This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on NintendoSwitch
PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS – The highly acclaimed PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION series has finally come to Nintendo Switch. Featuring eye-popping high-resolution 3D graphics and funky visuals, the latest version of the classic game takes chomping and chasing through mazes to a whole new level.
PAYDAY 2 – PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew – Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains – as they descend on Washington, D.C., for an epic crime spree. (Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.) PAYDAY 2 launches on Feb. 27.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
SteamWorld Dig 2 – SteamWorld Dig 2 takes you on a platform mining adventure. When an old trading town is struck by mysterious earthquakes, it’s up to a lone steambot and her unlikely companion to uncover what trembling terrors lie beneath. Dig your way underground and explore vivid worlds riddled with treasure, secrets and traps.
Super Mario Odyssey Update – Starting today, you can download a free update for the Super Mario Odyssey game for the Nintendo Switch system. The free update adds a fun new minigame called Balloon World (internet access required*), which you can play after finishing the main story. To get started, just find Luigi in a kingdom and talk to him! In Hide It mode, you can take a balloon and hide it somewhere in that kingdom for other players to find. In Find It mode, you must find balloons hidden by other players. There’s a limited time to hide and find the balloons, so act fast! All the secret and out-of-the-way areas you found while playing the game will come in handy! The update also adds new outfits and filters to use in Snapshot Mode!
Nintendo eShop sales:
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at Nintendo.com.
Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO MAGICAL DROP III (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Ace of Seafood (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Arcade Archives HEROIC EPISODE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Bridge Constructor Portal (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Feb. 28 ChromaGun – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Dragon Sinker (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Hollow (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) MEMBRANE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) POOL (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Radiation Island (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Spacecats with Lasers (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Spot The Difference (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Feb. 26 Superola and the Lost Burgers (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) The Final Station (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Feb. 23 Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Feb. 23 Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Feb. 23 Typoman (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Fat Dragons (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) The Alliance Alive – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Feb. 27 Fat Dragons (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Honestly? I feel like maybe we should have gotten the original included with this sequel on Switch. It’s ridiculous that 1.) it wasn’t on Wii or Wii U (even though it totally could have been) and 2.) it’s not a separate downloadable on 3DS. I mean, it’s cool it’s on 3DS, but why only in the Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions collection? That is only available on physical media, for no apparent reason.
Including it with this new release on Switch would have been perfect. Oh well. At least we have part 2 now. Enjoy it when ya get it!
I've only put maybe 30 minutes into Pac-Man, and that includes the tutorial. Yes, the tutorial is useful in this Pac-Man. I am kind of bummed there's no classic mode. Still, already well worth the money.
Is Pac-Man Championship 1 (or DX) on Switch in any form yet? I watched some videos of it and it looked like a lot of fun, and surprisingly different from its sequel.
Nothing against Championship 2 though. I'm still having a lot of solid arcadey fun with that. But like @GameDadGrant said, it would've been amazing to have the original bundled in as well since they're such different experiences.
No, unfortunately, the original Pac-Man Championship Edition is not on Switch (at least, not yet!). Right now the only way a Nintendo-only gamer can experience that game is on the 3DS. And sadly, the DX version is not on any Nintendo hardware *at all* which is obviously a bummer. It's great that this latest game came out on Switch (with new, exclusive features!) but would it really have been too much work for Namco to have included the first two (one and a half?) games as collection of sorts?
The DX version adds some new types of ghosts, introduces the bomb action (which when activated, returns all ghosts to the center, with the drawback of lowering the point multiplier of the pellets and slows the game speed down), as well as new stages and new forms of display (so it can look like Pac-Mania for example). It includes all the mazes from the first Championship Edition as well.
Still an amazing game, so intuitive and clever, looks great, sounds great, tons to explore! I do have a pretty big gripe with this version, though. There's some sort of tutorial text box that pops up every once in a while, and I don't remember that being a thing on the Wii U. I'm not sure for how long that thing will come into play to help me figure things out and it's only popped up two times so far, but whenever it does it takes away some of the magic of the game.
Part of the beauty of the game for me was to explore the environments and observe the wildlife to figure out what you could do. Now that a text box with a couple of talking frogs appears to spell things out for me that beauty is gone. Here's hoping it only happens the first time so that the game won't end up being all hand-holdy and shit.