Our latest playlist is ready to show you what’s on high rotation within our team lately! It’s been an exciting period for Nintendo fans, and we’ve been super busy with the likes of Kirby, Metroid, Link, Mario, Pokémon, and much more!
We were all hoping for something new in the retro space when it comes to Switch Online. Last month’s announcement of Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles coming to the Switch was met by a flurry of activity, especilly with one of our favorite The Legend of Zelda outings, The Minish Cap.
Another frequent member of this week’s playlist is Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe. This cute platformer is more than a fun rerun, it’s brings fresh additions to the game, along with remastered graphics and new copy abilities. Plus it’s still an absolute blast.
There’s so much more happening this week, so check out the Pure Nintendo playlist below to see what we’ve been playing recently. More importantly, what’s on your own playlist? Let us know in the comments section!
- Kirby Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch) – I always enjoyed the original Wii game and was glad to jump back into the Deluxe version on Switch. It’s just as good as I remember it being and I already completed my first playthrough. I highly recommend it for any Kirby fan who didn’t play the original or anyone looking for a fun, slightly chaotic multiplayer game. The new Magalor Epilogue is fun, even if it is quite short.
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope: Tower of DOOM DLC (Switch) – I’m always looking for any excuse to come back and play Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and the new Season Pass exclusive Tower of DOOM DLC did the trick. The constantly changing battle portals and restrictions placed on you throughout your adventure makes it alot of fun to try to figure out how to win. It’s not the longest DLC out there, if you focus on the initial “story.” That said, I keep going back for more because the randomized battle portals are just a blast to play through.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Switch Online, GBA) – Perhaps my favorite handheld Zelda game, I could’ve replayed this one at any time. But a family member (I won’t point fingers) recently broke my GBA. I’m honoring its legacy with one final trip to the Minish Woods via Game Boy Advance – Nintendo Switch Online.
- ???? (Nintendo Switch) – Another forthcoming review of a game I was asked not to reveal. I have some ways to go yet, but getting to where I am now has been a lot of fun. Fans of the series will be getting exactly what they want.
- Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (Nintendo Switch) – No revelation restrictions on this one. Originally released for the Wii in Japan only, this chapter in the Fatal Frame series gets its western debut in a remastered form. Is it scary? Well, my 11-year-old asked me to stop playing it at his bedtime because he could hear the ghosts through the vents. Is it fun? Look for my review when the game’s released on March 9th.
- Rhythm Sprout (Nintendo Switch) – Still trying to get through this one. The levels get so much harder as you progress. It’s like guitar hero on insane mode. When I get stuck I’ve been going back to the beginning levels and trying to get a higher score.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Switch Online, GBA) – I was so excited when I heard this was coming to the GBA Virtual Console. It’s one of the only Zelda games that I’ve never played (besides those terrible things they released on the CD-i in the early 90s). So this was the first game I jumped on. It’s been a lot of fun so far. And shrinking down and exploring the world from a different perspective is cool! I’m also really excited to play Wario Ware on the Virtual Console. One of my favorite GBA games ever!!!
- Animal Crossing New Horizons (Nintendo Switch) – I finally finished the Happy Home DLC. It was kind of addicting, getting to design homes with unlimited, new types of furniture and space. Including the outside and the sounds and everything. It felt like I was playing The Sims with cheat codes XD
- Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch) – While my last playlist was full of games, I’m down to a solo entry this time. But with a game like Metroid Prime Remastered, I’m sure you understand. After all, how often do we give a game a 10 out of 10?! And once I beat it, I can follow up with the GBA hit Metroid Fusion via the Switch Online Expansion Pack. Gamers everywhere will be playing like it’s November 2002 again.
- Pokémon Red (3DS) – In honor of Pokémon Day, I decided to pick up this game up from the eShop so I can once again begin my journey as a trainer. I appreciate the simplicity of Gen 1. It’s nice to look back on how far the franchise has come. Will I catch them all and become the very best that no one ever was?
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – I found this childhood gem of mine CIB this week. It’s nice to jump back into it for nostalgia sake. My goals this time around are to complete the museum and become so wealthy that I just might throw Tom Nook out of business.
- Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Nintendo Switch) – I’m lucky enough to be reviewing Kirby’s latest adventure, and what a dream it is to play. The new minigames are an absolute blast, while the platforming side of things is simply fantastic. There’s nothing like swallowing enemies to find the hidden copy ability in true Kirby style! This one is so fun that it’ll probably be on my playlist for awhile!
- Gunscape (Nintendo Switch) – My other review game of late has been this first-person shooter that acts like a love letter to FPS games of the ’90s. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but the action is generally smooth. Watch for my upcoming review!
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