It’s holiday time, and there are few little gems to pick from if you’re a Nintendo gamer. Mostly those include Virtual Console titles.
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The Switch lacks the Virtual Console of the Wii or Wii U, it’s true, but it’s slowly building its own little retro library. That has arrived in the form of the virtual NES and SNES that are available exclusively to the Switch’s online service subscribers.
While the frequency of game drops has lessened from the monthly system that Nintendo had set up before the SNES titles arrived, there’s still some quality stuff hitting. This month’s arrivals include a bevy of classics for both iconic consoles. And those include the formerly SNES Classic-exclusive Star Fox 2.
Beyond those there isn’t a ton of stuff, though there is a notable mobile port. Yes, I typed those words. Warhammer Quest II lands on the console this week, and it’s a very solid turn-based title. It might not be everyone’s cup of grog, but if you’re a Warhammer fan I definitely recommend at least taking a peek.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online*
- Star Fox 2 – This 3D rail-shooter and second installment of the Star Foxseries was first designed for the Super NES system, but went unreleased until it appeared on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system in 2017. This time, Emperor Andross is on a crusade to conquer the Lylat system and the Star Fox team itself. After a long wait, Star Fox is back in action.
- Super Punch-Out!! – Featuring the tight gameplay and humor the series is known for, this sequel to the NES classic sees Little Mac return to the ring with the World Video Boxing Association belt once again at stake.
- Kirby Super Star – That awful King Dedede is at it again – he’s stolen all the food in Dream Land. It’s up to Kirby to get it back and ultimately save Popstar from being taken over. There’s never a dull moment as Kirby dashes, flies and fights!
- Breath of Fire II – Set 500 years after the original, take on the role of Ryu, the last member of the Dragon Clan. A cast of unusual and exciting companions join you in your adventures across a wondrous land full of magic and mystery.
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- Crystalis – An epic story for action-RPG fans is ready to unfold. Set in a world where civilization lies in ruins, the young protagonist awakes from cryogenic sleep and the adventure begins. Collect the Sword of Wind and venture into the unknown.
- Journey to Silius – Join Jay on his run-and-gun mission to take down the mechanical army responsible for his father’s death. Defeat endless waves of attack robots and fulfill his father’s dream of developing a space colony in the Silius Solar System.
- Team up for Screams When New DLC** Haunts Luigi’s Mansion 3 – The Luigi’s Mansion 3 Multiplayer Pack can now be pre-purchased for $9.99 in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system, and it features waves of new themed ghosts for ScareScraper mode and new mini-games for ScreamPark mode. The Luigi’s Mansion 3Multiplayer Pack includes both Part 1 and Part 2, which will not be available for individual purchase, with Part 1 arriving by April 30, 2020. Part 1 includes three new mini-games for the multiplayer ScreamPark mode. It also introduces three new outfits for Luigi with matching floor themes and new themed ghosts in the cooperative ScareScraper mode. As a special bonus for those who purchase the DLC, players will receive an in-game Polterpup light called the Flashlight Type-P, which can be used during ScareScraper or Story Mode. Steel your spine, Luigi, and seek out those specters!
- Free Winter Wonderland Update Brings Festive Cheer to Overcooked! 2 – Winter Wonderland is a celebration of the 2019 DLC** for Overcooked! 2, and includes new seasonally dressed kitchens inspired by the DLC packs Campfire Cook Off, Night of the Hangry Horde and Carnival of Chaos. Take a journey through the Onion Kingdom with this free update available today for all Overcooked! 2 players.
Nintendo eShop sales:
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
- Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.
Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:
- 60 Parsecs! – Available Dec. 20
- 8-Ball Pocket – Available Dec. 25
- AeternoBlade II – Demo Version
- Arcade Archives MAT MANIA EXCITING HOUR
- Barbarous: Tavern of Emyr – Available Dec. 25
- bayala – the game
- Clumsy Rush – Available Dec. 23
- Crazy Zen Mini Golf – Available Dec. 23
- DEMON’S TILT – Available Dec. 23
- Down to Hell – Available Dec. 23
- Drawngeon: Dungeons of Ink and Paper – Available Dec. 24
- DreamBall – Available Dec. 23
- Dual Brain Vol.1: Calculation
- Farabel – Available Dec. 20
- Funny Bunny Adventures – Available Dec. 24
- JDM Racing
- KUUKIYOMI: Consider It!
- Melbits World
- Mushroom Quest – Available Dec. 23
- Oniken: Unstoppable Edition & Odallus: The Dark Call Bundle – Available Dec. 25
- PHAR LAP – Horse Racing Challenge
- PRINCESS MAKER -FAERY TALES COME TRUE- – Available Dec. 23
- Princess Maker Go!Go! Princess – Available Dec. 23
- Regions of Ruin – Available Dec. 23
- Rush Rally 3 – Available Dec. 23
- Sacred Stones – Available Dec. 23
- Straimium Immortaly – Available Dec. 25
- SUPER TRENCH ATTACK
- Tamashii – Available Dec. 25
- The Adventures of Elena Temple: Definitive Edition – Available Dec. 24
- Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times – Available Dec. 23
- XenoRaptor – Available Dec. 25
Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Wii U:
- Drop It: Block Paradise – Available Dec. 25
* Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online
**Full version of game required to use DLC. Sold separately.