The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!
Nintendo Switch Retail
Steins;Gate Elite (Spike Chunsoft, Tue 19th February, $59.99) Follow a group of young, tech-savvy “lab members” who discover the means of changing the past via e-mail using a modified microwave. Their experiments in pushing the boundaries of time begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN, the organization behind the Large Hadron Collider, and John Titor, who claims to be from a dystopian future.
DreamWorks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders (Outright Games, Fri 15th February, $39.99) A new heroic dragon and rider are taking to the skies and only you can help them defeat the evil villains who destroyed a dragon sanctuary created by Hiccup, Toothless, and his dragon riders. When the island of Havenholme is found in ruins, mysterious survivors emerge as unlikely future heroes. Read our DreamWorks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders review.
Tetris 99 (Nintendo, Wed 13th February) The free to download online software, Tetris 99, is available as a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members. In large-scale, 99-player battles, it'll take speed, skill, and strategy to knock out the competition and become the last player standing. You can target opponents by sending them Garbage Blocks, but be careful... your rivals can target you back!
Final Fantasy IX (Square Enix, Wed 13th February, $20.99) Selling over five million copies since its release in 2000, FINAL FANTASY IX proudly returns on Nintendo Switch. Experience the adventure once again with characters and pre-rendered movies featured in high definition, as well as a new booster system with a selection of various modes such as "high speed" or "no encounters".
OlliOlli: Switch Stance (Gambitious, Today, $14.99) With over 75 Awards and Nominations including BAFTA Best Sports Title 2015, OlliOlli: Switch Stance includes both OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood - bringing together the defining Skateboarding Series of this generation! Making it’s Nintendo Switch debut, OlliOlli mixes addictive one-life gameplay with over 120 tricks and grinds to pull across 50 deviously crafted Levels, 250 Challenges, Spots Mode and Daily Grind. Read our OlliOlli: Switch Stance review.
ACA NEOGEO PUZZLE BOBBLE 2 (Taito, Thu 7th February, $7.99) “PUZZLE BOBBLE 2” is an action puzzle game released by Taito in 1995 as the second sequel of PUZZLE BOBBLE. Bub and Bob, the bubble spitting dragons from the action game are back again to take on new challenges! Skillfully bounce bubbles off the walls, make chains, and erase them! Aim for even greater chains with the new Star Bubbles and Metal Bubbles!
Alvastia Chronicles (KEMCO, Today, $12.99) After encountering the man who killed their parents ten years prior, Elmia and her brother Alan set out to avenge their deaths as they fight to stem the tide of monsters flooding into the upper world, and restore peace to Alvastia.
Astrology and Horoscopes Premium (Crazysoft, Today, $8.99) 2019 Astrology and Horoscopes Premium is the most luxury astrology, horoscope and numerology application. Learn your love horoscope in style. Get detailed daily predictions of tomorrow and yesterday based on biorhythms. We use professional astrologers and give you the best results.
BlazeRush (Targem Games, Tue 19th February, $11.99) BlazeRush is a dynamic arcade racing survival game with no health, no levelling and no brakes! You can assemble a team of friends to play in local or online multiplayer, choose a car to your taste and chase, blow up and cut off!
Captain StarONE (Flyhigh Works, Thu 7th February, $9.99) Became the hero " Captain StarONE " in this game blending action and ‘inaction’. You set your strategies and combos, then multitask as the game carries out your attacks. Watch the battles unfold and be ready to jump back in to guide our hero!
Cinders (Crunching Koalas, Today, $19.99) A mature take on Cinderella that's all about player choices and shaping the famous fairy tale in any way you like. Cinders is a witty young woman living with an overbearing stepmother and her two daughters, as if she was reenacting a certain well-known fairy tale. But unlike its protagonist, Cinders is not afraid of taking fate into her own hands.
Commander Keen in Keen Dreams (Lone W, Thu 7th February, $9.99) THE STORY SO FAR Billy Blaze, eight-year-old genius, working diligently in his backyard clubhouse has created an interstellar starship from old soup cans, rubber cement, and plastic tubing. While his folks are out on the town and the babysitter has fallen asleep, Billy travels into his backyard workshop, dons his brother's football helmet, and transforms into... COMMANDER KEEN --- defender of Earth!
Degrees of Separation (Modus Games, Today, $19.99) Degrees of Separation is a 2D puzzle platformer in which duo Ember and Rime must use their contrasting powers to manipulate heat and cold to overcome obstacles. Through cooperation, they will learn about each other and the fate of their worlds.
Guess the Word (Ultimate Games, Today, $1.89) Play and learn letters and words - "Guess A Word" is an educational game for preschoolers and toddlers. Create words from letters as fast as you can! Your teacher will give you hints!
Hexa Maze (TREVA, Today, $19.99) Tricky puzzles to test your brain power: work your way from level to level by cleverly fitting the colorful hexagonal blocks into the templates. With four different levels of difficulty, this puzzle will be enjoyed by beginners and experts alike.
KYUB (NextNinja, Thu 7th February, $5.00) The puzzle game "KYUB" that fascinated the world now available on Nintendo Switch! Move the cubic object "KYUB" and solve the mysterious problem using its ability! Switch between action and puzzle phases where you manipulate other cubes to climb walls and destroy obstacles with lasers or activate switches to trigger new paths. The atmosphere of mysterious and exciting "KYUB" is waiting for you!
LOVE (Mokuzai Studio, Today, $2.99) Love is a reductive platforming game with a retro aesthetic and a focus on a challenging difficulty. It has a custom respawn system, 16 levels, 12 track soundtrack, competitive scoring, and a simple-to-use level creation feature. The challenging levels are balanced with the inclusion of a simple yet unique respawn system wherein the player can leave a checkpoint at any location at any point, as long as they are on solid ground.
Mimic Hunter (Angry Cat, Fri 8th February, $4.99) Playing as legendary Mimic Hunter Ratimousse, the task is now yours to face a mysterious threat that emerged long after the end of the Witches' Wars. To unveil the secrets and save the mortal world, you'll have to overcome the puzzles, traps, and mind-bending cylindrical labyrinths of the Seven Towers of the Unbound, master your fencing skills and occult powers, and defeat the corrupt minions of a terrible adversary.
Modern Combat Blackout (Gameloft, Today, $19.99) Jump into the crossfire as the latest Modern Combat raises the bar for FPS action on Nintendo Switch! Pick from 9 customizable classes and fight around the world in thrilling 12-player online battles, or in the engaging offline story mode. Find friends and join a squad that fights together, or go it alone like a true commando.
NEKOPARA Vol.2 (CFK, Today, $14.99) The sequel to NEKOPARA, a touching adventure game that's become a worldwide sensation, is coming to Nintendo Switch! This newest edition will feature a new opening movie and theme song, all-new hand-drawn art from NEKO WORKs, and new fully voiced story scenes. The game's gorgeous graphics are all in high definition for a truly complete experience. Also included is the bonus story "NEKOPARA Extra: Kitten Day Promise"! We're excited to bring all our masters across the world another installment of NEKOPARA!
Nice Slice (Kool2Play, Today, $1.99) Nice Slice Skilfully cutting food into many little pieces might be the greatest joy of cooking. Kool2Play studio, the makers of the critically acclaimed zen rhythm game Clock Simulator and the trippy visual puzzle Estiman, set out to recreate that pleasing sensation in a video game. Nice Slice gives you a knife and an endless supply of stuff to cut – the smaller the pieces, the bigger the score.
Pet Care (Ultimate Games, Today, $1.49) Do you know what else a bear has to do with honey, and maybe you can guess what the horse eats? Meet our animals and match the right food that cat, mouse, dog and other pets eat.
Space Lift Danger Panic! (Springloaded, Fri 15th February, $4.99) • Simple and accessible controls. • Short sessions of intense action. • Crazy narrative. • Crazy graphics options!
Strikey Sisters (DYA GAMES, Today, $9.99) Say hello to a fantasy-themed arcade action brick breaker! Featuring cute characters, silly humor, powerful magic, crazy boss battles, and even a local 2 player co-op mode!
Tales of the Orient - The Rising Sun (Joindots, Today, $14.99) Prove your skills in Challenge mode with limited moves. Experience the excitement of building an ancient Japanese village in this engaging Match 3 game. See the beautiful scenery while listening to relaxing music inspired by this period in Japanese history. Dive into an epic story of honor and courage and help a Geisha and a Samurai save the day in Tales of the Orient: The Rising Sun! - Three gameplay modes: swap, pop, chain - Can you win in challenge mode? - Build an ancient Japanese village - Exciting adventure - Rotate the board make the best matches
The Rainsdowne Players (Stephen OGorman, Thu 7th February, $3.99) A creativity-driven RPG about a rundown theatre and pleasing its unruly clientele. Nobody said that opening a theatre on the wrong side of the river was going to be easy!
Tokyo School Life (PQube, Today, $14.99) Tokyo School Life is a heart-warming visual novel that allows you to experience a charming summer love story. As an exchange student freshly arrived in Tokyo, you'll make the acquaintances of Karin, Aoi, and Sakura; three girls with whom you will be spending your vacations.
Touhou Sky Arena -matsuri-climax (Mediascape, Today, $29.99) Touhou Project fan game “Touhou Sky Arena” on Nintendo Switch! Enjoy dramatic girl battles in the sky with the "Fired-up Battle System", which changes abilities to the playing song. Play Local or Network Battles up to 4 players. Play bombardment battles anytime, anywhere with anyone. Over 70 tracks recorded with famous Japanese doujin artists like Rokugen Alice, A-One and BUTAOTOME. 20 characters with each 2 types are available. Choose your favorite out of all 40 types! Rule the sky of Gensokyo with music and bombardments!
Trine 2: Complete Story (Frozenbyte, Mon 18th February, $16.99) Trine 2: Complete Story is a beautiful, award-winning sidescrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming. Play as the three Heroes - Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief - and join their adventure through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world of tragic princesses and wicked goblins, with wondrous environments featuring physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic.
Wii U eShop
Sinister Assistant (Ultra Dolphin Revolution, Today, $3.99) You are Emuela, a master wizard who likes to hold back her own strength to give her foes a “fighting chance. ” She is on a quest. For what? No one knows. But we do know there will be (minor) destruction and property damage along the way. In this world, encounter familiar and new enemies that will stand in your way on your quest for... Goddess knows what!
Pinball Breaker (nuGAME, Today, $6.99) Pinball Breaker is a breakout game which combines the game mechanics of a traditional breakout game and a flipper game. Play through 15 exciting levels as you aim for a high score.
Nintendo Switch DLC
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode – Obtain new Shiny Crowns across 18 new challenges in the paid DLC, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode, available March 14 for the Nintendo Switch system! Purchase now to get early access to a new course right away, then receive the remaining DLC when it launches. You can also download a free patch now to play the all-new co-op multiplayer mode, Partner Adventure, where Toad and Toadette must work together to solve puzzle-filled courses and uncover hidden treasures.
Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online
Kirby's Adventure – Using 20 unique tricks and Kirby’s ability to steal enemies’ powers by swallowing them, you’ll have to make your way through a horrific land filled with all kinds of nightmares. Recover the broken pieces of the Star Rod, and everyone in Dream Land will sleep peacefully once again. If you fail, the citizens of Dream Land will be subjected to a lifetime of terrible nightmares.
Super Mario Bros. 2 – Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad embark on a quest together to save the day against the villainous Wart. Pick up items and throw them at your adversaries to clear levels in seven fantastical worlds. Even enemies can be picked up and tossed across the screen. This unique installment in the Super Mario Bros. series will keep you coming back for more.
Nintendo eShop Sales
So that's your lot for this week's North American Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and comment below with your hot picks!