By Josh Speer / November 21st, 2019
Well folks, it’s time for your weekly Nintendo Download. I wasn’t sure what to expect this week, but this selection of games defied any assumptions I might have had. Quite frankly there’s some really weird games on display this week for the Nintendo Download, even by my broad standards. There’s also some cool events happening, as well as the usual sales and digital offerings. Let’s start with a duet of quirky featured titles.
Every once in a while I’m totally perplexed by a reveal in a Nintendo Direct, and this game is one of those. It’s called The Touryst, and odd spelling aside, it looks unlike anything I’m familiar with. Is it a puzzle game? And action adventure? I really don’t know, and the game doesn’t help to clarify things. All I know is you’re exploring ancient ruins in a beach side locale, and there’s creepy artifacts and dangerous creatures. Wish I could explain it better, but that’s all I got. The other featured title is one I have more familiarity with and more appreciation for. It’s called Black Future ’88, and it’s a rogue action game where you’re fighting against a diabolical machine intelligence. It also has wonderfully edgy art and cool mechanics, and tons of procedural goodness. This is not a game I expected on Switch, but I’m glad it made its way there. Now let’s continue today’s Nintendo Download with some events.
- ’Tis the Season to Put Your Keys in the Ignition – A beautiful blanket of snow has descended in the Mario Kart Tour game* during the special Winter Tour event, which runs until Dec. 3. Mario looks quite jolly in his Santa suit while staying warm with a Fire Flower. Meanwhile, Pink Gold Peach spreads some wintertime joy as she speeds past sparkling decorations. Additionally, with a new update, players can now drive with a dedicated “Drift” button now added in Automatic Drift mode, and a “Steer” button added in Manual Drift mode, there’s never been a better time to join the race!
- Happy Second Anniversary, Animal Crossing Campers – Mail call! Your special invitation to Pocket Camp Club has arrived, a new optional paid subscription service exclusive to the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game*. Have you ever wanted your own personal assistant to help around the campsite? With the Happy Helper Plan, priced at $2.99 a month, you’ll be able to set your favorite animal friend as your camp caretaker to help with animal requests and events like Scavenger Hunts, Fishing Tourneys and Garden Events. Or, with the Cookie & Depot Plan, priced at $7.99 a month, you’ll receive access to the members-only Cookie Shop where you can choose five fortune cookies each month. Plus, with the Cookie & Depot Plan, you’ll also be able to indulge all your furniture and clothing collecting instincts with a large upgrade to your storage capacity.
It wouldn’t truly be a proper Nintendo Download without some sales, so let’s see what the Game Guide has for us this week. If you enjoy puzzle games with style, you might enjoy Anthill (Switch) for $4.99; for a moody adventure, check out Neo Cab (Switch) for $15.99; for a retro SHMUP, try Inferno 2 (Switch) for $3.99; horror enthusiasts might prefer Ellen (Switch) for $5.59; fans of stealth multiplayer mayhem might enjoy Invisigun Reloaded (Switch) for $9.99; for survival horror, check out Distrust (Switch) for $5.87; for a good discount, try Skulls of the Shogun: Bon-A-Fide Edition (Switch) for $4.99; or for a cute and simple platformer, try Furwind (Switch) for $6.99; for some mayhem, try Dusty Raging Fist (Switch) for $5.99; or for a flawed platformer at a great price, try V.O.I.D. (Switch) for $0.99; for another bargain, check out Mana Spark (Switch) also for $0.99; for portable fun, try Alphadia (3DS) for $4.99; and lastly, to breathe some life back into your old console, try Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U) for only $3.39. To see the other sales, just click here.
Now time for my favorite part of the Nintendo Download, the digital goodies! The following are all out next week, for those interested. If you like a dollop of anime flavor in your puzzle game, try Chameleon. Or for something a bit more violent, try Story of a Gladiator. To make some mischief, try Widget Satchel. And for a robust adventure in a magical world, try Pine.
Sadly, there’s not many digital offerings worth mention this week either, but there’s still a scant few. Retro fans might enjoy the latest Arcade Archives title, Yie Ar KUNG-FU. Or for something exceptionally weird, try Baobabs Mausoleum Ep.3: Un Pato en Muertoburgo. Fans of horror might enjoy Fractured Minds. If you always wanted to play sports to save the world, then there’s SoccerDie: Cosmic Cup. If you want a mix of RPG and fighting game, try Tiny Gladiators. And last but not least, for a promising looking game with a generic title, try GREEN VIDEO GAME.
Well, this Nintendo Download may not have been the smorgasbord I was hoping for, but there’s still next week. And yes, the Nintendo Download is still happening on Thanksgiving. Just expect it a bit earlier in the day. Thanks as always for joining us at oprainfall for your weekly dose of Nintendo goodness, and be sure to tune in before you stuff yourselves silly next week!
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