This is a very significant week for Nintendo fans! We’ve had news pertaining to the upcoming Super NES replica, a Nintendo Direct aired yesterday, and tomorrow brings back one of Nintendo’s most cherished IPs to the forefront. Basically, this week can be summed up with one word: Hope.


NBA 2K18 is bringing a popular sport series back to the Switch! While basketballs may lack the utility of a Morph Ball, it’s still fun to get a group of friends and shoot some hoops. 2K18 will launch digitally for the eShop tomorrow, while physical copies will arrive in stores on October 17.

Metroid: Samus Returns, for the 3DS, sees gaming’s leading lady don her Power Suit once more! A reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the monochromatic Game Boy, the similarly named Samus Returns retells the bounty hunter’s struggle on the antagonistic world of SR388 as she eradicates the parasitic Metroids. New dangers lurk across the dim corridors, however, so explore with caution! Metroid: Samus Returns launches tomorrow for the long-lasting handheld system we all love.

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition – which, to be clear, is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS portables – is out now for the 3DS eShop with hard copies coming later. So, if you’d like to enjoy sandbox creating when you’re not locating Chozo statues, you’re in luck!

Here’s everything released on the eShop this week:

Nintendo Switch


  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold (2K Games, $149.99 – launches 9/15, will be exclusive to retail)
  • NBA 2K18 (2K Games, $59.99 – launches 9/15, will also be available at retail)
  • ACA NEOGEO SPIN MASTER (Hamster, $7.99)
  • Beach Buggy Racing (Vector Unit, $9.99)
  • Kingdom: New Lands (Raw Fury, $14.99)
  • Quest of Dungeons (Upfall Studios, $8.99)
  • Robonauts (QubicGames, $13.49 – launches 9/15)
  • Semispheres (Vivid Helix, $9.99)

Nintendo 3DS


  • Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Mojang, $29.99 – New Nintendo 3DS only, physical release coming later)
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo, $39.99 – launches tomorrow, will also be available at retail)
  • 36 Fragments of Midnight (Ratalaika Games, $2.99)
  • Percy’s Predicament Deluxe (Maestro Interactive, $5.99)

Wii U


  • EARTHLOCK: Festival of Magic (Snowcastle Games, $9.99)
  • Vigilante (Konami, $5.99 – originally for the TurboGrafx-16)

Nothing listed above catches your attention? Then check out what’s on sale. If you’d like another game featuring jellyfish-like entities, I’ve heard positive things about SEGA’s Puyo Puyo Tetris.

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