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Nintendo Download: An Anniversary Bash, a Delivery Crash and a Bonus to Smash

Lots of good stuff hitting the eShop this week. The SNK 40th, Battlezone, Grim Fandango, and the NES classic Metroid all arrive.

Classics return

An outright classic arrives this week with Metroid. It’s joining the list of virtual console (notice I didn’t capitalize) NES games, which are exclusively for online subscribers. Along with Samus’ first adventure, those fans will also get Mighty Bomb Jack and TwinBee. So some good stuff once again in that arena. And in that same vein, we also get the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. Loaded up with pre-Neo Geo SNK titles, the collection touts a mix of NES and Arcade games.

Also classic, though in new form, are Grim Fandango and Battlezone Gold. BZ is a fun time, that I can attest to from the PS4 version, and I’ve heard nothing but great stuff about Fandango. Of course, there’s a ton more stuff this week too, with the usual wave of lesser-known stuff.

Scroll down for the full list.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION – 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the game studio SNK. To celebrate this milestone, a variety of classic arcade games from SNK’s golden age are coming back together in one anthology on the Nintendo Switch system. SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION is packed full of retro games and a treasure trove of features. The SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION game will be available Nov. 13.

  • Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch): Enjoy the cult classic arcade rhythm game from Japan in the comfort of your own home. Play to the beat of your own drum with a wide variety of new songs, and challenge your friends to prove who has the best taiko skills. Unlock beloved characters to help you on your journey to become a legendary taiko drummer.

  • Crashlands – You play as Flux Dabes, a galactic delivery truck driver whose latest shipment gets interrupted by a megalomaniacal alien named “Hewgodooko” who tears her ship to pieces looking for useful tech. Crashlanded on Woanope, you must fight, tame, craft, quest, bossfight and adventure your way to domination of all the things so that you and JuiceBox, your trusty sidekick/supervisor/robotic cargo palette, can send a message to the Bureau of Shipping and get those packages delivered.
  • 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. Get the details at https://smashbros.nintendo.com/buy/#piranha-plant.
    • 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 – check back at https://smashbros.nintendo.com/buy/dlc for exact timing and more details. Full version of game required to use DLC.
  • 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, Metroidestablishes 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.
  • YouTube – Kick back and relax with YouTube on your Nintendo Switch system. Enjoy entertainment like music videos and shows, plus gaming livestreams, how-tos and much more. Explore a world of videos with recommendations and easy access to your channel subscriptions. So grab your friends, family and your Nintendo Switch controller, and enjoy YouTube together.

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Activities:

  • 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. Details and restrictions apply; visit happyholidays.nintendo.com/sweepstakes/rules for Official Rules. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc.
    • 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**** at http://my.nintendo.com and get Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in-game rewards or printable Thanksgiving greeting cards for friends and family. For more information, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/85e2f729d6033aff.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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