Cadence of Hyrule and Bayonetta Games Mysteriously Listed as Free on Nintendo Store

Cadence of Hyrule and Bayonetta Games Mysteriously Listed as Free on Nintendo Store

It seems unlikely that this was intended, but maybe some folks will get lucky.

Whenever a popular game ends up listed as free on an online store, you've got to stop and ask "Was this intentional?" The answer is often that it wasn't, and the rush to claim codes is often for naught. Still, with both Bayonettas and Cadence of Hyrule listed at $0.00 for the Nintendo Switch, can you blame folks for trying?

First noticed over at the Nintendo Switch Deals subreddit, it already looks like Nintendo's online store website is either buckling under a load of traffic or is malfunctioning for another reason. Right now, lots of users trying to claim codes for the Bayonettas and the Crypt of the Necrodancer/Zelda crossover are encountering page load errors, but they're not limited to those games' listings either.

It seems unlikely that this was an intentional giveaway, as the listings for the games only show $0.00 on the Nintendo store website—on the Switch eShop itself, they're all listed without any special discounts in effect.

Some users report that they've received confirmation emails from Nintendo for claiming the titles but have yet to get codes for redeeming them. USgamer has reached out to Nintendo for comment, and will update this article if a response is sent.

It's worth remembering that the Switch eShop has a built-in option for finding free games: if you go to the Search window, then navigate to "Search by Filter," you can sort all the available titles by price. Scroll all the way down and you'll find the free games—the selection's not chock full of titles on the level of Cadence of Hyrule or Bayonetta, but you'll find a couple gems like Fallout Shelter and the first chapter of Deltarune.

Thanks, Wario64.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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