SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Hollow Knight’ Gets Physical, ‘StarTropics’ and ‘Kid Icarus’ Come to Switch Online, the Amazing Puzzler ‘Baba Is You’ Releases, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for March 13th, 2019. It’s a week like any other, except that tomorrow is of course White Day here in Japan. What is White Day? Well, on Valentine’s Day in Japan, women give chocolates to men. White Day is when men reciprocate, usually to the tune of about three times more? That figure isn’t exact. Why am I talking about this? Because I didn’t have time to write any reviews as I had to do some shopping for Mrs. Musgrave. Ha ha, marital harmony! But I do have some cool Switch news, a summary of today’s new release, and a big bounty of sales for you to check out. Let’s enjoy it!

News

The March ‘Nintendo Switch Online’ Games are Now Available

Arriving a little ahead of the intended release date, the March update for the Nintendo Switch Online app became available yesterday. It includes two new additions to the NES line-up in the form of Kid Icarus and StarTropics, both of which are excellent games with a good bit of meat on their bones. There are also two new SP versions of previously-released games. Kirby’s Adventure SP gives you all the benefits of a 100% cleared file, including access to the extra mode and sound test. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link SP starts you at the beginning of the game with maxed out experience levels and a full list of magic. You still have to hunt down the items, though. Japan’s update doesn’t include StarTropics as it was never released there, but it does include Fire Emblem and Yie Ar Kung Fu. As usual, you can and should download and use both apps for maximum pleasure.

‘Hollow Knight’ Gets a Physical Release After All Via Fangamer

The much-loved Hollow Knight was set for a physical release before plans fell through. Luckily, it seems like that wasn’t the end of the idea. With some support from Fangamer, Team Cherry will be bringing out a standard and collector’s edition of the game to various retailers. Both editions include the case, the game card, a manual, and a map. The collector’s edition also throws in a special box, a gold foil art print set, a brooch with a stand, a comic book, and a cleaning cloth. The standard edition will be found in a lot of places, but if you want that collector’s edition, you’ll have to order it from Fangamer.

This Week’s ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Event is All About the Green

Well, as is the case every week around this time, the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event has been announced. This time, the title is “Green is the New Black", and the focus is appropriately enough on green spirits. Any theme that brings together Yoshi, Blanka, the Metroid Queen, Luigi, and Celebi is sure to be an odd one. Anyway, when the event kicks off this weekend, green spirits will appear more often. Turn them into a fine green mist to earn extra gold. Green gets you green, after all.

New Releases

Baba Is You ($15.00)

SwitchArcade Highlight!

Sometimes you see a game that surprises you with its cleverness, and that is Baba Is You. This is a rather simple-looking puzzle game in the Sokoban style, where you have to push blocks around to achieve a goal. But wait, instead of pushing around simple crates, you’re actually pushing around words. Word blocks that are placed next to each other will form rules, so if you swap the ‘Baba’ in ‘Baba Is You’ with ‘Wall’, you will now be controlling the wall instead of Baba. There are 200 stages, and that results in a very beefy experience that will have you constantly reconsidering how to solve things. Simply an amazing game. I don’t know if I’ll have time to whip together a full review, but you can consider this game to have my highest recommendation.

Sales

Okay, a lot more games going off sale than new ones going on sale today. That’s how it is some Wednesdays. First of all, make sure you look through those games that are wrapping up their sales, because there are a lot of really great titles in there at dirt-cheap prices. It could be a while before the Ubisoft and SteamWorld games hit prices that low again. After you’ve checked all that, take a poke through the new sales. Snake Pass is really unusual and cool, Crimsonland is a fun twin-stick shooter at a great price, and a few other games on the list aren’t too shabby either.

New Games on Sale

Snake Pass ($7.99 from $19.99 until 3/27)
Worms W.M.D. ($14.99 from $29.99 until 3/24)
Crimsonland ($6.29 from $12.99 until 3/18)
Serial Cleaner ($5.25 from $14.99 until 3/27)
Yooka-Laylee ($19.99 from $39.99 until 3/24)
Rogue Aces ($5.19 from $12.99 until 3/27)
Raging Justice ($5.09 from $14.99 until 3/26)
The Path of Motus ($11.24 from $14.99 until 3/26)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th

1979 Revolution: Black Friday ($3.59 from $11.99 until 3/14)
A Ch’ti Bundle ($11.99 from $15.99 until 3/14)
A Normal Lost Phone ($3.59 from $5.99 until 3/14)
Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story ($3.59 from $5.99 until 3/14)
Bedtime Blues ($6.69 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Blacksea Odyssey ($4.41 from $12.99 until 3/14)
Bleed ($3.59 from $11.99 until 3/14)
Bleed 2 ($4.49 from $14.99 until 3/14)
Bonds of the Skies ($11.69 from $12.99 until 3/14)
Child of Light Ultimate Edition ($9.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
ClusterPuck 99 ($6.69 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Cycle 28 ($2.79 from $6.99 until 3/14)
Desktop Soccer ($4.97 from $7.11 until 3/14)
Don’t Die, Mr Robot! ($3.05 from $8.99 until 3/14)
Double Cross ($13.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Ethan: Meteor Hunter ($7.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Fall of Light: Darkest Edition ($4.49 from $14.99 until 3/14)


Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD ($14.99 from $29.99 until 3/14)
Flipping Death ($5.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Flowlines VS ($3.49 from $4.99 until 3/14)
Fly O’Clock ($0.49 from $1.99 until 3/14)
Frost ($3.89 from $12.99 until 3/14)
Gris ($14.44 from $16.99 until 3/14)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition ($8.99 from $14.99 until 3/14)
Hacky Zack ($1.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Hungry Shark World ($6.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
INK ($3.05 from $8.99 until 3/14)
Inside My Radio ($7.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Inversus Deluxe ($9.74 from $14.99 until 3/14)
Jeopardy! ($9.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Julie’s Sweets ($8.49 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Just Dance 2017 ($15.99 from $39.99 until 3/14)
Just Dance 2018 ($15.99 from $39.99 until 3/14)
Just Dance 2019 ($19.99 from $39.99 until 3/14)
Kid Tripp ($2.99 from $3.99 until 3/14)
Late Shift ($6.49 from $12.99 until 3/14)
Legendary Fishing ($14.99 from $29.99 until 3/14)


Letter Quest Remastered ($2.99 from $10.99 until 3/14)
Lost Phones Stories ($5.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Lost Sea ($6.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Maria the Witch ($2.49 from $4.99 until 3/14)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ($19.79 from $59.99 until 3/14)
Mecho Tales ($0.49 from $0.99 until 3/14)
Monopoly for Nintendo Switch ($15.99 from $39.99 until 3/14)
Nefarious ($5.09 from $14.99 until 3/14)
Nine Parchments ($5.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Oxenfree ($4.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Paranautical Activity ($1.99 from $7.99 until 3/14)
Plague Road ($1.99 from $15.00 until 3/14)
Rayman Legends Definitive Edition ($15.99 from $39.99 until 3/14)
Risk Global Domination ($11.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Shu ($6.69 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Skee-Ball ($13.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Slain: Back From Hell ($5.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut ($4.49 from $14.99 until 3/14)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole ($23.99 from $59.99 until 3/14)


South Park: The Stick of Truth ($14.99 from $29.99 until 3/14)
Spectrum ($4.07 from $11.99 until 3/14)
Sports Party ($19.99 from $39.99 until 3/14)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Edition ($29.99 from $59.99 until 3/14)
Startide ($0.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
SteamWorld Dig ($2.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
SteamWorld Dig 2 ($9.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
SteamWorld Heist ($5.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition ($0.99 from $7.99 until 3/14)
The Coma: Recut ($4.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
The Mahjong Huntress ($1.24 from $4.99 until 3/14)
Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition ($1.79 from $8.99 until 3/14)
Transcripted ($1.99 from $7.99 until 3/14)
Typoman ($7.79 from $12.99 until 3/14)
Unexplored ($5.10 from $15.00 until 3/14)
UNO for Nintendo Switch ($5.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War ($9.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Valley ($13.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Vertical Drop Heroes HD ($2.99 from $9.99 until 3/14)
Voxel Shot ($5.60 from $8.00 until 3/14)
Wheel of Fortune ($11.99 from $19.99 until 3/14)
Whispering Willows ($7.49 from $9.99 until 3/14)
World of Final Fantasy Maxima ($19.99 from $39.99 until 3/14)
Zotrix: Solar Division ($10.49 from $14.99 until 3/14)

That’s everything for today. While I would have liked to have put together some kind of throwback review, it just wasn’t in the cards. But worry not. Tomorrow will bring a bevy of beautiful new games to gawk at, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a bunch of new sales crop up as well. Please make sure to check back in, and as always, thanks for reading!



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