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Nintendo Download: The More You Grow

The surprise launches of Pikmin 1 and 2 highlight the week for the Nintendo Switch, which also includes Fire Emblem and more.

It’s a Pikmin kinda week

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presented fans with more than a few games to look forward too, launching through the rest of the year. Those included Pikmin 4, though if you’re a fan of the little leaf-men, the news went further than that.

That’s due to Nintendo surprise launching the first two games in the long-running series on the Switch. Both are out right now, both individually or as part of a special bundle.

While there isn’t a ton else out this week, there is the release of Fire Emblem, on Nintendo’s Switch Online + Expansion Pack. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll automatically get the original Game Boy Advance release for play on the Switch. It’s a true classic, and spawned the whole series, so if you haven’t played it, now’s your chance.

As for what else is out, there’s isn’t really anything notable. That’s not to say the usual lineup of smaller releases isn’t available, because there are plenty of them. Usually there are a few names you’d know though, and that’s not the case this week.

Still, and as always, scroll down to check ’em all out. You never know what you might find.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2 – HD versions of the first two Pikmingames, originally released on the Nintendo GameCube system, are available now for the Nintendo Switch system! The games can be purchased individually or as a digital bundle that contains both games at a discounted price. With the inclusion of these two games on Nintendo Switch, all four main games in the Pikminseries – Pikmin 1Pikmin 2Pikmin 3 and, as of July 21, Pikmin 4– are playable on one system.
    • STORY OF SEASONS: A Wonderful Life – Put down roots on your new farm in the peaceful town of Forgotten Valley and forge precious memories as you weave your own generation-spanning tale of friendship, family and farming. Bring life to the land by cultivating crops and raising animals, find love among the town’s friendly folk and make lasting memories with a family of your very own in this reimagining of a beloved farming classic. Start your farm on June 27, pre-orders are available now!
  • Game Boy Advance – Nintendo Switch Online*
    • Fire Emblem – Also known as Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the Fire Emblem game for the Game Boy Advance system was the first installment in the series to launch outside of Japan and features all the fierce tactical combat and rich, intrigue-filled storytelling the series is known for. The nation of Lycia stands on the precipice of war after centuries of peace, and now Lyn, Eliwood and Hector must amass their own army to fight back against the forces that would destroy everything they hold dear. Gather heroes to your side, hone their skills on the battlefield and lead your units to victory. Fire Emblem is available now.


  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of HopeThe Last Spark Hunter – Introducing the newest paid DLC** for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – in The Last Spark Hunter, Mario and friends journey to a musical planet, filled with new areas to explore and new enemies to battle. Discover the wonders and dangers that await you in this world of melodies. The Last Spark Hunter launches later today! A demo of the main game is also available now in Nintendo eShop.


  • Pintsized Creatures on Parade in Pikmin 4 – Meet Pikmin, small, plantlike creatures you can grow, pluck, guide and send into battle with enemies multiple times their size! These loyal, curious helpers come in different types, including fire-resistant Red Pikmin and new Ice Pikmin. The fate of your Pikmin is yours to decide – will you carefully avoid danger or rush into situations despite potential losses? Beginning June 28, a demo of Pikmin 4 will be available in Nintendo eShop. Raise a crop of plantlike Pikmin and guide them on an endearing expedition before the full game launches on July 21!

Nintendo eShop sales on Nintendo Switch:

  • Save up to 50% During the Hyper Max Sale!  Burst into deals on a mega selection of games and DLC** for the Nintendo Switch system! For a limited time, you can save to the max on games like Metroid DreadXenoblade Chronicles 3Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and so much more. Remember, you earn 5% in My Nintendo Gold Points*** for your purchases. You can then redeem your Gold Points toward the purchase of other eligible games, DLC, Nintendo Switch Online memberships and more. Get the jump on it – this sale ends June 25 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Shop online at Nintendo.com and Nintendo eShop on your device.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

* Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership required to access the Game Boy Advance – Nintendo Switch Online library of games. Membership auto-renews after initial term at the then-current price unless canceled. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

** Full version of game required to use DLC. Sold separately.

*** Gold Points are awarded based on the amount you pay (excluding tax and any points or discounts used) and have no cash value. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem My Nintendo points. Terms apply. https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point.

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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