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Nintendo Download: Become a Pokémon Puzzle Master

A hefty week of smaller game releases also sees the new Sega portion of the Expansion Pack get filled out with Mega Man, Comix Zone, and more.

Comix Zone is HARD

Although I loved Comix Zone when it first came out, I have to admit I never could get very far into it. That game is tough, and I mean tough. Even older stuff that was supposed to be hard, like Mega Man, I was able to beat eventually. Not Comix Zone.

But, as usual, I digress, because there’s actually a lot to like about this week’s Nintendo Download. It begins, of course, with the 4-pack of Sega Genesis titles hitting the subscriber-only Expansion Pack. Those include the aforementioned Comix Zone and Mega Man (The Wily Wars), plus Zero Wing and Target Earth. The N64 section meanwhile, gets Pokemon Puzzle League.

Past those, there’s also the futuristic Zelda-like Xel, Ending: Extinction is Forever, Mothmen 1966, and a massive load of smaller releases. Scroll down and take a look, you never know what might strike a chord.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

  • Pokémon Puzzle League – Get ready for a Pokémon battle when the Nintendo 64 puzzle game, Pokémon Puzzle League, fills up your Nintendo Switch screen as an addition to the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Onlinelibrary. Join Ash, Brock, Misty and many more characters from the Pokémon animated series as they gather in Puzzle Village to compete for the title of Pokémon Puzzle Master. Just match three or more blocks of the same color in any direction. It may sound simple, but the gameplay is surprisingly deep, especially when you’re facing off against a human opponent, in person or online! Choose from six different modes offering a wide range of action, from story or puzzle modes to continuous play or timed play. Pokémon Puzzle League will be available starting July 15 for players with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.
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    • MEGA MAN: THE WILY WARS – MEGA MAN: THE WILY WARS features the first three games in the renowned Mega Manseries, compiled for the SEGA Genesis! Beat all three games to unlock Wily Tower, where you can challenge a new boss.
    • Comix Zone – In Comix Zone, experience an action game in a setting based on American comics. A comic artist finds himself lost in the Comix Zone, and must battle his way through panels of mutants to escape it!
    • Zero Wing – This side-scrolling classic was made by Toaplan, a developer of popular arcade games. You have three types of weapons to choose from: Valcan shots, lasers and homing missiles, all of which can be used in the fight against each stage’s boss. Capture items and enemies with the Prisoner Beam, and use them as shields or as weapons!
    • Target Earth – This game won many fans for its exhilarating mix of mech-suit platforming and action. Earn equipment based on your performance in each stage, and customize your loadout for eight different levels.
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    • Endling – Extinction is Forever  As the last mother fox, you’ll need to keep your three cubs alive and lead them to safety in a world ravaged by humanity. In this 3D side-scrolling game blending stealth, survival and adventure, you’ll make your way through devastated environments to reach the one place on Earth where humans can’t hurt you. In the end, how many of your cubs survive the perilous journey is up to you. Endling – Extinction is Forever launches July 19.
    • XEL – Play as Reid, shipwrecked on the strange world of XEL in this 3D action-adventure set in a sci-fi fantasy setting. Without any recollection of her former life, it is up to you to unravel Reid’s past and her connection to XEL. Ready your sword and shield as you explore the overworld of XEL and dive into imposing dungeons full of unforeseen threats and challenging puzzles. Throughout your journey you will make new friends and foes, find new gadgets, as well as jump through time and space. As Reid delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding XEL, she discovers an endless cycle of peril. Will she be able to break free from it, and what will it take?


  • Walk On and Game On With Pikmin Bloom – Starting today, the latest version of the Pikmin Bloom mobile app introduces a flourishing garden’s worth of new features to help enhance the fun of your daily walks! With new weekly Flower Planting Challenges, you can team up with friends and work together toward a shared goal of planting flowers. Additionally, all users who join a weekly Flower Planting Challenge and complete it by the end of the day (local time) on July 24 can receive an in-app “Flower” T-shirt (one per player). Looking for a unique way to reconnect with friends, no matter where they are? You might like the new invite friend feature for Weekly Challenges – it makes it easier for your in-app friends to join you! For more details on the newest Pikmin Bloom updates, visit https://pikminbloom.com/en/news/0711/.


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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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