Back and Better Than Ever
Well folks, I’ve been waiting a while for today. It’s finally time for the Nintendo Download for 1/13/22! The first official one for the 2022 year. This episode has a handful of fun featured titles, several promotions to check out, sales, digital goodies and more. So let’s start this new year off right with the following featured titles.
Not Dead Yet
First up, the award-winning indie Metroidvania Dead Cells is getting a brand new way to play. It’s called The Queen and the Sea DLC, and it features sunken ships, a burning lighthouse and more exciting late-game content. Or if you prefer to play god, then this next game is more for you. It’s called Astroneer, and it allows you and friends to reshape planets, and then explore them. But that’s not all for this Nintendo Download, not by a long shot. Let’s continue with several promotions.
- Mario Tennis Aces – Looking to start a hobby or #LearnSomethingNew this year? Then swing into action with Mario and up your tennis game! In Mario Tennis Aces you’ll learn how to unleash an arsenal of shots in all-out tennis bouts with friends, family and fan-favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. Develop on-the-court strategies by completing missions and boss battles in Adventure mode, work up a sweat with intuitive motion controls in Swing Mode and then test your hard-earned skills in intense rallies with up to four players. Mario Tennis Aces is available for purchase now in Nintendo eShop.
- Ready for Adventure? – Then this week’s free Game Trial was destined for you! In the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game, Captain Toad stars in his own puzzling quest where he’ll dodge dangers and track treasures across dozens and dozens of trap-filled courses. Until 11:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 20, Nintendo Switch Online members can play the full game … for free!* That’s a waddle-worthy deal! If you enjoy adventuring with Captain Toad and would like more time to explore those smoldering volcanoes, hazardous steam engines and haunted houses, you can purchase the game at a 30% discount as part of the Nintendo eShop New Year Sale, which runs until Jan. 16 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Better move fast – those turnips aren’t going to pluck themselves!
- Race the Lion City – Race the sights of the beautiful Lion City with the Singapore Tour, the latest limited-time event in the Mario Kart Tour mobile game, happening now! Zoom, drift and boost your way around Marina Bay in the new course Singapore Speedway and its R, T and R/T variants. How many iconic sights can you spot? Plus, look for a legion of Luigi in the pipes, including Luigi (Painter) and Luigi (Vacation), along with the Singapore-signature Roaring Racer kart. The Singapore Tour runs until 9:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 25. Enjoy the sights!
Bring On the Loot!
Ready for some sales? Well, the good news is, there’s plenty of those to go around. First off, there’s a handful of New Years Sales that are still live for a few more days, until the 16th. Here’s my highlights that you should consider buying while those sales are active – Broforce, Dead Cells, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, DOOM Eternal, Exit the Gungeon, Grindstone, GRIS, INMOST, JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition, Katamari Damacy REROLL, Little Nightmares Complete Edition, Lost in Random, The Messenger, My Friend Pedro, Ni no Kuni, Olija, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, RAD, Super Meat Boy, Untitled Goose Game and Wargroove. To see more details about the various sales, just click here.
Lost in Space
Still crave more bargains? You’re in luck! Here’s the return of our weekly Nintendo Download regular sales. First up, the cheaper options. For some drama and horror, try Theatre of Sorrows for $6.99. To mix phobias and cards, try Neurodeck for $6.99. To get some Shmup fun, try Buraigun Galaxy Storm for $9.59. Or to survive the end of humanity, try Doomsday Vault for $9.99. Lastly, for a heartwarming puzzle platformer, try Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey for $7.79.
How About Something Weird?
Here’s a few more sales to check out. To melee with Kirby, try Kirby Fighters 2 for $13.99. To go for the gold, try Treasures of the Aegean for $14.99. To get lost in a mysterious forest, try Tunche for $13.99. To unload on magical creatures, try Trigger Witch for only $10.49. Finally, to get lost in a gorgeous RPG, try Cris Tales for half off at $19.99.
Choose Your Own Adventure
We’re nearly at the finish line, but I’d be remiss not to mention any digital titles. Especially in a week so jam-packed with them. First up, for games that hearken to the classics, try the following – Breakneck City, ESCHATOS, Justice Chronicles and Shadow Man Remastered. Visual Novel fans can check out Arcadia Fallen and Kansei: The Second Turn HD. For adventures that are RPG adjacent, try these – DEMON GAZE EXTRA, Duel Princess, Eternal Radiance, Guild of Ascension, Headland, Labyrinth Legend and Vivid Knight. Or for some games with puzzle elements, try Day of the Dead: Solitaire Collection, Heaven Dust 2 and Nova-111. Platformer fans might enjoy Crumble. Whereas fans of weird experiences should check out dweeMIXED: Thwee Pack and GAME BATTLE TYCOON. Thrifty folks can get three for the price of one with the FOCUS INDIES BUNDLE. And those that just want to explore can soar through dreams in Aery – Dreamscape. And for two very different games focused on frenetic action, try Demoniaca: Everlasting Night and Dual Souls: The Last Bearer.
A Demonic Good Time
Whew, that was a lot of games. Thanks for tuning into HPP for your first dose of Nintendo Download in 2022. And be sure to check back for more Nintendo games worth checking out next time!