Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for July 15th, 2020. In today’s article, we’ve got a handful of news stories to check out before sliding on over to the customary summaries of the day’s new releases. Sure, this is just a teaser for the big new release drop hitting tomorrow and the day after, but you may still want to have a look-see anyway. We finish things up with a list of all the incoming and outgoing sales, as we tend to do around here. Let’s attack aggressively!
This Week’s ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Event Celebrates Pilots
Pilots aren’t exactly the busiest of people these days, unfortunately. Indeed, it seems plausible that many of them might turn to arena-based combat either out of boredom or desperation, leaving their craft behind save for rare use in super attacks. I know this because my father is a pilot. Anyway, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate understands this situation well. Its latest event is a tournament scheduled to kick off on Friday and run through the weekend. It’s a pilot-themed tourney, so you’ll have to use a character that is known for piloting a craft of some kind. There are surprisingly a lot of them in the roster? Pick your favorite and help them get out their frustrations a bit this weekend.
The Latest ‘Switch Online’ Retro Games are Now Available
Banana slamma, or something. As was foretold by the sages at Nintendo last week, today saw the release of a few more games for the Nintendo Switch Online retro game apps. Update your Super NES Switch Online app and you’ll have access to Rare’s 1994 smash hit Donkey Kong Country along with Natsume’s 1994 not-so-smash hit Natsume Championship Wrestling. Update the NES Switch Online app and you’ll find one new title waiting for you, the 1990 action-adventure The Immortal. Those with access to the Japanese versions of the apps can update those to get Shin Megami Tensei for the Super Famicom and Gun-Dec (aka Vice: Project Doom) for the Famicom. Good times!
Joker and Hero Amiibo Set for North American Release on October 2nd
Amiibo sure were a thing a few years back, weren’t they? Kind of the light during a very dark time for Nintendo, if you think about it. But we are here in 2020 and in spite of what you may read on the Internet, Nintendo is making money hand over fist. Are Amiibo still needed or demanded? Not really, no. But I appreciate that Nintendo doesn’t want to leave the job half-done when it comes to Super Smash Bros. characters. The next two figures set for release are Joker and Hero, the protagonists of Persona 5 and Dragon Quest XI respectively. A release date of October 2nd has been announced for North America, with a Japanese release coming a week earlier on September 25th. Make sure you get them right away if you want them, as I suspect Nintendo isn’t manufacturing quite as many of these things as they used to.
This is an asymmetrical multiplayer game where one player takes on the role of the boss and up to five other players play as vikings. You can play it in local multiplayer or hop online, but as is always the case with less-famous online games on Switch you probably shouldn’t expect to find a whole ton of players. It’s also not a whole lot of fun to play on your own. So I guess what I’m saying is that you should have a good group of friends to play with if you’re going to pick this game up. And try to get dibs on playing as the boss, because they’re way more enjoyable to use than the vikings.
REZ PLZ ($14.99)
In this quirky puzzle platformer, you have to make strategic use of death in order to progress. You control two apprentice wizards who are trying to battle the forces of the Dark Arcanum Army. They’re kind of lousy spell-casters, but they have a Resurrection Scroll that is going to come in handy pretty often. You will get more spells as you go along which will be useful for solving later puzzles. You can play this one by yourself or pull in a friend for some local multiplayer fun. It’s not too shabby for what it is. I’ll have a review of it before too long.
Mega Party – A Tootuff Adventure ($29.99)
This is a party game featuring a Swiss comic character named Tootuff. I’ve never heard of him, so I suspect his reach did not extend to North America. But the magic of the eShop is that none of that stuff matters, as most releases are worldwide. So all you niche Tootuff fans in North America, rejoice! You can now enjoy a so-so party game featuring Tootuff and the gang with up to four players in local multiplayer. Most assuredly not for me, but it could perhaps be for you.
(North American eShop, US Prices)
Considering that Wednesdays are usually pretty quiet for new sales, this isn’t too bad of a list. Crypt of the NecroDancer has had deep discounts before, but it’s never a bad time to pick it up. Framed Collection is a good time if you somehow haven’t played it before, and Knight Swap is a good bit of chess puzzle fun for a very low price. The outbox has a lot of the regular stuff in it, so most of it will be back on sale before too long. What likely won’t be seeing discounts again for a while are the Rebellion titles: Battlezone Gold, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate, and Zombie Army Trilogy. If you were interested in any of those, you’ll want to pick them up right away.
Select New Games on Sale
Crypt of the NecroDancer ($3.99 from $19.99 until 8/3)
Tyd wag vir Niemand ($5.99 from $9.99 until 8/3)
‘n Velore Verstand ($6.29 from $13.99 until 8/3)
Run the Fan ($0.39 from $3.99 until 7/28)
Fin & the Ancient Mystery ($0.69 from $4.99 until 7/28)
Aldred Knight ($0.49 from $1.99 until 7/28)
Spider Solitaire ($0.89 from $8.99 until 8/3)
Arcade Fuzz ($0.49 from $1.99 until 7/28)
Mystic Vale ($15.39 from $21.99 until 7/21)
Knight Swap ($0.49 from $0.99 until 7/28)
Dogurai ($0.99 from $4.99 until 7/28)
Do Not Feed the Monkeys ($9.09 from $12.99 until 7/30)
In Other Waters ($11.24 from $14.99 until 7/20)
Neo Cab ($14.99 from $19.99 until 7/20)
Beholder 2 ($7.49 from $14.99 until 7/30)
Distrust ($7.79 from $11.99 until 7/30)
Super Mutant Alien Assault ($1.99 from $9.99 until 7/20)
The Stillness of the Wind ($4.54 from $12.99 until 7/20)
Think of the Children ($2.59 from $12.99 until 7/20)
Framed Collection ($3.99 from $9.99 until 7/20)
Sales Ending Tomorrow, Thursday, July 16th
Almost There: The Platformer ($0.49 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Animal Up! ($0.99 from $2.99 until 7/16)
Anodyne ($0.99 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Battlezone Gold ($11.89 from $34.99 until 7/16)
Clouds & Sheep 2 ($3.49 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Clumsy Rush ($0.99 from $4.99 until 7/16)
Cyber Protocol ($0.99 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Depth of Extinction ($9.99 from $14.99 until 7/16)
Grizzland ($2.49 from $4.99 until 7/16)
Gurgamoth ($0.19 from $9.99 until 7/16)
HexaGravity ($0.99 from $1.99 until 7/16)
Joe Jump Impossible Quest ($0.99 from $2.99 until 7/16)
Kakuro Magic ($0.99 from $2.99 until 7/16)
Lost Artifacts: Soulstone ($1.99 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Lost Castle ($6.49 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Lost Sea ($3.99 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Monster Puzzle ($0.99 from $4.99 until 7/16)
Nirvana Pilot Yume ($3.99 from $4.99 until 7/16)
OMG Police ($0.99 from $4.99 until 7/16)
Rad Rodgers Radical ($7.49 from $29.99 until 7/16)
Rogue Trooper Redux ($8.49 from $24.99 until 7/16)
Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate ($13.99 from $34.99 until 7/16)
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered ($13.99 from $34.99 until 7/16)
Soul Axiom Rebooted ($7.79 from $12.99 until 7/16)
The Bridge ($1.49 from $9.99 until 7/16)
Tumblestone ($1.79 from $14.99 until 7/16)
Without Escape ($3.49 from $4.99 until 7/16)
Wuppo: Definitive ($9.99 from $14.99 until 7/16)
Zombie Army Trilogy ($26.24 from $34.99 until 7/16)
That’s all for today, friends. Tomorrow will have a bunch of new releases to check out, including Radical Rabbit Stew, Home Run High, and… Waifu Uncovered? Hmm. Well, we’ll see what that’s all about tomorrow, I suppose. Beyond that, we’ll have whatever sales and big news come along in the next day. I hope you all have a wild Wednesday, and as always, thanks for reading!