Walmart Discounts First-Party Switch Titles
Nintendo's first-party Switch titles and super-popular third-party titles hardly ever go on sale. So it's kind of a big deal when a Switch sale happens. One of those is going on right now at Walmart, and it's a big one.
A number of first- and popular third-party Switch games are getting discounted to $49.94 (basically a $10 discount), and we've rounded them all up below, including links to where you can snap em' up.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Breath of the Wild doesn't really need much introduction. It's a radical re-imagining of the Zelda formula that plops Link into an open-world Hyrule and then lets you decide how you want to proceed from there.
In place of dungeons, you get 100+ Shrines with hyper-focused puzzles. In place of new gear, you get... stuff that breaks. Still, we called it "... a treat for Zelda fans and newcomers alike" in our review, and it's a must-have title for Switch owners.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
There's probably not much we can say about Animal Crossing: New Horizons we haven't already said (we said it was excellent, in case you missed that) and you haven't already heard. It's a virtual island haven in the turbulent waters of real life, giving you complete control over your friends, house, and even the landscape itself.
Splatoon 2 builds on everything that made the original great, adding new modes, a much bigger player base, and even a single-player DLC campaign. That's why we called it yet another must-have title for Switch owners, saying "It's a fun, beautiful, and action-packed ride that will have any third-person shooter fan clam-oring for more."
Pokemon: Let's GO Eevee/Pikachu
Before Pokemon Sword and Shield, there was another set of Pokemon games on Switch, the Let's Go remakes of the first-ever Pokemon games. It's back to basics, but still an excellent return to the series' roots with some familiar mechanics for Pokemon GO aficionados.
Octopath Traveler was to Final Fantasy 6 what Bravely Default was to Final Fantasy 5. It's pure SNES-era RPG goodness, with eight distinct stories, a deep battle system built around interchangeable job classes, and it's the debut of glorious 2D-HD graphics we really want to see in future 2D titles.
Octopath might not be for everyone, with its lack of interconnecting stories and emphasis on combat over everything else. Still, as our associate editor Ashley Shankle said, "Octopath Traveler brings back classic JRPG gaming with style and class." It's technically not a first-party title like the others, but it's also basically never on sale.
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario sets sail for kingdoms unknown in Super Mario Odyssey. Princess Peach was kidnapped once again, but Mario's journey takes him far outside the Mushroom Kingdom this time. In between seeing the sights and meeting new cultures, you'll search for hundreds of Power Moons hidden away behind puzzles both great and small. It's one of the most accessible and enjoyable 3D Mario adventures in ages.
Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze
DKC: Tropical Freeze was one of the Wii U's best platformers, and it's even better on the Switch. That's because it introduces a new Funky mode (read: easy mode) that lets players of all skill levels join in the fun. When it first released on Switch, we described it as "a challenging game that rarely feels unfair, and it features the same wonderful level design and variety that's made the series so iconic."
Luigi's Mansion 3
Bumps in the night might scare Luigi out of his senses, but the most frightening thing about Luigi's Mansion 3 is just how much fun it is (and everything you can do with toilets). Every floor of the haunted hotel is packed with ghoulish personality, puzzles galore, and so many collectibles, you'll be playing long into the dead of night with this one.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The "Ultimate" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is much more than just a naming convention. Almost everything and everyone is here, with well over 80 playable characters and tons of stages to create your... ultimate... fighting fantasy, which is why we called it a triumph in our review.
Super Mario Party
Mario's hosted plenty of parties over the years, but Super Mario Party proves there's still life in this shindig. It's a return to form for classic Mario Party, with plenty of mini-game types and a free-for-all mode. There's so much to do, you'll (probably) overlook the lack of board variety and get caught up in the fun like we did.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
If you like the idea of Minecraft but need structure to keep from going off the rails, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the game for you. It takes everything good from the first DQ Builders and cranks it up to 50. The story is better, the NPCs and scenarios are hilarious, and there's just so much you can build and do both during and outside of the main story campaign. Don't take our word for it, though. See for yourself what some of the Builders community came up with.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Like Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is pretty much the ultimate Mario Kart experience. With tons of playable courses and racers, plus plenty of kart customization and even Zelda and Animal Crossing crossovers, you'll be racing 'til the cows come home with this one. Or not, since they're probably in the middle of the race course.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
One of the best things about the Switch is getting a chance to play the Wii U's overlooked classics like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. It's one of the biggest and most creative 2D Mario games in general and definitely the strongest of the New sub-series. Plus it's adaptable for all skill levels, so everyone can join in the fun.
Mario Tennis Aces
The Mario Tennis series found its footing again with Mario Tennis Aces and we called it the "best arcade sports experience on the Switch" thanks to its no-nonesense approach to tennis. While some aspects, like the story, could have used a bit more flesh on the bones, it's a great sports game overall.
Pokken Tournament DX
Pokemon and Tekken are two very different franchises, except when they aren't. Pokken Tournament DX throws some of your favorite Pokemon together in heated arcade brawler action in a bizarre premise that has a satisfying payoff for newcomers to the genre and old hands alike.
We don't know how long the Walmart Nintendo sale will last. If you're interested, it's best to check it out now sooner rather than later. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo Switch news and sales as they develop.