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Nintendo Download: Sports!

It’s Wii Sports time! Actually, make that “Nintendo Switch Sports” time, as the latest edition of the Wii classic hits the publisher’s latest console.

You’ve gotta love Sports!

First, the good news. And that’s that, if you were hankering for some more of that sweet, sweet “Sports” action, it’s finally here with Nintendo Switch Sports. I don’t know about you, but I definitely wasn’t, so hurray for this week.

Look, it’s undeniably true that the original Wii Sports was a hit. But I think by and large that was due to the novelty of the console itself. I wouldn’t call it a fad, but it was close, and Wii Sports was a game that perfectly encapsulated the era for Nintendo players. It also drew in a lot of non-game fans, but that’s another story.

Will Nintendo Switch Sports even come remotely close to that level of popularity or longevity? No, not a chance. It’s here though, so again if you were looking for another go-around with the series, here you go.

And now, the bad news; there isn’t much else of note to pick up this week.

There are some new additions to the Expansion Pack, in the Sega Genesis realm, so that’s pretty cool. And then there’s Bugsnax as well, which was popular as well for a while on other platforms, and finally Parkasaurus rounds out the spotlighted titles. That’s exactly what it sounds like, and lets gamers play out their own Jurassic Park fantasy. In a world where there are actual (excellent) Jurassic-branded park-builders though, I don’t know how well a non-licensed title will go over (although it does look kinda cute).

As for the smaller and indie tittles, well there ain’t much there to mention either. But by all means scroll down the peruse.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch Sports – Swing, kick, spike and bowl your way to victory in the Nintendo Switch Sports game, the latest sequel to the Wii Sports series! Play six sports – Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton and Chambara (swordplay) – built for players of all skill levels and with intuitive motion controls so that anyone can instantly have fun. With multiple options for multiplayer fun, family and friends can join in on the same system* or online.** Face opponents near and far to aim for the Pro League in each sport, obtain in-game rewards to customize your Sportsmate or Mii character and show up to Spocco Square in style! Plus, a seventh sport is planned to be added via a free update this fall; get ready to Golf!*** Nintendo Switch Sports will be available on April 29.
  • Parkasaurus – In this dinosaur tycoon management simulation, take care of your dinosaurs by constructing well-designed exhibits, researching specialized technologies and maximizing profits to expand into the ultimate dinosaur theme park.
  • Bugsnax – Take a journey to Snaktooth Island, home of the legendary half-bug, half-snack creatures, Bugsnax. Invited by intrepid explorer Elizabert Megafig, you arrive to discover your host nowhere to be found, her camp in shambles and her followers scattered across the island alone … and hungry! It’s up to you to solve the mysteries of Snaktooth Island: What happened to Lizbert? What are Bugsnax, and where do they come from? But most of all, why do they taste SO GOOD?
  • SEGA Genesis – Nintendo Switch Online
    • Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball – Dr. Robotnik’s fortress is a giant pinball machine! Help Sonic spin, bounce and bump through four different pinball zones made up of glittering caverns, slimy sewers, boiling lava and monstrous machinery to collect the Chaos Emeralds and save the inhabitants of Mobius from a mountain of trouble.
    • Shining Force II – Shining Force II joins the original Shining Force in the SEGA Genesis – Nintendo Switch Online library! In this tactical RPG fantasy adventure, you’re tasked with leading the titular Shining Force in cinematic battles against an ancient evil that threatens to overtake the land.
    • Space Harrier II – Become the heroic Space Harrier in Space Harrier II and battle a bevy of wicked creatures in this frantic and challenging action game, which was one of the original launch titles for the SEGA Genesis!

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  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
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    • STAR WARS Day Celebration Sale – May the 4th – and video game deals – be with you! In celebration of STAR WARS Day, beginning April 28 at 9 a.m. PT and running through May 5 at 11:59 PM PT, check out these big savings on Lucasfilm Games titles of yesteryear. It’s a great time to revisit games you love and try something new. See the full list of games on sale at https://www.nintendo.com/store/sales-and-deals/#star-wars-day-sale.


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  • Get Organized, Pokémon-Style– Tidy up your Nintendo Switch cables with these colorful and flashy straps inspired by the Pokémon Legends: Arceus game, including designs based on the Galaxy Expedition Team and the Pikachu and Eevee Masks from the game! For more information, please visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/bf8f81ae4044f642#product.
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Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

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

** Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

*** Software update required.

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About Jason Micciche

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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