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Nintendo Download: Cheers to the Years!

Nintendo celebrates ‘anniversary editions’ this week, with Minecraft and Braid, plus the revamped FPS PO’ed.

Return to the past

The veil of the years gets a little extra thin this week for Nintendo Switch players who are looking to try something new. The eShop has its usual wide selection of new games dropping, but is also celebrating some marked anniversaries.

For one thing, there’s Minecraft: 15 Year Anniversary. A game that at one time had the gaming multiverse in the palm of its blocky hand, Minecraft is still hugely successful some 15 years post-release. This week’s Minecraft: 15 Year Anniversary puts the spotlight on all that the game has been for fans with 15 days of celebration. No, this isn’t some new edition of the game, but is instead a series of drops that’ll contain 15 tracks and 40 player skins, plus the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. Yes, you read that right.

Going past that, there’s also Braid: Anniversary Edition, which actually released a few days ago. Believe it or not though, the landmark puzzler Braid has been around for a decade at this point, and if you’ve yet top play it, then you might want to grab this new remaster.

And finally, while it’s not spotlighted this week, there’s PO’ed. Originally launched on the 3DO (and later the PSOne) back in 1995, PO’ed is an FPS that casts players in the shoes of a cook-turned-soldier, who’s out escape from an alien-infested world. The game features some of the wildest enemy designs we’ve ever seen, and the remaster comes from NightDive Studios, which almost all by itself makes this one worth a try.

Here’s the full list of what’s coming and is out now:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Minecraft 15 Year Anniversary – Here’s to 15 years of gripping adventures, crafty creations and a community that has left its mark on every block! To honor the occasion, Minecraft kicked off a 15-day celebration packed with gifts on May 15. Don’t forget to explore the custom Mario-themed world in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack during the festivities, featuring 15 tracks and 40 player skins inspired by the iconic Super Mario series. To continue the celebration, get up to 50% off MinecraftMinecraft DungeonsMinecraft Legends and more on Nintendo eShop until June 4 at 11:59 p.m. PT!
  • Lorelei and the Laser Eyes – In this non-linear puzzle game developed by the team behind Sayonara Wild Hearts, a woman summoned to participate in a project in an old hotel somewhere in central Europe becomes embroiled in a game of increasingly nightmarish and surreal illusions. This third-person adventure features over 100 handcrafted puzzles with shifting mechanics and perspectives, each of which leads players closer to deciphering the enigma. Everything is a puzzle in Lorelei and the Laser Eyes, launching first for consoles on Nintendo Switch today.
  • Braid, Anniversary Edition – Control the flow of time to solve subtle platform puzzles in this update of the indie classic Braid, featuring refreshed artwork and seriously in-depth creator commentary. Travel from a city house through a series of interconnected worlds where time behaves strangely, searching for an elusive Princess. Along the way you’ll explore memories and regrets that still haunt you. This Anniversary Edition remaster of the award-winning platformer contains fully repainted high-resolution graphics, new sound effects and extensive audio commentary. Braid, Anniversary Edition is available now!


  • One Year with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – It’s been one year since the release of the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom game! Celebrate this anniversary with a new My Nintendo digital wallpaper reward* featuring Link and Zelda. Plus, the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Glow in the Dark Keychain reward is back! Thank you to fans everywhere for your continued support. For more information, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/0a53201ffdf04151.
  • BlackMilk X The Legend of Zelda Collection – Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the game with the My Nintendo BlackMilk X The Legend of Zelda Sweepstakes**, featuring styles inspired by the latest installment in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom! Enter now for a chance to win this stylish collection that can make you the envy of Hyrule. For more information, visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/f2538a44a822d693.

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* 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 8:00 a.m. PT on 5/13/2024 and ends at 11:00 p.m. PT on 7/9/2024. 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/f2538a44a822d693, (3) sign in to your Nintendo Account, and (4) redeem 10 Platinum Points per entry at the My Nintendo BlackMilk X The Legend of Zelda Sweepstakes page (https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/ f2538a44a822d693) as stated in Official Rules. There will be three (3) winners. Each winner will receive one (1) Ganondorf Robe (available sizes: S, L) (ARV $91.61 USD), one (1) Power of the Zonai Giant Tee (available sizes: S, L) (ARV $52.07 USD) and one (1) Power of the Zonai Hoodie Sweater (available sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL) (ARV $85.02 USD). Total ARV of all prizes: $686.10 USD. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem points. Terms apply (https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point). 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-blackmink-legend-of-zelda-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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