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Welcome back to the final Nintendo Download for the crazy year that was 2020. As you may have guessed, this one is a shorter one for sure. We have no featured games to talk about this week, but some of the big sales we covered last week are still going on for a bit longer.

 

Current Sales


In the sales scene this week, there isn’t really anything new to cover in the Nintendo Download, as many of the big sales we looked at last week are still going. However, time is running out since many of them are ending tonight, or in the coming days. Here is a list of the sales that are still running, ordered by how soon they end:

Sale End Date
Bandai Namco Winter Meltdown Sale Dec. 31st at 11:59pm PT
Ubisoft Holiday Sale Dec. 31st at 11:59pm PT
Indie World Holiday Sale Jan. 2nd at 8:59am PT
EA Independent Holiday Sale Jan. 4th at 11:59pm PT
Capcom Sale (up to 75% off) Jan. 4th at 11:59pm PT
NIS America New Year 2021 Sale Jan. 10th at 11:59pm PT

 

As always, you can also find random small deals scattered around throughout the Nintendo Switch eShop.

 

New eShop Titles


The Nintendo Download has a varied group of new games this week. We’ll start off with something a little different this time.

FUZE Player Price:
$0.99
Size:
111.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
This super cheap app lets you play custom games made by owners of the full Fuze4 Nintendo Switch app. The new Fuze Player app is for those who are not interested in making games themselves, but who want to play those made by others. The developers wanted to create a cheap way for them to do so rather than force them to pay full price or do without.

Those who get the full app instead can learn to program and create both 2D & 3D games with relative ease. I can say from experience that it is more user friendly and comes with more built-in assets than its competitor, Smile Basic 4. If the idea of writing programs and games on your Switch sounds cool, then you should check out both the full Fuze app and its competitor to decide which is best for you. Note that you’ll probably want to have a USB keyboard handy to plug into your Switch dock rather than use the onscreen keyboard when writing your game code.

Developer: FUZE Technologies

 

For those who love some retro action, we have a couple of options that might float your boat today:

Arcade Archives GRADIUS III Price:
$7.99
Size:
84.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 24, 2020
This scrolling shooter was originally released back in 1989 by Konami. I remember playing it a lot on my SNES back in the day. Planet Gradius has gone from legend to myth, and its up to you to take on the Bacterion Empire. This version of the game features a new Edit Mode, which allows you to customize your equipment!

Developer: HAMSTER

Arcade Archives: Gradius III
Pixel Game Maker Series DUNGEON OF NAZARICK Price:
$14.99
Size:
96.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
This classic-style action game is based on the dark fantasy world of Overlord III. It was created using Pixel Game Maker MV.

A mysterious tomb has been discovered near the edges of the Kingdom of Re-Estize. You are a common adventurer who has dared to take on a great reward so that you can be the one to investigate it. Though you’ve taken care to prepare well and approach it with an abundance of caution, it turns out this is “just the beginning of a despair from which only death would save you…”

Developer: Gotcha Gotcha Games

Pixel Game Maker Series - Dungeon of Nazarick

 

Next up, we have some adventures, including a musical journey combining exploration with rhythm games.

DEEMO -Reborn- Price:
$25
Size:
4.40 GB
Launch Date:
Dec. 31, 2020
This is a complete 3D remake of the original game, with new music and story lines to uncover. The game blends the exploration of adventure with rhythm games together with a beautiful art style and over 60 classic songs to create a very atmospheric experience.

Developer: Rayark

The Innsmouth Case Price:
$9.74 | $14.99
Size:
826.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, this text adventure blends horror and comedy. This is a challenging case of a mysterious place, a missing girl, and a desperate mother. A very clever detective will be needed to crack the case of little Tabitha Marsh’s disappearance, but he doesn’t have time. That means its up to you to get to the bottom of things in a remote fishing village called Innsmouth. Keep your senses keen, as nothing here is as it seems! Can you survive Innsmouth, solve the case, and save Tabitha?

Developer: RobotPumpkin Games

Cave Digger Price:
$14.9
Size:
429.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
This one is a mining adventure game set in a small town nestled in a mysterious alternative Western universe. Break the bedrock with all your might, and trade the fruits of your labors to get new gadgets. Fix the train to access the mine and delve deeper than any miner has gone before!

Developer: Mekiwi

Cave Digger

 

There is also a new visual novel to look at today:

Lily of the Hollow – Resurrection Price:
$5.59 | $6.99
Size:
1.20 GB
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
In this visual novel, it’s early winter when Red, a bodyguard, is tasked with with protecting the young noble, Claudia. She is going to the Post of the Lily near the northern border, where they meet sevants Ling and Karl, as well as Patra the post master and a wierd poet named Frank. As time marches on, the group get to know each other a bit better, but there is a strange feeling in the air. Enjoy 100,000 words of romantic adventure as you uncover an interwoven destiny.

Developer: Navila Software Japan

Lily of the Hollow - Resurrection

 

We also have one simulation game in the Nintendo Download this week, dealing with virus outbreaks.

VIRUS: The Outbreak Price:
$9.99
Size:
2.00 GB
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
Step into the shoes of the leader of the Global Health Organization (GHO). You must contain a spreading virus before that goal becomes impossible! You will learn what a difficult task this is, and the game gives you information on what to do, and how to protect people as effectively as possible. The game’s information is based on data published by the World Health Organization (WHO), and also on data from experts and consultants. Your decisions carry incredible weight when a rampaging virus threatens civilization. Can you stop the outbreak in time?

Developer: Forever Entertainment

 

For those of you with little kids, there is a new free download that they might enjoy:

Comic Coloring Book Price:
$0
Size:
122.00 MB
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
This free app is great for those with little kids. Coloring books have been around for a long time. They help kids develop knowledge of colors and shapes, as well as hone their motor skills. They can also teach the persistence needed to finish a drawing, and eventually the entire book. This game includes three unique stories, that are made up of four drawings each.

Developer: RedDeerGames

Comic Coloring Book

 

Last but not least, this section is rounded out with a lone 3DS release today:

Harold’s Walk Price:
$3.99
Size:
465.00 BL
Launch Date:
Dec. 28, 2020
Explore 3D worlds to discover the secrets that hide within. Utilize Harold’s special abilities to reach new areas in each level, and find hidden objects. Can you find all of the secrets in this adventure platformer?

Developer: Lukewasthefish

Harold's Walk

 

 

Upcoming Games


This week’s Nintendo Download has a pair of upcoming titles to check out, including racing and logic puzzling.

Speed Truck Racing Price:
$9.99
Size:
578.00 MB
Launch Date:
Jan. 01, 2021
Race at 150 MPH against 14 different adversaries while avoiding crashes! The game features different modes including Championship, Arcade, and 4-player multiplayer action. There is also an online ranking system allowing you to compare your best times to those of both your friends and players around the world.

Developer: Super PowerUp Games

Speed Truck Racing
Hitori Logic Price:
$2.49 | $4.99
Size:
146.00 MB
Launch Date:
Jan. 01, 2021
This logic puzzler starts with a grid of numbers. The game includes 90 easy/medium/hard puzzles. Your ultimate goal is to tranform the grid so that it meets the three rules for victory below. This is done by eliminating certain cells, which turns them red.

  1. A number cannot appear more than once in a row or column
  2. Red cells cannot be adjacent to each other, but can be diagonal
  3. All remaining cells must be connected vertically or horizontally

Developer: Hook Games

 

 

Well that does it for both the final Nintendo Download of 2020, and the year itself! Happy New Year everyone, and take care! Hopefully 2021 will be a better year.

About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.