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Get your ’90s on with these Star Fox and Sonic deals

Star Fox Zero – The Battle Begins
Nintendo is certainly tapping into gamers’ nostalgia with the introduction on the “NES Classic Edition” mini game console, but if you’re looking for something a bit newer, the company’s latest eShop deals have something for you, as well.

Though it’s far from an essential game, Star Fox Zero is a solid homage to the N64 classic, with many levels featuring identical sections and all the cheesy one-liners you can handle. If you haven’t picked it up yet, the eShop now has the “Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins + training demo” bundle. It includes the excellent Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins animated short — which could probably become a recurring series — as well as the game’s training level. Though not very long, it should give you an idea of what to expect from the … unorthodox control scheme.

If Slippy Toad is your favorite character (what’s wrong with you?), you’ll be happy to know that a demo for Star Fox Guard is also available. Playing as Slippy and his uncle Grippy, the tower defense-inspired spinoff is available with all physical copies of Star Fox Zero, but buying it digitally will get you $5 of credit to use in the eShop.

But if you “gotta go fast,” there is only one option: Sonic the Hedgehog. To help celebrate the blue, chili-dog-eating, glove-wearing speedster’s 25th birthday, a number of games are on sale this week. Sonic Lost World, Sonic Generations, Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed are among the better titles available, but if you’re a glutton for punishment, the terrible Sonic Boom games have also received massive price cuts.

With the summer game drought in full effect, this should give Nintendo fans plenty of options. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope that the next true (not Boom) Sonic game can live up to fans’ expectations.

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