Twin-stick roguelike The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is one of the few physically released Nintendo Switch titles currently available at retail, and it’s the one I recommend picking up alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Not only is the game incredibly dark and an absolute blast to play, but the physical release includes some neat goodies packed inside of the case. For starters, there’s a bunch of Isaac-related stickers. You get two sheets of them, featuring various power-ups and in-game items, plus an adorable crying Isaac face.
What’s really amazing, though, is the full-color instruction booklet that contains quite a few nods to the original Legend of Zelda on NES.
Outside of the obvious cover homage (complete with a Nintendo Seal of Quality on the inside, using publisher Nicalis’ logo instead), Twitter user @CheckpointChris pointed out a few similarities within the manual itself.
As you can see, the layout is identical and even uses the same awkwardly worded text in the boomerang description. That’s love right there.
For the unfamiliar, The Binding of Isaac is a lot like running a fully randomized Zelda dungeon, but with a lot of poop, gross power-ups, disturbing imagery, and tons of crying. There’s over 600 items, 180 different enemy types, 90 different bosses, 20 endings, and 13 playable characters. Every run at the game is completely different, from boss order to power-ups, which not only makes it highly replayable but the best short-burst to-go game in the Switch’s arsenal.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ contains the core Rebirth game, along with both Afterbirth and Afterbirth+ expansions built-in, for $39.99. The bonus goodies are limited to just the first few thousand copies, so if you’re interested you may want to go ahead and pull the trigger. Eligible copies have a crying Isaac label on the front, while future prints clearly won’t.
Have you picked up The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ yet?