previously revealed Mario items that are coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons (as part of the Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary). The latest free DLC is arriving on February 25th, and adds a pile of new items to the game. These include a number of decorations like brick blocks, coins, flag poles, warp pipes, shells and more. You can place a pair of warp pipes and use them as a teleport on your island. There are also clothing items from hats to shoes, as well as some rugs, a new flooring option, and a wallpaper. Mario’s new Animal Crossing goodies will be available via Nook shopping (at the machine in Nook’s Cranny or your Nook phone).

 

Current Sales


The sales scene is still a little more active in this week’s Nintendo Download, wish several from last week still running. This includes the Nintendo 2X Gold Points event, where purchasing select games from the eShop will get you double the normal amount of My Nintendo Gold Points. Additionally, the Ubisoft Valentine’s Sale and Bandai Namco Entertainment Sale are also still ongoing. We covered all of these last week., and you can check out Nintendo’s sales page for full details.

This evening (February 18th) is your last chance to get in on the Capcom Lunar Sale, which runs until  11:59pm PT tonight. It includes five games up to 60% off:

We also have a few smaller individual sales as well:

 

 

New eShop Titles


Today, the first new title in this Nintendo Download is a combination of cinematic 3D and classic 2D gameplay for those who love adventure.

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Price:
$15.99 | $19.99
Size:
271.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 18, 2021
This story-driven, surreal adventure mixes the cinematic style storytelling of many 3D games with the “easy-to-pick-up satisfaction” of classic 2D games. Nano Dust is infecting everyone on the island of New Theland, causing their desires and feeilngs to be corrupted! Take on the role of Nana the Nano Cleaner to clean up the dust, as you make friends and enjoy 50+ songs by Melos Han-Tani.

Developer: Analgesic Productions

 

For those who love retro, this Nintendo Download has a few retro games to check out as always:

Arcade Archives THUNDER CROSS Price:
$7.99
Size:
82.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 11, 2021
This shooting game was first released back in 1988 by Konami. Multiple versions of the game are included in this release. They include the new and old Japanese versions (which have differing difficulty). It also includes the European version and rearranged North American version.

Fight off the Mechanikon hordes with your Blue Thunder M-45.

Developer: HAMSTER

Arcade Archives Thunder Cross
Cathedral Price:
$14.99
Size:
148.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 18, 2021
In this retro adventure, you have awoken in this strange world with no idea how you got here! The world is riddled with towns, dungeons, hidden rooms and secrets to be uncovered. Your quest sets you on a collision course with a demi-god called Ardur, who must be destroyed. You have the help of a spirit called Soul, but will it be enough to keep you alive in this huge, hand-crafted world?

Developer: Decemberborn AB

Glam Price:
$19.99
Size:
238.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 18, 2021
In this hard, acrobatic platformer, Glam can swing using her hair, and her goal is to reach the exit and eventually rescue her mother and the world of Caterina. Her mother is held hostage by the evil witch in an effort to prevent Glam’s power from combining with her mother’s. Can you get through all 11 chapters?

Developer: Three Legged Egg

 

If you’re into puzzles, this Nintendo Download also has a handful of games that might scratch your itch this week:

Thomas Was Alone Price:
$7.99 | $9.99
Size:
792.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 19, 2021
This is an award winning platformer about friendship and puzzling. You must help a group of sentient rectangles get through various obstacles. They’ll need to combine their skills to succeed in over 100 levels by taking advantage of the skills of 12 differnt characters to bypass any obstacle. This includes the 20 extra levels of the “Benjamin’s Flight” level pack, and commentary from Director, Mike Bithell.

Developer: Ant Workshop

Persephone Price:
$8.00
Size:
408.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 11, 2021
This is the complete edition, including 100+ levels spanning 10 chapters. You’ll uncover the full stories of Persephone, Demeter, and Hades. This puzzle game explores one simple question: What if death wasn’t the end, but rather the key to solving puzzles? Where and when you choose to die matters!

Developer: Momo-Pi Game Studio

Knight’s Retreat Price:
$1.99 | $3.99
Size:
492.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 11, 2021
Jump into a chess game that isn’t chess, but is based on chess mechanics. You’re goal is to rearrange your troops and get your best knights back to your kingdom. There are 80 hand-crafted levels with a relaxing soundtrack to enjoy as you solve each puzzle.

Developer: QUByte Interactive

 

 

Upcoming Games


The upcoming games in this week’s Nintendo Download range from old school run ‘n gun and adventure, to role playing and visual novels.

Boom Blaster Price:
$4.99
Size:
2.70 GB
Launch Date:
Feb. 19, 2021
If you like old school run ‘n gun games, then this one has you covered. You’re one of a group of space prisoners who seize a chance to escape! Each character has their own abilities to utilize along with a wide arsenal of weapons including machine guns, lasers, rocket launchers, flamethrowers, and many more. See how many ways you can find to remove monsters’ limbs!

Developer: BigBread

Doom & Destiny Advanced Price:
$9.59 | $11.99
Size:
314.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 19, 2021
This is a role-playing adventure set in the Doom & Destiny universe, staring four nerds in a dungeon. Embody 20 varied heroic spirits, while mastering skills and character combinations to best your foes in turn-based combat against over 700 types of enemies! The 30+ hour main story includes 1000+ locations to explore with more than 100 secrets hidden about. There is also an online arena for fighting other players with 100 unlockable perks and 120+ costumes!

Developer: Heartbit

Dry Drowning Price:
$24.99
Size:
932.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 22, 2021
Jump into a futuristic, dystopian Visual Novel set in a city. You are an unscrupulous private detective known as Mordred Foley. Look into a series of horrible killings inspired by Greek mythology while being haunted by your own dark past!

Developer: Studio V

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos Price:
$19.99
Size:
1.40 GB
Launch Date:
Feb. 23, 2021
Take on procedural dungeons with friends in a huge overworld and defeat the Titans to restore peace to the land of Tasos! Along the way you’ll uncover many secrets in this 4-player classic adventure, featuring rogue-lite elements.

Developer: Heliocentric Studios

Johnny Bonasera Full Season Price:
$14.99
Size:
292.00 MB
Launch Date:
Feb. 23, 2021
A kid named Johnny Bonasera was humiliated and beaten by a gang of punks. He is now fueled by his insatiable need for retribution! Of course life is not that easy, so his mother has also been kidnapped. This forces Johnny to face off against aliens too, as the government tries to cover it all up! This release includes all four episodes of this comedic adventure.

Developer: Rafael Garcia Moreno

 

 

That wraps it up for this Nintendo Download, with just one more left to go in February. In the meantime, have fun!

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.