By Josh Speer / December 20th, 2018
Well guys, 2018 is almost at a close, but today’s Nintendo Download isn’t ready to give up yet! No, today it’s here to ring in the holiday season with a whole sleigh full of new games, sales and more. And not the usual amount of sales, but a whole metric ton of them. So grab some nog and sit down to see what’s worth playing this week!
If you’re anything like me, you love nods to the classics of video gaming. So that’s why I’m so excited that Battle Princess Madelyn FINALLY launches on Switch today! Sure, it hit other systems earlier, but sometimes good things are worth waiting for. Me personally, there’s no other console I’d prefer to play a game inspired by Ghouls ‘n Ghosts on. But that’s not all, there’s another amazing release just around the corner. If you love Metroidvanias and haven’t heard about Sundered yet, you’re in luck. Eldritch Edition finally graces the Switch, and it’s well worth the wait. You can click here in cased you missed my coverage the other day, but the short version is go buy it. Then, if you are a fan of story driven puzzle games, you might enjoy Donut Country. Or even more surprising, there’s now a way you can read comics on your Switch via InkyPen. But that’s far from everything this week. Let’s continue with some cool activities that are happening.
- Earn Double Gold Points for a Limited Time! – Earn up to 600 My Nintendo Gold Points** – twice the normal amount – when you pre-purchase the digital version of the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe game through Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com (where available). The offer begins Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. PT and ends Jan. 10 at 8:59 p.m. PT. Click here for more information.
- Celebrate the Holidays with Animal Crossing Rewards – Hey, campers! Are you enjoying Jingle’s Toy Day Decor seasonal event that’s happening now in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game***? You can collect bell ornaments to exchange for in-game furniture and clothing that’s perfect for the season – it’s super fun! To help celebrate this event, we’re offering My Nintendo members a printable 2019 character birthday calendar, printable holiday cards and a digital wallpaper featuring Animal Crossing characters.
- My Nintendo 2018 Favorites – Happy holidays, Nintendo fans! My Nintendo members’ most wished gifts of 2018 have been announced.
- SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy – With the latest paid DLC now available for the SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy game, you can add the audacious Jeanne from the World Heroes series to your roster of heroines.
Earlier I alluded to a ton of sales, and I was not kidding. I won’t cover them all, just the ones I feel most relevant. As such, before we move onto the Game Guide stuff, take a gander at the following publisher Holiday sales. Capcom is offering several titles at a discount from today until January 2nd. These are the ones I recommend you get on the cheap. Mega Man Legacy Collection, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, Mega Man X Legacy Collection, Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2, Okami HD, Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies & Spirit of Justice and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. The good folks at WayForward are offering some of genie-tastic sales until January 3rd. Not nearly as many titles as Capcom, but still worth checking out. From them you should try out Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and The Mummy Demastered. And finally the folks at Plug-In Digital have some really unique and cool games to check out until January 2nd. Though I can’t attest to the quality of all of them, I know the following are worth your time – Old School Musical, Transcripted and Yono and the Celestial Elephants. To see the rest of these winter sales on discount, just click here.
But there’s more! The following games are not included in the previous sales but are certainly worth a look. Crashlands (Switch) offers a robust amount of options for only $9.99; The Bug Butcher (Switch) is delightfully old school for only $6.39; twin-stick fans should love The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition (Switch) for only $6.49; Grim Fandango Remastered (Switch) is super cheap at $4.49; Demon’s Crystals (Switch) is a bit cheaper for $13.49; the aesthetically fascinating Pinstripe (Switch) is affordable at $9.74; the wholly unique Black Bird (Switch) might be worth a look for half off at $9.99; Metroidvania fans should enjoy Chasm (Switch), now for $15.99; or if you prefer ninja action, Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Switch) is only $14.99; if you want a better Bomberman than Konami will provide, Bombing Busters (Switch) is super cheap for $4.89; if you want a eerie VN, look no further than The Midnight Sanctuary (Switch) for $6.99; for colorful mayhem, just check out Rise and Shine (Switch) for $8.99; for a trip to the late 80s, you’ll enjoy Crossing Souls (Switch) for $7.49; fans of puzzle games might enjoy the steep discount on Frost (Switch), now for only $3.89; or for a delightful puzzle platformer, you need to try Bomb Chicken (Switch) for $10.49; for apocalyptic fun, just head into your Garage (Switch) for $7.49; for a great take on rogue Metroidvanias, you’ll love A Robot Named Fight (Switch) for $6.49; retro fans might enjoy Cast of the Seven Godsends (Switch) for only $2.59; if you want some portable RPG action, you might enjoy Machine Knight (3DS) for $5.99; if you enjoy tower defense and lovely art, Aegis Defenders (Switch) is only $10.99; or for a wonderful platformer, there’s Shu (Switch) for $4.99; to tinker around, you may prefer Vesta (Switch) for $4.99; or if you need a short term tactics fix, you could try Tiny Metal (Switch) for half off at $12.49; if you’re feeling super cheap, you can’t get a lower price than Robonauts (Switch) for $0.86; and lastly, for a reason to keep your Wii U plugged in, try the oddly named Radiantflux: Hyperfractul (Wii U) for only $2. I could keep going, but instead I’ll just let you click here for everything I didn’t mention.
You’d think we’re running out of steam here, but there’s still more! The following are digital releases slated for next week. If you love beautiful and frenetic musical games, there’s Aaero: Complete Edition. Fans of platforming should get their fix in Digerati Indie Bundle: INK & HackyZack and Koloro. Action RPG fans might enjoy Mana Spark, while twin-stick enthusiasts should check out Blacksea Odyssey. And finally, if you love colorful Metroidvania styled games, keep your eyes peeled for Omega Strike! The rest of the games are out this week.
For the retro at heart, there’s ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug 5 and Arcade Archives Athena. Fans of more relaxing adventures might prefer the minimalist god-game Awe. Or for a puzzle title, look no further than Funghi Explosion. More in the mood for an adventure game? Then try out Kingmaker: Rise to the Throne. Or get fast and furious with RAZED. And lastly, you can enjoy the atmospheric weirdness of Rain World.
Not a bad week at all. Hope you all enjoy checking out all these new games and sales. And for those waiting for Santa, have a Merry Xmas. Be sure to tune into oprainfall next time for even more Nintendo Download fun!
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