The game hasn't even been out for a whole week yet, but Switch owners in the UK can already get their hands on a copy of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated for less than £20.
It launched on 23rd June with an RRP of £24.99, a price which remains intact on the Switch eShop. Despite only being on the market for six days, however, a number of retailers have already dropped the asking price down to just £19.99. Here are a couple of options (you'll find that it's been reduced on other consoles, too):
You don't tend to see discounts on Switch games so soon after release, so this seems like a pretty good deal for anyone who was thinking about buying a copy. Feel free to read our full review to learn more about it, and whether or not it might be for you.
Tempted to grab a copy at that price? Let us know with a comment below.
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I'm actually really enjoying this.
Complete throw back to a different time.
Plays decent too, and good humour.
Nobody saw that coming
Yeah, this isn't really a new thing now, is it? No Nintendo game costs £59.99 on release day at sites like Amazon or Base. I didn't even pay full price for Breath of the Wild at launch. Outside of sales, the eShop is always the most expensive place to buy games. Other than Limited Run style physical releases of course...
Watched some footage of the game and it looks pretty rough on Switch.
To be fair I was never getting it anyway but a remaster of a gamecube game should look better than it does.
@StevenH I’ve actually heard it looks pretty bad on switch... that’s why I’m waiting for a digital sale
And what I understand without a patch it’s in no way a must buy on switch
@TheFullAndy I think their whole business model is just churn out as many games as quickly as possible
It appears so!
after day one patch it runs fine on switch and my kids love it to bits. at the budget price as well its a good deal, unlike a certain EA WTF how much remastered game.
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Jokes aside, I'm planning on buying this at some point, the only bump in the road is that no one near me has stock, and I'm too much of a wimp to order online.
@TheFullAndy In contrast to this, on Xbox One it looks pretty good.
Just a shame about the frame rate at times.
That is what disappoints, the level of polish for the Switch version is definitely lacking compared to Xbox and PS versions but even they are not perfect.
Looks like a rush job all round.
But I hope the people who were looking forward to the game enjoy it!
If the price drops for the US, I'll probably bite. I wasn't looking for a sale, but if there's a sale...
Was just about to buy it, then checked the review.
Gah! Just release a solid game and we can boogie, but don't **** with me.
Ok. I bought it anyway because £20 is kinda my Switch price point. But I'm warning you, don't **** with me next time!
@TheFullAndy They have a low budget from what I've heard, so that's why most of their games might look a little cheap. The game itself is actually really good, but I'm playing the Xbox version, and I heard about some problems with the Switch release, but no game ruining stuff. It looks decent on Switch, but it's obviously not optimized for it. I recommend the Xbox or PlayStation version, but you can't go wrong with the Switch release either. That is if you like collect-a-thon games.
Then again I'm probably the bigger SpongeBob fan on this site so it might just be me.
To be fair it wasn't a game I was going to pick up anyway, didn't play it first time around either, but I had seen some comparison videos and was disappointed with the showing on Switch and it was not because the Switch wasn't capable.
Enjoy the game!
@TheFullAndy ok thank you!
For the switch version, that's about all it's worth. Sadly, that tends to be the case for most switch versions of multiplats.
will probably go for the pc version for this one
Might be worth a look at that price tbh
@gcunit @ferryb001 @TheFullAndy
Guys i've put about ten hours into the Switch version and i can honestly say the only problem with it is severe texture pop-in, though that tends to be worse in the first world, it happens less later on in the game and you get used to it surprisingly quickly. It looks great and the controls/camera are tight and responsive, which is by far the most important thing in a 3D platformer. The frame-rate for the most part is stable, i've only encountered tiny drops in the hub world and once in Jellyfish Fields.
I'm thoroughly enjoying it and would definitely recommend it, especially at this price, the day-one patch must have been hefty as it took quite a while to download, i'm guessing some of the footage out there is without it as it really isn't 'rough' to me, aside from the pop-in
The game was never for me but glad you are enjoying it mate!
@Toadie I got a copy yesterday and was playing it last night. I played it without the patch (5.3gb space req'd) and didn't have any grumbles. As you say, it controls nicely, looks good (even if some of the visuals do show signs of the game's true age e.g. the shinies don't really shine and look a bit lame), and it sounds great - love the catchy background tune and the voice work is probably as good as it gets in gaming.
I've only played a little while so far but it currently gets my recommendation too.
I'll wait until they eventually if ever fix the multiplayer mode and give this game the Dutch dub it should've had from the start. If that's too much asked from the development team then their work ain't worth paying for. Combine that with the piss poor optimization of this game on the Switch and you have a product that never should've seen the light of day.
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