It’s almost been a whole week since the last digital game sale. The annual sequel to the Holiday sale – the New Year Sale, has arrived on the Nintendo eShop, offering discounts of up to 30% on several Nintendo and third-party games.
This is a great chance to get some of the biggest Switch games of the last several years. We recommend Stardew Valley and Terraria for the farmers and builders, Wargroove and Civ 6 for the strategists, SteamWorld Quest for the deckbuilders, and Divinity and Ni no Kuni for RPG fans.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – $41.99
Splatoon 2 – $41.99
Yoshi’s Crafted World – $41.99
Stardew Valley – $9.99
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – $29.99
Terraria – $20.99
Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition – $39.99
Celeste – $9.99
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – $34.99
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – $14.99
Team Sonic Racing $19.99
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech – $17.49
Other publishers are joining the eShop New Year sale as well, including XSEED (Story of Seasons), Devolver Digital (Ape Out, My Friend Pedro), Capcom (Mega Man, Dragon’s Dogma), Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed), and WB Games (Mortal Kombat, all the LEGO games). Discounts range from 30-80% off – if you ever wanted to buy a LEGO game on Switch, now is the time.
What’s the perfect follow-up to unwrapping a shiny new console for the holidays? A digital game sale! The Nintendo eShop is hosting an indie game sale on the best-selling indie games of 2019. From now through December 28, save up to 40% on some of the best indie games of the last several years.
Here’s a list of all the games on the indie sale:
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition $13.99
Slay the Spire $19.99
Baba Is You $12.00
Unravel Two $4.99
My Friend Pedro $13.99
Torchlight 2 $11.99
Castle Crashers: Remastered $8.99
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech $17.49
We would strongly recommend Ori and the Blind Forest for fans of 2D action-platforming, Slay the Spire as a rogue-like deckbuilding card game, and SteamWorld Quest for a more story-based RPG deckbuilding card game.
The indie game sale isn’t the only sale currently running on the eShop. Just about everything except first-party Nintendo games are discounted.
Capcom games such as Phoenix Wright, Resident Evil, and the Mega Man games, are up to 75% off. Bandai Namco is also hosting a 75% off sale on the eShop, with games like Doraemon Story of Seasons and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. You can also find discounts on Overcooked and Yooka-Laylee (Team17 publisher sale), Mario + Rabbids and Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft sale), and Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest RPGs on the Square Enix sale.
Each publisher sale runs for a different length of time. Check out the Sales and Deals page on the eShop for more details.
In celebration of The Game Awards, which aired December 12, Nintendo is offering a Nintendo eShop sale on digital versions of games that have been nominated and won throughout the last several years of The Game Awards, including Octopath Traveler (Best Role-Playing Game 2018) and Super Mario Odyssey (Best Family Game 2017).
“Nintendo is proud to join The Game Awards today in highlighting the artistry and boundless creativity of the video game industry,” said Nick Chavez, Senior Vice President, Nintendo of America. “By offering a wide selection of distinguished games at a great value, we invite players to discover experiences on Nintendo Switch that continue to delight and inspire fans around the world.”
Here’s the full list of discounted games:
Octopath Traveler $35.99 (40% off)
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda $17.49 (30% off)
Super Mario Odyssey $41.99 (30% off)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim $29.99 (50% off)
DOOM $29.99 (50% off)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus $29.99 (50% off)
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes $14.99 (50% off)
The Epic Games Store is still stumbling out of the gate when it comes to features, and more than reaping its share of criticism as it gobbles up more exclusive PC games. At least they got the seasonal sale part right. Epic is currently the only place to purchase Borderlands 3 on PC, and the Halloween Sale is offering 20% off the Deluxe Edition and 25% off the Super Deluxe Edition.
Other highlights include Control (25% off), Darksiders 3 (66% off), Thimbleweed Park (60% off), For Honor (60% off), and The Walking Dead: The Final Season (30% off).
GOG’s Halloween sale features over 300 games up to 90% off, including a mix of older classics and recent releases. Classic PC games include the original Diablo (15% off), Ghost Master (90% off), and 90s adventure game series Call of Cthulhu (50% off), Gabriel Knight (35% off), Tex Murphy (75% off), and Broken Sword (75% off).
More recent releases include Cultist Simulator (33% off), Pathologic 2 (34% off), We Happy Few (50% off), and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (70% off).
With Luigi’s Mansion releasing on October 31, Nintendo’s seasonal sale is a bit more subdued this year. If you pre-purchase the game on the eShop before October 30, you can earn double the My Nintendo Gold Points.
The eShop Halloween sale is limited to certain publishers and series. The Amnesia series is 33% off, Outlast games are 70% off, THQ Nordic’s Darksiders series is 33% off, and DrinkBox’s indie games Severed and Guacamelee are 50% off. The biggest deal is Mortal Kombat 11 for 35.99 (40% off). Annoyingly, every single one of these sales has a different end time!
Sale ends: October 31 (MK 11, Amnesia), November 1 (Outlast), November 4 (DrinkBox), November 7 (THQ Nordic).
You’ll find the usual assortment of horror and horror-adjacent games on sale during Sony’s Halloween Sale, including even a few PS3 games. Catch up on some excellent action-horror series like BioShock: The Collection (75% off), Batman: Arkham Collection (70% off) and the prolific Resident Evil series (50-60% off).
It’s also a great time to jump on board the Dark Souls bandwagon with Dark Souls Remastered (50% off) and Dark Souls 3 (75% off).
Steam remains the gold standard for seasonal sales with promotional events on top of fantastic sale prices. This time instead of Steam hosting its own contests, they’re highlighting in-game seasonal events and DLC across dozens of different games, including horror and non-horror. Examples include a Left 4 Dead crossover with Dying Light, new Stranger Sins DLC for Graveyard Keeper, and a Halloween event in Terraria.
But let’s face it, we’re mostly here for those delicious sales. Horror game highlights include Blair Witch (25% off), Dead by Daylight (50% off), Vampyr (66% off), Prey (50% off), Man of Medan (33% off), and Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones (15% off).
Lots of zombies, devils, and mutants can be found in the Xbox Shocktober Sale. Grab State of Decay 2 (50% off), Mortal Kombat 11 (40% off), Resident Evil 2 (50% off), Alien Isolation (60% off), Rage 2 (50% off), and the Prey + Dishonored 2 Bundle (50% 0ff).
The Xbox sale also includes discounts on some select non-horror games such as Anthem (67% off), Kingdom Hearts 3 (40% off), and Fortnite: Save the World – Founders Pack (50% off).
Nintendo has released a free demo of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! It’s available now to download from the Nintendo eShop, and can be downloaded directly to your Switch from the website.
The demo version is limited to Viridian Forest, the first Pokémon catching area in the game. The demo randomly gives you either Pikachu or Eevee to start. From there you’re free to try out trainer battles and the new motion control catching. Unfortunately should you choose to purchase the full game, any progress you make in the demo will not be carried over.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee are triumphant 3D remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue (read our review). Huge overhauls have been made to the classic Pokémon formula, including seeing Pokémon in the wild, catching them via Pokémon GO-style pokéball throwing, and being able to swap Pokémon on the fly.
The Switch games also support Pokémon GO. After reaching a certain point in the adventure, you can send any Pokémon caught in the mobile game over to Let’s Go. It also supports kid-friendly two player simultaneous co-op, making it the best Pokémon game for families.