It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week is packed with new titles, including five on the Nintendo Switch along with a high profile first-party IP on 3DS. It's one of the longest updates we've had in a while, so let's get right to it.
Nintendo Switch eShop
IMPLOSION (Flyhigh Works, $11.99USD) - A mech-based sci-fi hack and slash game that boasts of high production values and has transitioned from smart devices; it looks rather decent in gameplay footage. We'll dispense justice and let you know what we think in a review.
Bulb Boy (Bulbware, $8.99USD) - A rather quirky and peculiar point and click adventure from Bulbware, this adopts a unique art style and humour to grab a player's attention. We enjoyed playing through this and gave it a recommendation in our Bulb Boy review.
Shephy (Arc System Works, $4.99USD) - This is based on a card game where you attempt to fill the earth with sheep, and it's quirky. Primarily for solo players and pitched as a relaxing good time, we'll try to make sense of it in a review.
Vaccine (Rainy Frog, $9.99USD) - A retro-styled survival title that draws inspiration from the earliest Resident Evil titles, albeit with a time-limited narrative and randomisation in each run. Unfortunately we weren't fans of its previous release on the Wii U eShop in our Vaccine review.
Metal Slug 2 (HAMSTER, $7.99USD) - Those familiar with Metal Slug have a good idea of what to expect here, with chaotic and hugely entertaining run and gun action and stylish visuals from the Neo Geo era. Until we take a fresh look you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Metal Slug 2 review, and remember that as an ACA release it'll have the usual filters, save options and online leaderboards as expected with the series.
Kirby's Blowout Blast (Nintendo) - An interesting expansion and spin-off from a similar minigame in Kirby: Planet Robobot, this sees Kirby move around and battle enemies in three dimensional environments. There are 25+ stages, different medals to win and EX challenges as add-ons; we'll bring you a review soon.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
Stack 'em High (Starsign, $3.99USD) - Though this offers multiple modes including local multiplayer, the crux of this title is stacking toys together to make as high a pile as possible within a time limit.
TABLE TENNIS INFINITY (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - A score-chasing game in which you use the touchscreen to move a paddle and hit balls as they fall down the screen.
Wii U eShop
Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft, $19.99USD) - With Rabbids all the rage right now, Ubisoft is bringing its Wii retail title to the eShop; this one has a loose story related to Rayman of course, and is primarily a collection of wacky minigames to play.
Space Hunted (Ultra Dolphin Revolution, $2.99USD) - A retro-style action platformer that promises 128 levels and various powers to collect. It's the same development team that produced the excellent Shadow Archer, which gives us hope for this one.
Revenant Saga (KEMCO, $9.99USD) - Kemco has brought a range of RPGs to the 3DS, but continues its Wii U collection with this tale of demons and vengeance; a weapon forging system and 3D animations are pitched as selling points here.
A Day at the Carnival (Thornbury Software, $12.95USD) - This looks rather like a VR game shifted to Wii U, with a third-person perspective and seven minigames to try out; to be blunt the visible screenshots don't inspire a great deal of confidence.
As always Nintendo of America wants you to browse the eShop and check out the official sales and deals website for discount details.
There are plenty of choices in this week's update - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.