Switch eShop - News

November2017

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    Review Mantis Burn Racing

    Burns brightly

    Sometimes a game really suits a system. Mantis Burn Racing may have arrived last year on other platforms, but on Switch it shines, feeling like it has found its true home. Featuring all the top-down racing action of the other versions (with the complete DLC already included) it allows cross-network play with Xbox One and PC (Steam)...

  • News The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker Will, Erm, Infect Switch Next Spring

    Doctor Doctor, please...

    Remember FMV games? They were all the rage in the early '90s when some industrious person discovered that CD-ROMs could be used for storing oodles of grainy video footage featuring struggling actors reading from dodgy scripts, and now they are making a mini-comeback thanks to the likes of the award-winning Her Story. Wales...

  • News The Adventure Pals Will Bring a Zany Adventure to Switch in Spring 2018

    We're not sure what is happening

    Plenty of publishers are recognising the merits of bringing download games to the Switch eShop, with a number of studios enjoying plenty of success on the store. Armor Games Studios is getting in on the act, confirming that it's bringing the Massive Monsters-developed title The Adventure Pals to the Switch in Spring...

  • News Traverse USA Is Your First Irem ACA Release On Switch

    Tate bike antics begin this week

    HAMSTER has been rather busy with Arcade Archives titles on the Switch, with a lot of Neo Geo releases and a planned roll-out of Nintendo arcade classics. Now Irem's debut title as part of the Arcade Archives line-up is on the way with Tate functionality (hold the Switch vertically); Traverse USA will be...

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    Review Spellspire

    Worth its weight in words

    Put down those pens; when it comes to traversing dangerous towers it's the wand that's mightier than the sword. Blending together Scrabble and sorcery, Spellspire is the latest title from prolific indie developer 10tons. Light on story and setup, it relies on its central concept to hook the player in for...

  • Feature Figment - A Switch eShop Game With Imagination and a Mind Of Its Own

    "It feels so right on the Switch"

    In this era of accessibility for development studios of all sizes, games are more varied than ever. If you divert your gaze away from retail outlets and towards download stores you're met with a dizzying array of experiences. We may still be in the first year of the Switch eShop, but it's contributing a lot to that...

  • News Top Hunter Is Your Next Neo Geo ACA Release On Switch

    Grab it, attack it.

    Looks like Hamster is starting of December in a big way with SNK's 1994 delightful (and somehow still sadly overlooked) dual plane grab'em up Top Hunter: Cathy & Roddy as they try to "grab" (arf!) our hard earned eShop funds on December 7th. Taking control of the titular bounty hunters, it is your mission to take on the evil...

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    Review Crimsonland

    Hopefully not doomed...

    It was once said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and with the icon / box art being a homage to a certain hellish current-gen first-person shooter, 10tons' most recent port - Crimsonland - tries to establish its similarly savage tone and style right from the off. It's such a brazen reference that you'll feel...

  • News Wizard Of Legend Will Cast A Spell On The Switch Early Next Year

    For my next trick...

    Humble Bundle is bringing Contingent99's Wizard of Legend to the Switch eShop, it has been revealed. The 2D action title mixes intense combos with more than 100 customisable spells in a roguelike setting, and also offers both single and co-op modes. It's the work of high school chums Bundy Kim and Dahoon Lee, and will be...

  • News Stardew Valley Patch Targets Save Times, Bugs and Adds Video Capture

    Time for a new harvest

    Stardew Valley was one of the most eagerly anticipated Switch eShop releases this year; it delighted plenty of gamers and rose up the charts. It wasn't quite a perfect port, despite the game's excellence, and so a patch that's now rolled out is very welcome indeed. As previously reported the update adds support for the...

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    Review Ginger: Beyond the Crystal

    Beyond redemption

    The resurgence of collectathon 3D platformer is something the gaming community has seen in recent months, with the acclaimed release of Super Mario Odyssey and the high profile releases Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time. Even smaller indie titles like Poi have made their mark in this new 3D platforming renaissance. However,

  • News Crawl Will Pit Friends Against Each Other on Nintendo Switch

    The fight to die

    Combat-heavy dungeon games are plentiful across various platforms, so finding a neat hook is always a priority. Crawl arguably has that hook, as it blends its awesome visual style with a clever local multiplayer concept - one player is the main protagonist, but up to three friends possess traps and monsters to try and kill...

  • Video Meet the Crew in the Latest Floor Kids Gameplay Trailer

    Feel the beat

    Nintendo has given a high profile to a number of fascinating download games this year through Direct and Nindie Showcase broadcasts, and one title that we've been looking out for is Floor Kids. Due out this Holiday season, it boasts a cool art style and a funky soundtrack. The latest trailer for the game gives a brief insight...

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    Review Green Game: TimeSwapper

    Tick, tock, flock

    The Nintendo Switch hardware has provided developers with a range of different inputs to utilise; we've seen games previously released on mobile taking advantage of traditional sticks and buttons, while the touchscreen has also been put to work. There have been some interesting examples - the wonderfully kooky touch-only adventure...

  • Feature Yooka-Laylee Jumps Onto Switch in December - We Learn All About It

    Resolution, unique features and hopes for the future

    Yooka-Laylee was one of the most high profile and successful Kickstarter campaigns of 2016, but its path to Nintendo systems has been a little troubled. The planned Wii U version eventually bit the dust, with confirmation coming after it was already suspected, and the game had a mixed critical...

  • News Vostok Inc Will Make Switch Owners Stinking Rich on 7th December

    Virtually, of course

    We've had our eye on Vostok Inc for a little while - it blends twin-stick shooting with a quirky dose of capitalism as you try to exploit various planets in order to get rich. Nosebleed Interactive and Wired Productions recently confirmed some quirky exclusive content for Switch - the inclusion of Pluto as a planet - and...

  • News Creative 3D Brawler Heart&Slash Hits the Switch eShop in December

    Every run is different

    Plenty of genres have been covered already on the Switch eShop, but a bit of 3D brawling certainly won't go amiss. With that in mind it's good news that BadLand Games is publishing Heart&Slash on the system, with release set for December. This brawler is treated as a roguelike, so each run throws up different stage...

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    Review Resident Evil Revelations

    The former Nintendo exclusive gets reanimated for Switch

    Like one of its famously implacable boss creatures, the Resident Evil series keeps mutating into new shapes. It also has the uncanny habit of getting back up again when you think it's done and dusted. The first Resident Evil Revelations was made for the Nintendo 3DS and released back in 2012,...

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    Review Resident Evil Revelations 2

    A geniune revelation?

    Like one of its famously implacable boss creatures, the Resident Evil series keeps mutating into new shapes. It also has the uncanny habit of getting back up again when you think it's done and dusted. Resident Evil Revelations 2 was a cross-generational console game that launched a few years after the 3DS original. It remains...

  • News Slain: Back From Hell is Out on Switch Soon

    Retro-styled action with a heavy metal soundtrack

    Plenty of quality download titles have been realised thanks to crowdfunding, though it's also a route that can lead to some disappointment. Slain: Back From Hell, a Castlevania-style title with a heavy metal soundtrack, was delayed a little before eventually getting released, and the Wii U...

  • News Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is Drawn In for a Festive Release on Switch

    Joins recent console releases

    The Switch eShop, with various success stories to its name, is attracting a host of multi-platform Indie releases. Another to join the list is Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, a clever puzzle platformer in which a coloured 'magic marker' allows for various abilities. Check out a trailer below. This originally came out...

  • News Video Recording Is Coming To Shovel Knight On Switch

    Record your best bits, sire!

    Yacht Club Games has revealed that video recording is coming to Shovel Knight next year. The studio says that the feature - which was recently enabled on Switch via new firmware - will most likely come as part of the King of Cards update. So there you have it - soon you'll be able to record your best Shovel...

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    Review Letter Quest Remastered

    I’ll have a consonant please

    As many a great philosopher will have once said (we imagine), “words are the world’s most powerful weapon”. Taking that statement rather literally, Letter Quest Remastered is a game that is built around using words and spelling to dish out damage to opponents – longer words with rarer characters within them can...

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    Review Koi DX

    Belly up

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed one of the most exceptional launch years for any console, going from strength to strength with its software and building up plenty of hype. Even so, it’s inevitable that not every game on the eShop is going to turn out great, and Koi DX is a perfect example of this. What we have here is essentially a...

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    Review Karnov's Revenge

    Yes it's another Neo Geo one-on-one fighter...

    Hamster has done a good job of providing a variety of genres with its ACA Neo Geo series, but SNK's machine had a lot of one-on-one brawlers and consequently Switch owners are not exactly short of options when browsing the eShop. Here's another one, this time from the Fighter's History series...

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    Review Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron

    Shmup fun for four

    "The following persons and events are fictitious” states the disclaimer as the game loads up. “Any resemblance to actual events or actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental”. It’s a fairly standard notice, but also amusing as it’s hard to imagine anyone mistaking Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron for an...

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    Review Stick It to The Man

    A weird adventure

    Over the course of its first year the Switch has been bombarded with ports. Stick It To The Man – originally released in 2013 and made available on the Wii U in 2014 – adds to the growing library of eShop re-releases on Nintendo’s latest device. Initially, this game was critically praised. Its story – penned by Adventure...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd November (Europe)

    Cyber Deals! Worms! Portal Knights! Poi! Much more!

    With the Black Friday weekend upon us this week's European Nintendo Download brings us a lot of Cyber Deals discounts. On top of that we have a typically large and varied batch of new games on the Switch, while the 3DS has a few major new arrivals of its own. Let's get to it, shall we? Switch...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd November (North America)

    Resident Evil! Apollo Justice! Worms! Portal Knight! Much, much more!

    It's another big week in the Nintendo Download Update for North America, which could be described as the Thanksgiving line-up for US gamers. The Switch has a lot of new titles, including some high profile releases alongside some less expensive yet diverse options. The 3DS and...

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    Review Worms W.M.D.

    Words of Measured Description

    Deadly missiles are flying in every direction, the ground all around you is crumbling away under the pressure of multiple explosions, and an absurdly giant statue of a donkey is descending from the sky. Yes, this sentence could only be made possible by Worms - Team17’s mega-hit franchise which sees players hurtling...

  • News OPUS: The Day We Found Earth Finds Its Way To Switch eShop Next Week

    A robot without a goal is nothing more than a calculator

    The onslaught of quality indie games continues with Flyhigh Works bringing OPUS: The Day We Found Earth to the Switch eShop next week on the 30th November, priced at a more than reasonable $5. In the game you play as a little robot, Emeth, and help him to fulfill a centuries-old promise...

  • News Nintendo of America Launches Its eShop Cyber Deals for Switch, 3DS and Wii U

    Super Bomberman R! Disgaea 5! LEGO! Ace Attorney! More!

    The Thanksgiving Holiday is right around the corner in the US, and in various countries we're also in the middle of Black Friday discount fever, with promotions now running for a week or more. Nintendo of America, for its part, is keen to join in with its own Cyber Deals on the eShop; there...

  • News Zen Studios Shows Off a Clever Twist With Vertical Play in Pinball FX3 on Switch

    It's all about balance

    Though we need to wait for Pinball FX3 to arrive on Switch in December, having originally been expected on 14th November, it should hopefully be worth the extra development time. Zen Studios outlined one reason for the short delay back in mid-November, stating that it had implemented a smart new way to ensure the system...

  • News Caveman Warriors Will Take Us Back in Time on 5th December

    Battle prehistoric foes with up to three buddies

    Caveman Warriors was confirmed for the Switch back in September, securing a prestigious spot on Nintendo's official YouTube channel for the reveal trailer.  It's a colourful brawler with four different characters (and local multiplayer for as many players), and JanduSoft has now confirmed that...

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    Review VVVVVV

    A VVVVVVery good time

    When we first reviewed VVVVVV for the 3DS way back in 2010, we praised it for its ZX Spectrum / Commodore 64-style graphics, along with its simple and intuitive gravity-shifting mechanics. Not much has changed about VVVVVV in the intervening years, but truly, we don't mind.  If you haven't tried VVVVVV before it's a...

  • Video Rainway Dev Shows Off Cuphead Co-Op Running On Nintendo Switch

    Beta gets pushed back to next year

    Rainway is shaping up to be one of the Switch's most important apps - assuming of course Nintendo allows it to be published on the eShop. Using Rainway you can stream gameplay from your PC to devices which possess a web browser, and Switch has been highlighted as a key platform by developer Andrew Sampson. Sampson...

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    Review RIVE: Ultimate Edition

    Bang for your buck

    Two Tribes is a name that will be familiar to many a Nintendo fan after the excellent Toki Tori series, a puzzle platformer with some very light Metroidvania elements. Since producing those games, the company fell on some hard times and stated that RIVE would be its final game. The title was announced back in 2014 for the Wii...

  • News The Next Penelope Dev Reminds Us That The Game Is Still Coming To Switch

    Full trailer and release details coming soon

    The Next Penelope not coming to the Wii U is one of our biggest disappointments with Nintendo's past system; this gorgeous-looking top-down racer played like a dream on Steam and would have been perfect on a console. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be - but developer 

  • News Blaster Master Zero Version 1.5 Goes Live on 23rd November

    A new battle mode?!

    Blaster Master Zero is a real gem that could adequately be described as the gift that keeps on giving. Since launch, Inti Creates has given the game an impressive amount of support, adding in several extra playable characters and new game modes to keep players interested in the retro shooter while enticing new ones with a broader...

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    Review Battle Chef Brigade

    Allez, cuisine!

    Battle Chef Brigade is something of an oddity. Part cooking game, part action RPG, it's hard to explain without sounding like you're a bit off. Unless, of course, you're a fan of anime, in which case you'll feel at home. Even if you aren't, however, there's plenty to love. Battle Chef Brigade answers a question many RPG fans have...

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    Review Super Beat Sports

    Aural astral alien olympics

    If you haven't heard of the original Beat Sports, don't worry - it was something of a sleeper hit. When the Apple TV first launched back in 2015, developer Harmonix was chosen to kickstart the device as a gaming platform with its rhythm-based sports compilation. From Rock Band to space sports it was a bit of a departure,...

  • Out Today Racing, Rhythm Gaming, Quirky Puzzles and More Arrive on the Switch eShop

    Time for the early update

    Back in the day new downloads would mainly arrive on the eShop on a Thursday, with the occasional cheeky retail game on other dates. In the currently busy world of the Switch eShop, however, new titles arrive early each week, leading to this 'Out Today' series of posts. This week is no different, with multiple titles...

  • News German Studio HandyGames Is Going All-In With The Nintendo Switch

    Loads of new games confirmed, plus two secret projects

    German studio HandyGames - famous for its Townsmen series of strategy titles - has confirmed a raft of games for the Nintendo Switch. We already know about Aces of the Luftwaffe – Squadron and Townsmen coming to Nintendo's console, but HandyGames has also revealed that Clouds &...

  • News Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura Arrives on the Switch This Week in Japan

    Nintendo asked for mature games, after all

    When Nintendo revealed HD Rumble back in January and gave initial hands-on impressions of 1-2-Switch we marvelled at its fidelity; as an effect it's been used well in various ways, with highlights perhaps being racers like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and FAST RMX. Of course, the subtle capabilities of the rumble...

  • News Letter Quest Remastered Will Bring Wordy Delights to Switch Very Soon

    Including touchscreen controls

    Some wordy Wii U owners may remember Letter Quest Remastered, the rather charming word game / puzzler / RPG that arrived in mid-2016; it was rather good. The good news is that Digerati Distribution and Bacon Bandit Games have confirmed it's coming to the Switch, all set for release on 23rd November. Below is a...

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    Review Maria The Witch

    Return to sender

    Bayonetta. Twinrova. Gruntilda Winkybunion. There have been some truly terrific witches on Nintendo consoles over the years. Whether friend or foe, ally or adversary, these spell casting sorceresses have entertained, antagonised and tormented audiences for decades.  In addition, the notion of video game phenomena has been...

  • News Vostok Inc Will Have a Bit of Exclusive Content on Nintendo Switch

    "Look behind Uranus"

    Vostok Inc is on our radar of upcoming Switch eShop titles because, well, it's a bit crazy. It's a twin-stick space shooter with cool customisations, and also a quirky experience all about capitalism and exploiting planets to become disgustingly rich. Nosebleed Interactive and Wired Productions have now confirmed that its...

  • News Mantis Burn Racing Swerves Onto the Switch Next Week

    Start your engines

    Most genres and game styles are now covered on the Switch eShop, and VooFoo Studios is looking to tick the overhead racing box with Mantis Burn Racing; the good news is that the wait is almost over. It's been confirmed that it'll arrive on 23rd November, priced at £14.99 / $19.99 USD / €15.99. It promises to be a strong...

  • News VS. Super Mario Bros. Arcade Archives Release Set for Festive Arrival on Switch

    HAMSTER has more arcade goodness on the way, too

    Since the arrival of Arcade Archives Mario Bros. back in September, the series of six additional confirmed games has gone completely quiet. The Nintendo classics are being produced by HAMSTER, which has brought us plenty of Neo Geo titles in the ACA series on the Switch eShop. Based upon a...

  • News Aperion Cyberstorm is Flying Onto the Switch in Early 2018

    It's still coming to Wii U, too

    We first played Aperion Cyberstorm - by aPriori Digital - back in 2015, and had a lot of fun with its stylish twin-stick shooting. That was on Wii U, but the realities of making games with limited resources and the rapid decline of the console saw it fall off the radar, which was a real pity. Well, the game is still...

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    Review UNO

    A classic card game modernised

    Digital card games have had a significant rise in popularity in recent years. These modern variations commonly feature online play, micro-transactions, thousands of unique collectible cards and often require hundreds of hours to properly understand the intricacies. Given the hype surrounding this specific type of card...

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    Review Sparkle 2 EVO

    Falling off a DNA ladder

    In a shocking turn of events, arcade-styled games starring evolutionary entities searching through petri dish detritus for food are not in fact a dime a dozen. Sparkle 2 EVO is a game by which you experience a world not unlike what you’d find under a microscope in biology class, in order to climb the chain of...

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    Review Rocket League

    Supersonic, acrobatic, rocket-powered

    Rocket League is a shining example of how a game can organically create its own success without expensive marketing campaigns or pre-launch hype. When it launched on the PS4 as part of Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription service it came with little fanfare – the title on which it is based, Supersonic...

  • Nintendo Download 16th November (Europe)

    Skyrim! Pokemon! Batman! Rocket League! RIVE! Much more!

    Prepare to have a lighter wallet, as it's another Nintendo Download Update in Europe. This week delivers some high profile retail games and some download-only gems on the Switch, while the 3DS has a huge retail release of its own. There's a lot to cover so let's get to it. Switch Retail...

  • News Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive Heads To Switch Early Next Month

    Put 'em up

    Side-scrolling fighter Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive has been confirmed for Switch release early next month. Due for launch worldwide on December 7th, Phantom Breaker has four playable characters and showcases moves like burst gauges, dodges and guard breaks. You'll be able to level-up your character as you progress...

  • Nintendo Download 16th November (North America)

    Skyrim! Pokemon! RIVE! Lumo! Battle Chef Brigade! Much, much more!

    It's the norm now, but it's another very busy week in the North American Nintendo Download update. We reckon it's a bit of a corker, too, with major retail releases being joined by some very tempting download-only titles. The Switch, 3DS and Wii U are all catered to, so let's get to...

  • News Sky Force Reloaded is Blasting Onto Switch in December

    Includes local co-op and weekly tournaments

    Sky Force Anniversary only arrived on the Wii U eShop in March this year, making it a relatively rare beast - a new release on the now last-gen system. It's a darn good shoot 'em up, and in positive news for fans of the genre its follow-up - Sky Force Reloaded - is heading to the Switch in...

  • News World To The West Gets Release Details for Nintendo Switch

    Word to the westside

    Following on from the delightful news that the excellent Teslagrad is coming to the Switch in December, Rain Games has confirmed that World To The West will be headed to the Switch eShop on 18th January priced at 19.99 $/€/£. We've been itching to play this on a Nintendo system ever since it was announced for the Wii U...

  • Feature Two Tribes on RIVE, the Switch eShop and Keeping Its Promise to Nintendo Gamers

    Launch discount from old [email protected] promo also confirmed

    Two Tribes has been a familiar name among Nintendo download fans, well known for its Toki Tori mascot and for publishing some excellent titles on 3DS and Wii U, in particular. There were tougher times, however, and sadness when the company co-founders Collin van Ginkel and Martijn...

  • News Worms W.M.D Will Bring Havoc to the Switch on 23rd November

    File size and pricing also confirmed

    Team17 has been offering some decent support for the Switch eShop with upcoming releases, and the next to arrive will be Worms W.M.D. The publisher has confirmed that the turn-based battler will be arriving on Switch on 23rd November. It should be a pretty good edition, with Team17 previously confirming new...

  • News Soccer Brawl Is Your Next Neo Geo Game For Switch

    Get ready to brawl

    Long before Mario and the gang got violent on the soccer pitch in Super Mario Strikers there was Soccer Brawl on the Neo Geo. This futuristic footy game was released in arcades in 1992 and will be the next Neo Geo game headed to the Switch on 23rd November. In Soccer Brawl you play as either cyborgs or...

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    Review Street Hoop

    Short on options, big on fun

    While some of the games have not been strictly necessary (being outclassed by later updates/instalments in their series) and there’s been the odd dud, but HAMSTER’s ACA Neo Geo series has been a continued source of classic arcade thrills on the Switch, almost making up for the lack of a Virtual Console on the system...

  • News Vertically-Scrolling Shooter RXN: Raijin Announced For Nintendo Switch eShop

    Worldwide release next month

    Japanese publisher Kayac has revealed that it is bringing a new vertically-scrolling shooter to the Switch next month. RXN: Raijin has been developed by Gulti will hit the eShop in Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia sometime in December. Here are some more official details (thanks, Gematsu): A...

  • News Star Ghost is Bringing Its Spin on Space Shooting to the Switch eShop

    Leaving subspace for a new generation

    Star Ghost arrived on the Wii U eShop in Spring 2016 and was a bit of a gem. On the one hand it has old-school space shooter vibes, and on the other it adopts a smart control scheme to switch up the formula - we described it as "basically the barrel-riding section in Donkey Kong Country Returns writ large"...

  • News The Switch eShop Now Lets You Search for Game Demos

    Go give something new a try

    Nintendo’s minimalistic Switch eShop has been seeing some nice gradual improvements over time as the library continues expanding at an alarming rate. Though it’s still got quite a way to go before matching the Wii U eShop in terms of display options, the addition of things like a sales tab and the ability to pay with...

  • Out Today L.A. Noire and Rocket League Lead the Way in Fresh Switch eShop Releases

    Quite a few goodies on offer

    As regulars will know we're now in the habit of sharing mini Download Updates on a Tuesday, with the pleasing support for the Switch prompting some studios to bring a mix of retail and download-only titles out a little earlier each week. Typically there are 4-5 new games on offer at this point each time around, which...

  • News Hollow Knight Has Been Pushed Back to Early 2018

    It’ll be worth the wait

    One of the more promising indie games on the horizon for the Switch is Hollow Knight, the Tim Burton-esque Metroidvania starring a whole bunch of bugs. It was initially planned to arrive on the Switch eShop sometime this year—complete with the DLC expansions—but the developer has been worryingly quiet on when we could...

  • News Mutant Mudds Collection Goes for Approval as TATE Mode is Confirmed for Mudd Blocks

    Dig out that Switch stand

    Mutant Mudds was one of the true gems of the 3DS eShop era, and has since had follow-ups and releases on Wii U and a host of consoles. Mutant Mudds Collection on the Switch eShop will combine Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge and the all-new Mudd Blocks

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    Review Tallowmere

    A rogue release

    One genre that has seen a big resurgence in recent years - particularly in indie games - is the roguelike, and some have been popping up on the Switch eShop as a result. Crafting lengthy, well-designed games takes countless man-hours of good work, something that smaller developers will struggle with given limited resources and...

  • Feature 13AM Games on Runbow for Switch and Its Hopes for the Future

    "I wanna use that silly little IR camera. Like, what even is that?"

    It's easy to get drawn into the Switch eShop's current surge in momentum and get a little carried away, declaring it as a bright new dawn for the download store. That does a disservice to the early efforts of the Wii and DSi stores, and the notable improvements and variety of...

  • News Karnov Will Have His Revenge On The Switch eShop This Week

    Data East's Neo Geo brawler coming soon

    Data East's Neo Geo fighting game Karnov’s Revenge is coming to the Switch eShop this week, it has been revealed. Released in 1994, the title showcases 13 different fighters - including the titular Karnov, who previously starred in his own 1987 arcade action title. In some regions it went under the...

  • News Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron Flies Onto the Switch eShop This Week

    Blast everything away with friends

    Announced somewhat quietly in the Summer before featuring in a recent Nindie sizzle reel, Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron is now just a few days away from release on the Nintendo Switch. Somewhat different from the non 'Squadron' release previously seen on smart devices, this is a vertically scrolling shooter with...

  • News Stardew Valley Update Could Make It the First Third-Party Game With Video Capture

    Also aims to speed up saving and more

    Stardew Valley has been one of the year's big arrivals on Switch eShop, giving Nintendo fans a chance to enjoy a much-loved Indie game. While rather enjoyable at launch, it nevertheless has a few areas where it can be improved. Now the CEO of Chucklefish Games has outlined plans for an upcoming patch, which is...

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    Review Revenant Saga

    Irreverent

    Few systems have been blessed with the sheer number of RPGs of Nintendo’s plucky little 3DS, and perhaps no publisher has been as persistent in its contribution to that collection as KEMCO. It's brought more than a dozen titles — most of them mobile ports — to the 3DS’ eShop, alongside a smaller number to the Wii U, and now that...

  • News Xenoraid Will Bring Its Spin on Shoot 'em Up Action to the Switch eShop

    Aiming to cater to more than bullet hell fans

    10tons has been extremely busy bringing its back catalogue to the Nintendo Switch, and has confirmed another title that's due to arrive soon - Xenoraid. It'll arrive on 17th November priced at $9.99USD (with regional variations), and aims to offer its own twists on the vertical shoot 'em up genre...

  • News Has-Been Heroes Gets a Meaty New Update, and It's Free

    Well, that's nice!

    Frozenbyte will be a familiar name to some download enthusiasts, with Trine 2: Director's Cut being a particularly impressive launch title on the Wii U eShop, for example. The studio is currently finishing off the rather promising Nine Parchments for Switch, but also brought us Has-Been Heroes on the system...

  • News ACORN Tactics Combines Turn-Based Strategy, Mechs and Alien Blobs

    ACORN is for Alien Counter Offensive Response Network, by the way

    Ooh, we love a bit of turn-based strategy here in Nintendo Life Towers - well, this writer with his ageing reflexes does, in any case. It's a genre not exactly heavily served on the Nintendo Switch, albeit Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle does an excellent job. There are Indie...

  • News Battle Chef Brigade Launches on the Switch eShop on 20th November

    Who needs Cooking Mama?

    When it comes to culinary action games, one would think that Overcooked: Special Edition is more than sufficient to satisfy such niche tastes, but that title in particular is certainly best enjoyed with friends. What if you wanted hack ‘n’ slash combat? What if you wanted match three puzzling? What if you wanted RPG...

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    Review Perception

    Far from pleasant

    What is it about the horror genre that makes it so timeless? Despite the often formulaic approaches and clichés that help define these games, it’s normally the exploration and discovery of the unknown that keeps both audiences and players alike on the edge of their seats. Audience engagement with this specific genre can be...

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    Review Octodad: Dadliest Catch

    The Suburban Life Aquatic

    Originally starting out as a Windows freeware title made by a group of Delaware University students, the original Octodad made a splash on the indie scene back in 2010. Many of the group would go on to form developer Young Horses and make its sequel, subtitled 'Dadliest Catch', appearing first on PS4 and PC in 2014 and...

  • News Humble Bundle Is Bringing Side-Scrolling Musical Adventure Wandersong To Switch

    You're a walking musical instrument!

    Humble Bundle is publishing Dumb & Fat Games’ Wandersong on Switch, it has been confirmed. Described as a "side-scrolling musical adventure", you assume the role of a "silly bard who embarks on a globe-trotting journey to learn about the mysterious Earthsong, said to be able to prevent the universe’s...

  • Nintendo Download 9th November (Europe)

    DOOM! Snipperclips Plus! Cat Quest! Octodad! Sonic Forces! Much more!

    It's time for the Nintendo Download Update, and it's another busy week in Europe. There are multiple intriguing retail arrivals on the Switch, along with various download-only options and DLC. The 3DS and Wii U also get in on the act along with the usual batch of discounts, so...

  • Nintendo Download 9th November (North America)

    DOOM! Hulu! Mario Party! L.A. Noire! Snipperclips! Much more!

    It's time for the Nintendo Download Update details for North America, ladies and gentleman, and it's a whopper. It has well over 20 new arrivals in the coming days, with the Switch getting a hugely impressive batch of retail and download-only releases. The 3DS gets a retail game of its...

  • News Teslagrad Will Bring a Spark to the Switch eShop in December

    It has magnetic appeal

    We've seen a number of quality titles from the Wii U eShop make their way onto the Switch, and another to put on the wishlist is Teslagrad by Rain Games. It featured a while ago at the Tokyo Game Show ahead of its Japanese release, and now the North American Switch eShop has confirmed a Western release date. It's listed for...

  • News Transcripted Is Coming to the Switch eShop Soon

    Just what the doctor ordered

    The Switch is the hottest console right now for quirky indie games to find their time in the spotlight, and the wave of new releases on the console is coming thick and fast. One indie game of note that’s due out in the near future is that of Transcripted, a unique match three puzzler/shoot ‘em up hybrid that looks a...

  • News Get Ready To Slam Dunk With The Next Neo Geo Game For Switch, Street Hoop

    Double Dribble

    We all love a bit of basketball action here at Nintendo Life, so we were delighted to hear that the Data East's classic Neo Geo game Street Hoop is heading it's way to the Switch tomorrow courtesy of Hamster.  We reviewed this back in 2010 when it landed on the Wii Virtual Console it netted an impressive 8/10. Here's what we had...

  • News Get Revved Up for Rocket League With Its Switch Launch Trailer

    Gets the green light in one week

    It's been a year with some high profile releases on the Switch eShop, and the upcoming Rocket League is among the biggest to date; it'll eventually be available at retail in some form, too. In coming to Switch the hugely popular driving / football / action title will be playable on the go for the first time, and...

  • News Circle Is Resurrecting Wii U Title Koi DX For The Switch eShop

    A fish out of water?

    Circle Entertainment is bringing Koi DX to the Switch eShop this week. Released on the Wii U a while ago, Koi DX places you in the role of a lone fish which has become separated from its owner and is tasked with purifying waters polluted by mankind. Naughty mankind. To do this, you must explore the waters for other fish...

  • Out Today Sonic Leads New Switch eShop Arrivals to Get the Week Started

    SEGA's latest big push for its mascot

    As is now the norm the Switch eShop's release slate for each week typically comes in a couple of batches. Beyond the usual Thursday update we also get retail and download-only titles earlier in the week, and as we've done in recent times we're giving you a reminder of what's out today. After all, we all need to...

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    Review Heroes Of The Monkey Tavern

    Brief but decent dungeon fun

    Not long ago the four heroes were rich, but unfortunately they are alcoholics and after a few days drinking in the Monkey Tavern they are broke. This should be the point at which they crawl home and sober up, but then a man mentions a place with lots of treasure. Before he’s properly explained the terrible dangers, the...

  • News Super Mario 64-Style Platformer Ginger: Beyond The Crystal Is Coming To Switch

    eShop and physical releases incoming

    Badland Games is bringing Drakhar's Ginger: Beyond the Crystal to the Nintendo Switch eShop, it has been revealed.  Heavily inspired by the likes of Super Mario 64, Spyro, Zelda and Donkey Kong Country, Ginger will be available in digital format on the eShop starting on November 17th. A boxed

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    Review Splasher

    Stay fresh!

    There’s no shortage of platformers on the Switch eShop nowadays, but that certainly hasn’t done anything to deter Splasher from carving out its own niche in the library. Created by some staff that worked on the likes Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins, Splasher works as a brilliant callback to that style of twitch platforming while...

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    Review Morphite

    Reasonably fun-obtainium

    It is remarkably easy to pigeonhole any game one way or the other. Last year's No Man's Sky debacle highlighted the pressure on indie games and their creators from all conceivable angles, not least from an increasingly vocal, demanding and influential consumer base. Unfortunately, that particular game became a victim of its...

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    Review Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior

    Impressive fighting finale

    HAMSTER’s ACA Neo Geo series has brought a number of one-on-one brawlers to the Switch, and now here’s another one. The first Art of Fighting game may have been visually impressive for its time, but it was lacking in the gameplay department meaning there was little reason to pick it up on Switch. Laughing in the face...

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    Review Chess Ultra

    Don't En Pass(ant) on this one

    Chess is one of the world's oldest and most finely crafted games. Its strategies and complexities have fascinated players for decades (centuries, even), and at a professional level commands extraordinary dedication and expertise. For the majority of us it's an engaging game that is nevertheless quite casual, as we...

  • News Spellspire Should Keep Word Wizards Busy on the Switch eShop

    Spellbinding

    10tons has been on a roll lately, releasing new games on an almost weekly basis on the Switch eShop. On 9th November it will be the turn of Spellspire, which will cost $9.99US. Spellspire casts the player in the role of a nerdy wizard climbing a 100 level tower; plenty of monsters must be defeated and loot collected on the way. Combat...

  • Feature Ripstone On Making the Right Moves With Chess Ultra on Nintendo Switch

    Chess on Switch is "the perfect hybrid of technology and tradition"

    With over 200 games already available on the Switch eShop we're seeing most genres and game styles covered, to varying degrees. Platformers, puzzle games, shooters, FPS, racing - they have been catered to in one form or another. A welcome recent addition is Chess Ultra by Ripstone,...

  • News Intense Arcade Combat Sidescroller Obelus Opens Crowdfunding Drive

    Switch is the console focus

    A new Fig crowdfunding campaign has opened for Obelus, which is described as an "intense arcade combat sidescroller with a thought provoking narrative".  Created by Springloaded, Obelus places you in the shoes of Dave an interplanetary insurance salesman who finds himself "travelling and fighting aggressive...

  • News VOEZ Is Getting 14 New Songs In Its Next Free Update

    The gift that keeps on giving

    Switch music title VOEZ is getting 14 new tracks as part of its upcoming 1.3 update. The update is due to arrive next week - November 9th, to be exact - and publisher Flyhigh Works has showcased two of the tracks: "25 Color Twilight" and "Promise from Another World". You can check them both out around the sixteen...

  • News Sky Force Reloaded Is Coming to the Switch

    Maybe a physical release is on the cards?

    Part of the pull of the Switch’s hybrid nature is that no game on the platform feels too big or too small for it, as the handheld nature can make those smaller indie experiences feel like a natural fit. Currently, there’s a bit of a dearth of shmup games in the Switch library, which is a bit...

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