The Nintendo Switch is now having a major summer sale

Link from Link's Awakening faces a clay world full of eShop deals.


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

That’s not a huge discount in the larger gaming world, but it’s a big deal for the notoriously stingy Nintendo eShop, where first-party games remain at full price, especially years after launch (unlike, say, PlayStation where you currently god of war for only $20). The current promotion of the portable hybrid is called the Nintendo eShop Big Ol’ Super Sale, and while it’s not as drastic as Last year’s Black Friday discountsover there’There are still plenty of reasonably priced items out there if you’re looking for something to play while laying in front of the box fan or lounging in the pool.

Here’s the first-party stuff, with 30% off the regular $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 Land: Tropical Freeze – $42
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe – $42

Why is Donkey Kong Land: Tropical Freeze, a 2018 port of a 2014 Wii U game, still regular at full price? Who can say. But Tropical Freeze remains a gem and one of the best platform games of modern times. Here are some other highlights from the sale:

  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore – $42
  • astral necklace – $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 Era – $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 now also some great indies with some nice discounts including Walk Hero ($10.50), death gate ($13), and Chicory: a colorful story ($14), all standouts for 2021 on various people’s game-of-the-year lists. I will personally take this opportunity to pick up Castlevania Advance Collection ($13.50) and eastward ($20), because in June I usually get the itch to go back and play something classic or retro-influenced.

The Big Ol’ Super Sale runs until July 6 just before midnight and eShop purchases will set you back 5 percent via gold coins, so you’ll also get a few bucks off future games.

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