Apologies for this late Nintendo Download. It wasn’t where it was supposed to be, but I found it with some help. Today it has a bunch of activities to check out, including some recapped from the earlier Smash Direct. Additionally, it has a bunch of sales and digital games to go and enjoy. So let’s go look!

Nintendo Download | SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

It’s probably pretty obvious to folks by now that I’m a wee bit obsessed with retro games. There’s just something comforting about the pixels, since they take me back to my childhood. If you feel the same, you’ll want to check out the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection next week. It’s packed with classic games, and even has some day 1 DLC to add more classic gems. If you’re not convinced, check back with us for our upcoming review of the game! However, if you prefer rhythm game madness, you might really love Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! This is a crazy and colorful looking game from the folks at Bandai Namco, and it even allows for multiplayer fun. Packed with 70+ songs, including some from popular Nintendo games, it’s sure to appeal to those who love the beat. Though for the price, I would advise picking up the physical version. Finally, if you love rogue adventures, head out to space in Crashlands. It looks totally insane, but in the best way. Next up, a whole bunch of fun activities.

Nintendo Download | Piranha Plant

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pre-Purchase + Double Gold Points + Piranha Plant + DLC

  • Double Gold Points for Digital Pre-Purchases – The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game for the Nintendo Switch system launches Dec. 7 with a huge roster of fighters, stages, items and modes for fans to dive into. For those who want to be ready to play as soon as it’s released, pre-purchase is available – along with a My Nintendo Gold Points offer. Members will get a bonus of 300 Gold Points* when pre-purchasing the standard digital version from Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com (where available). They get even more bonus Gold Points when they add the Fighters Pass. This offer ends at 8:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 6.
  • Get Piranha Plant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Purchase the digital version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or register your physical game card with My Nintendo by 11:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 31, 2019, and receive a download code** for the Piranha Plant playable fighter.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass – Get access to five DLC packs with the Fighters Pass. Each DLC pack will be released separately – and includes one new fighter, one new stage and additional music tracks. Fighters Pass purchasers also get a special in-game costume (this downloadable costume will be available starting Dec. 7). Each DLC pack will also be available for individual purchase. Each DLC pack available with the Fighters Pass will be released by February 2020.

My Nintendo Holiday Sweepstakes – Between 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 12 and 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 20, be sure to enter the Nintendo Holiday Sweepstakes, exclusively for My Nintendo members. Choose your five most-wanted gifts from select products included in the Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide for a chance to win a prize pack that’ll make your holidays bright. Head to the Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide to get started.

  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the US (incl. DC) and Canada (excluding Quebec), 13 years or older. Sweepstakes begins 9:00 AM PT on 11/12/18 and ends 8:59 AM PT on 11/20/18. To enter, log into your Nintendo Account on and vote for your top 5 choices from select products at happyholidays.nintendo.com/sweepstakes/as stated in Official Rules. Four winners will each receive one prize package (ARV US $415.95–699.93 each). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries.

Nintendo Download | AC Pocket Camp

Happy One-Year Anniversary, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! – My Nintendo is celebrating the one-year anniversary for the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp smartphone game with rewards. Redeem your My Nintendo Platinum Points points here and get Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in-game rewards or printable Thanksgiving greeting cards for friends and family.

Nintendo Download | Switch Online

Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online: Three games are coming to the service*** on Nov. 14, including:

  • Metroid – The first installment of the Metroid series introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic bounty hunter Samus Aran. As Samus, your mission is to penetrate the space pirates’ home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the galaxy with the dangerous life-forms known as Metroids. With its deep and complex gameplay, excellent music and a rare sense of setting, Metroid establishes a frightening ambience that will haunt and entertain you for a very long time.
  • Mighty Bomb Jack – The hero of the game, Jack, must make his way through 16 levels of a pyramid in order to defeat the demon Belzebut and rescue the royal Pamera family. Each level is split into two parts: an action zone and a Royal Palace room. Action zones can be split up into several portions and contain power-ups, such as money bags, Mighty Coins and Mighty Drinks, usually hidden in treasure chests.
  • TwinBee – A hit sensation back in the day, this vertical-scrolling arcade game made its 1986 release on the Famicom in Japan. Guide the spacecrafts, TwinBee and WinBee, as you dodge and destroy waves of aerial and ground enemies to save the island from a ruthless conqueror. Some of the unusual enemies you’ll encounter include kitchen knives, bamboo shoots and octopi, but these spacecrafts have more than enough firepower to blast them out of the sky.

Next up, who likes savings? The following are worth checking out via the Game Guide. For colorful fun, Runbow (Wii U and Switch) is very affordable at $7.49; to save the kingdom with the power of music, try out Wandersong (Switch) for $17.99; for a platformer with unique style, you might enjoy Typoman (Switch) for $9.09; for a little horror, The Coma: Recut (Switch) is cheap at $5.99; fans of Scrabble might enjoy Letter Quest Remastered (Switch) for the low price of $2.99; or for twin-stick mayhem, there’s always Time Recoil (Switch) for $8.39; for violent mayhem, there’s Butcher (Switch) for $4.99; for those with the creative spark, you might try VoxelMaker (3DS and Wii U) for $3.99; or for colorful platforming on the go, there’s Runbow Pocket (3DS) for $7.49; for adorable retro puzzling, I highly recommend Pirate Pop Plus (3DS and Wii U) for $3.34; and finally, for more rogue survival, check out The Flame in the Flood (Switch) for $7.49. To see everything else, just click here!

Nintendo Download | Collidalot

Finally, let’s close out with some digital games. Normally I would devote a section to the stuff coming out next week, but sadly there’s only one worth looking at, and that’s Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition. The rest are all out this week. For the retro inclined, there’s a few options – ACA NEOGEO Pleasure Goal: 5 on 5 Mini Soccer, Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix and Saboteur! Fans of adventure games also have some good choices this week – Noir Chronicles: City of Crime, Grim Fandango Remastered and Forgotton Anne. If you love SHMUPs, you can’t go wrong with Astebreed and Sky Force Anniversary. For a mixture of skating and racing games, there’s the frenetic Collidalot. Fans of colorful shooting action are sure to enjoy The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition and The Bug Butcher. For something totally odd, there’s Operation Pig. And lastly, if you love intense platforming, then you’ll love Rage in Peace.

Nintendo Download | The Bug Butcher

Pretty great week, huh? Sorry the Nintendo Download was late, though that was a bit out of my hands. Be sure to join oprainfall next week, hopefully on time, for the next installment!

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.