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    The Nintendo Switch Has A Big Summer Sale Right Now

    Link from Link's Awakening looks out upon a claymation world full of eShop deals.

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    The dog days of summer are officially here. Whether you’re trying to take your mind off the heat or the bad headlines, you’re in luck: Nintendo is currently running a major sale on digital Switch games. Cool off with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze or mind-meld with a sentient hat in Super Mario Odyssey for 30% off the normal sticker price.

    That’s not a giant discount in the larger world of gaming, but it’s a big deal for the notoriously stingy Nintendo eShop, where first-party games especially remain full price years after launch (unlike, for example, PlayStation where you can currently get God of War for just $20). The handheld hybrid’s current promotion is called the Nintendo eShop Big Ol’ Super Sale, and while it’s not as sweeping as last year’s Black Friday discounts, there’s still a lot of decently priced stuff if you’re looking for something to play while lying in front of the box fan or lounging in the pool.

    Here’s the first-party stuff, discounted 30% off the normal $60 MSRP:

    • Super Mario Odyssey – $42
    • Super Mario Maker 2 – $42
    • Paper Mario: The Origami King – $42
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – $42
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – $42
    • Pikmin 3 Deluxe – $42

    Why is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a 2018 port of a 2014 Wii U game, still regularly full price? Who can say. But Tropical Freeze remains a gem and one of the best platformers of the modern era. Here are some other standouts from the sale:

    • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore – $42
    • Astral Chain – $42
    • Daemon X Machina – $42
    • Bravely Default II – $42
    • Shin Megami Tensei V – $42
    • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – $45
    • Monster Hunter Rise – $31
    • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – $35
    • Dark Souls Remastered – $20
    • Ruined King: A League of Legends Story – $20
    • Tetris Effect: Connected – $24
    • No More Heroes 3 – $30
    • Hades – $15
    • Persona 5 Strikers – $30
    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – $30
    • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – $12
    • Diablo II: Resurrected – $24
    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – $30

    There are also a few fantastic indies with some nice discounts right now, including Loop Hero ($10.50), Death’s Door ($13), and Chicory: A Colorful Tale ($14), all 2021 standouts on several people’s game-of-the-year lists. I personally will be taking this opportunity to pick up Castlevania Advance Collection ($13.50) and Eastward ($20), because June is usually when I get that itch to go back and play something classic or retro-influenced.

    The Big Ol’ Super Sale will run until July 6 just before midnight and eShop purchases net you 5 percent back through gold coins, so you’ll get a few bucks off future games as well.

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