With so many amazing games on the Nintendo eShop, it’s easy for titles to get buried. Especially indies! I take a moment to showcase four amazing Nintendo Switch games on the eShop that you might have missed!
While this technically isn’t my first foray into YouTube content, I’m approaching the challenge with a lot more knowledge and somewhat better equipment. Hoping to establish a steady pipeline of non-streaming video content in 2020! Enjoy!
Over the course of one’s lifetime, we develop a preference for certain things. For example, I generally like hip-hop, pop, and rock music. Meanwhile, I’m not really into country. Having said that, I love Taylor Swift’s early work, am a fan of Kane Brown, and will always sing “Redneck Woman” out loud during rare instances when it plays in my car.
When it comes to video games, I also have preferences and exceptions. What games defy your tastes that you love anyway? Here are a few of my rule-breakers!
Tetris 99 is receiving a physical release later this year. Besides the benefits of having the game in a physical form, it also comes with one year of Nintendo Switch Online and the first Big Block DLC. As someone with a bit of a physical Tetris collection, I love the idea of owning a physical copy of the game. While I’m not as enthused about double-dipping on the DLC, it also does come with an extra year of Nintendo Switch Online, so I think it’s a net positive should I decide to buy it.
Of late, I’ve really started to notice the trend of games starting out on digital before getting physical releases down the road. Not long after the news of Tetris 99 going physical was announced, it was revealed that the brilliant-and-heart-wrenching Gris was also getting a physical release. For players who like physical copies, this release pattern adds another level of calculation before you buy a game.
With money and time as an finite resource, it’s very easy to stay in a comfort zone with the video games you play. But sometimes, you get rewarded for escaping your imaginary box. Despite my previous negative response to art games like Journey and The Unfinished Swan, trying out Gris on the strength of a recommendation from Kris and Rachel from Double Jump proved to be a worthwhile endeavour.
Here are a few more games that I’ve played that expanded my horizons in ways I wasn’t expecting.
Gris was a game that was not on my radar. Due to my past negative experiences with games cut from a similar cloth such as Journey, I wasn’t planning on picking up Gris. However, the game received some strong buzz close to home. Kris and Rachel from Double Jumploved it, with Rachel going so far as naming it her game of the year. As a nod to my friends while also taking the opportunity to expand my horizons, I found myself falling into the world of Gris.
In the past, I have had the privilege of watching Video Games Live twice and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess once. All were fantastic concerts that brought my favourite video game music to life. If more video game soundtracks went on tour, what would I like to see live?
And the winner is…! Mat, Jon, Kris, Rachel, Jason, and I share our game of the year picks! We also talk about the games we’ve been playing, which include Gris, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Cattails, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider! Also, the pairs of siblings battle it out for the Boss Rush tag team titles in a hilarious game that tests their respective bonds to one another!
As a bonus, here’s Jason’s full video with his Game of the Year pick, honourable mentions, and his pick for 2018 game of 2019!