The latest Nintendo Download update is here, bringing with it a fresh haul of new games, discounts, demos and content updates. There's bound to be something here that takes your fancy, so check out all the latest updates direct from Nintendo. Feel free to leave a vote in our poll, and a comment or two below with your potential buying choices...
Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Thunder Lotus Games, $14.99) - Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a hand-drawn, action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Explore vast regions of Norse Purgatory to find runes to unleash the jotun, giant Norse elementals. Fight them using only your massive two-handed axe, the blessings of the Gods and your skills. Jotun: Valhalla Edition launches April 27.
A Robot Named Fight (Hitcents, $12.99) - A Robot Named Fight is a 2D action adventure roguelite focused on exploration and item collection. Take on the role of a lone robot tasked with stopping the entity known as Megabeast. Explore procedurally-generated labyrinths, uncover randomized power-ups and artifacts, find secrets, and blast meaty creatures in this deliciously gory adventure.
ACA NEOGEO GHOST PILOTS (HAMSTER, $7.99) - "GHOST PILOTS" is a shooting game released by SNK in 1991. The hero flies an old-fashioned seaplane in order to fight the two powerful nations invading their own country. Alongside giant military weapons, a mysterious combat unit arrives and makes for an intense battle.
Agatha Knife (Mango Protocol, $9.99) - Embark on this twisted adventure with Agatha, a child torn between her love for eating meat and her friendships with animals. Join her as she discovers religion and creates her own, Carnivorism, to convince the animals that the sacrifice of their flesh is the secret to their eternal happiness. Read our review.
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story (Plug In Digital, $5.99) - Another Lost Phone is a game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just found. This game is designed as a narrative investigation where you must piece together elements from the different applications, messages and pictures to progress. Scrolling through the phone's content, you will find out everything about Laura: her friendships, her professional life and the events that led to her mysterious disappearance and the loss of this phone.
Glaive: Brick Breaker (Blue Sunset Games, $9.99) - Glaive: Brick Breaker is a classic and popular arkanoid-type game with beautiful 3D graphics. Many power-ups, tons of different stages and dynamic gameplay.
Goetia (Forever Entertainment, $9.99) - The ruins of any village are the silent testament to its final moments. The ruins of Oakmarsh are no different. Their telling silence, the dust blanketing what was once a quiet village near Coventry. The name of a manor and the family that lived within.
KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch (DETUNE Ltd, $48.00) - Award-winning music creation software KORG Gadget is now available for the Nintendo Switch. Plentiful instrumental gadgets combined with a simple and intuitive graphical interface enable speedy music creation. With this new music creation studio, one can create and perform music by actively twisting and turning the Joy-Con.
Late Shift (Wales Interactive, $12.99) - Late Shift is a high stakes FMV crime thriller. After being forced into the robbery of a lucrative auction house, mathematics student Matt is left proving his innocence in the brutal London heist. Your choices will have consequences from the very start, right through to the very end. One small decision could change the entire outcome in a choose-your-own-adventure style gameplay that can lead to one of seven conclusions.
Light Fall (Bishop Games, $14.99) - In this land of eternal night, you will rely on your Shadow Core to brave the many challenges and foes standing in your way. Do you have what it takes to survive in perilous Numbra?
Saturday Morning RPG (Limited Run Games, $9.99) - Saturday Morning RPG is a Japanese style turn-based RPG set in world heavily inspired by 1980s Saturday morning cartoons and pop culture. Players take the role of Martin 'Marty' Michael Hall, an average high-school student who has just been granted an incredible power - a power that ultimately leads him to attract the ire of the world's most notorious villain, Commander Hood!
Sky Rogue (Fractal Phase, $19.99) - Blow things up over land, sea, and air, on an infinite number of procedurally-generated islands. Choose one of a diverse set of aeros and kit it out with a dizzying array of weaponry. Go toe-to-toe with enemy aces or assault giant flying aircraft carriers and battleships, but watch out for volleys of missiles; when you die, you're dead. Read our review.
Sparkle ZERO (Forever Entertainment, $4.99) - The blue whale is the largest living organism on Earth today and can reach a length of 33 meters. Evolution comes a long way to develop such large and powerful organisms and that evolutionary journey always starts from much smaller creatures, like those the Blue Whale now eats; which can be up to 4 tons a day.
12 orbits (Roman Uhlig, $1.99) – 12 orbits doesn't require any prior knowledge, preparation time or additional controllers. Your left and right Joy-Con, or even the touch screen alone, are all you need for any number of players. The only limit is how close you'd like to be together. Available April 27
ACA NEOGEO STAKES WINNER (HAMSTER, $7.99) – "STAKES WINNER" is a realistic jockey action game released in 1995 by SNK. Use skills such as showing the whip, formation split and hyper dash, collect items on the course, and power-up your beloved horse in this multifaceted game. Ride with your horse through a variety of races as you aim to conquer the GI. Available May 2
Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (Bigben Interactive. $39.99) – Fun, exotic and for up to 8 players, Aqua Moto Racing Utopia brings all the intensity of jet skiing right to you! Available April 27
Arcade Archives 10-Yard Fight (HAMSTER, $7.99) – Run with the ball or make a pass - you decide how to gain those 10 yards! Go, go, go for the touchdown! Available May 2
Bouncy Bob (SONKA, $3.99) – Defeat hordes of zombies and seal your fate with the push of one button! Beat your own score in Single Mode or invite your friends to play together in Multiplayer Mode. Available April 27
DragoDino (Plug In Digital, $9.99) – Fight your way to the top in DragoDino, an epic adventure set in an ever changing world! Available April 27
Hello Kitty Kruisers (Rising Star Games, $29.95) - Join Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends as they race on land, through air and over water. Race by yourself or with up to three of your friends. Unlock new outfits and vehicles for Hello Kitty and her Sanrio Friends, or challenge your racing skills in the all-new Adventure Mode!
Ninja Striker! (Flyhigh Works, $3.99) - Ninja Striker takes visuals and music inspired by the 8-bit era and fires them up with modern touches. Heavily stylized around Japanese themes, your goal is to advance forward with as much speed, flair and combo power as possible. You have double jumps, homing attacks and a special 'Shinobi Action' at your disposal; only by mastering each with sharp reflexes will you make it through your quest.
Save the Ninja Clan (Sometimes You. $3.99) – An evil ninja kidnapped your friends. You must collect scrolls in order to find your friends and save them. You will play as different ninjas as the journey progresses. Each ninja has a different ability: Green Ninja has a double jump, Purple Ninja has a sprint, and the Grey Ninja has a dash (with temporary invincibility). Available April 27
Snow Moto Racing Freedom (Bigben Interactive, $39.99) – Snowy races, spectacular stunts, split-screen and online multiplayer: experience all the intensity of extreme sports on your own or with friends. Fun and competitive, Snow Moto Racing Freedom is a blast in 40 races, where you do awesome stunts and play against up to 7 opponents. Available April 27
Super Saurio Fly (FraxelGames, $15.95) Players will move along the stages crossing different parts of the world by using Super Saurio's ability to fly, dodge traps and defeat other dinosaurs. The storyline puts the player on the role of Saurio, a cute and clumsy tiny pterodactyl whose eggs were stolen. Saurio will have to look for his eggs around the world and defeat the evil kidnappers . Available April 28
Splatoon 2 Update Now Available – Nintendo has dropped some fresh (and free!) new content for the Splatoon 2 game on the Nintendo Switch system this week! After downloading a major new update (Version 3.0) to the Splatoon 2 game, players will have access to a huge amount of new content. This includes the addition of more than 100 pieces of new and returning gear, new songs, the introduction of a challenging new X Rank for the top-performing players in Ranked Battle, weapon balance adjustments and the return of Callie of the famous Squid Sisters. For more information about this free update, please visit the official Nintendo customer support site.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Version 1.4.0 Update – The Version 1.4.0 free update, which will be available later today, includes the ability to recruit and resonate the Rare Blade T-elos from the Xenosaga series after clearing the main game story. Get full update notes at the official Nintendo customer support site.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass: Rare Blade Pack – Expansion Pass owners can now receive the first additional Rare Blade from the Expansion Pass, Poppibuster! Learn more about the Expansion Pass here.
My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest – Make, Play and Discover with Nintendo Labo! Create your masterpiece using a Nintendo Labo kit and a Nintendo Switch system, then post a video or image of your creation to the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest official site. The winning My Nintendo members will each receive:
- a Nintendo Labo Variety Kit or Nintendo Labo Robot Kit
- a Nintendo Labo Creators jacket
- a framed award certificate signed by Nintendo Labo developers
My Nintendo members can submit entries in three categories:
- Best Decorated Toy-Con – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 11
- Best Toy-Con Mod using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 25
- Best Original Invention Using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on June 15
You can also look at My Nintendo members’ contest submissions here. To learn more about the contest and submit your creation, please visit the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest site.
Wii U eShop
Unalive (RandomSpin, $1.99) - Unalive is an action adventure roguelike game. Randomly generated laboratory rooms. Collect unique items to improve your abilities. Kill bosses and stay alive. You have only one chance!
Sales and discounts
Sonic Forces (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Join the uprising! Save 40 percent on Sonic Forces until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7.
What are you downloading this week? (199 votes)
- A Robot Named Fight6%
- ACA NEOGEO GHOST PILOTS5%
- Agatha Knife2%
- Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story 0%
- Glaive: Brick Breaker2%
- KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch11%
- Late Shift2%
- Light Fall5%
- Saturday Morning RPG8%
- Sky Rogue12%
- Sparkle ZERO1%
- Jotun: Valhalla Edition9%
- 12 orbits 0%
- ACA NEOGEO STAKES WINNER2%
- Aqua Moto Racing Utopia1%
- Arcade Archives 10-Yard Fight4%
- Bouncy Bob 0%
- DragoDino 0%
- Hello Kitty Kruisers2%
- Ninja Striker!1%
- Save the Ninja Clan1%
- Snow Moto Racing Freedom1%
- Super Saurio Fly1%
- Nothing for me!25%
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