The first big hitter of 2023 is here! This week’s eShop roundup brings us Fire Emblem Engage, the latest in the long-running tactical series. Persona 3 Portable & Persona 4 Golden are the other highlights this week, bringing more RPG goodness to the Switch.
In Fire Emblem Engage, a new mechanic allows you to call upon the power of great heroes from the past. This latest gameplay tweak is possible via Emblem Rings, and sounds like a promising new way to play. The rings imbue the power of legendary figures from the Fire Emblem series, helping this title apepal to both new and olds fans.
Meanwhile, the unique RPG stylings of Persona 3 and Persona 4 are now available for the Nintendo Switch. You can purchase them individually or separately, each with its own mysterious and creepy story to tell. Let us know if you have a preference!
Nintendo’s double points promotion is still running, so be sure to take advantage and rack up some points before the end of the month. There are new deals to check out, too, so keep an eye on your favorites each week to see if they’re on sale.
Check out the full list of new releases below. Which games will you be playing this weekend?
- Fire Emblem Engage – Team up with iconic heroes from past Fire Emblem games and add their power to yours in this new Fire Emblem story! Legendary heroes called Emblems grant incredible power to the one who holds the 12 Emblem Rings. However, the Fell Dragon and ancient nemesis of the Divine Dragon has risen and seeks the rings for his own evil gain. Command the army of the Divine Dragon through turn-based battles across the continent and bring peace back to Elyos. Each battle is different, requiring its own strategy and approach. Plan attacks carefully when commanding each hero with their own moves and weapons while using the terrain, positioning and unique talents of the heroes to defeat the enemy across the grid-based battlefield. Tailor your experience with a range of difficulty and game modes suited for all skill levels. Casual Mode sees fallen allies revived after a battle, while they’ll be lost forever when using Classic Mode. If you make a major error in combat, use the Draconic Time Crystal to rewind and try again, in any mode! The Fire Emblem Engage game will be available on Jan. 20.
- Persona 3 Portable & Persona 4 Golden – Experience the iconic, critically acclaimed RPG that reinvented the Persona series, Persona 3 Portable, and the world-renowned Persona 4 Golden, now newly remastered. In Persona 3, shortly after transferring to Gekkoukan High School, the protagonist encounters the “Dark Hour.” Unfamiliar stillness swallows the city, people turn into eerie coffins and otherworldly monsters called Shadows swarm. In Persona 4, the protagonist and his teammates chase after the truth when a chain of mysterious murders begins in the rural town of Inaba, and they find themselves opening the door to another world. Persona 4 promises unforgettable adventures, meaningful bonds and heartwarming experiences shared together with friends. Both Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden are available today separately or as a bundle together.
- Double Gold Point Promotion for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Members – Until Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT, active Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members can get double My Nintendo Gold Points* on the purchase of eligible digital games and DLC** in Nintendo eShop and My Nintendo Store. That means members can earn 10% in Gold Points, which can then be used toward their next eligible purchase. For more information, please visit https://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/.
Nintendo eShop sales
- Check out the full list of deals available this week.
Also new this week
- A Matter of Principle
- A Space for the Unbound
- Arcade Archives SENJYO
- Clunky Hero – Available Jan. 25
- Counter Bottle Shooter-Pro Aim Master Target Bottle Shoot 3D Game Strike Pistol – Available Jan. 20
- Courageous Deduction Nori 2 Betrayed Nori
- Demolish & Build Classic – Available Jan. 21
- Drift & Drive – Available Jan. 20
- Escape to the Ocean – Available Jan. 20
- Fury Fight: Gangsters of City
- Gardenia – Available Jan. 20
- Graze Counter GM
- Hack and Shoot Heroes
- Harem Girl Isabella – Available Jan. 20
- Midnight Runner – Blade Galaxy Beat Puzzle Legacy 3D Games Ultimate Edition – Available Jan. 20
- Minimal Move
- Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator 2021 – Available Jan. 20
- OmegaBot – Available Jan. 20
- Peachy Boy – Available Jan. 20
- Pixel Game Maker Series BombMachine Gunzohg
- Puzzle by Nikoli S Heyawake
- Right and Down – Available Jan. 24
- Rubber Bandits
- Salamander County Public Television
- She Wants Me Dead Deluxe Edition
- Sissa’s Path – Available Jan. 25
- Snake Game
- Switch Sides
- Swords & Bones Deluxe Edition
- The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow – Available Jan. 25
- Touhou Fan-made Virtual Autography
- Trenches – Available Jan. 20
- Void Prison