By Josh Speer / January 31st, 2019
Well guys, it’s been an interesting gaming year for 2019 thus far, but it’s about to heat up with today’s installment of the Nintendo Download. The reason is that a couple of indie titles I have been heavily anticipating are both coming out within the next two days, and regardless of what genre you love, they should offer something worthwhile. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a couple extra sales today as well as a new Kirby approved activity. So let’s see what has me so riled up, shall we?
Dragon Marked for Death has been on my radar for a while now, and I only got to play it firsthand last time I attended PAX West. It more than met my expectations there, and today the wait is finally over! Inti Creates has been working on this cooperative 2D ARPG for ages, and it truly looks to tread new ground for the talented folks there. But you don’t have to take my word for it, soon you’ll be able to read oprainfall’s official review of DMFD! But that’s not all. This next game may have me slightly more excited, since it’s a spiritual successor to a series I absolutely adored – Advance Wars. While Wargroove isn’t made by the same team, it was obviously inspired by them. And considering I’ve been waiting for Nintendo and Intelligent Systems to revive Advance Wars for over a decade, I’m chomping at the bit to try out Wargroove starting Friday. And if that wasn’t enough, another highlighted indie gem this week is one that has been around for a while, but never on Switch. It’s none other than Downwell, the deceptively simple platformer with basic yet memorable style. I loved it on Steam, but think it’ll be even better on the Switch. And lastly, to give your 3DS some love, there’s Etrian Odyssey Nexus. Now, let’s continue with a brand spanking new activity!
My Nintendo: Celebrating Friendship and Love with Kirby – February is all about sharing the love, and we’re doing just that starting today with fun new rewards featuring everyone’s favorite pink puff. Get ready for the Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn game**, launching on March 8 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, with Kirby themed rewards.
Next, there’s a special sale today before we move onto the regular Game Guide stuff. It’s called the Weird and Wonderful Sale, and it more than lives up to its name. It features a host of indie games (more than 15), and lasts until February 6th. Here are some of the highlights – Crossing Souls is discounted to $7.49; Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is cheap at $8.99; Pool Panic is down to $5.09; slippery Slime-san is a mere $5.99 and the demented West of Loathing is only $8.47. To see all the featured weird games, just click here.
Now for the Game Guide sales! Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Switch) is pretty cheap at only $4.94; for a procedural racing game, you might enjoy SmuggleCraft (Switch) for only $2.99; for a simple creation game on the go, you might enjoy Cube Creator DX (3DS) for $9.49; for a demented escort mission based game, try Operation Pig (Switch) for $8.24; fans of SHMUPs might enjoy Space Defender Battle Infinity (Switch) for $7.49; or fans of hedgehogs might love Freedom Planet (Switch) for $9.74; for a incredibly inexpensive horror game, look no further than Shut Eye (Switch) for $0.59; if you feel the music, you may like Musynx (Switch) for $20.99; or for a SHMUP with a ton of bugs, try Beekyr Reloaded (Switch) for $6.99; to race against Death, try Coffin Dodgers (Switch) for $6.49; or for a duo of music games, try Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Switch) for $0.59 and Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back (Switch) for $0.49; or to get bloody, you might prefer Serial Cleaner (Switch) for $5.20; and lastly, for a reason to keep your Wii U on, you might enjoy The Bridge (Wii U) for $2.89. To see everything else, just click here.
For upcoming digital releases, the following trio is out starting next week. If you love card games with lots of strategy, you might enjoy Magic Nations. If you prefer Adventure games, you might want to check out The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (not sure what happened to 1). And lastly, for a puzzle game where words kill, there’s The Path of Motus. The rest of the games are all out this week.
For a little retro love, you might enjoy Arcade Archives Bomb Jack. If you love you some puzzling, the following may wet your whistle – Akihabara CRASH! 123STAGE+1, Balance Blox and Gabbuchi. For a little Rogue fun, you might enjoy these – Airheart – Tales of Broken Wings, Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander and Tangledeep. For two very different RPGs, there’s CHRONO CLASH: Fantasy Tactics and Onigiri. If you love digital card games, there’s Merchants of Kaidan. Or if you prefer SHMUP mayhem, there’s the frenetic Paladin. To prove your platforming skills, there’s Necrosphere Deluxe. Or for more strategy, there’s Robothorium. And lastly, for a heartwarming VN, try planetarian.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this week has me really excited to do some gaming. I’d say this is the best Nintendo Download of 2019 thus far, just in terms of content. Be sure to check out some of these great indie titles, and check back next Thursday with oprainfall for the latest and greatest Nintendo Download! Now to impatiently wait for it to be Friday…
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