March is here, and while the snow is falling in the Europe as the Beast from the East brings a late haul of snow, the Nintendo Download rolls on regardless. So if you're planning to increase the games in your digital library, you'll find a must-have set of new titles to tempt you and terrify your wallet.
This week there's a bundled dose of first-person horror, a sedate walking simulator from the man behind Fable, a moody mystery in a Korean school, a card game, a flurry of Neo Geo ports and so much more. Take your pick!
Kirby Star Allies Demo (Nintendo, Free) - Kirby is back - and he's finally on the Nintendo Switch console in HD! But this time, he's not alone. Recruit enemies by hitting them with hearts and gather helpers for a party of up to four characters. On top of that, you can join with up to three friends for a different kind of team-up action! Full game out 16th March.
Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Red Barrels, €24.99 / £19.99) - In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, the asylum has been operating in strict secrecy... until now. Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line between science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive. Continue to explore the dark world of the Murkoff Corporation with the included Outlast: Whistleblower DLC. Outlast: Bundle of Terror is a true survival horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind.
The Trail: Frontier Challenge (Kongregate, €14.99 / £11.99) - Are you ready to discover the undiscovered? Are you ready to climb the tallest mountains, wear the finest clothes, and earn a fortune beyond compare? Then welcome to the New World! Welcome to The Trail: Frontier Challenge! Join pioneers from across land and sea in an epic journey across an undiscovered country! Walk down the single track path of destiny at a calm and measured pace! Get out there and make your mark upon the world, adventurer!
Bridge Constructor Portal (Headup Games, €14.99 / £13.49) - Enter the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and experience Bridge Constructor Portal – the unique merging of the classic Portal and Bridge Constructor games. As a new employee in the Aperture Science test lab, it's your job to build bridges, ramps, slides, and other constructions in 60 test chambers and get the Bendies safely across the finish line in their vehicles. Make use of the many Portal gadgets, like portals, propulsion gel, repulsion gel, aerial faith plates, cubes, and more to bypass the sentry turrets, acid pools and laser barriers, solve switch puzzles, and make it through the test chambers unscathed.
Spot The Difference (Sabec, €7.99 / £7.19) - From the original creators of the famous Spot The Difference amusement machine game comes Spot The Difference for Nintendo Switch, a two-player version so you can play head-to-head against anyone, anytime. This special edition of Spot The Difference has the same exciting game play as the original amusement machine game, and just like the amusement machine it will take sharp eyes and quick wits to uncover all the differences before your opponent or against the clock in single-player mode.
The Final Station (tinyBuild Games, €14.99 / £13.49) - The world is over. But it's not quite over for you... at least, not yet. And now that you've got thousands of tonnes of locomotive at your disposal, you've got the definite advantage over the infected hordes. This is The Final Station. The real question is whether or not you'll help the survivors get to their destinations.... or let them die and loot their bodies. Sometimes people can be more trouble than they're worth. - Read our The Final Station review
Air Hockey (Sabec, €7.99 / £7.19) - With stunning 3D graphics, you'll be transported straight back to the arcades of your youth. Air Hockey takes full advantage of HD giving you stunning crisp graphics. Play against another player in two- player mode, or against the smart artificial intelligence (AI) player so winning won't come easy.
Let's Sing 2018 Platinum Edition (Koch Media, €54.99 / £44.99 / CHF -) - Get the definitive Let’s Sing 2018 experience with the Platinum Edition. Includes a copy of Let’s Sing 2018 and the Let's Sing 2018 Song Pass. Warm up those vocal cords, enter the virtual stage and experience Let’s Sing! • Exclusively chosen playlist: 30 top tracks. • New rewarding gameplay elements: Beat your high score, collect avatars and unlock music certification records! • Four challenging game modes: Compete against your friends in diverse modes including the brand new mode - Mix Tape!
A Hole New World (Dolores Entertainment, €9.99 / £8.99) - The city is being invaded by monsters from the Upside Down World! You, the Potion Master, must defeat evil all alone, with no tutorials or "Easy Mode" to assist you. You'll have to rely on the help of Fäy, your companion fairy, and your potions! Jump and shoot like they did in the good ol' arcade days. Fight enemies in your world and in the Upside Down World! Defeat gigantic bosses and acquire their powers!
A Normal Lost Phone (Plug In Digital, €5.99 / £5.49) - A Normal Lost Phone is a game about exploring the property of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player. The game takes the shape of a narrative investigation: you have to search the phone’s text messages, pictures and applications, in order to learn about its former owner. Through this phone, you uncover Sam’s life, friends, family and relationships, until the evening when they turn 18 and mysteriously disappear. - Read our A Normal Lost Phone review
ACA NEO GEO SENGOKU 2 (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - SENGOKU 2 is a side-scrolling action game released by SNK in 1993. Take on the role of a warrior summoned by a shrine princess, and fight over various historical periods in order to defeat the dark monarch. Players can enjoy new tactical features such as charge attacks and defensive abilities.
Arcade Archives STAR FORCE (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - STAR FORCE is a shooting game released in 1984 by Tehkan (now Koei Tecmo Games). It was very popular due to its variety of hidden bonuses as well as the competitiveness for achieving high scores.
Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo (ARC SYSTEM WORKS, €14.99 / £13.49) - The one and only robot customization hack & slash! Due to the bio weapons "Rages", of which we lost control, the surface of the earth as we know it has been taken over. Wield the humanoid robot "Gears" to take back the city! Gears are enhanced through equipping a variety of over 460 parts. Find the perfect combination that suits your playstyle.
Detention (Coconut Island Games, €10.49 / £9.49) - Detention is a unique atmospheric horror game heavily influenced by Taiwanese/East Asian culture, religious elements and mythology. Based on the 1960s Taiwan under martial law, in this 2D atmospheric horror side-scroller, the player controls characters who venture into a school beset by hostile supernatural events to uncover stories behind the haunted place. The game provides players with unique graphics and gaming experience. - Read our Detention review
GUILT BATTLE ARENA (ForwardXP, €9.99 / £8.39) - Engage your friends and family in frantic, couch multiplayer battles and co-op combat. As a member of The GUILT Patrol, you must battle the Dreadful Judge and his evil minions to bring peace back to the galaxy. In this frantic 2D couch combat game, you have one bullet to fire at your opponents. After firing your gun, you must “rebound” your bullet before firing again. This grin inducing mechanic introduces a new strategic element where thinking about where your bullet will land is as important as where you shoot!
Mulaka (Lienzo, €19.98 / £15.99) - Dive into northern Mexico's breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara. Renowned for their impressive running abilities, embark on the journey of a Sukurúame - a Tarahumara shaman - as you fight back the foulness corrupting the land, while drawing upon the powers of demigods. From solving puzzles in environments inspired by real Sierra Tarahumara locations, to heated hand-to-hand combat with creatures pulled from the region’s mythology, find out why the Tarahumara have earned a reputation for being superhumans.
Packet Queen # (Studio F-Sharp, €4.99 / £3.99) - Divide up the packets that appear one after another, and aim to get a higher score than your opponent. This is a competitive-type active solitaire game where you aim for a high score by gathering the necessary packets while avoiding specific colours and putting them together in poker-style hands. There are 39 stickers to collect based on how you play. Includes VS Mode where you can compete against other players over the Internet. Aim for a high rank after completing story mode!
Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated (iFun4all , €9.99 / £8.99) - Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated is the refreshed, updated, remastered, and enhanced edition of the Wii tower defense-like game! With updated graphics built from the ground up in Unity and a brand-new chapter where we've exchanged soldiers for zombies, it’s just better than ever! Prepare to face wave after wave of enemy soldiers and vehicles trying to cross the battlefield - don’t let them!!! Get in your tank, take control of the cannon, and wipe them out. Collect power-ups to call in an airstrike, use a special triple-shot skill, or slow time, well, to slow time! Simple and effective. Just be careful not to blow up the power-ups. Friendly fire, soldier! Friendly fire!!!
Poisoft Thud Card (POISOFT, €2.99 / £2.69) - What is "Thud"? if the sum of the hands matches other people's layout. Basic Rule You can discard the same suit as the table card or a number card.
Little Triangle (KONANDENKI, €12.99 / £11.69) - Little Triangle is a side-scrolling action game. Button operations are simply walking and jumping. Complete the stages by defeating the unique enemy characters and bosses! - Read our Little Triangle review
Subsurface Circular (Ant Workshop, €5.99 / £4.79) - A detective stationed on the Subsurface Circular investigates a series of disappearances among the city’s robotic working class. Collect words and phrases, then use them in dialogue puzzles to uncover the world's secrets and determine its future. Inspired by classic adventure games and modern dialogue systems, Bithell Games has created a single session story which respects your time and your intelligence.
Totes the Goat (Atooi, €4.99 / £4.49) - Happily hop your little goat through this modernized vision of classic and beloved arcade gameplay. Totes the Goat is a charming game with vibrant voxel art and a cast of fun playable characters to unlock. It will have you leaping like a kid in no time! Jump from platform to platform – bringing each one back to life – while avoiding hazardous Wily Wolves, Cranky Crows, and Bully Bears – oh my! Once a level is fully rejuvenated, hop down to the next level for an endless journey of jumps!
Grid Mania (QubicGames, €3.99 / £3.59) - Solve over 170 levels in 4 different modes. If you manage to solve all those riddles, the challenge is not yet over: Grid Mania generates random levels which might prove even more puzzling to wrap your head around.
New 3DS eShop
BRICK THRU (RCMADIAX, €1.49 / £1.39) - Welcome to high-speed brick-dodging with BRICK THRU. Quickly dash left or right finding an open space in the game board as the oncoming bricks try to knock you out. See how long you can go and rack up a high score! Endless fun for everyone!
Anime Workshop (Collavier, €6.99 / £6.29) - Let's make animation easily with characters written by yourself! Character animation is more easy than Cartoon. Less time and effort! You can post the animation you made on the internet and show it to your friends. Since the movement of a character can be reused as an object, when making the next story, animation can be made quicker and easier. Let's shape your story!
The Alliance Alive Demo (SEGA, Free) - The makers of The Legend of Legacy bring the classic JRPG back to form in The Alliance Alive, a new adventure that evokes the nostalgia of the JRPG greats by offering huge world-exploration, an intertwining story of 9 protagonists, and well-designed battle mechanics.
Wii U eShop
RTO 2 (nuGAME, €9.99 / £8.99) - RTO 2 is a side scrolling first person shooter with elements from the survival horror genre. Take control of a 6-man team through four episodes and do your best to survive and complete your mission. RTO 2 features randomly generated levels and permadeath. It will pitch you up against hordes of enemies and test your survival skills.
Steredenn: Binary Stars (Plug In Digital, €12.99 / £11.99, pre-order from 26/02/2018) - Pre-Order until 08/03/2018, 14:59 CET Game description: Steredenn: Binary Stars is an award-winning mashup of a shmup and a rogue-like, carved in big beautiful pixels, with insane boss battles. Fly solo or co-op with a friend, fighting off the worst scourges of space in a never-ending struggle for survival. Steredenn: Binary Stars is the expanded version of Steredenn. Enjoy infinite replayability and unforgiving gameplay through intense boss fights, (almost) randomly generated environments, twisted space events and a massive arsenal of weapons.
- Super Toy Cars (Eclipse Games) now €8.99 / £8.09 until Fri 9th Mar, normally €9.99 / £8.99
- Fear Effect Sedna (SQUARE ENIX) now €17.95 / £14.39 until Tue 20th Mar, normally €19.95 / £15.99
- World Conqueror X (CIRCLE Ent.) now €8.99 / £8.09 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €9.99 / £8.99
- Energy Balance (EvgeniyKolpakov) now €2.39 / £2.15 until Mon 5th Mar, normally €2.99 / £2.69
- NBA Playgrounds - Enhanced Edition (Saber Interactive Incorporated) now €9.99 / £8.99 until Mon 5th Mar, normally €19.99 / £17.99
- Never Stop Sneakin' (Humble Hearts) now €8.57 / £7.71 until Mon 12th Mar, normally €12.99 / £11.69
- Azkend 2: The World Beneath (10tons) now €5.99 / £5.24 until Wed 7th Mar, normally €7.99 / £6.99
- Piczle Lines DX (RAINYFROG) now €10.49 / £9.79 until Thu 15th Mar, normally €14.99 / £13.99
- Qbik (Forever Entertainment) now €2.49 / £2.24 until Thu 15th Mar, normally €4.99 / £4.49
- Super Ping Pong Trick Shot (STARSIGN) now €2.99 / £2.69 until Wed 21st Mar, normally €4.99 / £4.49
- Tower Of Babel (EnjoyUp Games) now €6.99 / £6.29 until Thu 29th Mar, normally €9.99 / £8.99
- Tactical Mind (QubicGames) now €2.39 / £2.15 until Mon 26th Mar, normally €2.99 / £2.69
- Farming Simulator 14 (Focus Home Interactive) now €7.99 / £5.99 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €19.99 / £14.99
- Farming Simulator 18 (Focus Home Interactive) now €17.99 / £14.99 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €29.99 / £24.99
- Adventure Bar Story (CIRCLE Ent.) now €3.99 / £3.89 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €4.99 / £4.89
- Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) now €5.99 / £5.39 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €7.99 / £7.19
- Collide-a-Ball (STARSIGN) now €0.99 / £0.99 until Wed 21st Mar, normally €1.99 / £1.99
- Conveni Dream (CIRCLE Ent.) now €4.00 / £3.99 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €5.00 / £4.99
- Drancia Saga (CIRCLE Ent.) now €4.00 / £3.99 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €5.00 / £4.99
- Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games) now €2.25 / £2.25 until Thu 29th Mar, normally €4.50 / £4.50
- Kingdom's Item Shop (CIRCLE Ent.) now €4.00 / £3.79 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €5.00 / £4.79
- Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (Big John Games) now €2.99 / £2.69 until Thu 29th Mar, normally €4.99 / £4.49
- Mercenaries Saga 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) now €3.99 / £3.89 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €4.99 / £4.89
- Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas (CIRCLE Ent.) now €3.99 / £3.19 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €4.99 / £3.99
- Ping Pong Trick Shot (STARSIGN) now €0.99 / £0.99 until Wed 21st Mar, normally €1.99 / £1.99
- RV-7 My Drone (EnjoyUp Games) now €1.49 / £1.49 until Thu 29th Mar, normally €2.99 / £2.99
- Symphony of Eternity (KEMCO) now €4.99 / £4.49 until Wed 21st Mar, normally €7.99 / £7.19
- The Legend of Dark Witch 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) now €5.59 / £5.49 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €6.99 / £6.89
- TOYS VS MONSTERS (EnjoyUp Games) now €1.99 / £1.99 until Thu 29th Mar, normally €3.99 / £3.99
- VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100 (EnjoyUp Games) now €3.33 / £3.33 until Thu 29th Mar, normally €6.66 / £6.66
- Hurry Up! Bird Hunter (EnjoyUp Games) now €3.99 / £3.59 until Thu 29th Mar, normally €7.99 / £7.19
DLC / Add-On Content
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - Extra Pack 2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €9.99 / £8.00
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - Anime Music Pack (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €14.99 / £12.99
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - TP Medal Pack (x200) #2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €1.99 / £2.00
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - TP Medal Pack (x500) #2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €3.99 / £3.00
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - TP Medal Pack (x1000) #2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €6.99 / £6.00
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - TP Medal Pack (x2000) #2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €12.99 / £11.00
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - TP Medal Pack (x5000) #2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €29.99 / £24.00
- Pic-a-Pix Deluxe - Classic 03 (Lightwood Games) - €2.99 / £2.99
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Helpful items (Nintendo) - €- / £- / CHF -
- Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: Settling the Score (Deep Silver) - €2.49 / £2.29
- Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: Meeting in the Chasm (Deep Silver) - €2.49 / £2.29
- Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: Hunting Corridor (Deep Silver) - €2.99 / £2.69
- of Milan (Rainbow, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
- Cinderella (Rainbow, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
- A magical trip in time (Rainbow, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
- and Yuki (Rainbow, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
- Snow White (Rainbow, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
What are you downloading this week? (172 votes)
- Outlast: Bundle of Terror8%
- The Trail: Frontier Challenge2%
- Bridge Constructor Portal2%
- Spot The Difference1%
- The Final Station5%
- Air Hockey1%
- Let's Sing 2018 Platinum Edition 0%
- A Hole New World 0%
- A Normal Lost Phone1%
- ACA NEO GEO SENGOKU 23%
- Arcade Archives STAR FORCE2%
- Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo2%
- GUILT BATTLE ARENA 0%
- Packet Queen # 0%
- Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated 0%
- Poisoft Thud Card1%
- Little Triangle1%
- Subsurface Circular3%
- Totes the Goat1%
- Grid Mania 0%
- Kirby Star Allies Demo32%
- BRICK THRU 0%
- Anime Workshop 0%
- The Alliance Alive Demo4%
- RTO 2 0%
- Nothing for me!24%
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