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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Nintendo Summer Game Sale of 2020... aka FakE3 Digital Game Sale

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's not even summer, but Nintendo won't let facts get in the way.

While Nintendo of America remains absolutely silent (so are their European counterparts, though this article applies to them as well), the Nintendo eShop is bustling with activity: over 1300 games have a discount deal right now, starting June 9 and ending June 16. Nintendo deems it the Summer Game Sale, despite summer beginning June 20, 2020. Of course, this is the same company that names a tournament after Spring even though Spring had not started yet, and then named a tournament after May despite it mostly taking place in June. At least, as initially scheduled.

Anyway, Summer Game Sale. Tons and tons of games are on sale, which you can see for yourself here. Even first-party Nintendo games that very rarely get discounted like Kirby Star Allies (which I strongly endorse), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (for $42, just slightly below the Wii U original price!), Mario Tennis Aces, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. (But not, say, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or Splatoon 2, or Fire Emblem: Three Houses, or even ARMS.)

Dragon Quest XI S is $42, too, and that's Game of THAT Year 2019. So many games I could name-drop that have been covered on KoopaTV are on sale right now! Even games like Murder by Numbers, which... I won't get because the icky Picross is quite prominent.

Since this is KoopaTV, I'm obligated to point out that the Ace Attorney games are on sale for Nintendo 3DS and Switch.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is also 50% off on the Xbox One, but as of writing, not Steam or PlayStation 4.
(So are many/all of CAPCOM's other games, including Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection if you missed that two weeks ago.)

Let's be frank. It's no coincidence this sale exists now, and today. After all, today is when E3 2020 would have started, and Nintendo would have had a huge presentation. They usually do have giant sales (with first-party games) following E3. It's a hype-generator. The question for us now is... Will Nintendo actually do anything hype-worthy during this time period, or is this sale just a vestige of old times before the Chinese Communist Party screwed up Earth with its virus?

Let Ludwig know about the sales you picked up and found... if you want. Or don't buy anything. He doesn't plan to himself. He was gonna have to write about this either way since there's Ace Attorney, which he doesn't expect any news about in the FakE3 2020 time period, though he wishes there was. By the way, Ludwig finished Mega Man 11. He still loathes Yellow Devil.

The last time all of the Ace Attorney games were on sale was the April 2020 CAPCOM Spring Sale, which actually was during Spring.
CAPCOM put eight of their games on sale by the end of June 2020, including two Ace Attorney titles.
Ludwig will buy Murder by Numbers next time it is on sale.
There's a sale like this for real E3 in 2021.


  1. Ring Fit Adventure has also been going in and out of stock lately. I'm hoping to get one on Amazon if doesn't immediately sell out like every other time. If it were not for the CCP, I bet the supply would not be as limited as it is today.

    1. Ring Fit Adventure, of course, will NEVER be on sale.


      Compare to the Nintendo Labo which often got sales just to get the dang things off the shelves and out of the inventory.


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