Thursday is here once again and the Nintendo eShops have been freshly updated with all manner of new goodies. From new indie darlings to slices of retro greatness from yesteryear, the 3DS and Switch eShops have just got even more tempting. As always, be sure to place a vote in the poll below, and leave a comment with your favourite picks from this week's early April haul. Enjoy!

Switch eShop

Infernium (Undergames, $24.95) - Infernium is a game filled with brutal challenges to overcome. While playing the game you won’t be able to kill or damage most of the enemies but at the same time running away without a second though is not the solution.

Arcade Archives PUNCH-OUT!! (HAMSTER, $7.99) - "PUNCH-OUT!!" is a sports-action game released by Nintendo in 1984. Watch your opponents' expressions and moves as you use a variety of punches and defensive moves on your path to become the boxing champion. The game became extremely popular with the double monitor setup, introducing intense boxing with dynamic graphics.

Lode Runner Legacy (Tozai Games, $11.99) - Collect all gold in the level and escape! But watch out for the multitudes of enemies and traps in the labyrinthine levels! The Runner can blast floors, so strategically use this technique to capture the gold imbedded in blocks, or entrap your enemies in the blocks! Use your wisdom and strategic techniques to complete all the levels!

Splat the Fruit (West Coast Software, $9.99) – Splat the Fruit is the thinking persons version of "Angry Birds". If you love a challenge and want the freedom of playing a game your own way you will love "Splat the Fruit".Available 6th April.

The Bunker (Wales Interactive, $12.99) – The Bunker is a live-action psychological horror game starring Adam Brown (The Hobbit) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) with writing talent behind The Witcher, Broken Sword and SOMA. Available 9th April.

Masters of Anima (Focus Home Interactive, $17.99) – Masters of Anima is an original adventure game that takes you deep into the magical world of Spark. Battle against the forces of evil in strategic, action-packed battles, where making tactical decisions quickly is vital. Summon and control large armies of up to 100 Guardians, thanks to intuitive and innovative gameplay. Available 10th April.

Super Daryl Deluxe (Dan & Gary Games, $19.99) – Super Daryl Deluxe is an RPGvania with brawler-style combat set inside of a perfectly normal, sprawling, multi-dimensional high school. Like any other perfectly normal school, its students and faculty are going missing and the classrooms have been locked down for weeks. Yes, there's nothing remarkable happening at WFHS whatsoever - just ask the new principal. Available 10th April.

Bombslinger (Plug In Digital, $11.99) – Wear the poncho of the Bombslinger, a ruthless bandit turned peaceful rancher on a quest to avenge the murder of his missus and destruction of his ranch at the hands of his former posse. Available 11th April.

Deep Ones (Sometimes You, $4.99) – Deep Ones» is a retro arcade-platformer with multigenre parts, inspired by ZX Spectrum, Bioshock and works of H. P. Lovecraft. Available 11th April.

ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN III (HAMSTER, $7.99) - "SAMURAI SHODOWN III" is a fighting game released by SNK in 1995. It is a sequel to SAMURAI SHODOWN II. You can now fill your Rage Gauge, as well as block attacks mid-air. Player characters now have 2 styles to choose from: SLASH and BUST. The ways of battle have greatly expanded.

The Adventure Pals (Armor Games, $14.99) – The Adventure Pals sets you and your best friends (a giraffe and a rock) out to save the world and your dad from turning into hotdogs. Explore the mystical forests of Treevale, hike the haunted craters of the moon and dive into the depths to find the lost city of Crablantis.

Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery (Rainy Frog, $9.99) - Put together pieces of an animated jigsaw puzzle of Japan's most beautiful scenery and watch it gradually come to life before your eyes!

Arcade Archives Ninja-Kid (HAMSTER, $7.99) - "Ninja-Kid" is an action game that was released from the UPL in 1984. Players control Ninja-kun who puts a red hood on, and layers move the scaffold consisting of several stairs up, down, left or right, and players defeat the enemy with the shuriken.

Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes (FTE Games, $7.99) - "Rampant ninja related crimes these days... Whitehouse is not the exception...". As soon as that occurs, a Secret Service agent asks two street-smart brawlers, the "Bad Dudes" named Blade and Striker: "President Ronnie has been kidnapped by the ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue Ronnie?" After hearing that, the Bad Dudes pursue the ninjas through the New York City streets, a moving big rig truck, a large storm sewer, a forest, a freight train on an old Southern Pacific line, a cave and into an underground factory in order to save President Ronnie. Read our review.

Octocopter: Double or Squids (TACS Games, $2.99) - Oh no! Part way through their epic battle the Octopus and Submarine have lost their way and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Can you help them to work together to escape these deadly depths? To complete each level you must navigate the maze without crashing. You won't stop spinning so timing is everything!

Sally's Law (POLARIS-X, $12.99) - The game explores the relationship between Sally and her critically ill father. As the game unfolds, the relationship between daughter a father is revealed. Along the way, Sally experiences great luck and good fortune with the help of a secret helper: her father. Having played the game as Sally, the player can then experience the story through the eyes of her father. Through following their journey, you will find dad and daughter’s family tie.

Sling Ming (Good Night Brave Warrior, $11.99) - Grab your helmet, princess, you're in for the ride of your life! Hook up to the Oxylane, a transit system that lets you fly through the air, swing around corners and defy gravity. Embark on an intergalactic adventure, trace the steps of your missing father and recover the keys to the mysterious vault beneath your castle.

Sumer (Studio Wumpus, $14.99) - Sumer blends the intrigue of turn-based strategy with the excitement of real-time action. Board game night is coming to the Nintendo Switch! Play as Sumerian nobles vying for the affection of the great goddess Inanna. Harvest barley, herd goats, and perform ritual offerings to earn her favor and the right to rule by her side!

Super Rocket Shootout (Plug In Digital, $9.99) - Super Rocket Shootout is a frantic 2D pixelart brawler game, mixing platformer and fighting mechanics. Charming characters, destructible environments, cool weapons and awesome jetpack make this a blast to play alone or with up-to 4 friends. Read our review.

Urban Trial Playground (Tate Multimedia, $19.99) - This new installment of the stunt bike racing series is moving the action from city streets, straight to the sunny and colorful beaches of California, mixing in even crazier tricks, flips and combos than ever before. It’s a game of speed, balance and style! Read our review.

Switch demos

  • Word Search by POWGI – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Black Hole – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • I and Me – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

3DS eShop

Alter World (Lemondo Games, $1.99) - Inspired by Stephen King's book - "The Dark Tower," Alter World is a 2D platformer with interesting gameplay mechanics. Player can pass on an alternative universe anytime and use an alternative realm to move to another level. New Nintendo 3DS only.

3DS demos

Detective Pikachu – Special Demo Version – Crack the case in the new Detective Pikachu game by interacting with a unique, tough-talking Pikachu! As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with a self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! Game in 2D. This demo covers a portion of the first chapter of the game. Save data is transferable to the full version of the game once purchased.

What are you downloading this week? (255 votes)

  2. Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery1%
  3. Arcade Archives Ninja-Kid2%
  4. Infernium2%
  5. Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes7%
  6. Octocopter: Double or Squids1%
  7. Sally's Law  0%
  8. Sling Ming  0%
  9. Sumer  0%
  10. Super Rocket Shootout1%
  11. Urban Trial Playground6%
  12. Alter World  0%
  13. Arcade Archives PUNCH-OUT!!​15%
  14. Lode Runner Legacy​5%
  15. Splat the Fruit​  0%
  16. The Bunker2%
  17. Masters of Anima1%
  18. Super Daryl Deluxe  0%
  19. Bombslinger​2%
  20. Deep Ones  0%
  21. The Adventure Pals​4%
  22. Word Search by POWGI – Demo Version2%
  23. Black Hole​ – Demo Version1%
  24. I and Me​ – Demo Version2%
  25. Detective Pikachu​ – Special Demo Version15%
  26. Nothing for me!25%

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So there's your lot for this week's North American eShop updates. Be sure to leave a vote in our poll and a comment below on which new game (if any) if be leaping into your virtual library...