Japanese developer Jupiter hits a milestone celebration on 11th June — it turns 30! And to share the love, and promote its motto — "Let’s Play! Let’s Smile!" — the studio has announced that it will be slashing the price of its games on the Switch and 3DS eShop by 30% from tomorrow!
We couldn't think of a better number to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary. Throughout its long history, the developer has worked on tons of games, including Pokémon Pinball, multiple Pokémon Mini games, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, The World End with You, and many, many excellent Picross games that we've lost dozens of hours to.
Jupiter has a healthy dose of games available on both the 3DS and Switch, and while we don't have details of exactly what will be discounted, we suspect that you'll be sure to get lost in some addictive puzzle action.
Don't forget, the sale kicks off tomorrow, 11th June, and goes on until 24th June, so that's plenty of time to become the number one Picross fan!
If you're interested in picking up any of the 3DS games from tomorrow, then make sure your Nintendo Network ID is connected to your Nintendo Account, as you can no longer use credit/debit cards on the 3DS eShop:
Let us know if you'll be picking up any of Jupiter's games in the comments below!
I really like picross but once I run out of the 10x10 puzzles, a lot of the fun goes away for me. The 15x15 and 20x15 puzzles are too much for my brain, they end up taking me like 30-40 minutes per puzzle.
@mudkipfan217 It's all about developing strategies to figure out more complex rows and columns. I recommend looking up a few of them, they make most puzzles fairly simple.
@moodycat Yea, I mean the games themselves aren't much at all, but that just means the discount is even smaller (relatively speaking at least).
I'm stocking up on a few extra picross games! And I'm curious what else they got, I know it's a team with a few other awesome games under their belt. So I'm curious to explore some of the other stuff they made too!
I might pick up that Sanrio characters picross because I like licensed picross games. I enjoyed the Zelda Picross, Mario Picross, and Pokemon picross on 3DS.
Picross 3D Round 2 will never go on sale again, will it?
Jupiter's Picross games are absolute TIME-WASTERS, and I love them so much!
I hope their Sega Picross goes on sale.
Time to re-release your quality pinball games, Jupiter! Pokemon Pinball series and Sonic Pinball Party, to name a few..
@nukatha not a Jupiter game...
True, but my point still stands. Nintendo seems allergic to a last-minute 3DS/WiiU sale.
This might be the push I need to get the Picross e games. The Picross S games? I need to check the prices of those first. The 3DS games have priority due to the eShop situation.
@nukatha Nintendo have no incentive to distract from their current gen.
The quantity of Wii U owners barely count as a distraction. Switch has outsold it eightfold, and by now I'll bet the majority of Wii U consoles are either sitting unused, or in the hands of enthusiasts. A final sale, advertised only from the on-console message applications, would just be a small sign of good will that would maximize revenue for Nintendo from 3DS and Wii U in this final year of store operation.
@nukatha I was just playing that game a couple days ago. I picked up my 3ds to play at work and it was the first game I went to. It is a truly great puzzle game and I don’t know why there is not a sequel.
Apparently founded in 1992, but it seems they didn't actually release anything until 1995. (Would you guess their first games were Picross?)
@nukatha Why should they care about the goodwill of a few poor people?
I’ll most likely download the SEGA edition, but I’ve been otherwise burned out after completing ALL of the 3DS instalments, and the first three on Switch (the third being the furry anime one).
But playing a bit of the SEGA demo reminded me of how these games just keep sucking me back in.
And a new 3D Picross (physical, please) can’t come soon enough. I loved the 3DS one, and I retroactively bought the first for the original DS.
@NotArmani @Silly_G I never played any Picross game,
Which one would you advise me to play since I probably have time to play one game?
I have a 3ds and a Switch.
Thank you in advance
@Dr-M I recommend starting with the latest one in the series unless you want all of them, then go in order since they don't actually add much from each other besides small tweaks here and there (my personal favorite is the Master System one however)
@Dr-M : The more recent games usually have more content for the price, so you’d best go with those. They all come with tutorials, and there are demos available for some of the Switch releases, so you can try before you buy.
If you’re into any of the crossover releases (such as Pokémon Picross or the Sanrio/Hello Kitty one on 3DS), then perhaps they would be preferable. Picross 3D: Round 2 on 3DS is also great, and a good deal different to regular Picross.
And if you have an NSO subscription, you can play Mario’s Super Picross via the SNES app. The only downside to it is that it’s never been translated to English, but it’s easy enough to navigate without it.
@Silly_G thank you so much.
@NotArmani thank you.
@nukatha They only care about you if you buy the Switch and its premium-priced software. No goodwill for you if you're not going that road with them.
You underestimate the value of corporate goodwill. When you throw a bone to your most devoted fans (in this case, those who supported you at a low business point), it keeps your most staunch supporters on your side. The goal in Nintendo's business is to gather lifetime purchases, and unceremoniously killing the Wii U didn't do them any favors that way. The Wii showed that success can wax and wane in in single generation, and you want that perennial group to come back as early adopters next gen, rather than feeling snubbed and tapping out.
@nukatha The most devoted fans already bought a Switch. At launch. The ones who remained in last gen are highly unlikely to adopt the next one.
Do you fail to understand that simple acts of acknowledgement go a long way for public perception? Sony received great praise for backtracking the Vita store closing, at least for a time.
If they offer a final sale, Nintendo would quickly pad their pockets, without cutting into Switch revenue in any manner.
Alternatively, if they just bumped up the My Nintendo gold point rewards (currently you get 5% of the purchase price, so I'm suggesting a bump to 10-20%), you would be giving youe fans a currency only redeemable on Switch, quite possibly turning into more Switch sales afterward.
I don't think you make good business sense. You would find that maintaining the appearance of altruism does wonders for public image.
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