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Nintendo Download for 3/3/2017: Time to Switch things up

by: Russell -
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The Nintendo Switch is finally here and I'll be honest, I haven't done much else today nor did I get much sleep last night. That being said it's no surprise that this week's Nintendo Download is mostly about the Nintendo Switch launch. Of course the big title for the launch is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and so far in my opinion it's been living up to the high review scores it's been receiving. I'm about four hours in and have done quite a bit in terms of progress, but I still feel like I've barely scratched the surface with this game. I knew the game was huge but after seeing what lies beyond the starting area, I was really impressed. However, Legend of Zelda isn't the only game that was released today.

There have been many posts all over the place about what games would be coming out at launch so as a slight recap, Switch owners can also check out 1-2-Switch, Snipperclips - Cut it out, together, Just Dance 2017, Super Bomberman R, and Skylanders Imaginators in terms of physical cartridge games. Meanwhile the eShop will have those games (minus Skylanders) as well as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, Shovel Knight: Spector of Torment (both of those are exclusive to the Switch for a limited time), FAST RMX, and I Am Setsuna.

Don't worry, the Wii U is still getting some love beyond The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Players can now check out two new additions to the Virtual Console in Dungeon Explorer and Neutopia, both originally released on the TurboGrafx-16. Dungeon Explorer allows up to five players to play through the action-RPG at the same time while letting them choose from eight different character types. Meanwhile, Neutopia was essentially the TG16's answer to The Legend of Zelda and it's not too bad, though I did find it to be a bit difficult part way in (yeah, I really need to go back and finish that one).

Finally, the 3DS eShop saw the release of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns. I've never played a proper Story of Seasons/Harvest Moon game outside of Return to PoPoLoCrois a while back, but I really enjoyed my time with Trio of Towns. Granted I wasn't able to do everything there is to do as there are still a lot of achievements I still need to get (one of them being to play the game through five seasons), but if you're into the Story of Seasons series, I'd say definitely give it a shot as there wasn't much that I found to nitpick at.

Nintendo Download: Here’s What’s Coming to Nintendo Switch!

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ...

Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and Wii U
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. In this stunning open-air adventure, travel across vast fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule. Also, with the Nintendo Switch console, your journey is more open than ever as you can take it and the game anywhere and adventure as Link any way you like. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on March 3. Click here to view the trailer for this game.
      • Note: To access Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, a system update that will be available on March 3 is required. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn't disrupt gameplay.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game packs countless hours of play into a vast world of discovery. That makes it an ideal foundation for more adventures! Launching alongside the game on March 3, this $19.99 Expansion Pass grants access to three new treasure chests, DLC Pack 1 (available this summer) and DLC Pack 2 (available in the 2017 holiday season) as the content becomes available.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • 1-2-Switch – Throw an impromptu party anywhere with anyone thanks to a new play style in which players look at each other – not the screen! Bring the action and fun into the real world as you face off in Wild West duels, cow-milking competitions, a copycat dance-off and more wild activities. Each game takes advantage of the Joy-Con controller features in different ways. While the action unfolds off screen, the audience watches the players themselves instead of the screen. That makes it as hilarious to watch as it is to play – an instant party amplifier! 1-2-Switch will be available on March 3. Click here to view the trailer for this game.
    • Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! – Full Game and Free Demo Version – Hey, cut it out! No, really! In this action-puzzle game, paper pals Snip and Clip must cut each other up to overcome tricky obstacles … or just to laugh their heads off (sometimes literally). Partner up with friends or family to cut the heroes into the right shapes, interact with objects and solve a world of imaginative puzzles. Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! will be available on March 3. Click here to view the trailer for this game.
    • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment – The latest campaign from the critically acclaimed hit game Shovel Knight is a full-featured game starring Specter Knight, one of the villains from the original game. The massive prequel campaign includes even more content than the last campaign update, Plague of Shadows. Shovel Knight: Specter of Tormentwill be available on March 3 and is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch system for a limited time.
    • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – For both new knights and its biggest fans, the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove game includes the original Shovel Knight game, as well as all previously released campaign updates – even Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be available on March 3 and is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch system for a limited time.
    • Just Dance 2017 – Grab your friends and family, because it’s time to dance! The Just Dance 2017 game brings you more than 40 new tracks, five game modes, updated content all year long and access to 200+ songs through the Just Dance Unlimited service! A free three-month subscription to Just Dance Unlimited comes with every digital or retail purchase of Just Dance 2017 for the Nintendo Switch system. Just Dance 2017 will be available on March 3.
    • Super Bomberman R – The iconic party-battle game is returning as Super Bomberman R on the Nintendo Switch system. Dive into the simple yet addictive gameplay in Super Bomberman R by controlling the main character, placing bombs and battling enemies and rivals with a modern visual style. Super Bomberman R will be available on March 3.
    • I Am Setsuna – The I Am Setsuna game introduces the authentic JRPG style of yesteryear to the Nintendo Switch system. Journey with Setsuna as she prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice and save the people of her land. A powerfully nostalgic experience, blending classic storytelling, battle system and gameplay. I Am Setsuna will be available on March 3.
    • FAST RMX – Challenge your friends to local split-screen competition or take part in online races against players from all over the world.* This lightning-fast anti-gravity racer is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch system and will be available on March 3.
  • Nintendo Mobile
    • Nintendo Switch Parental Controls mobile app – It’s only natural for parents to have questions about their kids and gaming. That’s why Nintendo Switch has parental controls that let you set rules for them from your smart device with this free app available today on App Store and Google Play. While some parental controls are available on the system itself, the app gives you even more options like push notifications for monthly play summaries and remote accessibility.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns – Plant crops, raise livestock and even discover romance with the residents of three diverse towns in this massive new entry in the original farm-/life-sim series. Make new friends, fix up the towns and start a family – what story will you write? Connect with other players locally or via the internet to visit a mysterious multiplayer island, and enable the StreetPass feature to send your pet dog, cat or capybara to another player’s game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Dungeon ExplorerDungeon Explorer is a multiplayer action-RPG for the TurboGrafx-16 system in which up to five players can play at the same time. Choose from eight different character types: Fighter, Thief, Warlock, Witch, Bishop, Elf, Bard or Gnome. To survive, you most know all about your enemies’ weaknesses. You must also know about the special attributes of each magic spell and use them to your greatest advantage.
    • NEUTOPIA – In this classic action-RPG for TurboGrafx-16, take control of a brave boy who sets off on a journey to rescue the kidnapped princess and reclaim the eight medallions that were stolen by an evil demon. You’ll need to rely on your magic compass and information you’ve gathered to find entrances to labyrinths and defeat the bosses in them. Solve puzzles, avoid traps, move blocks and destroy walls to uncover secret rooms. Carefully use your map to uncover hidden treasure and powerful equipment.

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Mini Guide My Nintendo Reward – Get the game, then redeem your Gold Points to get the guide! This mini guide for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game is just the thing to help you get started on this epic adventure. It contains the first chapter of The Complete Official Guide and offers a sneak-peek of game features, including combat, landmarks, commands and puzzle features. Visit here starting March 3 to view this My Nintendo reward.

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console, and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points. Click here for details about the recent Nintendo DSi Shop service change.

Remember that Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID gain access to free-to-start games and free game demos from Nintendo eShop, and also get the latest news and information direct from Nintendo. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch, http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.