The North American Nintendo Download Update details are here, and it's another busy week. The Nintendo Switch is jam-packed with a demo, full download options and a retail game, from turn-based match three, to retro kicks, multiplayer shenanigans and more besides. The 3DS gets a new release and a retail demo, while the Wii U also joins in with two Virtual Console releases. Let's get into the details, shall we?
Nintendo Switch Retail Download
Troll and I (Maximum Games, $29.99 / $39.99CAD) - This is a Nordic-themed co-operative adventure in which a man called Otto teams up with the Troll to work through various environments in order to get home safely. It looks pretty dramatic and impressive in its trailer, but we'll try and take a look for review. Available from 15th August.
Nintendo Switch eShop
Sonic Mania (SEGA, $19.99USD) - It's a 2D Sonic game that many have been waiting for, with Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games teaming up to provide new and remixed content based on Sonic's 16-bit glory days. We'll let you know what we think of it in time for launch. Available from 15th August.
Ironcast (Ripstone, $12.99 / $16.99CAD) - A game inspired by Puzzle Quest titles, this blends match-three mechanics with turn-based battling and a Steampunk aesthetic. It offers surprising and addictive depth, also supporting various ways to play on the Switch; we loved it in our Ironcast review and will bring you an interview with the developer soon.
Flip Wars (Nintendo, $9.99 / $14.09CAD) - Developed by Over Fence Co., the core concept is around multiplayer matches in which players compete by flipping over tiles to their colour, with various environmental factors and items that come into play; it includes local and online multiplayer. We had some fun with this one when it arrived in Europe, but due to some shortcomings only gave it a modest recommendation.
Phantom Trigger (tinyBuild Games, $14.99 / $18.99CAD) - This is a slash-em-up with RPG and roguelike elements; playing as a protagonist by the name of Stan, you will embark on a journey through surreal and twisted worlds. This looks rather interesting and promises a 'deep combat system', story-driven levels and a narrative with branching paths and multiple endings. We'll hack and slash through it for a review.
Rocket Fist (Bitten Toast Games, $9.99 / $11.99CAD) - Described by the developers as a "rocket dodgeball arena" game, you dash around while firing fists at your foes in various creative ways. It's fast-paced and chaotic, and joins the list of rather promising local multiplayer-focused titles on the Nintendo Switch; we'll take a look for a review.
SEVERED (Drinkbox Games, $14.99) - This is a game that utilises swipe controls for combat (so it's handheld mode only on Switch), and also has an underlying RPG structure. It previously arrived on both Wii U and 3DS, and we were big fans in our original review; we'll give it another whirl for a Switch review.
The King of Fighters 2000 (HAMSTER, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - Oh yes, more Neo Geo fighting action. Following up the previous game in this series the Striker system makes a return, now featuring alternate Striker-only characters from several SNK franchises such as Metal Slug, The Last Blade and even Burning Fight, adding chaotic variety to keep your opponent guessing. As this is an ACA release it'll have all the usual customisation options with which to dabble.
Nintendo Switch Demo
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (Ubisoft, free) - Available from 14th August.
Elminage Original (Ninja Games Japan, $19.99 / $25.99CAD) - Developed by Starfish, this is a remake of the 2008 game which started it all; it was previously localised for the west on the PSP in 2012. Elminage is thematically similar to the Wizardry series, and involves moving around dungeons from a first-person perspective. We'll get one of our RPG masters on the case.
3DS eShop Demo
Monster Hunter Stories (Capcom, free)
Wii U Virtual Console
Soldier Blade (Konami, $5.99USD) - The run of TurboGrafx-16 games on the Wii U Virtual Console continues with this vertically scrolling shmup, a tough title in which you shoot all of the things. If you have a love of concise retro NL writing you can read our original Wii Virtual Console review.
Final Soldier (Konami, $5.99USD) - This was actually part of the same series as Soldier Blade, above, but back in the day was only released in Japan. In this case you're shooting all of the things in a 23rd Century setting, and we rather liked it in our Wii Virtual Console review.
As always Nintendo of America wants you to browse the eShop and check out the official sales and deals website for discount details.
Plenty of choices in this week's update - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.