It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week we have a lot of varied offerings on the Switch eShop, while the 3DS and Wii U also have some new options to consider. Let's get to it.
Slime-san (Fabraz, $11.99USD) - A stylish and potentially challenging platformer, with scope for customisation and switching up gameplay. Noteworthy features include unlockable multiplayer mini-games, a whole lot of single player levels, online leaderboards and additional modes. We'll bring you a review soon.
Retro City Rampage DX (Vblank Entertainment, $14.99USD) - A title that arrived in its original form on WiiWare and then in this DX iteration on 3DS, we now have the latest version for Switch. It's the same excellent game many know, with the option to play the original or DX campaign and also try out various graphical styles and filters. We'll see whether this is the ultimate rampage in a review.
Infinite Minigolf (Zen Studios, $14.99USD) - This actually arrive a little under a week ago, but is included in this week's listing due to its initial delay. It offers plenty of solo and multiplayer content through dev-made stages and access to cross-platform content, with the level editor being a core feature. Our review will be with you over the course of the weekend.
Aero Fighters 2 (HAMSTER, $7.99USD) - The steady roll-out of ACA Neo Geo titles continues. While this shmup contains plenty of outlandish bosses and enemies, all of the player-controlled planes are based on real-life jets, such as the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Strike Eagle and Northrop YF-23. The pilots are totally bonkers, though - one of them is a dolphin.
Strikers 1945 (Zerodiv, $7.99USD) - A surprise re-release of an arcade game, this is a vertically-scrolling shooter from 1995 which features classic WW2 planes facing off against a host of enemies - including transforming battle engines.
Gunbarich (Zerodiv, $7.99USD) - Another former Psikyo arcade, this was a more recent release originally launched in 2001. It mixes puzzle and shooting elements.
Puzzle Adventure Blockle (INTENSE, $7.99USD) - A colourful puzzle game in which you rotate stages to clear challenges across seven worlds. It's aesthetic is certainly bright, and it cites accessibility as a key selling point; we'll give it a spin for a review.
Use Your Words (Smiling Buddha Games, $14.99 / $16.99CAD) - This is a collection of four adult-centric minigames (though there is a 'family filter') that, rather like The Jackbox Party Pack 3, utilises phones and tablets as controllers. It's all about multiplayer and others can apparently stream and watch games in action, so the idea sounds promising; we'll see whether the execution delivers.
Switch eShop Temporary Discount
I am Setsuna (Square Enix, 33% discount until 10th August, normally $39.99USD)
VoxelMaker (Nostatic Software, $4.99USD) - A 3D art studio that's centred around creating models and environments with 3D blocks, which can then be rendered with realistic lighting and shadows. Previously released on Wii U, this offers a good toolset and earned a recommendation in our VoxelMaker review, with the 3DS version have the added bonus of utilising the autostereoscopic screen.
Wii U eShop
Flight of Light (Crystalline Green, $8.00USD) - From a developer with multiple Wii U projects in their background, this is a rhythm music game with nine worlds to tackle, co-op and competitive multiplayer modes amd a soundtrack of unique music.
As always Nintendo of America wants you to browse the eShop and check out the official sales and deals website for discount details.
Plenty of choices in this week's update - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.