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Nintendo Download: Trick or Yeet

A huge week for Switch fans kicks off with Sonic Superstars, plus updates to popular titles, and a bunch of indie releases.

Going fast again

Not that this fall has been slow for new games in general, but the Switch is really just starting to rev up. There’s still some huge Nintendo stuff on the horizon, but this week kind of started things off, and it does so with the return of some classic-style Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sega’s Blue Blur hits consoles with a game that melds iconic Sonic play with modern 3D-ish visuals for what looks like an epic platformer. This one might draw both long time fans and newcomers, and is a sharp contrast to what Sega tried with last year’s somewhat divisive Frontiers.

Past Sonic, there’s also a pretty deep collection of staple favorites that are seeing updates. Those include Fortnite, Overwatch 2, Fall Guys, Apex Legends, and Disney Dreamlight Valley. So if you’ve been playing any of those, you’re in for some new content.

And speaking of “new”, there’s more than just Sonic arriving this week. Smaller-scale launches include A Boy and His Blob, arcade shooter Darius II, horror FPS Dementium: The Ward, Atari’s Haunted House revamp, Skull Island: Rise of Kong, Transformers: Earthspark, and a nice surprise with the Company of Heroes Collection. Did we know that was coming? We were definitely out of the loop here on BG, if we did.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • SONIC SUPERSTARS – Spin dash with Sonic and friends through the mystical Northstar Islands in this new high-speed, 2D side-scrolling platformer game. Speed through 12 new zones as one of four playable characters and the return of an old nemesis. Harness seven new Emerald powers to move and attack in dynamic ways like climbing waterfalls, multiplying and more. For the first time in the series, you can even play through the entire campaign with up to three other friends in local co-op.* Combine your powers against Dr. Eggman and Fang when Sonic Superstars launches on Oct 17.
  • Fortnite  During Fortnitemares 2023, it’s time to call in a vampire hunter – you! Match the stakes of Kado Thorne’s threat with the new Wood Stake Shotgun. Don’t stop at just vampire hunting – jump into the Horde Rush limited-time experience, complete quests for in-game rewards and more! Fortnitemares 2023 runs until Nov. 3 at 2 a.m. ET.
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley  Prepare for plenty of frights and delights in this season’s new Haunted Holiday Star Path! Trick and treat yourself to various items and cosmetics inspired by Disney’s Hocus PocusPirates of the CaribbeanTim Burton’sThe Nightmare Before Christmas and Disneyland’s The Haunted Mansion. Additionally, from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1, the seasonal candy event is returning to the Valley! Search your Plaza for colorful candy buckets to unlock Dreamlight duties and prizes.
  • Overwatch 2  Starting Oct. 10, team up with Pharah as she leads the forces of light against Moira and her allies of darkness. Defeat powerful bosses and level up your hero in the new Trials of Sanctuary game mode. Travel to a tropical paradise with the new Samoa map, try out Sombra’s new ability kit and look out for Roadhog’s rework later in the season. Explore seasonal cosmetics in the shop or earn them with the Battle Pass!
  • Fall Guys  On Oct. 17, the Trick or Yeet Fame Pass will help pack the Blunderdome with fanciful, fearsome fancy dress. Highlights include the gnawsome Bat-Tastic Costume for bitey Beans and the Buff Guy Costume that adds insta-muscles without the workout. Scary never looked cuter than the Bad Beast or Pawly Repaired Costumes.
  • Apex Legends  Until Oct. 31, embrace your dark side in Tricks N’ Treats Trios, where you’ll find candy that boosts your EVO level and Ultimate charge, plus Copycat Kits that grant extra Legend abilities. Drop into After Dark versions of Olympus, Kings Canyon and World’s Edge. Unlock 24 limited-time items before the event ends and automatically receive Revenant’s Prestige Skin “Apex Nightmare.”
  • Digital Spotlight
    • Can You Dig It? – Hoo hoo! Oct. 11 is National Fossil Day, so grab your favorite shovel and dig up some splendid specimens in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. “X” marks the spot – dig wherever you see these curious indicators and you may just find the missing piece needed to complete your museum collection! Bring your findings over to Blathers, the museum curator, and he’ll be more than happy to tell you all about the relics of the past that you’ve unearthed. Donate your discoveries or put them on display across your island to let your visitors know you’re a bone-a-fide prehistorian!

Nintendo Mobile:

  • Last Chance to Enter the My Nintendo Fire Emblem Heroes 1,000 Heroes Celebration Sweepstakes – The Fire Emblem Heroesmobile game** has reached the milestone of 1,000 Heroes who have been summoned to Askr. Commemorate the occasion with the 1,000 Heroes Celebration special program! As part of this special program, folks in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) can enter a sweepstakes*** for a chance to win a set of 20 acrylic stands of some of the most iconic Heroes in the game. Ten lucky winners will be selected. Be sure to enter by Oct. 20 at 11:59 p.m. PT! Visit the My Nintendo official sweepstakes website for additional details.

Activities:

  • Welcome to Ryme City – My Nintendo has three new rewards to celebrate the launch of the Detective Pikachu Returns game, including Detective Pikachu and Detective Pikachu and Growlithe wallpapers and printable Detective Pikachu stationery! My Nintendo members can redeem these rewards with their My Nintendo Platinum Points.****
  • Fall Into Fun With an Animal Crossing Themed Sweepstakes! – The My Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall Favorites sweepstakes***** is here! You can enter for a chance to win an amazing package of prizes inspired by the Animal Crossing: New Horizons x Seattle Aquarium experience and the Nintendo Switch Lite – Animal Crossing: New Horizons Aloha themed bundles! For more information, visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/c410afb810e81a29.
  • Gear Up and Go With Mario! – Enter the My Nintendo Camping with Mario Sweepstakes****** for your chance to win everything you need for gaming fun in the great outdoors! My Nintendo members can redeem 10 My Nintendo Platinum Points to enter, with up to three entries total. Five lucky winners will be picked. This sweepstakes closes Oct. 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT, so don’t wait – enter today! For more information, visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/c478079912134dd9.
  • Pluck Pikmin for Platinum Points – An in-store demo of the Pikmin 4 game for the Nintendo Switch system is available until Oct. 19 at participating retailers, and you can earn 200 Platinum Points just by completing it! Play the demo to the end and scan the QR Code that appears to complete the My Nintendo mission and claim your Platinum Points. For more information, visit: https://my.nintendo.com/news/67cd426ce23b6600.

Nintendo eShop sales on Nintendo Switch:

  • Warner Brothers Games October Sale – Save up to 85% on titles during the Warner Bros. Games October Publisher Sale! This sale ends Oct. 22 at 11:59 p.m. PT. For more information and to view the full list of games, visit https://www.nintendo.com/us/store/sales-and-deals/.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

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

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

*** My Nintendo Fire Emblem Heroes 1,000 Heroes Celebration Sweepstakes: 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 10:00 a.m. PT on 9/15/2023 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 10/20/23. 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/d128f83aa4fb7acf, (3) sign in to your Nintendo Account, and (4) redeem 10 Platinum Points per entry at the My Nintendo Fire Emblem Heroes 1,000 Heroes Celebration Sweepstakes page (https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/d128f83aa4fb7acf) as stated in Official Rules. There will be ten (10) winners. Each winner will receive one (1) 20-piece Fire Emblem Heroes acrylic character stand set (ARV $150.00 USD). Total ARV of all prizes: $1,500.00 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/fire-emblem-heroes-1000-heroes-celebration-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.

***** My Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall Favorites Sweepstakes: 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 10/5/2023 and ends at 11:59PM PT on 12/5/23. 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/c410afb810e81a29, (3) sign in to your Nintendo Account, and (4) redeem 10 Platinum Points per entry at the My Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall Favorites Sweepstakes page (https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/c410afb810e81a29) as stated in Official Rules. There will be five (5) winners. Each winner will receive one (1) Gelato Pique Animal Crossing: Timmy & Tommy Throw Blanket (ARV $81.80 USD each), one (1) Afterglow™ Wave Wireless Controller (ARV $54.99 USD each,), one (1) Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Complete Guide (ARV $54.99 USD) and one (1) Club Mocchi- Mocchi- Animal Crossing Leaf Mega 15” Plush (ARV $34.99 USD). Total ARV of all prizes: $1,133.85 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-animal-crossing-new-horizons-2023-fall-official-sweepstakes. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

****** My Nintendo Camping with Mario Sweepstakes: 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 8/22/2023 and ends at 11:59PM PT on 10/17/23. 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/c478079912134dd9, (3) sign in to your Nintendo Account, and (4) redeem 10 Platinum Points per entry at the My Nintendo Camping with Mario Sweepstakes page (https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/c478079912134dd9) as stated in Official Rules. There will be five (5) winners. Each winner will receive two (2) Super Mario Bros. Outdoor Sling Chairs (ARV $170.00 USD each), two (2) Super Mario Bros. Backpacks (ARV $19.99 USD each,), one (1) Super Mario Labyrinth Family Board Game (ARV $36.99 USD) and one (1) 15” Club Mocchi- Mocchi- Super Mario Fire Flower Mega Plush Toy (ARV $34.99 USD). Total ARV of all prizes: $2,259.80 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-campingwithmario-official-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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