So, how about that Nindie’s Showcase earlier this week? Hard for the Nintendo Download to compete with that much great stuff, but today still has some fun games to share. Everything from a hardboiled Pikachu detective to sales and digital goodies, and even a smidgen of mobile news. Let’s see what’s worth playing.

Nintendo Download | Detective Pikachu

The 3DS is making a comeback of late, and it’s starting with the delightfully strange Detective Pikachu, which releases tomorrow. Who knew that a voice acted Pikachu with delusions of Sherlock Holmes could be such a fascinating idea? But that’s not all, since next week The Alliance Alive, the latest RPG by FuRyu and Atlus, is coming to the 3DS. Though I was a bit daunted by that pedigree, I’m picking up my personal copy next week, and you can stay tuned to oprainfall for our official review! Launching the same day is Outlast 2 for the Switch. If you love horror and mayhem, it might be worth checking out. And lastly, if you like charming indie adventures, OPUS: Rocket of Whispers is out today.

Nintendo Download | The Alliance Alive

If you love Pokémon in your Tekken, then you’ll be excited to hear that Pokkén Tournament DX is getting Battle Pack 2 tomorrow. It will allow players to shower foes with pain as Blastoise, also unlocking new Support Pokémon Mew and Celebi plus some other bonuses. I haven’t picked up Battle Pack 1 yet, but now that Blastoise is available, I suspect I’ll be picking up both very soon (love me some Water Pokémon)!

Nintendo Download | Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut

As another pleasant surprise, the Game Guide is still behaving itself, so next we’ll be covering some sales worth considering. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) is half off at $19.99; Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) is also discounted to $19.99; the experimental SHMUP Dimension Drive (Switch) is pretty affordable at $9.74; Vostok Inc. (Switch) is a mere $11.99; Nine Parchments (Switch) offers multiplayer fun for $13.99; OPUS: The Day We Found Earth (Switch) is really cheap for $4; Sparkle 2 Evo (Switch) is a beautiful adventure for only $1.24; the creepy Perception (Switch) might be worth it for $9.99; League of Evil (Switch) looks like retro fun for $6.39; if you want some spooky adventures, try out The Count Lucanor (Switch) or Don’t Knock Twice (Switch) for $7.49; for some good old fashioned robot fun, check out SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch) for $14.99; if you love being a knight errant, you need to get Cursed Castilla EX (3DS) for $9.95; if you love robots in space, check out SteamWorld Heist (3DS and Wii U) for $7.49; and lastly, if you want something totally strange, you have to try out Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (3DS) for $6.80. That’s a decent assortment of games, though you can find the entire list by clicking here. Also on the topic of sales, if you like gaming on mobile, Super Mario Run is half off for the next 3 days.

Nintendo Download | Warp Shift

In closing, we’ll round things out with some new digital offerings. The first game is coming out early next week, a puzzle game called Warp Shift. The rest are all out either today or tomorrow. If you need more retro in your life, ACA NEOGEO has you covered with World Heroes 2 Jet, and Arcade Archives has Moon Patrol. If you want something akin to a 2D Dark Souls, you might be inclined to pick up Castle of Heart. If you prefer your action more fast and furious, try out Gekido: Kintaro’s Revenge and Sol Divide -Sword of Darkness-. For something utterly strange looking, check out NO THING. To quench your thirst for puzzles, consider Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut. And for those who feel the rhythm, try out EAT BEAT DEADSPIKE-san.

Nintendo Download | Eat Beat Deadspike-san

Not a bad selection of games for this week’s Nintendo Download. While I may be chomping at the bit to play Bomb Chicken, The Messenger and Just Shapes & Beats, there’s plenty available today that looks fun. Stay tuned to oprainfall for more Nintendo goodness every Thursday.

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.