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Nintendo Download: A Tangled Mess of Magic

The acclaimed Pentiment arrives on Switch this week, along with a demo for Contra, and the remaster of Star Wars: Dark Forces.

Well that was fast

Yep, the first of Microsoft’s Xbox titles to make the leap to a ‘competing’ console is here, with Pentiment. An RPG from Obsidian and Xbox Game Studios, Pentiment sends players back to old Bavaria for one of the most stylish looking and well-received adventures in recent years.

But wait, because if that’s not your thing, then there’s a good chance Nintendo has something else this week that might be. there’s are a few demos arriving on the Switch, which include one for the hotly anticipated Contra: Operation Galuga. If you’re not aware of what that is, Konami’s newest stab at the legendary IP takes the action back to where it all began, with a classically styled game that features modern looks.

And then of course, there’s Dark Forces. From the retro-masters at Nightdive Studios, Star Wars: Dark Forces remaster is a full re-presentation of the classic PC and console title. If you’re a fan of this legendary FPS, it’s looking like it might be required playing.

On top of all of the above, there is the usual selection of smaller releases too, and this week that’s a lengthy list. Scroll down to check it all out.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Pentiment – Journey to 16th Century Bavaria and face choices and consequences that will ripple throughout a small community for years to come. Step into a living illustrated world inspired by the earliest printed books and meet a colorful cast of characters in the small town of Tassing and nearby Keirsau Abbey. Find your own way through this turbulent time when Pentiment launches on the Nintendo Switch system today.
  • Penny’s Big Breakaway – Join Penny and Yo-Yo in a 3D platforming adventure from the team that brought you Sonic Mania. Swing, dash, flip and trick your way over 11 colorful worlds and 40 levels. Use tasty treats to temporarily transform Yo-Yo, granting it abilities to improve movement speed, protect Penny from harm and much more! Discover your true star power in Penny’s Big Breakaway, now available on Nintendo Switch.
  • Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story – From Lazy Bear, the studio that brought you Graveyard Keeper, comes Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story. Jump into this delightful crafting RPG set in the magical world of Bandle City, home of the furry and fun-loving yordles. You are a shy yordle living in Yarnville, a cozy but isolated island obsessed with all things knitting. When your 101-year-long apprenticeship ends, you want nothing more than to see what lies beyond the portals that connect the rest of Bandle City. But when a party you attend goes horribly wrong, the portals collapse and everything is thrown into chaos. With your unique knitting magic and unflappable spirit, enlist the help of new friends, restore the portals and reunite Bandle City once more! Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story is available now.
  • Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack*
  • A “Rare” Quintet – Five games, all developed by Rare, are now available on the Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack collections! Nintendo Switch Online members can enjoy KILLER INSTINCT and BATTLETOADS IN BATTLEMANIACS as part of the Super NES – Nintendo Switch Online library, and SNAKE RATTLE N ROLL and R.C. PRO-AM as part of the NES – Nintendo Switch Online library. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members can play those titles and Blast Corps, which brings destructive vehicular action to the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online library.
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  • Splatoon 3: Expansion Pass Wave 2 – Side Order – Take a deeper dive into the expansive world of the Splatoon series with a brand-new single-player campaign for the Splatoon 3 game, Side Order!** Step into the role of Agent 8 and splat your way up the Spire of Order, where you never quite know what each floor will bring. Build your Palette of color chips to expand your arsenal and abilities as you go. Each floor gets increasingly tough, but don’t worry—Side Order is meant to be played through again and again. With each run, you’ll acquire more Prlz to spend on permanent upgrades to make the next run a little easier. You’ll need every edge you can get if you want to survive to the 30th floor! Splatoon 3: Expansion Pass Wave 2 – Side Order is available today.
  • Suika Game Multi-Player Mode Expansion Pack – Make big fruit … with friends! Suika Game – the fruit-matching casual puzzle game phenomenon – is receiving a paid DLC season pass that adds local two-player battles to the mix, with online*** multiplayer arriving in the future. Enjoy the fruits of your labor in the Original mode along with the new Time Limit and Attack modes. Enjoy this sweet DLC, now available on Nintendo Switch!


  • Pepper Grinder – This action-packed, dig-venture platformer stars Pepper – a seafaring soul with a passion for prospecting. Armed with her trusty sidearm Grinder, Pepper burrows through terrain and water, controls machines and pulverizes enemies as she attempts to recover her missing fortune! Engage in puzzle platforming, battle bosses, power up with treasure and discover hidden levels. Pepper Grinder spins up on Nintendo Switch March 28. Dig into this colorfully animated world with the free demo now available in Nintendo eShop!
  • Unicorn Overlord – Regain your throne alongside trustworthy allies in this tactical fantasy RPG from Vanillaware. Cultivate an army of over 60 characters – including humans, elves, massive beasts and heavenly angels – and traverse a vibrant world in the iconic Vanillaware style as you perform heroic deeds throughout the five nations. Unicorn Overlord launches on Nintendo Switch March 8. Try the free demo available now, and carry over your progress to the full game if you purchase it.
  • Contra: Operation Galuga – Blast through a reimagining of the classic action game from the ’80s with modern graphics, new features and explosive co-op combat! Contra: Operation Galuga launches on Nintendo Switch March 12, and you can experience the intense action yourself with the free demo, available now in Nintendo eShop. Pre-orders also begin today in Nintendo eShop.

Game Trials:

  • EA SPORTS FC 24**** – Welcome to the new era of The World’s Game, featuring over 19,000 licensed players, 700+ teams and 30+ leagues playing together in an authentic football experience. Craft your dream leagues and test your skills on the field as you hit the pitch with pros. The free Game Trial period will last until Feb. 26 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Nintendo Switch Online members*** can earn 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points***** by participating. As an added bonus, you can purchase this digital title for 70% off until March 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT!


Nintendo eShop sales on Nintendo Switch:

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

* Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Paid Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack required to play the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online, Game Boy Advance – Nintendo Switch Online and SEGA Genesis – Nintendo Switch Online collections of games, and to access the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass, Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise and Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion DLC at no additional cost. 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 for that game. Sold separately.

*** Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. 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

**** Game requires a download of at least 31 GB via an Internet connection. You may also be required to create or link a Nintendo Account. MicroSD card (sold separately) may be required depending on your storage. Storage requirements may change, visit x.ea.com/ea/FC-Switch for details.

***** A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem 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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