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Nintendo Download: Make it Brain!

A light week for big name new releases nonetheless brings a few possible gems to Switch with Sam & Max, Beyond a Steel Sky, and Danganronpa.


Yes, it’s December, and as such the big names are few and far between. Well, they are on Nintendo’s platform anyway, as there’s a certain green-armored soldier who’s set to return this month.

That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing new to play though. This week brings a few notables to the Switch, including the above mentioned, plus Nintendo’s headlining title of the week, Big Brain Academy.

That’s a multiplayer “party game” that pits players against each other in a battle of mental acuity. Could be a fun time. Personally though, my pick of the week would be Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space.

It might not have the same magic as the Lucasarts Sam & Max of yesteryear, but it does look like a fun time. And of course, it seems pretty funny too. That’s pretty important when you’re talking about a game starring the freelance police.

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  • Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain– Take on a series of brain-bending activities that test your mental mettle in the new multiplayer* party game that anyone can play! You can boost your skills and speed by playing a wide variety of activities while also having a blast. Go brain-to-brain with friends and family in four-player matches to see who gets the highest score. Everyone can play together at varying difficulties, so a kid can hold their own against an adult in this battle of the brains! TheBig Brain Academy: Brain vs. Braingame will be available on Dec. 3. Want a sneak peek at the game? Download the free demo now in Nintendo eShop to try three activities in Solo and Party mode.
  • Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition  Immerse yourself in a world of magic in Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition. Make a new home in this enchanted Disney world and hang out with beloved Disney characters. Explore Disney-themed worlds full of fun challenges, and live your dream life as you go on fun adventures, dance with Disney Princesses and soar with Mickey in Magical Dream parades! Get ready for hours of enchanted fun as you build your own Disney Magical World. Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition will be available on Dec. 3.
  • Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space  This remastered version of Telltale’s second season of episodic Sam & Max games has been lovingly updated by a small team of the original developers. Sam is a six-foot canine detective with a nose for justice. Max is a hyperkinetic rabbity thing with a taste for mayhem. Together, they’re the Freelance Police – an irreverent comedy duo whose esoteric crime-fighting style has been entertaining comic book and video game fans for more than 30 years. Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space will be available on Dec. 8.
  • Digital Spotlight
    • The Game Award Nominees  On Dec. 9, The Game Awards airs at 5 p.m. PT. The annual event celebrates outstanding achievements in the global video game industry, and Nintendo is honored to have several games nominated for awards. If you’d like to experience some of these Nintendo Switch games before the grand event, you’re in luck! Head over to Nintendo eShop today and start browsing (formal wear optional). Join Samus Aran on the deadly planet ZDR in the latest critically acclaimed entry in the Metroidseries, Metroid Dread, which is nominated for Game of the Year and Best Action/Adventure. Team up and take down the opposition in the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon’s first five-on-five strategic team battle game Pokémon UNITE, which is nominated for Best Mobile Game. Or, explore lush scenery on unknown islands to snap photos of Pokémon in their natural habitats in New Pokémon Snap, which is nominated for Best Family Game. Also nominated in the Best Family Game category is Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, offering two Mario adventures in one – jump into multiplayer mayhem in the Super Mario 3D Worldadventure, or face a ferocious, mad and huge Bowser alongside Bowser Jr.! Of course, for other Nintendo characters with a wild streak, you’ll want to check out WarioWare: Get It Together!. This wacky blast of mayhem is nominated for Best Family Game, and you’ll get to gather the whole WarioWare Inc. gang together for this comedic, cooperative microgame mashup. You can keep the party going with Best Family Game-nominated Mario Party Superstars – a superstar collection of classic Mario Party gameboards and minigames. And if you’re curious about what the future holds for Link and his grand adventures, you can purchase The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The upcoming sequel to this game has been nominated in the Most Anticipated Game category. Dive in today to see what has all the critics (and Bokoblins) buzzing! It’s also an honor to have many games from Nintendo’s publishing and development partners nominated, including MONSTER HUNTER RISEShin Megami Tensei VBoyfriend DungeonFortnite and more. Check out the full list of nominees at Nintendo.com.


  • Cuddle Up With Animal Crossing: New Horizons – It may be cold outside, but you can create a warm and cozy scene right inside your living room with a wonderful prize pack from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Cozy Winter Sweepstakes**, which ends on Dec. 8. Enter for a chance to win prizes that may inspire you to turn up the heat on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons gameplay! For more details, visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/2418121c39f69a61.

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Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

* Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.

** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the United States, District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 13 years old or older. Sweepstakes begins 1:00 p.m. PT on 11/1/2021 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 12/8/2021. To enter, you must (1) have a Nintendo Account; (2) visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/2418121c39f69a61; (3) sign in to your Nintendo Account, and (4) redeem 10 Platinum Points per entry at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Cozy Winter Sweepstakes page as stated in Official Rules. There will be ten (10) winners. Each winner will receive one (1) My Nintendo exclusive Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mink Sherpa plush blanket (ARV: $150.00 USD), one (1) Club Mocchi Mocchi Nintendo® Animal Crossing™ Mega 15″ Plush – Isabelle (ARV $42.99 USD), one (1) PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Nintendo Switch™-Animal Crossing™ (ARV: $27.99 USD), and one (1) Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Animal Crossing™: New Horizons Edition Board Game (ARV $26.49 USD). Total ARV of each prize: $247.47 USD. Total ARV of all prizes: $2,474.70 USD. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Details and restrictions apply. For Official Rules, visit https://www.nintendo.com/rules/animal-crossing-new-horizons-cozy-winter-sweepstakes/. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

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