March is here, and we're only a couple of days away from Nintendo Switch's first anniversary. So to celebrate, here's a ton of new games for your favourite handheld console. Okay, it's technically Nintendo Download day, but there's still good reason to celebrate.
This week there's plenty of new games in the North American eShops, including some more Neo Geo ports for HAMSTER (naturally), some Japanese curios, a handful of platformers and some additions to Switch's growing library of Nindies. Prepare to destroy your bank balance with this digital delights...
Scribblenauts Showdown (Shiver Entertainment, $39.99) – Use your imagination and go head-to-head in the ultimate multiplayer showdown. Enjoy a party-style Scribblenauts experience, conjuring more than 35,000 objects from the vast Scribblenauts dictionary to outsmart your opponent in more than 25 mini-games. Scribblenauts: Showdown launches on Nintendo Switch on 6th March.
Mulaka (Lienzo, $19.98) - Dive into northern Mexico's breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara. Renowned for their impressive running abilities, embark on the journey of a Sukurúame - a Tarahumara shaman - as you fight back the foulness corrupting the land, while drawing upon the powers of demigods.
Fear Effect Sedna (Square Enix, $17.99) – Thrilling action and stealth gameplay enhanced by the Fear system, an exciting story and ultra-stylish cutscenes. Harness your team's dynamic abilities to tackle enemies and puzzles like never before. This is the quintessential sequel for existing fans and a perfect starting point for newcomers. Available 6th March.
Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Red Barrels. $24.99) - Hell is an experiment you can't survive in Outlast and the DLC Whistleblower. Explore Mount Massive Asylum and try to survive long enough to discover its terrible secret... if you dare.
Detention (Coconut Island Games, $12.99) - Detention is a unique atmospheric horror game heavily influenced by Taiwanese/East Asian culture, religious elements and mythology. Based on the 1960s Taiwan under martial law, in this 2D atmospheric horror side-scroller, the player control characters who venture into the school beset by hostile supernatural events to uncover stories behind the haunted place. Read our review.
Subsurface Circular (Ant Workshop, $5.99) - A detective stationed on the Subsurface Circular investigates a series of disappearances among the city’s robotic working class. Collect words and phrases, then use them in dialogue puzzles to uncover the world's secrets and determine its future.
Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated (iFun4all, $9.99) - Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated is the refreshed, updated, remastered, and enhanced edition of the beloved Wii tower defense-like game! With updated graphics built from the ground up in Unity and a brand-new chapter where we've exchanged soldiers for zombies, it’s just better than ever!
Poisoft Thud Card (POISOFT, $2.99) - It's a very fun card game. Aim to be the world's top Thud player!
Totes the Goat (Atooi, $4.99) - Happily hop your little goat through this modernized vision of classic and beloved arcade gameplay. Totes the Goat is a charming game with vibrant voxel art and a cast of fun playable characters to unlock. It will have you leaping like a kid in no time!
Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo (Arc System Works, $14.99) - Due to the bio weapons, "Rages" of which we lost control, the surface of the earth as we know it has been taken over. Wield the humanoid robot, "Gears" to take back the city! Gears are enhanced through equipping a variety of over 460 parts. Find the perfect combination that suits your playstyle.
GUILT BATTLE ARENA (Invincible Cat, $9.99) - In this frantic 2D couch combat game, you have one bullet to fire at your opponents. After firing your gun, you must "rebound" your bullet before firing again. This grin inducing mechanic introduces a new strategic element where thinking about where your bullet will land is as important as where you shoot!
Little Triangle (Cotton Game, $14.99) - Little Triangle is a side-scrolling action game. Button operations are simply walking and jumping. Complete the stages by defeating the unique enemy characters and bosses! Read our review.
Packet Queen # (INFOARISE, $4.99) - Divide up the packets that appear one after another, and aim to get a higher score than your opponent. This is a competitive-type active solitaire game where you aim for a high score by gathering the necessary packets while avoiding specific colors and putting them together in poker-style hands.
A Normal Lost Phone (Seaven Studio, $5.99) - A Normal Lost Phone is a game about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player. The game takes the shape of a narrative investigation: you have to search the phone's text messages, pictures and applications, in order to learn about its former owner. Through this phone, you uncover Sam's life, friends, family and relationships, until the evening when they turn 18 and mysteriously disappear. Read our review.
ACA NEO GEO SENGOKU 2 (HAMSTER, $7.99) - "SENGOKU 2" is a side scrolling action game released by SNK in 1993. Take on the role of a warrior summoned by a shrine princess, and fight over various historical periods in order to defeat the dark monarch.
Arcade Archives STAR FORCE (HAMSTER, $7.99) - "STAR FORCE" is a shooting game released in 1984 by Tehkan (now Koei Tecmo Games). It was very popular due to its variety of hidden bonuses as well as the competitiveness for achieving high scores. The "Arcade Archives" series has faithfully reproduced many classic Arcade masterpieces.
Grid Mania (FX Valley, $3.99) – Put your brain to the test with Grid Mania, simple but challenging logical puzzle game. Solve over 170 levels in four different modes. Available 2nd March.
NORTH (Sometimes You. $2.99) – Dealing with the issue of the contemporary refugee crisis while at the same time being deeply rooted in a classical cyberpunk atmosphere à la Blade Runner, NORTH features a dark synthpop soundtrack, a sprawling mega-city and weird monster-like inhabitants. Available 6th.
Super Toy Cars (Eclipse Games. $9.99) – Super Toy Cars is a tabletop arcade combat racing game featuring fast and cool looking cars, impressive tracks made of everyday objects and a bunch of power-ups that will let you destroy your opposition. Available 2nd March.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – New DLC is releasing for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass.
- Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to titanic new content, including the pack below and a new story this fall. To learn more, visit the official Xenoblade Chronicles 2 site.
- Helpful Items Pack 4 – Launching on March 1 at 9 p.m. PT
- Upgrade Parts for Poppi 2: 30,000 Ether
- Driver Essentials Set 3: Legendary Core Crystal x 8, Overdrive Protocol x 3
- And that’s not all! New free content is releasing for all Xenoblade Chronicles 2 players at the same time in a free software update, including a new “New Game Plus” mode for players with save data from the final chapter who have cleared the game. This mode carries over some elements from the save data and unlocks many new features.
Star Ghost – Demo Version (Squarehead Studios / Four Horses, Free) - Navigate the perilous fragments of exploding planets, survive intense asteroid fields and dogfight with deadly Sentinel ships as you defend against the relentless onslaught of the formidable Metagon empire. Blast your way through beautiful neon star systems with dynamic level generation for a different experience every time.
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RTO 2 (nuGAME, $9.99) - RTO 2 is a side scrolling first person shooter with elements from the survival horror genre. Take control of a 6-man team through four episodes and do your best to survive and complete your mission. RTO 2 features randomly generated levels and permadeath. It will pitch you up against hordes of enemies and test your survival skills.
What are you downloading this week? (270 votes)
Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated
Poisoft Thud Card
Totes the Goat
Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo
GUILT BATTLE ARENA
Packet Queen #
A Normal Lost Phone
ACA NEO GEO SENGOKU 2
Arcade Archives STAR FORCE
Fear Effect Sedna
Outlast: Bundle of Terror
Super Toy Cars
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Star Ghost – Demo Version
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So that's your lot for the North American Nintendo Download update for 1st March. Add your vote to this week's poll, and be sure to drop us a comment or two on what you're planning to pick up this week...