This month we have the surprise mobile game for Stranger Things, a hidden game Nintendo placed on the Switch to honor late company President Satoru Iwata, the future closing of Nintendo’s Wii Shop, a demo for the recently released Switch version of Oceanhorn, and finally the latest major software update for the PS4.
Also several major games coming out this month, among them the highly anticipated Super Mario Odyssey, and several sequels including Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Last week Netflix released an unannounced mobile game for Stranger Things in preparation for the second season later this month. The game is available for any Android and iOS platform.
Like the hit Netflix series, the Stranger Things game is a throwback to the 80s. Featuring 8-bit graphics and sound, the game resembles an adventure game you’d probably find on the NES.
The player starts out playing Hopper, the Police Chief of the small Indiana town of Hawkins. As you progress through the “dungeons” you solve puzzles and meet new playable characters. Each character has their own abilities, that are required to solve the game’s many puzzles
Throughout the game you will also find collectibles, some of which give you heart pieces that upgrade your health, or quest items that will give you upgrades when given to the right NPC (like one helps upgrade how many rocks Lucas can carry for his slingshot). One collectible, the VHS tape, allows you to get a sneak peak at the upcoming season when you collect all of them.
If you’re a fan of late 80’s adventure games than you should love this one. I know it has me addicted.
Players: Single Player
ESRB Rating*: T
Price: MSRP Free
Platforms: Android, iOS
Hidden Game On Switch
Last months intrepid users discovered a hidden game on the Switch. The hidden game was placed there as a tribute to the late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who passed away July 11, 2015.
The hidden game is an emulation of NES Golf originally released in 1984 with full motion controls. You can only access the game if the system date is set to July 11 (date of his death) and moving the detached Joy-Con’s in a certain way (mimicking the hand movements Satoru was fond of making).
Here is a detailed video one user made that shows how to activate the game:
Nintendo Closing Wii Shop
Nintendo recently announced that the Wii Shop will eventually close on January 30, 2019. Users will be will be able to add Wii Points up until March 26, 2018 and use those points to purchase game until the Wii Shop’s closure.
For more detailed info check Nintendo’s blog: Nintendo Support
Oceanhorn: Monsters Of Uncharted Seas Demo
Makers of Oceanhorn (recently released on the Switch) announced on their Twitter , that they will release a demo on the Nintendo eShop. Oceanhorn bears a strong resemble to the The Legend of Zelda series namely Link to the Past and Wind Waker. The demo releases sometime later this month.
Players: Single Player
ESRB Rating*: E
Price: MSRP $7.99 iOS, Free (in-app purchases) Android, $14.99 PC, PS4, Switch, XBOne, $12.99 PSVita
Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PSVita, Switch, XBOne
System Update 5.0
Sony recently released a major update this past week for the PS4 systems. The update features new changes to messages, notifications, and virtual surround sound support for Blu-Rays and DVDs on headphones among other things.
Check out the Playstation blog for full details: System Update 5.0 Notes
Playstation Plus Free Games
- Hustle Kings
- Monster Jam Battlegrounds
- Amnesia: Collection
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Sky Force Anniversary
Xbox Live Gold Free Games
- Gone Home: Console (October 1 to 31)
- The Turing Test (October 16 to November 15)
- Rayman 3 HD (October 1 to 15)
- Medal of Honor: Airborne (October 16 to 31)
- Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4, XBOne)
- Forza Motorsport 7 (PC, XBOne)
- A Hat in Time (PC)
- Stardew Valley (Switch)
- Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (3DS)
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (3DS)
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- The Evil Within 2 (PC, PS4, XBOne, PC)
- Elex (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- Etrian Odyssey 5: Beyond the Myth (3DS)
- GT Sport (PS4)
- NBA 2K18 (Switch – Physical Edition)
- Rogue Trooper Redux (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- WWE 2K18 (PS4, XBOne)
- Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC)
- Fire Emblem Warriors (3DS, Switch)
- Syberia (Switch)
- Destiny 2 (PC)
- Just Dance 2018 (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, XB360, XBOne)
- Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PC, PS4, Switch)
- Road Rage (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- Yomawari: Midnight Shadows (PC, PS4, PSVita)
- Assassin’s Creed Origins (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
- Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (PC, PS4, XBOne)
- Bubsy: The Woolies Strikes Back (PC, PS4)
E – Everyone
T – Teen
M – Mature
RP – Rating Pending