Since picking up a Switch on a bit of a whim last year (I’d had a bad day, okay?), I haven’t played a single other console or on my computer since. I love the ease of the Switch; it’s so simple to pick it up, play it for 15 minutes, and then put it back down.
And the good news is that the game selection for the Switch is getting better and better. If you’re a fan of the system, or are considering getting one, every month, we'll tell you about the best deals for the Switch (and big game releases).
This month brought us the new Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is a side scroller that is mostly a port of the Wii U game, but it’s got some new characters and different modes. I never had a Wii U, so I’ll likely pick this up, but if you played it on that console, you may want to skip this release unless you’re a huge Donkey Kong fan.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss the newly announced Nintendo Switch Online service. It’s not exactly a deal, but what it does get you is cloud saves (which, let’s face it, it’s a bit frustrating that they aren’t available for free) and access to 20 NES games for the Switch that are playable online or offline, including Super Mario 3, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong.
It’s not clear right now whether you’ll be able to play your current games online once Switch Online launches in September, but you’ll have to buy a subscription to play Nintendo’s proprietary games online. You can get a one-month subscription for $4, but if you know you’ll be playing games online, it makes more sense to go with a $20 yearly membership. If you have multiple Switches in your household, you can get a family membership (with support for up to eight Switches) for $35 a year. We're not sure if that means eight friends who live at different addresses can pool their money and sign up for a yearly family subscription, but if they can, that’s the best deal you can get.
Now, onto the game and hardware deals!
Nintendo Labo is the creative Nintendo Switch feature that allows kids (and adults!) to become makers. Using cardboard, gamers can create entirely new things and control them with the Nintendo Switch. They continually inspire you to innovate and create (we’ve pronounced them great for getting kids, especially young girls, interested in STEM). Through May 16, you can get $15 off the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit (a sale price of $55) or $15 off the Robot Kit (a sale price of $65). Just visit Newegg and use the promo code EMCPUEP68 at checkout.
Poi: Explorer Edition is a popular platformer that fans of the Mario games will likely enjoy. The gameplay is simple and the world and characters are charming. You can snag it at Gamestop for just $15, which is half off the list price of $30.
Infernium is a gorgeous first-person horror game in which you need to survive in a brutal landscape by employing tactics and strategies to figure out how to overcome challenges. This isn’t a game to pick up if you get frustrated easily, but if you enjoy gorgeous visuals and a really hard game, it’s currently 25% off in the Nintendo online shop; the digital download will cost you $18.71.
If you enjoy anime, you should check out the Atelier series. This is the 20th and final installment, which follows a pair of alchemist twins. This game centers on a mysterious painting that draws them into a new and magical world. Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is on sale for $48.99 at both Amazon and Walmart.com.
Bridge Constructor Portal is on sale at the Nintendo store for $9.89, ending on May 17.
The multiplayer game De Mambo is priced at just $6.49, which is half off, at the Nintendo store. This deal ends on May 18.
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today is a popular game about a man who must recover his identity. It’s on sale at the Nintendo store for $12.
If you’re into logic puzzles, then you should pick up the game that’s billed as “M.C. Escher meets Isaac Newton.” It’s called The Bridge, and it’s on sale at the Nintendo store for $4, down from a regular price of $10.