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Nintendo Download: You Know the Drill

Another sharp week for the Switch delivers the great looking Pepper Grinder, South Park: Snow Day, retro adventure Felix the Cat, and more.

Disappointing day

So yeah, it’s mostly a decent week for Switch fans, with a number of solid looking games to get down on, though we’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on South Park. From, THQ Nordic, South Park: Snow Day is another entry in the cartoon’s hit and miss video game catalog.

Not that we can say for certain mind you, but the role-playing co-op title is getting a little roughed up in the way of word of mouth. Is it as bad as some are saying? Again, we can’t really comment, though we do have a review on the way, so stay tuned for that. And anyway, if you’re on the fence about the lads from land of the ice and snow, you can always dig in on some of the other notable stuff this week.

While there aren’t any blockbusters among the rest of the new eShop additions, there are some decently sized names. For one thing, there’s a retro platformer starring classic animation icon Felix the Cat, then there’s also mother-daughter road trip adventure Open Roads, and the long-awaited Pepper Grinder. A gorgeous looking side-scrolling platformer, Pepper Grinder stars a young lady who wields a giant drill. Did we mention it’s great looking?

All of that is joined, as usual, by a horde of smaller releases. There’s not much in that lot that looks worth talking about here, but take a look anyway. You never know.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • SOUTH PARK: SNOW DAY!– Team up with Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny to save the town in this co-op* action game. Customize your own New Kid and battle your way through the snow-piled streets of South Park solo or with up to three friends in an all-new story. Equip a variety of weapons and deploy devastating special abilities on an adventure to save the world and enjoy a day without school. SOUTH PARK: SNOW DAY! is available now.
  • 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 the Nintendo Switch system later today. Dig into this colorfully animated world with the free demo now available on Nintendo eShop!
  • Open Roads – One fine fall day, Tess Devine and her mother Opal discover a cache of old notes and letters carefully stashed away in the attic of their house. Hints of deep-rooted family secrets, decades-old burglaries, a lost treasure somewhere near the Canadian border – what they uncover suggests a much darker mystery, best left well enough alone … but that’s not going to happen. Embark on a road trip adventure to explore a series of long-abandoned family properties, unearthing the past. They’ll search the ruins of these places that hold buried memories and discover not just the truth they’ve been seeking, but each other. Open Roads is available on Nintendo Switch later today.
  • Digital Spotlight
    • It’s Party Time! – Did you get your invitation to World Party Day on April 3? Party it up with your friends, family and Horace – the horse host with the most – in the Everybody 1-2-Switch! game. Laugh it up and stirrup the fun with team-based* games that are easy to set up, or with free-for-all competitive modes. If you’re looking to dance the night away, put on your dancing shoes and boogie down to the latest hits and beloved classics in Just Dance 2024 Edition. Or, invite your folks* for some frantic fun with the WarioWare: Get It Together game.** Take on over 200 quick and quirky microgames with Wario and his pals while experiencing maximum fun – oh yeah! If you want to test the mayhem before purchase, try the demo available on Nintendo eShop – just don’t tell Wario it’s free.

Pre-orders:

  • Grounded–Survive, build and explore in this immersive co-op survival-adventure game where you’re the size of an ant and the insect life reacts to your actions. Play solo or with up to three friends online*** and discover the treacherous wonders of your own backyard! Build bases to protect your stuff and craft new tools, weapons and armor to improve your chances against hazards of all shapes and (very large) sizes. Plus, create and share fresh adventures in Playgrounds Mode. Grounded launches on Nintendo Switch April 16. Pre-orders are available now on Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Mobile:

  • It’s Showtime in Super Mario Run – To celebrate the release of the Princess Peach: Showtime! game for the Nintendo Switch system, limited-time Princess Peach missions**** will appear in the Super Mario Run game for mobile devices!***** Depending on how many missions you clear, you can get up to three in-game statues of Peach transformed into different ensembles, and use them to decorate your kingdom! These missions are available until May 7 at 12 a.m. PT. For more information, visit the official site: https://supermariorun.com/en/index.html.

Nintendo eShop sales on Nintendo Switch:

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

* Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems, and some accessories sold separately.

** Hold the controller firmly. Do not let go of it, unless otherwise instructed. Allow adequate room around you during gameplay.

*** 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

**** Some missions require access to courses that cannot be played without a purchase. You must update Super Mario Run to the latest version to participate.

***** Free to start; optional in-game purchases available. Persistent internet and compatible smart device required. Data charges may apply. Terms apply. See game for details.

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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