James and the guys at SwitchWatchTV have been swimming in the eShops lately to find those lovely deals you all like. It looks like they have found some great ones, too! Oh, man. I need to put my wallet on lockdown, because I cannot afford to buy this many games. Help me, internets! Check out the team’s Best Bargains video below, or you can continue downward to read the script here on SwitchWatch.co.uk.
Hello and welcome back to our weekly Switch eShop games sale roundup! This is where we help you cut through the noise and find the best bargains across the UK, EU, and US eShops.
Let us know your pick of the week in the YouTube comments, as each week we give away a $10 eShop voucher to one person who shared their pick. Later on, we will announce last week’s winner, but for now let’s jump in and take a look at the Best Bargains this week!
Kicking things off with my pick of the week for Best Bargains, and its not for the feint of heart! Outlast Bundle of Terror and Outlast 2 both have a whopping 75% off, making them must have purchases for fans of the underrepresented horror genre on the Switch. The original game is a true survival horror experience, putting you in the claustrophobic surroundings of an asylum where your only hope is to run and hide. What’s more, the story is expanded with the Whistleblower DLC that dives further into the tale.
Outlast 2 is longer, tougher, and has some darker scenes, but it’s also a bit of a change compared to the first. It is a more open affair, but it is equally horrifying with a creepy cult set deep in the Arizona desert. As you explore the murder of a pregnant woman, you become embroiled in a horrific story. Both games feature strong story telling, excellent gameplay, and look great on the Nintendo Switch. That’s why they topped our Best Horror Games on the Switch list! Now is the time to pick them up… if you can stomach them.
Outlast Bundle of Terror
Jordan and Juan, how about you guys?
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Jordan: What’s up, guys? Jordan here with my pick of the week for Best Bargains. Now, once in a blue moon when Nintendo decides to do their own little sale, it’s time to jump on board. They’ve got a few on Sale in Europe this week, and I’ve got to choose Fire Emblem Three Houses. This is an excellent strategy game absolutely packed with more content than you could possibly imagine, and now digitally it’s 33% off. It’s now just £33.29 in the UK and €39.99 in Europe. And you know what? Good luck finding it cheaper than that, even physically. I dare you. This is a fantastic deal for this type of game, and if you’ve been on the fence, now is the time to pick this one up. That’s my pick. Short and sweet. I mean, it’s Fire Emblem at a great price. I don’t need to say more.
Juan: With the film now released in theaters, which I enjoyed with my daughter, SEGA would of course follow that with discounted Sonic games. Sonic Mania is a game I reviewed early on in the Nintendo Switch’s life, and I heaped praise on it because it was as close to the feeling of joy I got playing the early games back in the day. If you love Sonic, then Sonic Mania is the game to have on your Switch. I remember having the joy of on-the-move Sonic with my Sega Game Gear. Everything is on point from the visuals, the music, and the gameplay itself, and with 50% off in the USA, which receives the healthiest discount, and 30% off in both the UK and EU, now is the time to bag it.
Sparklite is an action-adventure game that takes place in the wonderful world of Geodia. Enjoy the amazing pixel art and a wonderful soundtrack by Dale North. The game contains 5 unique and procedurally generated biomes to explore. It is loads of fun, but guess what? It just got even better!
Sparklite version 1.5 has just been launched, and it is an even more exciting reason to pick up this great game while it is one sale. Version 1.5 provides a load of new content to help you stay busy in Geodia! If you don’t own the game, now is the time to dive in. If you do already own it, make sure to download the new update and see what the awesome team has added to Sparklite. This is definitely one of the best bargains this week because if the new update alone!
In Runbow, the core mechanic is platforming, but there are many different elements on top of that. There’s a splash of racing, a bit of brawling, and a major focus on competitive and cooperative play. Because of the sheer variety in gameplay, the colorful art style, and the incredible music, Runbow is a unique and fun experience. There is a lot of content on offer, and the color mechanics tied in with the different sections in each level make this a real steal for such a low cost.
Jordan reviewed Iro Hero as our resident shmup specialist. He summarized it by saying it takes you back 30 years, 3 lives, no continues, and solid shooter mechanics that will be enjoyed by those who look back on these titles with fondness. He did, however, caution that it isn’t the most accessible and will be frustrating for players looking for a more casual experience. The soundtrack is a particular highlight and the gameplay is a simple affair that takes its cues from classics like ikaruga. If you are after a tough shmup, then this might be one for you!
Unravel two is a charming puzzle platformer in which you control two yarnys. Basically characters made of thread that use their yarn to swing across gaps and solve puzzles. Playing it solo is fun, but it’s clearly made to be enjoyed with a friend.
Fe is an action adventure platformer that features a wonderful world that connects you, the player, to nature. It’s all about exploring this gorgeous world, and the game purposely doesn’t hold your hand, encouraging you to learn and discover the game and its mechanics at your own pace. With 75% off across all 3 regions, we promise this one is worthy of adding to your collection.
This is an action platformer with lots of puzzles and a surprisingly interesting story. Made by just one person, it is one of those titles that is better than the sum of its parts. The visuals are decent, the audio is decent, and the gameplay is appealing, but together it is a bit magical. A really fun experience.
Child of Light & Rayman Legends US
Last week, there were a couple of great bargains in the UK and EU that didn’t reach US shores, and this week they have made their way, including the fabulous Child of Light, Jordan’s pick of the week week for the previous Best Bargains. This beautiful RPG is a delight and a real bargain for $4.99 with 75% off. Rayman Legends is also on sale at $9.99 with 75%. This wonderful platformer is great fun either alone or with a friend in co-op. You can check out what we had to say about both of them in last week’s video/article.
Child of Light
Slime-San is a charming little platformer where you have to manoeuver our little slimeball through all manner of traps and things which are going to kill you. This is one of those incredibly addictive and punishing platformers that has you coming back for more. The controls are twitchy and success feels great!
You take control of Myrah Kale who’s life is about to change. A simple mission turns into an epic interstellar journey of exploration. The story really is quite good, and it keeps you wanting to find out more. Compared to No Man’s Sky, the style and focus on exploration is interesting, but it’s not without its faults. At 80% off though, it’s worth checking out.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This game needs no introduction. All we can say is it will give you hundreds of hours worth of excellent role playing experience from a first person perspective. Winner of over 200 awards, this is an open world adventure where you can be anyone and do more or less anything you like. You can build a home or battle ancient dragons, for example. This world is wonderful to explore, and this is a game that is quite difficult to put down. At 50% off, we feel there is no better time to buy it on the Switch than now.
Moonlighter is a quirky title that combines managing a store and being a randomized dungeon crawling. The result is a fantastic experience! You play as a young man who has inherited a shop in a town that’s run down. Its claim to fame are the mysterious dungeons that draw brave explorers from around the world looking to tackle its depths and shop goers from far and wide who want to purchase the dungeons wonders. Not content with simply managing a shop, you take the plunge and the game’s loop of delving into the dungeon, battling its beasties and plundering loot which you then figure out how best to sell. You use the earnings to improve yourself before diving back in. It is very addictive. A strong RPG/sim crossover that is one of the best bargains at 60% off.
Breakforcist Battle brings back a classic paddle moving, block crushing formula that we have seen reinvented over the ages ever since Breakout by Atari hit arcades back in 1972, which was itself inspired by the classic Pong. There is no story to bog you down. This is pure arcade puzzle gameplay with bonkers stuff happening on screen, cutesy graphics, and a fantastic soundtrack with upbeat electronic tunes. Definitely one of the best bargains at less than a pound.
Degrees of Separation
Degrees of Separation is a co-op 2D physics puzzle platforming game which feels nice to play. The characters glide and float through the environment with a weighty but graceful manner. The tale unfolds through excellent narration, and you need to use the specialism of the two protagonists Rime and Ember to succeed.
The graphics are lovely to look at, and a playthrough will take about 6 hours. The gameplay does get a little bit repetitive, but it doesn’t outstay its welcome. If you are after a co-op adventure, then this is a solid pick at a fantastic price point.
Forgotten Anne is a 2D puzzle platformer adventure game, but this one is all about the story and striking visuals. It’s like stepping into a wonderful cartoon with stunning hand drawn art and an intriguing tale. The gameplay is fine, but it isn’t the focus. With that said, this is a beautiful adventure with a moving story that is 100% worth playing. It is polished and a joy to experience.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate continues the popular series from CAPCOM and is a perfect fit on the Nintendo Switch. Both because of its portable form factor and because of the local co-op capabilities. If you’re someone who missed this series, the premise is really very simple. This is an action RPG with real-time battles where you take on huge monsters, slay them, and use the loot to improve and create new weapons and armor. The focus is on getting better gear which replaces the leveling system in most other RPGs, and it makes for a thrilling and addictive game loop!
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Another game ported by the excellent Panic Button, this first-person shooter is truly excellent on the Switch. At 50% off, this is absolutely one of the best bargains this wek. As BJ Blazkowicz, you get to experience an action-packed story as you take on a Nazi army. This is the perfect first-person shooter on the go.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
This is a massive collection of 12 Street Fighter titles which encompass the Street Fighter I, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III, and the Street Fighter Alpha series. This series is so iconic, and its fantastic to have all of these titles under one collection. The controls are solid, and there are lots of little additional features for fans of the series. But the biggest addition is online play, which is welcome indeed. This is a great look at the history of the godfather of fighters, and at under $15, this is a decent price.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
While not as well known as the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest series, the Tales Series nevertheless has a solid history starting back in 1995. Tales of Vesperia is an epic, 45 hour long JRPG with a delightful anime style and solid gameplay. The port, 10 years after it originally released on other platforms, was handled nicely, and on the Switch, it’s the definitive version with a few new gameplay elements and boosted graphics. This version features the original Japanese voice acting as well as an English dub option, and I love the combat that sits somewhere between turn based and real-time. If you are after a chunky RPG, then this might be what you are looking for.
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse
The Broken Sword series is a soft spot for me. I loved the original game and have enjoyed every single one since. This point-and-click adventure harks back to games like monkey island, and focuses on intriguing mystery and interesting characters. For this 5th title in the series, Nico and George are back and the story is set across London and Paris. It starts slow and sluggish but gets into its element later on. Some of the puzzles are great while others are tedious. This isn’t the finest game in the series, but it’s still enjoyable nonetheless and the visuals are really superb.
Party Golf takes the simple concept of getting the ball into a hole and throws in multiplayer mayhem as each player scrambles to hit their balls at the same time. There are powerups that let you mess with your opponents, and your balls will hit each other mid air. The concept is simple but by removing turn-based shooting, it becomes less of a traditional golf game and more of a frantic party game with rounds. There are lots of modes on offer, and the solo gameplay is just fine, but this is all about playing against your friends and family locally. The other party title from the same developer, Party Crashers, is also on sale, but it doesn’t quite reach the same levels of fun. If you are debating which one to pick up, I would definitely recommend Party Golf!
StarBlox Inc is here due to its heavy discount. At £1 or $1, it’s an interesting title. The concept is of a brawler combined with a puzzle game. Your goal is to battle, pick up blocks, and throw them onto your spaceship in order to fill up your cargo. We’ve seen something similar with Crystal Crisis, except here you control a robot in the front plane and physically thrown the blocks into your ship. It’s clever but not quite clean enough to be something extremely fun. It misses the mark a bit, but at this price it’s another game you might want to try with a friend or a few!
Queens Quest 3: The End of Dawn
Queens Quest 3: The End of Dawn is a different take on the point-and-click adventure. There is a happily cheesy story involving a student alchemist and some really nice hand drawn art. The game’s puzzles are made up of mini-games and finding hidden objects in a scene. It’s a laid back and relaxed game that you can chill out with and pass time on a journey for example. At $1.49, you will get a good 6 or so hours from this one.
I have not tried Armello on the Switch, but it is a mainstay on my iPad. From what I have heard and seen, the Switch version is an excellent port, so I am going to be picking this one up myself! If you are unfamiliar with the game, it is a boardgame which was made digitally so it isn’t trying to replicate a physical board and cram it into a digital version. It is built to be digital, and it shows with its lovely graphics and mechanics that suit the game well. It combines strategic gameplay with RPG elements and card games, and it has lots of depth and tactical elements to it with multiple win conditions and various modes and difficulties on offer. What I like about this game is that it’s one of the few board games that can really be enjoyed when playing solo. $7.99 is a solid price for Best Bargains, that’s for sure.
There Are Your Best Bargains!
And there you have a bunch of bargains worth picking up! Let us know your pick this week in the YouTube comments, and next Sunday we will give away a $10 eShop voucher. Speaking of which last week’s winner is…. TBC! Congratulations, TBC. Please email us, and we will get you that voucher.
That’s it from me today, but if you enjoyed this please tune in again next Sunday for more bargains! Jordan’s fabulous physical release roundup will be out tomorrow, and I cannot wait for that. Plus, did you see Juan’s review of Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate? There’s even more musou mayhem to be had with that one! If you enjoy our content, thank you! Please do consider subscribing to the YouTube channel.
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