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
Unravel Two (Electronic Arts, Fri 22nd March, $19.99) When you cut ties to the past, new bonds form. In Unravel Two, create a Yarny of your very own. Then build relationships with other Yarnys in local co-op or as a single player, fostering friendship and support as you journey together. Begin your adventure in a cold and imposing land, then watch your surroundings blossom with new life as you chase the spark of adventure. Dive into an immersive story filled with energy, exuberance, inspiration – even monsters. Approach every challenge with positivity and fearlessness to awaken the world around you, and discover an unbreakable bond between friends.
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists ~Ateliers of the New World~ (KOEI TECMO AMERICA, Tue 26th March, $59.99) Atelier 20th Anniversary Title. An Atelier town built together with legendary alchemists. This title aims to combine the “slice-of-life” atmosphere of living in a town and collaborating with various characters and the exaltation that comes from successfully governing a town and expanding your world.
The Princess Guide (NIS America, Tue 26th March, $39.99) Choose among four princesses on their quest to forging a world of their dreams. Will you choose to end world hunger with Liliartie, the hungry-but-happy Warrior Princess? Or you may want to help Veronica, the brash-but-talented Witch Princess, achieve world domination? Perhaps unearth family secrets and end poverty with the Rose Princess, Monomaria? Or spread words of peace and faith across the world with Alpana, the Dragon Princess? Guide your princess with "Praise" or "Scold" to make them stronger, happier, and ultimately a worthy heir to the throne. Read our The Princess Guide review.
Xenon Racer (Soedesco, Tue 26th March, $49.99) In the near future, the official racing federation has ordered a seasons pause from racing, to allow teams to ease into the transition to flying vehicles. To bridge this gap, top hybrid car manufacturers host a rogue championship for rookie drivers on the streets of cities worldwide. Their advanced cars drive on electricity and Xenon gas, resulting in crazy speeds. Get behind the wheel, keep your adrenaline in check and drift through the streets.
Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix, Tue 26th March, $15.99) The world has fallen under the dominion of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a sinister corporation that has monopolized the planet's very life force as Mako energy. In the urban megalopolis of Midgar, an anti-Shinra rebel group calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their campaign of resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra's elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the rebels, unaware that he will be drawn into an epic battle for the fate of the planet while having to come to terms with his own lost past.
Blaster Master Zero 2 (Inti Creates, Wed 20th March, $9.99) The side-scrolling/top-down hybrid action-adventure gameplay returns with a brand new sequel to "Blaster Master Zero"! Experience the yet-untold story of Jason and Eve after defeating Earth's mutant scourge as they venture into the depths of space in their new battle tank, "GAIA-SOPHIA"!
Nuclear Throne (Vlambeer, Wed 20th March, $13.99) The indie Super-hit from Vlambeer, finally on Nintendo Switch! Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like top-down shooter. Not 'the final hope of humanity' post-apocalyptic, but 'humanity is extinct and mutants and monsters now roam the world' post-apocalyptic. Fight your way through the wastelands with powerful weaponry, collecting radiation to mutate some new limbs and abilities. All these things and more you could do if only you were good at this game. Can you reach the Nuclear Throne?
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers (KalypsoMediaGroup, Tue 26th March, $19.99) New warplanes once revolutionized warfare — and the gripping aerial battles of the Second World War have now also found their way onto Nintendo Switch. Step into the boots of Admiral Lucas Stark (US Navy) and coordinate the defense of Pearl Harbor and the liberation of the Pacific Ocean — or win honor and glory for the Japanese empire as Admiral Hideaki Hashimoto (Imperial Japanese Army).
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars (KalypsoMediaGroup, Tue 26th March, $19.99) Air Conflicts: Secret Wars is an arcade flight game with battles spanning both World Wars, featuring seven campaigns and 49 missions that engage players in white-knuckle air battles and secret missions across Europe and North Africa. An impressive selection of famous aircraft of the era is available to the player, each showcasing specific strengths and weaknesses in the battle for air supremacy.
Alien Cruise (ORENDA, Thu 14th March, $11.30) Control four vegetable pilots to save different planets occupied by the enemy! Each planet comes with unique characteristics along with a wide variety of obstacles that block the pilots’ way! Utilize various weaponry to prove the vegetables' strength! Alien Cruise offers both single player and multiplayer game modes where two players control one vegetable pilot each. This challenging, side-scrolling shooter with a nostalgic design will give famous shooting games of the past a run for their money.
Apocryph: an old-school shooter (Bigzur Games, Thu 14th March, $14.95) Apocryph is an FPS set in a brutal dark fantasy world. It has its roots in old-school fantasy shooters, so prepare for intense sword-and-sorcery FPS action amidst forgotten castles, evil shrines and decrepit dungeons!
Arcade Archives Elevator Action (HAMSTER, Thu 14th March, $7.99) “ELEVATOR ACTION” is an action game released by TAITO in 1983. As a Spy, your goal is to infiltrate the building and escape with all the confidential documents. Use elevators to crush enemies, attack them by shooting down lamps, and more.
Assault On Metaltron (Blue Sunset Games, Wed 20th March, $6.99) First action tower defense game where you power up your towers however you like. Play as Metaltron's Defender Golem and build towers to defend your planet from the allied forces of humans and orc hordes.
Azure Saga: Pathfinder Deluxe Edition (Toge Productions, Today, $9.99) Far into the future, the human race survives through colonies scattered across the universe. One tale gives humanity’s remnants hope – one of the legendary planet, Azure, a world full of life and abundant resources that could bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.
Bargain Hunter (Gamechap, Fri 15th March, $12.49) Play as an upcoming bargain hunter looking to make your fortune turning "trash" into cash! Beginning with just a few bucks, aim to become fabulously wealthy. . . or go bust trying! - Starting off in your shabby house with a rusty old car in the garage, you'll visit lawn sales, thrift stores, flea markets and antique dealers as you try to hunt down that bargain that could make it BIG!
Block-a-Pix Deluxe (Lightwood Games, Today, $7.99) Reveal the picture by dividing the grid into smaller rectangular blocks to create a colorful mosaic. Each block must contain one clue number, indicating the size and color of the block to be painted. Block-a-Pix Deluxe contains 120 puzzles, designed by Conceptis Ltd, They produce cute, detailed pictures which have been carefully hand-crafted and are guaranteed to be uniquely solvable.
GALAK-Z: The Void: Deluxe Edition (Golem Consulting, Tue 26th March, $14.99) This critic's choice has been retooled to create the ultimate version for the Switch. 80’s spaceship anime and arcade-gaming meld with ultra-modern physics and A. I. in a skill-demanding, procedurally generated rogue-lite adventure!
Gems of War (505 Games, Tue 26th March) From the creators of Puzzle Quest comes the ultimate evolution of the Puzzle-RPG-Strategy mashup, Gems of War! Match gems and skulls to turn the tide of battle, build your team of heroes and conquer mighty kingdoms! Immerse yourself in a world of adventure as you collect heroes from across the realm and battle foes with the power of the puzzle board. Match gems and skulls to build up mana and crush your enemies!
Grand Prix Story (Kairosoft, Today, $12.00) Try your hand at managing an auto racing team! Become the boss of your own team, training drivers and acquiring sponsors before conquering the Grand Prix! Develop new vehicles and parts, and customize them any way you like! Do you have what it takes to make it to the winner's circle?
Hook (Rainbow Train, Thu 14th March, $1.99) "Hook" is a relaxing, minimal, puzzle game. It is more of a game-like experience than a challenge. No menus, no achievements, just you and a puzzle. The player is surrounded by calming sounds and music.
Inventioneers (Filimundus, Mon 25th March, $9.99) Become an Inventioneer! Solve clever and funny inventions with the help of the amazing Inventioneers! They have special powers you can use and at the same time learn about physics in a creative way.
Neon Caves (Wed 27th March, $3.99) Explore the Neon Caves, a fragile ecosystem lost to the world for centuries.
OMG Zombies! (Ghostlight, Tue 26th March, $4.99) As a lone cop armed only with bare wit, a large-calibre sniper rifle and bullets coated in a zombie-exploding pathogen, you are the last man standing at the epicentre of a zombie outbreak. Your mission? To succeed where the police and army failed by clearing the streets of 8 different strains of bloodthirsty zombies and stop Armageddon in its tracks!
Peasant Knight (Ratalaika Games, Fri 22nd March, $2.99) Peasant Knight is a challenging puzzle-platformer that you can play with only two buttons: jump and stop. All the while you're relentlessly dashing forward into traps, enemies, and hazards.
Reptilian Rebellion (Herrero Games, Today, $2.99) The Reptilian Rebellion has just started. Wait, don’t you know what reptilians are? There are thousands of these green lizard-men living amongst us, but now they have become too dangerous and want to take control of the planet. Don’t let reptilians rule the world and send them to hell. Reptilian Rebellion is a casual and challenging game, kill as many reptilians as you can, keeping an eye on your ammunition, and looking for powerups and friends. Be careful with the vehicles, find the leader of the Illuminati, unlock different characters and collect bitcoins to enter the leaderboards. Stop the New World Order!
Rogue Bit (Bigosaur, Today, $4.99) A single bit of computer memory became sentient and decided to escape from digital into the real world. Explore RAM, modify bytes and hack machine code and CPU registers to set it free. The game is about the way computers work internally. Having some programming knowledge makes the game easier, but it isn't required.
StarDrone (Beatshapers, Today, $9.99) In StarDrone, players pilot their Drones across the galaxy, collecting pieces of Equilibrix in order to restore the equilibrium of the universe and stop the evil G-Noids from taking over. However, this journey requires much more than star-gazing, as your Drone is constantly in motion and the more stellar matter you collect, the faster it will travel until you are moving at the speed of light. Along the way, key power-ups will earn you more points that will ultimately let you compete against the world on the StarDrone scoreboards.
Super Phantom Cat: Remake (VEEWO GAMES, Today, $9.99) Super Phantom Cat is a "Pawsome" retro platformer, or what we like to call "Catformer," in which you explore quirky environments, clear purrrfect colorful levels, solve the mysteries shrouding the Phantom world and rescue your kidnapped little sister, Ina.
Sushi Time! (Baltoro Games, Fri 22nd March, $4.99) Welcome to Sushi Time! Manage a sushi bar and become a tycoon of Japanese food! Try to deliver the orders on time, but be careful not to mix them up! Upgrade your bar and beautify it, so that you'll be able to create the best sushi in town! To work!
Windscape (Headup Games, Wed 27th March, $19.99) Windscape is a first-person exploration action-adventure full of exciting challenges. Its unique art style is reflected in expansive worlds and their bizarre inhabitants. On your journey you will find dark caves, ancient ruins and mysterious woods. By exploring the beautiful game world, mining resources and fighting epic monsters you collect numerous materials that can be used to craft items, weapons and armor.
Witch & Hero (Flyhigh Works, Today, $4.99) You play as a Hero accompanied by a Witch and you are seeking revenge, and justice, over the evil Medusa. Medusa turned the Witch into stone, so she is no longer able to move; it’s up to the Hero to defeat the monsters and collect their blood in order to recover the Witch for a limited period of time. The Hero leads the fight but can revive the Witch to unleash her destructive powers; as the waves of enemies become stronger they will need to work together!
Horror Stories (RandomSpin, Today, $3.99) How did you imagine murders are being committed by serial killers? You find yourself in one of these situations, in which you need to not catch the eye of the killer and try to survive by killing him!
Wii U eShop
PixelMaker Studio (Nostatic Software, LLC, Today, $9.99) PixelMaker Studio is a drawing program designed specifically for making pixel art images, animations and tile-based scenes! Using easy to use tools on your Wii U GamePad, you can design images as simple or as complex as you like. Experiment, and create characters and scenes based on your favorite classic video games, or draw straight out of your own imagination!
Nintendo Splatoon 2 Ink-credible 20 Percent Discount – Take your ink-splatting skills to the next level with an ink-credible offer! Starting March 19 at 07:00 a.m. PT until March 28 at 08:59 a.m. PT, you can save 20 percent on the digital version of the Splatoon 2 game for the Nintendo Switch system when you purchase through Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop on your device. To battle it out or cooperate with other players online, you can purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership separately or Splatoon 2 + Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership (12 Months).
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!