James, Juan, and Jordan from SwitchWatchTV are back again this week to help us get through all of the nonsense deals to find the best bargains across all the Switch eShops. There are some great bargains out there this week, with some bargains even needing your attention immediately, as they expire soon. So without further ado, here are your Best Bargains for the week of April 20!
Hello, and welcome back to our weekly switch esShop sales roundup where we help you find the best bargains on the UK, US and EU eShops. We just had a massive Spring Sale, but fear not! There are still some gems to be uncovered. As always, we give away a $10 eShop voucher to one person who shared their pick of the week, so be sure to leave us a comment down below and we will announce last weeks later later on. For now, let’s jump in and take a look at these bargains.
(Have to be quick! Ends April 23rd)
James: Kicking things off with my pick of the week for bargains, and it’s Clusterpluck99. What is Clusterpuck99, you ask? It’s the perfect game to enjoy right now if you are stuck at home with family. It’s a competitive sports game for up to 8 players that has similarities to shuffleboard and ice hockey. You pass a puck from player to player across maps filled with traps, get to the opposite team’s goal, and score! When we got a copy of this for review, we were visiting family for the weekend and ended up playing this for hours on end. It’s great one-on-one and even better if you can get four or more players and make two teams. There’s nothing fancy about this one. Just pure mayhem and fun, all for less than £1. You simply cannot go wrong.
Juan and Jordan, what are your picks for this week’s bargains?
Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition
Juan: Thanks, James. For this week’s bargains, I have chosen to go with a horror. As a massive fan of horror movies, Friday the 13th: The Game The Ultimate Slasher Edition is a game that does the movie tie-in well, which is a rarity. Here you get to play as Jason Vorhees online stalking and taking out other players or as a counselor trying to escape Jason. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s very enjoyable and with the single-player challenges, it has something here for those of you that like the thrill of horror. With 50% off right now, it is the time to get a fright!
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
Jordan: Hey, everyone. Jordan here. Today I’m going to go for something that I’ve chosen before, but quite a long time ago, and I think it needs some fresh attention. Taiko no Tatsujin, in my opinion, is the best rhythm game on the Switch alongside Hatsune Miku. This game is so much fun, especially if you have the awesome drum controller alongside it. If you want some whacky musical fun in your life, then this is a no-brainer. It’s 50% off in the UK, but the US has the better deal as it’s 60% off. Plus it was always cheaper to begin with. Head over to the US eShop where you can pick it up for $20. If you’re in the UK or in Europe and you need some help, check out our guide on how to make different regional accounts. If you need US eShop credit, then check the link below to where you can get your hands on some and get a better deal for this great game.
Great picks there for Best Bargains, guys! Let’s check out some other bargains.
The Gardens Between
At face value, you would be forgiven for thinking that The Gardens Between is a visual novel where you are just along to watch the story unfold, but while the gameplay appears simple there is surprising depth. The premise is that you solve a series of puzzles, bending time to find the right solution for the protagonists Frendt and Ariana. What’s more is that each little island in which a puzzle takes place looks gorgeous, and this unique adventure is one worth experiencing.
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 originally releasing on other platforms is 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.
Toki Tori 2+
Toki Tori 2 is a side scrolling, 2D puzzle-based platformer with cute graphics in a nice package. This time around, they built on the first adding more stages and puzzles. Overall, the game has a healthy 10 hours or so of play time, and at first it feels very much like a game directly aimed at children, with its two button mechanics. Not long in though, and the difficulty starts to ramp up! With such a deep discount, this is worth picking up. Lovely graphics, cool puzzles, and some easier and tougher content to satisfy everyone.
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition
Bandai Namco have stuck the original Cyber sleuth and the subsequent hackers memory together into one comprehensive digital monster catching package with over 80 hours of gameplay to be had. While not as popular as Pokemon, this series certainly holds its own with its large library of monsters, story going back all the way to 1999, and it has enough unique gameplay mechanics to its name to warrant consideration. Instead of one-on-one battles, you mostly pit 3 against 3, so it’s important to get that balance in your team right. There’s a friendly feel to gameplay that you may or may not like depending on your taste. Overall, it’s a solid Digimon package with a healthy discount.
Rad is out there. Double Fine Studios are known for their quirky games, and this is no exception. Set in a parallel universe where there was an apocalyptic event in the 80s, humanity has scrambled to purify the air and return to the surface, only for this to go boom once again! Humans seemingly can’t catch a break, and this is where you come in. Set across a series of randomized levels complete with bosses, puzzles, mid run upgrades, as well as some amount of permanent upgrades, the model at play here is tried and tested! Complete with a neon 80s vibe, this is not a perfect game, but it is enjoyable. Especially at half price!
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni no Kuni is a charming tale that unfolds through the use of an animated storyboard, created by the legendary Studio Ghibli and music composed by the renowned Joe Hisaishi. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch combines beautiful animated visuals, masterful storytelling, and a sweeping score to create an epic role-playing adventure like no other which blew Juan away when he reviewed it. You can check out his review! 40% off is one of the best bargains we have seen on this one, and it’s definitely worth it.
Namco completely owned the arcade cabinet scene during the 80s and 90s, and here they have lovingly emulated 11 of those titles complete with a cabinet surround and two options in each – normal mode and challenge, here we have a specific challenge to mix things up a bit and with the addition of online leaderboards you’re competitive nature can shine through!
The games on offer are a mixed bag with hits such as Pac Man, Galaga, Splatterhouse, and Rolling Thunder to lesser known titles like Sky Kid and Tank Force. As far as the recent collections on the Switch go, this is one of the most varied and fun.
DRAGON BALL Xenoverse 2
The Dragon Ball world is epic and full of lore, great characters, and epic moments, and Xenoverse 2 aims to cram all of that into an open world fighter akin to an MMORPG but with more of a focus on combat. If that sounds exciting, that’s because it is! The game is huge, and the ability to take your own created character into this world is enticing. The port to the Switch is decent, and the visuals still look great. A bargain at 75% off in the US.
Volgarr the Viking
If you look back fondly on side-scrolling games like Ghosts and Goblins, then you will be delighted by this modern yet true recreation of games like that, including the difficulty and simple controls! The soundtrack fits perfectly as do the retro graphics. It’s a great re-imagining, and the price is criminal. One not to be missed. The sale ends on April 22rd, so be sure to snap this one up
$0.99 90% (have to be quick, ends 23rd)
I feel as though Planet Alpha is the kind of game that went a bit under the radar. It’s a platformer that is both unique and shows it’s inspiration at the same time. Landing on an alien world and without any weapons or traditional means of defense or attack, you largely use the stunning planet itself to achieve success. There is a true alien feel reminiscent of the Odd World series and Another World, as giant creatures roam the land and there is an abundance of vegetation unlike on our home planet. The story is linear and enjoyable, and what makes it stand out is the clever use of the day and night cycle, which you can control and manipulate in order to solve puzzles. The graphics are low-fi but stunning in my opinion, and this is one to enjoy solo from start to end.
GOD EATER 3
Simply put, if you love monster hunters, then the chances are you will love the God Eater series! Set in a dystopian world where you play the role of a god eater, someone who can wield the power of the aragami and wield gigantic weapons known as god arcs, the story sees you set across the world and meet a host of different characters, find and craft badass weapons, and gear and slay massive monsters. It’s a blast and while it will sound a lot like Monster Hunter, it has its own style. Battles for example are much shorter and snappier. This was one of my favorite games from last year. Definitely worth checking out, and if you are unsure check out my review.
In Earth Atlantis, the earth’s surface has been covered by 96% water due to the great climate shift at the end of the 21st century. The main capital cities have all but gone and now lay in ruin deep in the seas where all that’s left is steel and stone. Machines now roam as they have adopted the form of terrifying sea creatures. Human civilization has fallen. All you know is that you are a hunter, and this is where your journey begins.
The game is a side-scrolling retro shooter with a Metroidvania-type map in where there are no levels just areas to open up for you to explore. It’s super simple to play and the controls feel tight and very intuitive. In fact, there is only the analogue stick to move your sub left and right, and then you hold a button to fire your weapons. That’s basically all there is to it. The challenge is avoiding the enemies and the enemy fire. At full price this is a lot to ask for, but with 70% off, it’s a bargain worth investigating!
Truberbrook is a marvel of creation. It’s a mysterious sci-fi caper set in the 60s overlaid upon stunning handmade sets. It’s a labor of love that is different, and a great example of originality. As for the gameplay, there’s a cool, fully voiced mystery to be enjoyed here that will take you close to 10 hours to complete.
Next up, it’s the fantastic Double Cross. This one is an action adventure platformer that feels like Mega Man with a little Sonic thrown in. It takes place at RIFT headquarters, an inter-dimensional police force. Think Men in Black! The story is one big whoddunit full of bonkers aliens from different galaxies, including my favorite, a body builder Brussel sprout dude – yes it’s the muscles… from Brussels! You play as Zahra Sinclair, and controlling her is nice and tight. She jumps around using a nifty proton slinger, and I love that this game is set across 3 worlds, each of which feels unique and the look and sound is spot on.
$4.99 75% (have to be quick, ends 23rd)
Shalnor Legends: Sacred Lands
If you yearn for Zelda: A Link to the Past but don’t want to spend that triple-A cash, or if you are in the market for another dose of that type of gameplay, then look no further! With a hefty 90% off, this charming indie top-down Zelda-inspired RPG is a bargain.
Made by just one man, this has it all; crafting, dungeons, 16 bit styling, and lots to explore and discover.
We love our shoot-em-ups here at SwitchWatch, and this one is a welcome addition to the Switch library. I have no hesitation in recommending it. There is a decent story, great audio, and decent visuals all in a package with fun gameplay either on your own or with a friend. I like the switching screens mechanic, even though it took some getting used to as it adds something different to the genre. You may prefer a single screen experience, but until you try this, you will not know for sure. While the game does have a few flaws, none of them detracted too much from what is overall a solid package. And it is all for less than £2!
And there you have a bunch of bargains worth picking up! Let us know your pick this week down below, and next Sunday we will give away a $10 eShop voucher.
Speaking of which, last week’s winner is… Eddy Lee! Congratulations, Eddy. Please email us, and we will get you that voucher.
That’s it from us today, but if you enjoyed, this please tune back in next Sunday for more bargains and Jordan’s brilliant physical roundup will be out on Monday, so keep an eye out for that. If you enjoy our content, thank you for watching/reading and please do consider subscribing. Once again, a massive thank you to everyone who supports us. Have a great week!