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 Downloads
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda, €59.99 / £49.99) - A title that has been eagerly anticipated, bringing the remastered version of a gaming classic to Nintendo hardware for the first time. An enormous adventure with impressive independence and flexibility, it still stands up as a wonderful gaming experience; we get into detail in our Skyrim review. Available from 17th November.
L.A. Noire (Rockstar Games, €49.99 / £44.99) - Another high profile arrive for Nintendo's system, in this case an inventive and critically acclaimed crime thriller from the last generation of consoles. Visually stunning when originally released, on Switch it includes all previous DLC, a 'Joy-Con' mode with motion controls, HR Rumble and some 'contextual touch controls'. We'll let you know what we think of this in a review.
Batman - The Telltale Series (Telltale Games, €44.99 / £39.99) - The steady catch-up of Telltale games on Switch continues with this collection of the first Batman series. This will include five episodes as you alternate between the caped crusader and Bruce Wayne across the storyline.
RiME (Grey Box, €34.99 / £29.99) - This one has had a long road to the Nintendo Switch, also due as a budget retail title in stores. It's a cerebral single player adventure in which you explore a mysterious island with a cute fox as a companion. We go over its pros and cons in our RiME review.
Ittle Dew 2+ (Nicalis, €29.99 / £26.99) - The Wii U had the original game in this series, so it's great to see the re-jigged sequel continue the run on Nintendo hardware. It's an overhead adventure/puzzle experience that draws comparisons to 2D Legend of Zelda games, but also very much goes its own way.
Lumo (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £19.99) - This love letter to the popular isometric platformers from the '80s has received acclaim from many sources for its intuitive and engrossing play mechanics, visual style, irreverent humour and chilled out music. We'll let you know whether it's still magic on the Switch.
Super Putty Squad (System 3, €14.99 / £14.99) - A retro platforming experience remastered for modern systems (previously also on Wii U and 3DS), this features a protagonist that "can inflate, morph, stretch, punch, jump and absorb". In principle that sounds like rather good fun, so we'll hop into a review.
Ginger: Beyond the Crystal (Badland Games, €19.99 / £17.99) - Heavily inspired by the likes of Super Mario 64, Spyro, Zelda and Donkey Kong Country, this is a 3D platformer with 200 side quests, 15 bonus levels and plenty of enemies to face off against. We'll check it out in a review. Available from 17th November.
Rocket League (Psynonix, €19.99 / £15.04) - In coming to Switch the hugely popular driving / football / action title will be playable on the go for the first time, and on top of that there are a few unique cars and designs for the Nintendo system. We loved this in our Rocket League review.
RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Two Tribes €12.74 / £11.46 until 30th November, then €14.99 / £13.49) - The final game from Two Tribes, it's an intense and attractive platforming shooter with smart controls and hacking mechanics. It finally arrives on Nintendo hardware with a co-pilot mode and 60fps performance; we're working on a review, but in the meantime you can check out our recent interview with Two Tribes. Available from 17th November.
Vvvvvv (Nicalis, €9.99 / £8.99) - Originally developed by Terry Cavanagh, this was a title that was a bit of an early gem on the 3DS eShop, keeping us hooked with its deceptively simple visuals and tough puzzle platforming. As for what this Switch version will offer, Nicalis promises smooth 60fps gameplay and multiplayer. We'll check it out for review and let you know what we think.
Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron (HandyGames, €14.99 / £13.49) - Somewhat different from the non 'Squadron' release previously seen on smart devices, this is a vertically scrolling shooter with an emphasis on local co-op play (though you can tackle it solo). We'll take to the skies for a review.
Xenoraid (10tons, €8.99 / £8.09 until 23rd November, then €9.99 / £8.99) - A shoot 'em up that aims to add its own spin with procedural levels, four fighters to choose from, 'tilt' aiming and accessibility for those that struggle with bullet-hell shooters. We'll dive in and let you know what we think in a review.
Antiquia Lost (KEMCO, €12.99 / £11.69) - Having brought a range of RPGs to Wii U and 3DS, KEMCO is now stepping up its Switch output. It features a "half-slime heroine, Lunaria" that needs to find and eat gems, and it's a world with three tribes to discover and utilise. We expect relatively stock RPG action, but it'll be interesting to see whether this is an accomplished download-only effort.
Green Game: TimeSwapper (iFun4all, €2.99 / £2.69) - This one is all about manipulating time to protect a flying bird, with the promise of a big challenge over 50 levels. Available from 17th November.
Karnov's Revenge (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - A fighting game originally released in 1994, it showcases 13 different fighters - including the titular Karnov, who previously starred in his own 1987 arcade action title. We can expect the usual ACA feature to enjoy, too.
Switch eShop Pre-Purchase / Pre-Load
Portal Knights (505 Games, €29.99 / £24.99)
Unepic (Unepic fran, €7.99 / £7.19 until 14th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Lumo (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £19.99)
Nintendo Switch DLC
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition - MINECON Earth 2017 Skin Pack (Mojang, free until 23rd November)
Rocket League - Supersonic Fury DLC Pack (Psyonix, €3.99 / £3.00)
Rocket League - Revenge of the Battle-Cars DLC Pack (Psyonix, €3.99 / £3.00)
Rocket League - Back to the Future Car Pack (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Chaos Run DLC Pack (Psyonix, €3.99 / £3.00)
Rocket League - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Aftershock (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Esper (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Marauder (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Masamune (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Proteus (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Triton (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Vulcan (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Hot Wheels Bone Shaker (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - Hot Wheels Twin Mill III (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League - The Fate of the Furious Ice Charger (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League – Fast & Furious '70 Dodge Charger R/T (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League – Fast & Furious '99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 (Psyonix, €1.99 / £1.50)
Rocket League – Crate Unlock Keys x1 (Psyonix, €1.26 / £1.12)
Rocket League – Crate Unlock Keys x5 (Psyonix, €4.22 / £3.75)
Rocket League – Crate Unlock Keys x10 (Psyonix, €8.45 / £7.52)
Rocket League – Crate Unlock Keys x20 (Psyonix, €16.91 / £15.04)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - French Voice Pack (Bethesda Softworks, free)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Italian Voice Pack (Bethesda Softworks, free)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Spanish Voice Pack (Bethesda Softworks, free)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - German Voice Pack (Bethesda Softworks, free)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Russian Voice Pack (Bethesda Softworks, free)
Nights of Azure 2: Side story, The Foreigner in a Wonderland of Sweets (Koei Tecmo, free)
Antiquia Lost - Experience Value Crystal (KEMCO, €4.99 / £4.49)
Antiquia Lost - SP Crystal (KEMCO, €2.99 / £2.69)
Antiquia Lost - Skill Level Crystal (KEMCO, €2.99 / £2.69)
Antiquia Lost - Boost Bead Set (KEMCO, €4.99 / £4.49)
Antiquia Lost - Battle Encounter Bead (KEMCO, €1.99 / £1.79)
Switch eShop Temporary Discounts
NBA 2K18 (2K Games, €48.99 / £38.49 until 27th November, normally €69.99 / £54.99)
NBA 2K18 Legend Edition (2K Games, €59.99 / £50.99 until 27th November, normally €99.99 / £84.99)
NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold (2K Games, €119.99 / £95.99 until 27th November, normally €149.99 / £119.99)
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (DotEmu, €13.99 / £12.59 until 30th November, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
3DS Retail Downloads
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99 each) - A title that's likely to drive plenty of interest in the 3DS over the festive period, these mid-gen entries may revisit a familiar land but nevertheless shake things up a fair amount. We get into what's new and why the additions are fantastic in our Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon review. Available from 17th November.
3DS eShop Demo
Phil's Epic Fill-a-Pix Adventure (Lightwood Games, free)
3DS HOME Theme
Pokémon: Necrozma (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Culdcept Revolt - Spider (NIS America, free)
Swapdoodle – Shades of Pink Set (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Swapdoodle – Shades of Red Set (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Swapdoodle – Shades of Blue Set (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Swapdoodle – Bird and Snowman Stationery Set (Nintendo, free)
New 3DS eShop Temporary Discount
36 Fragments of Midnight (Petite Games, €2.39 / £2.15 until 30th November, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Cats and Dogs 3D: Pets at Play (Treva Entertainment, €9.99 / £9.99 until 7th December, normally €24.99 / £24.99)
3DS HOME Theme
Pokémon: Necrozma (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Wii U eShop
RTO (nuGAME, €8.99 / £7.99) - This appears to be a scrolling gallery shooter in which you control multiple characters to shoot a whole lot of scary aliens, though the developer describes it as an "FPS survival horror game with permadeath".
Wii U DLC
Minecraft: Wii U Edition: MINECON Earth 2017 Skin Pack (Mojang, free)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, €1.49 / £1.49 until 14th December, normally €4.99 / £4.99)
Midnight 2 (Petite Games, €1.59 / £1.43 until 30th November, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun (YappaPie, €1.97 / £1.59 until 30th November, normally €3.59 / £2.99)
Lots of goodies on offer this week - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.