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Monday, April 12, 2021

Nintendo Game Trials [Free Nintendo Games, Legally!]

Nintendo Game Trials


Hi there! So you want free Nintendo games? Well good news, Nintendo are dishing out free first and third party games just like Microsoft and their "Game Pass" system! But because this is Nintendo, there's a catch. Well, two catches actually. First, the time you can play is short (usually a week), and second some of them are Japan-only and you need a Japanese Nintendo Switch Online account to access them! We can't do anything about the first thing, but we CAN help you with the second thing! Watch the video below to find out how to change your US/EU (et al) account to a Japanese one.

Important note: We have been told that changing regions can remove funds from your account (basically resets it to zero), and we don't know if the funds go back into your account if you change the region back to your original one after the Game Trials period ends. Best to try it with an empty wallet (if anyone finds out the answer to this, please let us know in the YouTube comments!)

Note 2: we made the video for the very first game, Captain Toad so every time we mention it just replace it with the most current one.

Pro tip: If you have a family Switch Online account you get to add up to 9 accounts, so it's easy to make an extra Japan account and then add that as one of your "family members".

 


Complete List of Game Trials Games

2021

16. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (May 17 - 23, 2021)
Japan exclusive, Japanese only (no English). 
You can see the original announcement in Japanese here

15b. Descenders (Apr 21 - 27, 2021)
Europe and Australia exclusive (not US or Japan).
See our Direct-Feed Gameplay here.
You can see the original Nintendo UK announcement here

15a. Good Job! (Apr 19 - 25, 2021)
Japan exclusive, English language available.
See our Direct-Feed Gameplay here.
You can see the original announcement in Japanese here

14. Unrailed (Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2021)
Japan exclusive, English language available.
See our Direct-Feed Gameplay here
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here

13. SteamWorld Dig 2 (Mar 1 - 7, 2021)
Japan exclusive, English language available. 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here

12. Ultimate Chicken Horse (Jan 25 - 31, 2021)
Japan exclusive, English language available.
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

2020 - Nine titles

11b. Crash Team Racing (Dec 30th 2020 - Jan 5, 2021)
This is the first case of a Game Trials game being US only (not Japan or EU)
You can read the original announcement tweet by NoA here.

11a. Overcooked 2 (Dec 7 - 13, 2020)
This one ended up being Japan exclusive, but of course the game is fully in English. 
Direct Feed Gameplay [here]
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

10. Rune Factory 4 Special (Nov 2 - 8, 2020)
As previously, NCL announced it first (and that's the version we played), but then soon after it was announced worldwide! English language available.
Direct Feed Gameplay [here]
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

9. Overwatch (Oct 13 - 20, 2020)
It was Japan only, but then a couple of days later it was announced worldwide!
Halloween Event Gameplay [here]
Game Night Event (Patreon Exclusive) [here]
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

8. Disgaea 5 (Sept 23 - 29, 2020)
Available worldwide, English language available. 
Stream: JC streamed a bit of it during Summer of Streams 2020 [here]. 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

7. Obakeidoro (Aug 10 - 16, 2020)
Japan only, English language available.
Stream: We have some direct feed gameplay [here] and JC and Ty did a stream [here]. 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

6. Pokken Tournament DX (Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2020)
Available in all regions!
JC plays some online with our good Patron buddy Chrys [here]! 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

5. Celeste (May 18 - May 24, 2020)
Japan only, English language available.
No gameplay videos because we'd all played it before! 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

4. ARMS (Mar 27 - Apr 5, 2020)
Japan only, English language available.
Stream: We played a whole bunch of ARMs with our Patrons during the free trial [here]. 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

3. Dead Cells (Feb 24 - Mar 1, 2020)
Japan only, English language available.
Note: The free DLC is not free on the Japanese eShop (it costs 100yen), but you could download the DLC from the EU/US and play it on the Japanese Game Trials version!
Gameplay: Check out JC's gameplay taken during the trial period [here]. 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

2. Fire Emblem Warriors (Jan 20 - Jan 26, 2020)
Japan only, no English.
Gameplay: Check out JC's gameplay taken during the trial period [here]. 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

2019 - Two titles

1b. Captain Toad (Aug 5, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019)
Japan only, English language available
Gameplay: JC speed-runs the whole game during the trial period [here]. 
You can see the original announcement page in Japanese here.

1a. Mario Tennis Aces (Aug 7 - Aug 13, 2019)
Available in the US and EU, but not Japan.
Gameplay: Check out JC's gameplay taken during the trial period [here].

*Work in progress*
























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