By Josh Speer / July 26th, 2018
I know today is a Nintendo Download, but it’s also the 4th consecutive day of me hiding from the sun. I’m winning so far, but it’s been a close thing. It’s not unlike that stage in Super Mario Bros. 3, with Mario fleeing from a murderous glowing orb. As such, it’s a good thing there’s some new games to play today, since otherwise I’d probably be flopping on the floor like a dead fish. It’s not the most exciting batch of new Nintendo games, but there’s some gems this week, along with the usual sales and new digital offerings. Let’s find some shade and see what’s worth playing.
While it’s true Summer is all about vacationing away from home, that’s never been a factor in my reality. That said, you can get in on the Summer fun with Go Vacation, which looks like the illegitimate love child of Animal Crossing and Wii Sports. The game features cutesy chibi avatars and a variety of activities to participate in. While I’m sure it will appeal to some, it’s definitely not my sort of game. Luckily, the next game out today is more tempting. Though I haven’t started the Banner Saga series yet, today Banner Saga 3 is officially out on the Switch. This epic looking Viking tale has tons of style to spare, so I’m hoping to eventually try it out. While it’s a bit pricier than some digital offerings, it also is the final chapter in the popular series. If you love strategy games, I’d check it out.
But that’s not all this week. A couple of popular games also get some compelling new DLC this week.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – New DLC is releasing for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass. Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to titanic new content, including the Challenge Battle Mode as well as Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country, available this September.
- Rare Blade 2 – Crossette
- New Difficulty Options – Bringer of Chaos, Customize
- New Quests Pack 4
- Sunken Boosters
- The Trendy Patissier
- Artisanal Accessories
- Hot Spring Bonanza
- Mystery Launch Codes
Kirby Star Allies – A free update comes to the Kirby Star Allies game on July 27, which includes three Dream Friends from Kirby’s past adventures. Daroach, leader of the notorious Squeak Squad, makes his debut as a playable character and brings some friends along. Dark Meta Knight makes a grand return as a playable character for the first time. Utilize his Mirror abilities to call upon devastating sword attacks, reflect back enemy projectiles, and create copies. Adeleine and Ribbon are back! Make Adeleine’s paintings come to life or fly around with the help of Ribbon.
There’s also a special event starting this week for My Nintendo. It’s no secret I’m often underwhelmed by the deals offered via My Nintendo (I was spoiled by the great rewards offered by Club Nintendo), but this time My Nintendo has my sort of event – savings on Nindies! By utilizing Gold Points, you can get entire indie games, not just discounts on them. Some of the games offered are the following – Freedom Planet (Wii U) for 110 Gold Points; Noitu Love: Devolution (3DS) for 80 Gold Points; Runbow Pocket (3DS) for 110 Gold Points and Severed (3DS) for 110 Gold Points. If you want to check more details, just click here.
If you want some more savings this week, the Game Guide also has a few. Wizard of Legend (Switch) is discounted to $14.39; Typoman (Switch) is down to $9.09; Qbik (Switch) is super cheap at $1.24; The Legend of Dark Witch 3 Wisdom and Lunacy (Switch) is only $7.99; Unholy Heights (Switch) is a mere $3.49; Alchemic Dungeons (3DS) is cheap at $4; Parascientific Escape – Crossing at the Farthest Horizon (3DS) is equally cheap at $4; Sudoku Party (Wii U) is only $3 and The Beggar’s Ride (Wii U) is just $2.99. To see the entire list, just look here.
In closing, here are the latest new digital games, split into those coming out this week and those coming later. First the farther out titles. There’s strategy title Element; adventure game FLASHBACK; horror inspired title Hello Neighbor; RPG Titan Quest; Metroidvania Final Light, The Prison and the bodacious Code of Princess EX. Everything else comes out this week.
If you are craving some retro this week, ACA NEOGEO has you covered with King of Fighters ’97, while Arcade Archives is offering Omega Fighter and Sky Skipper. If you love puzzling adventures, you can try out Candle: The Power of the Flame and Piczle Lines DX 500 More Puzzles! To scratch that nostalgia itch, you’ll find a lot of love in Crossing Souls. And finally, if you love twin-stick and tower defense games rolled up in one, give a look to Sleep Tight (and stay tuned for our upcoming review as well). Not a bad week, but hopefully next week is even more jam packed with cool games. Be sure to tune in to oprainfall for the latest indie games!
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