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Nintendo Download: The Right Pikmin For the Job

At long last, Pikmin 4 arrives this week for the Switch, along with Might & Magic – Clash of Heroes, Nobunaga’s Ambition, and plenty more.

Gettin’ niche-y with it

There are a whole bunch of notable games hitting the Switch this week, but most of them could probably be labeled ‘niche’. Not that that’s a bad thing really, but if you’re looking for something new, you might have to do a little digging to find the title that hits for you.

The biggest game though, by far, is Pikmin 4. The latest in the long-running series, Pikmin 4 is once again all about strategy and exploration, setting players up as a new recruit in the space-faring Rescue Corps. Not a fan of little plant men? Well, maybe you’d be into hitting the pitch.

EA Sports FC 24 also hits pre-order this week, which you might want to get in on if you’re looking forward to more soccer action on the console. There’s also Might & Magic – Clash of Heroes: Definitive Edition though, if you’re into puzzlers, and the return of a strategy classic with Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening. Nobunaga is a series that started way back on the NES, and it’s wild to see it back… and looking so good.

As for the rest, scroll down and see. You never know what might catch your eye.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Pikmin 4 – Meet Pikmin: small, plant-like creatures you can grow, pluck, command and overpower your enemies with during your grand mission as the Rescue Corps’ newest recruit! Use your loyal squad’s miniature might (and a bit of strategy) to explore a mysterious planet in search of your crew and treasures to fix the Rescue Corps’ ship, the S.S. Shepherd. Don’t worry, the dependable Rescue Pup Oatchi can help to get the job done while you lead the charge on this expedition. With the Pikmin and a powerful pup at your side, no challenge is too big! The Pikmin 4game will be available on July 21.

Pre-orders:

  • EA SPORTS FC 24 – Heralding a new era for the world’s game, EA SPORTS FC 24 features PlayStyles optimized by Opta and a revolutionized Frostbite Engine powering the most true-to-football experience ever. Partake in the full Ultimate Team experience, which welcomes women’s footballers to the pitch, or hit the field in Clubs and VOLTA FOOTBALL – now all headed to the Nintendo Switch system. EA SPORTS FC 24 is available on Sept. 29. Pre-order today!

Nintendo Mobile:

  • Forge an Alliance With Alear: Dragon Youth in the Fire Emblem Heroes Game  The Fire Emblem Heroes game for smart devices is adding additional Heroes from the Fire Emblem Engage game! Alcryst: Tender Archer and others appear in a New Heroes summoning event. To celebrate, summoners can get a 5★ Hero gift just for logging in. Starting July 18 at 12 a.m. PT, you can make 5★ Hero Alear: Dragon Youth your ally! Open the game during the event period and check your in-game Present List to enlist him. Please check the game for the entire event schedule. For more information about the Fire Emblem Heroes game*, visit the official site: https://fire-emblem-heroes.com/en/.
  • Pikmin Bloom Adds New Missions To Celebrate Pikmin 4– Celebrate the launch of the Pikmin 4 game for the Nintendo Switch system with the Pikmin Bloom app for smart devices! You can get the new Pikmin 4 Spaceship Decor Pikmin in the Pikmin Bloom app by playing and completing the new event challenge starting from July 21 at 12 a.m. until Aug. 13 at 11:59 p.m. local time. The Pikmin Bloom app* is available to download for free on smart devices! For more information about the Pikmin Bloom app, visit the official site: https://pikminbloom.com/en/. Remember to be alert at all times and stay aware of your surroundings when playing.

Activities:

  • Earn Double Gold Points With the Digital Version of Pikmin 4 – Your chance to earn DOUBLE My Nintendo Gold Points** on the digital version of the Pikmin 4 game is ending soon! That means you can earn 10% in Gold Points – which you can then use toward your next purchase on an eligible digital game or DLC. Already pre-ordered digitally? Those points are coming your way, too! Hurry, this offer ends July 23 at 11:59 p.m. PT. For more information about Gold Points, be sure to check out My Nintendo.
  • Soak Up Some Sun This Summer With Pikmin Pizzaz! – Enter the My Nintendo Pikmin Piknik Sweepstakes*** now for a chance to win a plucky picnic-themed prize package perfect for a leisurely afternoon outdoors with food, friends and Pikmin! To learn more, visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/3de9f46446caceb4.
  • Fire Emblem Engage Character Button Pins Are Back in Stock!  The Fire Emblem Engage Character Button pin set is back in stock! This My Nintendo physical reward includes 16 button pins featuring several iconic heroes from past Fire Emblem games, along with new characters from the Fire Emblem Engage game. My Nintendo members can redeem 700 Platinum Points**** to get it.
  • My Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Sweepstakes  The My Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the KingdomSweepstakes***** ends July 25 at 11:59 p.m. PT! Enter now for a chance to win a legendary prize package, which includes a Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Crystal Master Sword Statue; a SanDisk 1TB microSD Card; a PowerA The Legend of Zelda Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch – Sworn Protector; a Game Traveler Deluxe The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom travel case for Nintendo Switch; and an authoritative The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Strategy Guide – Collector’s Edition from Piggyback, the all-encompassing guide featuring stunning, annotated maps. For more information, please visit: https://my.nintendo.com/news/05dc9e0e181fcf07.

Nintendo eShop sales on Nintendo Switch:

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

* Free to start; optional in-game purchases available. Persistent Internet and compatible smartphone required. Data charges may apply.

** Gold Points are awarded based on the amount you pay (excluding tax and any points or discounts used) and have no cash value. Bonus points will be issued on the game’s launch day, are earned based on the original list price of the game on Nintendo eShop and will vary by country and currency. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem My Nintendo points. Terms apply. https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point. Offer valid through 7/23 at 11:59 p.m. PT when you purchase or redeem a download code for the digital version of the Pikmin 4 game in Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com. Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers may not be combined with this offer.

*** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 13 years old or older. Sweepstakes begins 10:00AM PT on 7/13/2023 and ends at 11:59PM PT on 9/12/23. To enter, you must (1) have a Nintendo Account (if you do not have a Nintendo Account you can register for one at https://my.nintendo.com/; (2) visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/3de9f46446caceb4 (3) sign in to your Nintendo Account, and (4) redeem 10 Platinum Points per entry at the My Nintendo Pikmin 4 Sweepstakes page (https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/3de9f46446caceb4) as stated in Official Rules. There will be five (5) winners. Each winner will receive one (1) Handwoven Basket Tote with Leatherette Straps (ARV $180.00 USD), one (1) 60” x 50” Pikmin Piknik Blanket with Carrying Bag (ARV $170.00 USD) and one (1) Pikmin Serving Tray (ARV $120.00 USD). Total ARV of all prizes: $2,350.00USD. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Details and restrictions apply. For Official Rules, visit https://www.nintendo.com/events/rules/mynintendo-pikmin-official-sweepstakes/. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

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

***** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 13 years old or older. Sweepstakes begins 10:00AM PT on 5/9/2023 and ends at 11:59PM PT on 7/25/23. To enter, you must (1) have a Nintendo Account (if you do not have a Nintendo Account you can register for one at https://my.nintendo.com/; (2) visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/a90ed23ea7945d71, (3) sign in to your Nintendo Account, and (4) redeem 10 Platinum Points per entry at the My Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the KingdomSweepstakes page (https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/a90ed23ea7945d71) as stated in Official Rules. There will be five (5) winners. Each winner will receive one (1) The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom – Crystal Master Sword Statue (ARV $250.00 USD), one (1) SanDisk 1 TB microSD Card (ARV $149.99 USD), and one (1) PowerA The Legend of Zelda™ Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch™ – Sworn Protector (ARV $44.99 USD), one (1) The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom Strategy Guide – Collector’s Edition (ARV $39.99 USD) and one (1) Game Traveler Deluxe The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom Travel case for Nintendo Switch™ (ARV $19.99 USD). Total ARV of all prizes: $2,524.80.00 USD. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Details and restrictions apply. For Official Rules, visit https://www.nintendo.com/events/rules/mynintendo-the-legend-of-zelda-tears-of-the-kingdom-sweepstakes. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

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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