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Nintendo Download: Climb the Crystal Mountain

A slow week for the Nintendo family of consoles sees Celeste (and a few others) hitting the Switch, and the 3DS-Virtual Console launch of Pokemon Crystal.

Climbing the crystal mountains

Not a ton again this week. It is still January, so that’s more than acceptable. If you’re dying for something new though, this week isn’t really going to do it for you. I’m pretty sure anyway.

That might come from not having any idea what Celeste is. But from the sound of it, it might be an acquired taste. Apparently, it’s a “super-tight platformer”. For me that recalls memories of Super Meat Boy. Not that the latter game isn’t popular (cause it is), but that’s a big “no thanks” as far as I’m concerned.

As for what else there might be this week, there’s Strikers 1945 II, also for the Switch. Far and away though, the 3DS gets the best release this week with Pokemon Crystal for the Virtual Console.

Kinda makes you think, right? I mean, maybe the Switch should have a Virtual Console. I’m sure nobody wants that though.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Celeste – Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges in this super-tight platformer, as you help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain. The controls are simple and accessible, but with layers of expressive depth to master, and every death is a lesson. Lightning-fast respawns keep you climbing as you uncover the mysteries of the mountain and brave its many perils.

Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS

  • Pokémon Crystal Version – Originally released for the Game Boy Color system in 2000, the Pokémon Crystal game added several new features to the Pokémon franchise. For the first time, players could choose a female or male character, and Pokémon battles featured animation. And now, this game is available in 2D via the Virtual Console service and invites you to explore the Johto region again—or for the first time. The Pokémon Crystal Version game launches on Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. PT.

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
    • Nintendo Switch eShop Sale – Looking for something new to play? Download great digital games to play anytime, anywhere—and in a whole new way—with Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system. Starting at 9 a.m. PT, you can get up to 30 percent off select digital games for Nintendo Switch. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points on qualifying digital purchases, so it’s a win-win. Act fast, though, as this sale only runs until Feb. 1 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
    • Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.


  • My Nintendo Presents Nindie Game Gold Point Rewards Vol. 3: Got Gold Points? Get select digital games! My Nintendo users can redeem Gold Points for some of the hottest digital indie games on Nintendo platforms between Jan. 26 and March 25. During this limited time, users can redeem Gold Points to download select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital games from talented independent developers. Users will receive a download code that is redeemed in Nintendo eShop. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/news to see a list of the games.

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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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