It's another Nintendo Download Update for North America, and as is now the norm it's absolutely jam-packed with content. The Nintendo Switch eShop accounts for most of the options, again, with a first-party retail title being joined by some download-only gems; the New 3DS doesn't entirely miss out, either. Let's get to it.
Switch Retail Downloads
Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo, $59.99 / $79.99CAD) - The latest Musou crossover with a Nintendo franchise, this offers a hefty campaign, attractive visuals (and an option to target 60fps) along with historical battles to take on. In addition to the usual Warriors brawling it adds some smart tactical play to honour the Fire Emblem IP; we were very impressed in our Fire Emblem Warriors review. Available from 20th October.
Just Dance 2018 (Ubisoft, $59.99 / $69.99CAD) - The popular series (we assume) continues with this latest entry, including over 40 tracks at launch on the cartridge and over 300 more through 'Just Dance Unlimited'. Available from 24th October.
Spelunker Party! (Square Enix, $29.99 / $39.99CAD) - An early retail title in Japan, this arrives in the West with a new name and as a download-only release. Essentially a puzzle platformer, it can be played either solo or alongside up to three extra players with both local and online multiplayer modes available. We'll dig into a review soon.
This is the Police (Nordic Games, $29.99USD) - A strategy and adventure game set in the crime-ridden city of Freeburg. You assume the role of Police Chief Jack Boyd - voiced by Jon St. John (Duke Nukem) - and have to tackle a wide range of crimes, assigning officers to certain jobs and facing numerous moral dilemmas along the way. The ultimate aim is to raise $500,000 in 180 days, but you can choose to do that in any way you wish. Also coming to retail on 5th December, the download goes live on 24th October.
The Mummy Demastered (WayForward, $19.99 / $24.51CAD) - Sure to be tempting with Halloween around the corner. Forget the questionable movie, this promises "a 16-bit-inspired battle against the undead in a 2D, nonlinear, action-packed adventure". It looks rather neat and we'll wrap it up in a review. Available from 24th October.
The Jackbox Party Pack 4 (Jackbox Games, $24.99 / $33.99CAD) - With the Switch all caught up on the previous releases in this series, now we get to party with the latest version. As always it's a collection of five varied games, and for the most part they're good fun in the right company; we gave this a recommendation in our The Jackbox Party Pack 4 review.
The Count Lucanor (Merge Games, $13.49 / $16.19CAD) - This is a "mystery and horror adventure" that previously made its mark on Steam; it has a stylish look to go along with its suitably creepy (and potentially varied) gameplay. We're still working on our review, but did get a good taste of what it's all about in our recent hands on impressions.
Elliot Quest (PlayEveryWare Games, $9.99 / $12.69CAD) - It opts for a simple look, but underneath that exterior is a rather accomplished adventure game. It was an impressive indication of what could be achieved through HTML5 technology on the Wii U eShop, before it was then ported to C++ and released on other systems - including the 3DS. It promises plenty of abilities to try out through five dungeons, with 16 'unique bosses' and multiple endings also thrown in.
Knight Terrors (Nicalis, $2.99 / $2.58CAD) - This budget title offers simple controls but arcade-style challenge; you have to dodge dangers and also destroy any creatures that come your way. It could be a bit of fun for Halloween, but we'll brave the horror and let you know what we think in a review.
Syberia (Microïds, $29.99 / $40.89CAD) - This adventure game was first released on PC way back in 2002, with this first entry kicking off a gradual roll-out of the series on Switch. For those that enjoy narrative-driven games with puzzles and adventure this could be tempting; we'll see how it holds up in a review. Available from 20th October.
Party Golf (Giant Margarita, $15.00 / $19.35CAD) - A lighthearted game promising 100 modes, randomly generated levels and support for up to eight players with a Joy-Con each. Its European eShop listing even outlines 'Twitch integration' that allows stream viewers to change gameplay through the app's group chat, but the Nintendo of America page doesn't mention this. We'll see what the score is in our review.
JYDGE (10tons, $14.99 / $17.99CAD) - A top-down shooter where you get to build your own cybernetic JYDGE and eradicate crime in the never-sleeping megacity of Edenbyrg. Basically, shoot all of the things, and even do so with a buddy in local co-op. Unfortunately we judged it to be a tad underwhelming in our JYDGE review.
Robo Army (HAMSTER, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - Originally released in 1991, this side-scrolling fighter was a very early Neo Geo release but boasts some attractive and detailed visuals. The gameplay is rather basic however, so we can imagine this will only appeal to those players who have a nostalgic connection to it, or those who simply have to own every single Neo Geo game on the Switch.
Revenant Saga (KEMCO, $12.99 / $17.99CAD) - A publisher that ported a notable range of RPGs (many previously on mobile) to 3DS and Wii U, it now makes its move onto Nintendo's latest system. Previously released on Wii U, this is the tale of an immortal being seeking vengeance, which is suitably dramatic.
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot (Starsign, $4.99 / $6.49CAD) - On the surface this is a rather simple puzzle game in which you, unsurprisingly, try to trick shot a ping pong ball into a glass, with 80 challenges and varied stages promised.
Switch and New 3DS DLC
Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass (Nintendo, $19.99USD, purchase separately for each system) - Will include three DLC packs as they arrive and will unlock a Lucina Bridal Costume.
New Nintendo 3DS Retail Download
Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo, $39.99 / $49.99CAD) - Aiming to be essentially the same game as on Switch, this is naturally trying to give the same experience on weaker hardware. You can see how performance between them both compares in this video.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
GALAXY BLASTER CODE RED (RCMADIAX, $1.49 / $1.99CAD) - A basic shooter in which you try to hold off various foes descending from the top of the screen.
Wii U Retail Download
Just Dance 2018 (Ubisoft, $59.99 / $69.99CAD) - Available from 24th October.
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 options this week - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.