La-mulana 2 (Switch eShop)

La-mulana 2 (Switch eShop)La-mulana 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Nigoro
Release Date: 17th Mar 2020 (USA) / 20th Mar 2020 (UK/EU)

The original La-Mulana was a masterpiece in its own right, but we’d contend that it’s been edged out by the sequel. What we have here is an expertly-paced, crushingly difficult, and utterly mystifying adventure that constantly beckons you to explore deeper and acquaint yourself with its unique charms. La-Mulana 2 definitely isn’t for everybody – if you consider yourself an impatient or clumsy player, steer clear – but those who put in the time and effort to crack this nut will be deeply satisfied that they did so. We’d give La-Mulana 2 a high recommendation for anybody looking for a deep and challenging new Metroidvania for their Switch; it’s an acquired taste, but one you will come to savour.

Carrion (Switch eShop)

Carrion (Switch eShop)Carrion (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Phobia Game Studio
Release Date: 23rd Jul 2020 (USA) / 23rd Jul 2020 (UK/EU)

Carrion is a special thing in many ways--a game which puts you in the shoes (or slithering eldritchtentacles) of the game's 'boss'--but its actual meat and potatoes structure is as formulaic as the genre gets. Thankfully, its core gameplay of tearing room after room of people into wet chunks of corpse never, ever gets old, and sustains the experience throughout. It looks superb, sounds great and is plenty of fun to play, despite some minor issues which just hold Carrion back from the absolute upper echelons of the Switch library. Still, if you're after a Metroidvania with a twist, this one is digustingly intriguing.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens (Switch eShop)

Shantae and the Seven Sirens (Switch eShop)Shantae and the Seven Sirens (Switch eShop)
Publisher: WayForward / Developer: WayForward
Release Date: 28th May 2020 (USA) / 4th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)

Shantae and the Seven Sirens is the culmination of everything WayForward has learned since that initial release a little less than two decades back. It pulls some of the best elements from the titles that came before it – such as the dungeons and fast transformations – while adding in several cool new ones too, like the collectable cards and lovable new characters. A short-but-sweet runtime, well-drawn visuals, a catchy soundtrack and a well-designed map make this one an easy recommendation to anybody looking for the next must-have Metroidvania for their Switch.

Minoria (Switch eShop)

Minoria (Switch eShop)Minoria (Switch eShop)
Publisher: DANGEN Entertainment / Developer: Bombservice
Release Date: 10th Sep 2020 (USA) / 10th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Minoria is a great Metroidvania that we’d hate to see slip under the radar amongst the more well-known titles like Bloodstained and Hollow Knight. It’s not quite as feature-rich as some of the other titles in the genre and will only last roughly five hours or so, but the combat is so impressive that we’d urge you to check it out.

Alwa's Legacy (Switch eShop)

Alwa's Legacy (Switch eShop)Alwa's Legacy (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Elden Pixels / Developer: Elden Pixels
Release Date: 29th Sep 2020 (USA) / 29th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Alwa’s Legacy is an excellent example of how to do a proper sequel; it takes everything that Alwa's Awakening did well and builds on it, adds in a few new ideas of its own, and corrects the issues that were previously present. It may be a little on the short side, but Alwa’s Legacy is the special sort of game that only comes around once in a great while, reminding you of the kind of quality that’s possible when a dedicated crew puts in the time to make a polished and tightly designed final product.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Switch eShop)

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Switch eShop)Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Switch eShop)
Publisher: iam8bit / Developer: Moon Studios
Release Date: 17th Sep 2020 (USA) / 17th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Though slightly more linear than The Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps still scratches that Metroidvania itch beautifully. It's not just a great sequel; in many ways, it outdoes its predecessor. The addition of more customization options, a greater focus on combat and a better-developed story – all in a game that's running at 60 frames per second – allows the sequel to comprehensively outshine the original. This came at a cost of stability at launch (a patch is in the works which will hopefully banish the occasional soft locks and crashes).

Even with these issues, though, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a must-buy for anyone even the slightest bit interested, and we're confident that the stability problems will be addressed. This is a supremely enjoyable platform adventure which everyone should experience.

Narita Boy (Switch eShop)

Narita Boy (Switch eShop)Narita Boy (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team17 / Developer: Studio Koba
Release Date: 30th Mar 2021 (USA)

Narita Boy joins a plethora of entertainment franchises that pay homage to ‘80s culture. But where others have failed, Narita Boy transcends its inspiration with exceptional world building, a complex yet thoughtful narrative, and stunning combat gameplay. It occasionally feels a little too vague and abstract in its structure, and ultimately this holds it back from being a true masterpiece, but if you’re longing for a great Metroidvania title, then Narita Boy is absolutely what you’ve been waiting for.

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