This Nintendo Download comes hot on the heels of the surprising announcements regarding a couple new Pokémon games (including one that looked suspiciously similar to Pokémon Go). Besides that, there are the usual factors this week, including sales, big releases and new digital content. It may not be as jam packed as last time, but there’s still a lot to enjoy. Let’s see what’s interesting.

Nintendo Download | Pokemon Quest

As mentioned previously, there’s a new Pokémon game in town, called Pokémon Quest. It is supposed to be a completely new experience, though to me it looks suspiciously like Pokémon had babies with Minecraft. The unique blocky aesthetic is certainly interesting, and the gameplay purportedly is easy to learn. While it looks less complex than the mainline games, I’m sure Quest will still make lots of fans. But that’s not all, there’s a couple other noteworthy releases to discuss this week. One of my most hotly anticipated games from PAX West is finally out today, and it’s on the Switch. That game is Just Shapes & Beats, and it’s a delightfully hardcore rhythm game. This game was a blast at PAX, and best of all it can be enjoyed either solo or with friends. I’d say it’s the next great party game for your Nintendo consoles. Finally, we saved the craziest for last. West of Loathing is a comedic RPG set in the Wild West. Initially I didn’t know what to think about it, but the more I saw, the more I fell in love. But don’t take my word for it, stay tuned for oprainfall’s review of it next week!

Nintendo Download | West of Loathing

Next, let’s cover some quick sales. For SHMUPs in space, you might enjoy Manticore – Galaxy on Fire (Switch) for $15.99; if you’re nostalgic for Fear Effect, you can try out Fear Effect Sedna (Switch) for $13.39; for those looking for something different, Old Man’s Journey (Switch) is only $7.99 and lastly, if you want some Rogue, check out The Flame in the Flood (Switch) for $7.49. Most of the other games have been covered in previous Downloads, but you can check them out here.

Nintendo Download | Mario Tennis Aces

Are you eager to play some Tennis? If so, there’s an event you may be interested in! Details below.

Mario Tennis Aces Pre-Launch Online Tournament Demo Event – The Mario Tennis Aces game launches June 22, but we’re offering an early chance to polish your skills in the Pre-Launch Online Tournament demo event featuring online tournament mode. Jump online and fight your way to the top of the in-game bracket in frenetic tennis matches. The more rivals you beat, the more points you will earn, which will unlock more playable characters in the demo. This event will only be active for the short time period between 6 p.m. PT on June 1 and 11:59 p.m. PT on June 3. By participating and keeping your save data, you can unlock Mario’s classic outfit in the full version of the game once purchased, so don’t miss out!

Also, if you’re eager to spend your My Nintendo coins on something other than wallpapers, you may be interested in the following promotions. You can spend your coins to get 50% off a bunch of games – Fantasy Life, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Mario Strikers Charged, Paper Mario: Color Splash, Pocket Card Jockey and Tank Troopers. Not a bad list, but I hope they’ll have more compelling stuff soon (not to mention more 100% free games).

Nintendo Download | Happy Birthdays

In closing, let’s see what digital games are worth a look. The following are out next week sometime – Happy Birthdays and The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker. Besides those, the rest are all out today or tomorrow.

Nintendo Download | Defoliation

If you love retro, you might enjoy the latest from ACA NEOGEO, Ninja Combat. Not enough? You might also enjoy Quad Fighter K and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Perhaps you’re feeling more inclined for an adventure game? If so, you should check out Yesterday Origins and Defoliation. If you want some old school action that’s more SNES than NES, you should check out Fox n Forests and Pirate Pop Plus. If you have a thirst for discovery, you can quench it with Lost Sea and Smoke and Sacrifice. For your RPG fix, you might enjoy Dragon Lapis. Looking for some puzzle platforming? Then you should check out Shift Quantum. And finally, for something totally strange, check out ICEY.

Nintendo Download | Pirate Pop Plus

Not a bad week, but I’m sure there will be even more to enjoy next time. Just a notice that after next week’s Nintendo Download, there will be a break as I attend E3. But I’ll be back ready to cover it again the following Thursday. Stay tuned to oprainfall for more info about Nintendo goodies!

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.