This is an especially exciting week for the Nintendo Download. Besides digital goodies, there hasn’t been a lot of big game releases for the system, other than Breath of the Wild (and Afterbirth+ for all my fellow Nicalis fans). However, this week marks the release of two physical games for the Nintendo Switch! One actually came out a couple days ago and the other releases tomorrow, but either way it’s a nice shot in the arm. Other than that, we also have the standard sales, themes, activities and more to discuss. So let’s start with the two new Switch releases, shall we?

Nintendo Download | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Yes, tomorrow marks the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This updated version of the massively popular Wii U game features a retooled Battle Mode, new racers and more. If you loved it on Wii U, or if you just like fun racing games, you should definitely check it out, starting tomorrow. While that’s good news, I’m far more interested in trying out a game that just launched a couple days ago for the Switch – Puyo Puyo Tetris! This mashup of two classic puzzle genres looks like a great way to unwind, and I love the bright and colorful graphics. While I was disappointed the demo didn’t allow me to try out single player mode, I still find myself highly anticipating when I can pick up this puzzle gem.

Nintendo Download | Puyo Puyo Tetris

On the sales side of things, there’s sadly not much to talk about this week. I only was able to find a handful of worthy games on sale. That was in part due to the high volume of shovelware but more to the point, it was because the page wouldn’t let me filter games by sale for some reason. Which meant I had to go through EVERY game listed and look for sales. I doubt I made it through all 5,000+ titles, maybe half of that before I lost patience, but here are the ones you should look into – Puzzle Labyrinth (3DS) is discounted from $5 to $2.99; Twin Robots (Wii U) is discounted from $4.99 to $3.74;  and last but not least, Nano Assault Neo (Wii U) is discounted from $9.99 to $7.49. Oh and if you like new Themes for your 3DS, there is a Kirby 25th Anniversary Theme as well as one for Runbow Pocket (makes me wonder if the release date for Deluxe isn’t forthcoming…).

Nintendo Download | Akuma poster

If you make use of My Nintendo, the sadly inferior replacement for Club Nintendo, you can use your hard earned coins to get a sweet new poster. In honor of the upcoming release of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, you can download a fantastic and creepy Akuma poster to your PC, smart phone or tablet. Not bad for only 50 Platinum coins.

Nintendo Download | TumbleSeed

Finally, there are a couple of interesting new digital only releases this week, both for the Nintendo Switch. First up is TumbleSeed, a colorful and rambunctious roguelike that has you balancing a seed up a treacherous mountain. It sounds weird, and it is, but it also looks fascinating. The other worthy release is Kamiko, which looks like a pixelated hack and slash set to traditional Shinto beliefs. It mostly caught my eye cause of the lush art style, but hopefully it is more than just pretty.

Nintendo Download | Kamiko

That’s it for this week. Join us here at oprainfall next week for the latest Nintendo Download!

Josh Speer
Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.