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Nintendo Download: Root Around for Clues

Xbox title Grounded comes to Nintendo Switch this week, along with hard-hitting side-scroller Slave Zero X and more.

Honey I shrunk the Switch

While there are other games arriving this week for sure, it’s pretty clear that Grounded is the most impactful. Another in the brief list of Microsoft titles to make the leap to other platforms, Grounded quietly key game for the Xbox.

Essentially a survival game, Grounded casts players as a shrunken down kid, trapped in their own backyard. Their mission is to build bases, make tools, and of course make sure they stay alive against the insect life that’s just about everywhere.

Other than Grounded, there’s the game that Nintendo is spotlighting, Botany Manor. Players take up the role of a botanist here, out to solve puzzles around her home, and preserve its collection of flora. Why would she have to solve puzzles in a place where she lives? We have no idea.

By far the new game that we’re most excited for though, is Slave Zero X. A throwback retro title in terms of gameplay, Slave Zero X feels like it could have been right at home on the Sega Genesis, with it’s brutal action and cool, anime-inspired design.

Of course, there’s a ton of other stuff landing this week as well for Nintendo’s console, so feel free to scroll on down and check out the complete listing.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Botany Manor – Take on the role of Arabella Green, a retired botanist who owns a historical manor in the 19th century. Arabella takes care of the manor’s magnificent gardens by solving plant-based puzzles and preserving a collection of forgotten flora. Inspecting the manor will show clues, newspaper clippings, letters and more to help Arabella’s gardening skills blossom while you’re learning more about her. Botany Manor is available today!
  • Planet of Lana – A young girl and her loyal friend embark on a rescue mission through a colorful world full of cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. Experience a cinematic puzzle-adventure framed by an epic sci-fi saga that stretches across centuries and galaxies. Planet of Lana launches on April 16. Pre-order is available now.
  • Grounded – Survive, build, and explore in this immersive co-op survival-adventure game where you’re the size of an ant and where 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 the Nintendo Switch system April 16. Pre-order is available now.

Demos:

  • SaGa Emerald Beyond – A multilayered RPG full of rich stories awaits in SaGa Emerald Beyond! Experience the distinct and dramatic stories of six heroes with vastly different backgrounds, including a young man who fights with sentient puppets, a witch masking her identity, a crime-fighting duo, a recently awakened king of darkness and a songstress mech who lost her voice and body. Select a hero, then follow their journey through 17 interconnected worlds as they forge their own unique branching stories that unfold based on your choices and actions. Think strategically to master the turn-based combat to delay enemy actions and unleash devastating United Attacks. How the story unfolds is in your hands. SaGa Emerald Beyondlaunches on April 25. Pre-orders and a demo are available now on Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo eShop sales on Nintendo Switch:

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

* 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

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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