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Nintendo Download for 3/31/2017: Snakes on an eShop

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With the latest Nintendo Download, the Switch's meager game library is slowly filling out a bit more. Snake Pass is the big release on Switch this time, a challenging puzzle-platformer that's really not like anything else on the console right now. You can also grab Metal Slug for Switch, which makes me wonder why Nintendo doesn't just put the Virtual Console on Switch already.

The Wii U isn't quite dead yet as Nintendo has released the New Play Control version of Pikmin 2 for the platform. This means that all three games in the series are available on Wii U, and affordable digital versions of the first two will make Ebay scalpers of the original disc-based copies cry bitter tears. 

The 3DS gets a handful of titles, including SubaraCity, Kung Fu Fight and a free demo of Mercenaries Saga 3. Good luck finding a 3DS if you don't have one however, as the handheld is still inexplicably scarce at retail and online. Come on Nintendo, it's the 3DS, not the NES Classic we're talking about here!

Check out full details after the break.

March 30, 2017 13:00 UTC

Nintendo Download: Snakes on an eShop

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


A unique physics-based puzzle platform game, Snake Pass challenges players to think like a snake as  ...

A unique physics-based puzzle platform game, Snake Pass challenges players to think like a snake as they tackle precarious puzzles as only a snake can. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Snake Pass – A unique physics-based puzzle platform game, Snake Pass challenges players to think like a snake as they tackle precarious puzzles as only a snake can. Slither through long grass, coil around bamboo and climb out of trouble in the latest game from award-winning independent studio Sumo Digital.
  • Wii Retail on Wii U
    • Pikmin 2 – In this Wii version of the classic Nintendo GameCube sequel, Captain Olimar and his sidekick, Louie, travel to a strange alien world on a mission to pay an employer’s debt. Command squads of Pikmin to help locate valuable treasures, explore mysterious environments and battle pesky enemies along the way. Strategy is key when choosing which Pikmin to deploy for any given task.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Runbow: Bowhemoth Theme
    • Runbow: Music Theme
    • Runbow: Satura Theme
    • Runbow Theme
    • Runbow Theme Bundle

Also new this week:

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.

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