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Nintendo Download: A Deadly Adventure With New DLC, and Intergalactic Creativity!

A huge new piece of DLC arrives for Dead Cells this week, along with Super Pac-Man, the Bayonetta double pack, Shadow Man, and a ton more.

This one’s packed

There is a ton of stuff hitting the Switch this week. Now, most of it is of the smaller variety, but nevertheless there’s a glut of software driving for Nintendo’s console. But even with all the new games, the headliner is a piece of DLC.

Be that as it may, it’s perfectly understandable , since the downloadable content in question is an expansion pack for Dead Cells. The 2017 action rogue-like has been both critically and fan acclaimed, and has now grown with The Queen and the Sea.

The pack affects DC’s “late game”, and replaces High Peak Castle, the Derelict Distillery, and the Throne Room. So if you’re an old hand at Dead Cells, you’ve got some new options. And if you’re new to the game, then you’ll fund even greater variation in what the title’s campaign offers.

But what if you’re not into DC, or don’t feel like going back to it? Well, then you’ve got a heaping helping of other stuff to pick from. This week’s Nintendo Download is absolutely loaded, with releases of both mid-size and small.

There are no (modern) blockbusters here, but the sheer scale of a week in January, usually a fairly dead month, is impressive. My picks include Bayonetta’s double pack, but also the returning N64 title Shadow Man. It’s not much like the Valiant comic book, but it’s a fun action/adventure from the N64 days.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Dead Cells: The Queen and the Sea DLC – Battle your way through sunken shipwrecks, scale a burning lighthouse and confront your deadliest foe yet in Dead Cells: The Queen and the Sea DLC. This late-game content gives you an alternative to the High Peak Castle, Derelict Distillery and Throne Room biomes. This DLC also includes extras like nine new weapons, a not-so-cute pet, loads of outfits and new enemies to bash.
  • ASTRONEER – ASTRONEER is set during the 25th century Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments to unearth rare discoveries and unlock the mysteries of the universe. On this adventure, players can work together to build custom bases above or below ground, create vehicles to explore a vast solar system and use terrain to create anything they can imagine. A player’s creativity and ingenuity are the key to seeking out and thriving while on exciting planetary adventures!
  • Digital Spotlight
    • Mario Tennis Aces – Looking to start a hobby or #LearnSomethingNew this year? Then swing into action with Mario and up your tennis game! In Mario Tennis Aces you’ll learn how to unleash an arsenal of shots in all-out tennis bouts with friends, family and fan-favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. Develop on-the-court strategies by completing missions and boss battles in Adventure mode, work up a sweat with intuitive motion controls in Swing Mode and then test your hard-earned skills in intense rallies with up to four players. Mario Tennis Aces is available for purchase now in Nintendo eShop.

Game Trials:

  • Ready for Adventure? – Then this week’s free Game Trial was destined for you! In the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game, Captain Toad stars in his own puzzling quest where he’ll dodge dangers and track treasures across dozens and dozens of trap-filled courses. Until 11:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 20, Nintendo Switch Online members can play the full game … for free!* That’s a waddle-worthy deal! If you enjoy adventuring with Captain Toad and would like more time to explore those smoldering volcanoes, hazardous steam engines and haunted houses, you can purchase the game at a 30% discount as part of the Nintendo eShop New Year Sale, which runs until Jan. 16 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Better move fast – those turnips aren’t going to pluck themselves!

Nintendo Mobile:

  • Race the Lion City – Race the sights of the beautiful Lion City with the Singapore Tour, the latest limited-time event in the Mario Kart Tour mobile game, happening now! Zoom, drift and boost your way around Marina Bay in the new course Singapore Speedway and its R, T and R/T variants. How many iconic sights can you spot? Plus, look for a legion of Luigi in the pipes, including Luigi (Painter) and Luigi (Vacation), along with the Singapore-signature Roaring Racer kart. The Singapore Tour runs until 9:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 25. Enjoy the sights!

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Start your year off with some fun! Save up to 30% on select digital games like Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide ClassicsSuper Mario Maker 2 and more in the New Year Sale. Shop on Nintendo.com or your Nintendo Switch system to purchase and download games so you can start playing them right away. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points* on qualifying digital purchases. These deals last through 11:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 16. For more information, please visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals/#new-year-sale.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

*A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem points. Terms apply. https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point


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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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