Welcome to another edition of Switch games on sale, where I comb through the eShop’s countless offerings to present you with some discounted titles you might enjoy. This week there’s something for everybody: notorious interactive movies from the 90s, competitive fighting games, and everything in between. I think basketball, war, and mercantilism fall in between those two poles, anyway.
And hey — while you’re here, why not check out our coverage of Fire Emblem: Three Houses? I mean, you’re reading this, so odds are you own a Switch. In addition to guides and tips, we’ve been doing a longform back and forth review. Steven, John and I are each playing through a different house, so you can get our thoughts on the whole game. Speaking of which, I just hit the timeskip and I have to go convince Dimitri not to do any more war crimes.
Night Trap — $5.99, down from $14.99 (until 8/9)
The game that led to the creation of the ESRB, Night Trap might seem tame by today’s standards, but in 1992 it was unheard of. As a member of “SCAT” (yeah) you’re tasked with monitoring a house and protecting women from vampires via CCTV and a number of traps. Somehow, this is a plot device used by multiple FMV games of the era.
NBA 2K19 — $14.99, down from $59.99 (until 8/8)
Here’s what I know about NBA 2K19: there are a bunch of microtransactions, there was a Monster Factory on the one that came out two years before it, and it’s on sale.
Moonlighter — $14.99, down from $24.99 (until 8/8)
Moonlighter didn’t really grab me, but if you’re looking for a game with a solid gather-improve-repeat loop, it might be for you. It’s kind of like Zelda meets Stardew Valley, only with less kissing. You dive into dungeons to grab stuff, return to the surface, sell that stuff, use the money you make to improve your equipment, lather, rinse, and repeat. The combat is a little stiff, but maybe that’s intentional — you’re no hero, just a guy who runs an item shop in a fantasy game.
This War of Mine — $19.99, down from $39.99 (until 8/11)
There’s an episode of Peep Show where everyone goes paintballing. At one point, cowering in a bunker from his better-equipped enemies, Mark describes war as “frightening and boring.” I don’t bring that up to imply that This War of Mine is tedious, just that the reality of wartime isn’t action heroes jumping around headshotting each other. This War of Mine isn’t about racking up kills — it’s about surviving. Depressing? Absolutely. But it turns out that counter to the implicit messages of almost every major video game we play, war is bad.
Dragon Ball FighterZ — $17.99, down from $59.99 (until 8/13)
This weekend is the massive fighting game tournament EVO, and to celebrate you can pick up Dragon Ball FighterZ at a steep discount. Moving away from the 3D, single-player focused adventures of the Xenoverse series, FighterZ marked the Dragon Ball franchise’s first foray into modern tournament fighters. And wow, was it successful. It even lets you kick ass with Videl, and provides a compelling in-universe reason as to why she can beat up Vegeta. What more could you ask for?