Nintendo Download for 12/9/21

The Loop Begins Anew


Nintendo Download | Loop Hero

It’s time for the Nintendo Download for 12/9/21. This week has several fantastic featured games, the expansion of the N64 Online, sales and the usual digital stockings full of fun. But let’s start with a game I’m very eager to dig into shortly…


Dig Into Puzzles


Nintendo Download | Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon

I’m just gonna be honest. I’m a pretty big Shovel Knight fanboy. And for good reason. Of all the games I’ve helped crowdfund, it’s easily the most successful, with consistently great entries after the original game released. So I’m hyped for something new with Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon. It looks like a weird mix of classic puzzle games with typical Shovel Knight flair, and if it works well, it could be something truly magical. Pocket Dungeon comes out in a few short days. But if you’re uncertain, just wait for my upcoming review to see how it stands. As for other featured titles, Life is Strange: True Colors is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. As is the quirky rogue adventure Loop Hero. Or to be crafty and concoct spells, try the whimsical Wytchwood. Next up, a digital spotlight and a classic coming to Nintendo Switch Online.

  • Paper Mario – Experience the Nintendo 64 classic that launched the entire Paper Mario series, now on Nintendo Switch for the first time ever. Prepare yourself for a flat-out hilarious adventure, from the tropical jungles of Lavalava Island to the frosty heights of Shiver Mountain. Bowser has absconded with the magical Star Rod and lifted Peach’s Castle into the sky with the help of Kammy Koopa. Who will stop him now? Can you rise to the occasion and pull off a storybook ending? This momentous journey will be playable with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership on Dec. 10.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – If you enjoy the Toad-ally outrageous hijinks in Paper Mario’s colorful Toad Town, and you want even more Toad in your life, then you’re in luck! You can check out the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game on the Nintendo Switch system for a puzzle adventure brimming with personality. Captain Toad stars in his own puzzling quest where he’ll dodge dangers and track treasures across dozens and dozens of trap-filled courses. As you reclaim the treasure stolen by the monstrous, greedy bird, Wingo, you’ll eventually be able to play as Toadette, too! You can aim your head-mounted flashlight at adventure today with a free demo, or purchase the full Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game now in Nintendo eShop.

Tick Tock Goes the Clockwork


Nintendo Download | Clockwork Aquario

Ready for some sales? This Nintendo Download will deliver. First up, some cheap offerings. Those looking for tactical mayhem should check out Mainframe Defenders for $8.39. To test your luck, try Luckslinger instead for $6.49. Or for magical fun, there’s Magic Twins for $7.79. To brave the icy depths, try Röki for $7.99. Finally, to race against the madness, try Runner3 for half off at $9.99.




Nintendo Download | Life is Strange True Colors

How about some more sales? You can dance to the music in Cadence of Hyrule for $17.49. Or dig up adventure in Spelunky 2 for $15.99. Sail into a strange new world with Spiritfarer for $14.99. Or be the monster of your own story in Carrion for $11.99. Finally, to get retro, try Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid for $12.99.


Splish Splash


Nintendo Download | Liquid Kids

Nearly time to close out this Nintendo Download. So how about some new digital games? For the retro-inclined, try these – Arcade Archives Liquid Kids, Asteroids: Recharged and Clockwork Aquario. To race against the odds, try Super Impossible Road. Or for an unusual VN, there’s A YEAR OF SPRINGS. Platformer fans might try Kubinashi Recollection and One Hand Clapping. Shmup fans might enjoy Iridium. Fans of horror should check out The Letter. And to relive some classic monster battling fun, try Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX!


Beautiful Music


Nintendo Download | One Hand Clapping

Things are definitely starting to heat up in time for the holiday season. Thanks for getting your weekly dose of Nintendo at HPP. And be sure to tune in next week!

Josh Speer
Got my start in the industry at oprainfall, but been a game fanatic since I was young. Indie / niche advocate and fan of classics like Mega Man, Castlevania and Super Metroid. Enjoys many genres, including platformers, turn based / tactical RPGs, rhythm and much more. Champion of PAX West and Knight of E3.

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