Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for April 20th, covering the latest Switch news, releases, and games on sale! Hope you’re enjoying this glorious day by partaking…in Switch games, of course. Also, Sleep released their first album in a couple decades, so go listen to that! Normally, Friday’s a busy day for releases, but with Nintendo Labo and then God of War on PS4, it’s probably smart for developers to stay out of the way. Also, there are so many games out there that we could all use like, a month, to catch up. Oh, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze comes out in a couple weeks? The ride never ends!
Disgaea 1 Complete coming to the Switch this fall
Disgaea 5 is on the Switch, but what about the very first game? The cult hit that helped Nippon Ichi get a foothold in the western market is going to see release on the Switch in a Complete release later this year, with new characters and modes to go along with the already absurdly deep well of content that Disgaea games provide.
Is 20XX coming to the Switch?
Oh dang, this would be perfect on the Switch. 20XX is a roguelike platformer that’s basically Mega Man X with some changes to make it legally distinct from Capcom’s game. It’s all a loving homage, and the game absolutely does its own thing with some of the weapons and bosses that it introduces, not to mention the game’s structure, where you play through procedurally-generated levels and fight bosses in different orders. But it wears its Mega Man X influence on its sleeve. Regardless, the game’s awesome, I’ve sunk some time into it on Steam, and would kill to have it on Switch. Which I might not have to do, because a PEGI listing for the game on Switch just appeared. Hopefully this one drops soon, so I can have both Mega Man X Legacy Collection and 20XX on my Switch at the same time.
Nintendo Labo ($69.99)
The big Switch release today is Nintendo’s Labo creative kit, which lets you build things like pianos and robots, all from cardboard and by using the sensors and motors in the Switch and the Joy-Cons. This got a lot of mockery at first, but I’m glad to see that the opinions have shifted to where people are seeing that this is really cool. The Switch’s sensors and HD Rumble have a lot of potent, non-game uses, and hopefully Labo sees some expansion in the coming months and years for more cool projects.
One of the concerns was that because Labo is just cardboard, there’s the risk of the pieces getting damaged or thrown away. The good news is that Nintendo is selling replacement stickers and cardboard for when that does finally happen.
Let us know in the comments if you got Labo and what you think of it! Or, what your kids think of it?
The Way Remastered ($14.99)
I can’t hear this game’s title without thinking of the song “The Way" by Fastball. 1998 was truly a year. This initially released on PC in 2016, and boasts a detailed pixel art style, with the kind of thin characters inspired by Flashback. Yes, games released in 2016 can get remasters two years later. There is now voice acting, and some tweaks to the game, but it’s likely new to a lot of folks. If you did play it originally, expect some minor tweaks to improve the experience to go along with the voice acting. If you love those early-90’s Flashback-style adventure platformers, you’ll likely have a good time with this one.
Games on Sale
Fear Effect Sedna ($14.99 from $19.99 until April 26th)
I was just thinking about this game the other day, as I felt like I missed my chance playing it right after launch. Well, now I get to decide whether I want to add this to my “game I have actually paid for" backlog instead of just constantly seeing it on the store and wondering if I should buy it! Honestly, I just remember being fascinated by the game on PS1 but never actually playing it, and now that I have the chance to play a game in the series on the Switch? I probably should do that!
Aegis Defenders ($16.99 from $19.99 until April 25th)
Another sale for this fun tower defense action game! If you love pixel art, you need to check this out, as it looks absolutely fantastic. If you like tower defense games, you’ll have a good time with this, as planning is just as important as pulling off the action sequences. Overall, it’s a fun multi-genre experience that’s not an easy game, but certainly rewarding as you beat its myriad challenges.
Frederic: Resurrection of Music ($1.49 from $5.99 until May 3rd)
Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back ($1.24 from $4.99 until May 3rd)
Okay, if you don’t buy these rhythm battling games at these prices, you definitely don’t want them at all. You probably won’t see a bigger discount than this. Even if you don’t necessarily want them, these prices are pretty much pocket change, and the games are very well-regarded! Hard to go wrong. Fill that microSD card up to the brim!
Bleed ($5.99 from $11.99 until May 3rd)
Bleed 2 is really cool, and I enjoyed the first one on Steam, though I haven’t picked this one up yet on Switch. However, now’s a great time, as there are more boss fights with intense acrobatic action to take on here. And at half-off, it’s hard to say no. Plus, if you played Bleed 2, maybe now you’ll understand the plot of the game, and why that blond guy hate the pink-haired protagonist?
Nine Parchments ($11.99 from $19.99 until May 1st)
I forgot to buy this when it was on sale last time. The universe has decided to reward my procrastination with another sale. This is an action-RPG from the developers of Trine, where you use magic to fight your way through the world to find the mystical Nine Parchments. Not only is there local co-op, but also online cooperative play! Because friends are important, but friends aren’t always physically near you.
JYDGE ($8.99 from $14.99 until April 25th)
10tons are the masters of dual-stick shooters with RPG elements, and if you haven’t played one yet, or you have played something like Tesla vs. Lovecraft and you need more in your life, this is one to play. You can customize your own JYDGE (pronounced like judge) and become jydge, jyry, and execytioner.
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