It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings some interesting options on the Switch, in particular, with two diverse retail options and some download-only offerings. Let's get to it, shall we?
Nintendo Switch Retail Download
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo, $59.99USD) - The freshest hit for the Nintendo Switch, this follows on from the excellent and much-loved Wii U original. We feel it improves over its predecessor in various ways, including through the solo campaign and its centrepiece of online multiplayer, and gave it a hearty recommendation in our Splatoon 2 review. Available from 21st July.
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (XSEED, $59.99USD) - A title that's long been on some wishlists, this is a stylish hack and slash game and includes some bonuses on Switch; this includes over 30 previously-released paid DLC outfits for free, and an exclusive 'Unshackled Bride' outfit. We rather enjoyed our time with the E3 demo. Available from 25th July.
Nintendo Switch eShop
Boost Beast (Arzest, $9.99USD) - A developer with a history of spin-offs for IPs like Yoshi and Pikmin, this is an Arzest game that originally made its mark on smart devices. It's a colourful match-3 game that naturally adds its own ideas and flair to proceedings; we'll see how it stacks up in a review.
Samurai Shodown (HAMSTER, $7.99USD) - Set in 18th century Japan, Samurai Shodown — and the many sequels that it spawned — was pivotal in the early development of the fighting genre with its weapon-centric gameplay. We'll take another look at this Neo Geo ACA iteration, but if you want to go old school you can check out our Wii Virtual Console review from way back in 2008.
Mononoke Forest (GAMEDO) - A lighthearted sim game in which you raise and utilise 'mononoke' creatures to manage and enhance your village, while also fending off monsters and tackling a range of challenges.
Wii U eShop
Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip (Giga Drill Games, $7.79USD) - In an idea seen recently in I and Me, you control two characters at the same time while working through over 25 levels. This looks visually simplistic, but that doesn't necessarily mean it won't be fun.
GALAXY BLASTER (RCMADIAX, $1.49 / CAD$1.99) - In this one you blast away at oncoming alien hordes from the bottom of the screen, trying to avoid too many misses or allowing any aliens to reach your base.
As always Nintendo of America wants you to browse the eShop and check out the official sales and deals website for discount details.
Some interesting choices in this week's update - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.