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Nintendo Download 3/8/18: TurtlePop Frontier Challenge

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It's all about indies in this week's Nintendo Download. First up is The Trail: Frontier Challenge for Switch, which sounds like a super low-stress combination of Oregon Trail and Journey. Also on Switch is TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom, which is a puzzle platformer with turtle-linking, multiple character control and match three elements. So yeah, it sounds like every popular app on Google Play genetically engineered a baby for the Switch eShop.

Digital deals this week are headlined by a Mario day (MAR10, get it?) discount of 50% off for Super Mario Run. This sale starts on 8/10 and runs through 8/25, and it might be the excuse I need to finally pick up Mario Run. There are several other titles out this week and a few surprises, so check out the full details after the break.

March 8, 2018 14:00 UTC

Nintendo Download: Trek to Freedom and a New Frontier

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


Join pioneers from across land and sea in an epic journey across an undiscovered country. (Graphic:  ...

Join pioneers from across land and sea in an epic journey across an undiscovered country. (Graphic: Business Wire)

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    • The Trail: Frontier Challenge – Join pioneers from across land and sea in an epic journey across an undiscovered country. Walk down the single-track path of destiny at a calm and measured pace. Get out there and make your mark upon the world, adventurer! Every person you meet on The Trail is another player who will trade with you at campfires located along the way.
    • TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom – TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom is a platform puzzle game that introduces Bebo, Deephi, Slimmie, Smarts, Willis and Sparky the Turtle. Master the gameplay with multi-character control and turtle-linking, environment manipulation and item deployment and match-three mechanics that make challenges even more fresh, intense and fun. TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom launches March 9.

Nintendo eShop sales:


  • Super Mario Run MAR10 Day Discount: Take advantage of a 50 percent discount on the Super Mario Rungame from Mar. 10, 2018, through Mar. 25, 2018. Time your taps to pull off stylish jumps, midair spins and wall jumps to gather coins and reach the goal. You can download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free on the App Store and Google Play.
  • Turn Gold Points into Games: Members of My Nintendo, Nintendo’s free rewards program, have a new way to use their rewards points. Members can now redeem Gold Points toward the purchase of digital games (and DLC!) for the Nintendo Switch system, whether they buy on Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop on the system (where available). Learn more about the program and this update at https://my.nintendo.com/about_gold_point.

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.

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 Account.

Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel.

Remember that Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 2DS XL and Nintendo 2DS 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 https://www.nintendo.com/switch,https://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or https://www.nintendo.com/3ds.