Nintendo’s got a bunch of games coming down the pipeline, but Amazon is getting rid of its 20% discount before they arrive. These are the games you should lock in while you can.
Amazon is getting rid of its 20% discount on pre-ordered games on August 28th. While you’ll still be able to get a $10 Amazon credit for pre-ordering, that’s not quite as nice of a deal. So, before the perk goes away, it might be worth pre-ordering these Nintendo games while you can still lock in that sweet 20% discount.
Super Mario Party
Unless you were one of the few people who bought a Wii U, then the last Mario Party game you probably remember came out in 2012. That’s a long time to wait for one the classic Mario games. Super Mario Party, which comes out on October 5th, 2018, will be the first to make use of the Switch’s unique hardware. If you and a friend both have the game, then you’ll be able to use your consoles in tandem to expand mini-game maps, or just play on the go (like every other Switch game).
Pokemon Let’s Go
Pokemon Go became a worldwide phenomenon when it let you wander the world collecting Pokemon. With Pokemon Lets’ Go, you’ll get to play with the ones you caught in a whole new way. This new game was described by its game director as a remake of Pokemon Yellow, and will allow you to start with either a Pikachu or Eevee (depending on which version you buy), exploring the original Kanto region, and even use a new Bluetooth Poke Ball accessory to control the game. Both versions of the game will come out on November 16th.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
There may have been a Super Smash Bros. 4 game for the Wii U, but Smash Bros. Brawl for the Game Cube was by far more popular. So popular, in fact that when the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out on December 7th, Nintendo will even sell a version that comes with a Game Cube controller. Even if you don’t spring for the fancy package, the base game will include literally every single character that’s ever been in a Smash game. That’s not hyperbole, either. Nintendo has confirmed that every character and then some will show up in some way in the game. And yes, that includes Ridley.
We got our first look at Yoshi last year at E3. Nintendo showed off a cute little game where you control a fuzzy Yoshi in a world made of cardboard and paper, like a diorama. Back when we first wrote about it, Nintendo said the game would be out in 2018, but the game was pushed back to 2019. Despite the delay, you can still pre-order it right now from Amazon and lock in that $48 price tag, whenever it comes out.
Metroid Prime 4
Ever since Nintendo first announced that Metroid Prime 4 exists and showed us a trailer with just a title card, we’ve been eager to hear more about the project. Nintendo has not been accommodating. E3 2018 came and went without a peep about the game, and with Nintendo’s roster of games throughout the rest of the year pretty full up, it could be well into 2019 before we even see a trailer. That hasn’t stopped Nintendo from putting the game up for pre-order, though. You can always cancel your order if a trailer drops ant it doesn’t look like your thing. Then again, if it follows in the tradition of the previous Metroid Prime games, it may well be worth the money.
We got a little more out of the Bayonetta 3 trailer back in December of 2017 than we did from Metroid Prime 4, but it still wasn’t much more than a title card letting us know the game exists. Since then, Nintendo has released Bayonetta 1 + 2 for the Switch, but there’s still no word on when the third game will drop. But you probably know the drill by now. You can pre-order Bayonetta 3 and lock in the discounted price. If you don’t like the way the game looks when the first trailer drops, then cancel your pre-order.