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Picross developer to port lost 3DS games to the Switch

Picross developer Jupiter will release nine digital-only 3DS Picross games on the Nintendo Switch after the shutdown of the 3DS shop made them no longer available.



Picross developer to port lost 3DS games to the Switch
Picross developer to port lost 3DS games to the Switch

When the Wii U and 3DS stores were shut down earlier this year, they took a lot of digital-only games with them, including a treasure trove of Picross titles. But the nonogram gods smile on us today as Picross developer Jupiter has apparently announced it will soon port all nine of its digital-only Picross e games to the Switch, including a Japan-only exclusive.

First reported by Nintendo Life and seemingly confirmed via retweet from the official Jupiter X / Twitter account, Picross S+ will launch on the Switch sometime in 2024. Picross S+ will initially include the puzzles of Picross e and add the subsequent Picross e games as paid puzzle packages. Of note, Picross e9, a Japanese exclusive, will be included in the Picross S+ bundle, marking its first appearance in the West.

According to Nintendo Life, Picross S+ and each content pack will cost $4.99 a pop, meaning you’re looking at around $45 for all nine games. While that seems like a hefty price, as a Picross aficionado, I assure you the number of enjoyable brain-soothing, time-wasting puzzles you’re gonna get out of this will be more than worth it. (Although, no modern Picross game can match the tactile, brain-feel-good energy of chiseling blocks in Mario’s Super Picross, available if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.)

While we’ll have to wait until 2024 for the release of Picross S+, if you need your nonograms now, a wealth of Picross games is available on the Switch right now, including Picross S Genesis & Master System Edition, featuring pictograms of all your favorite Sega characters. I hope Picross S+ signals Jupiter’s willingness to release other Japan-only Picross games in the West. I would love, love to finally play Pictlogica Final Fantasy.