It's the time of the week yet again as the Nintendo Download update brings in all manner of fresh games and other virtual delights to an eShop near you. This week we've got something for everyone, ranging from Switch indies to 3DS titles and Wii U oddities. As always, drop a vote in the poll and leave a comment below with your potential purchases.
Pokémon Quest (Nintendo, Free) - Set off for adventure in the Pokémon™ Quest game. Venture out with your Pokémon buddies on expeditions across Tumblecube Island in search of loot in this free-to-start action-adventure for the Nintendo Switch™ system. Modify your Pokémon buddies with discovered Power Stones to make your ultimate expedition team.
Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection (Capcom, $39.99) - Celebrate Street Fighter's historic legacy with the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. In this massive collection of 12 Street Fighter titles, which encompass the Street Fighter I, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III and Street Fighter Alpha series, perfect arcade balance makes it to consoles for the first time ever. Hop online and relive the arcade experience through the online Arcade Mode or play with friends in the online lobby within four of the most definitive Street Fighter titles in the collection.
Yoku's Island Express (Team17, $19.99) - Meet Yoku, the pint-sized postman protagonist of Yoku's Island Express! Yoku has arrived on Mokumana and he’s ready for the easy life, soaking up the sun and delivering parcels on a tropical paradise! Read our review.
ACA NEOGEO NINJA COMBAT (HAMSTER, $7.99) - "NINJA COMBAT" is an action game released in 1990 by SNK. In order to defeat the evil ninja clan KAGE ICHIZOKU, justice-seeking ninjas head towards the NINJA TOWER. Enjoy battling with a wide array of weapons and ninja magic as well as the ability for a friend to join the action.
Defoliation (COSEN, $9.99) - It all starts from searching the house. The player can solve puzzles or look for hints for solving them, by touching the screen or moving the mouse pointer to click on the places they want to search. There are various tricks in the house, and you can move forward as you solve the puzzles along the way. You can also master the use of items to increase the chance of discovering unexpected breakthroughs. Click the Hint Button when you are stuck. It may give you hints about what you may have missed in the screen.
ICEY (X.D. Network, $9.99) - ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game. As you follow the narrator's omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY's eyes and learn the truth about her world.
Johnny Turbo's Arcade Joe and Mac Caveman Ninja (FTE Games , $6.99) - Grab your club and get ready to go on a wild, prehistoric adventure with the Cavemen Ninjas - Joe & Mac! Help Joe and Mac, two cavemen who fight against enemy cavemen and dinosaurs using prehistoric weapons.
Just Shapes and Beats (Berzerk Studio , $19.99) - "Just Shapes & Beats" is a chaotic co-op musical bullet-hell based on three simple things: avoid Shapes, move to the rad Beats, and die, repeatedly. It’s a new spin on SHMUPs, adding a layer of coop that's at the core of the game: 'cause everything is better with friends.
Lost Sea (eastasiasoft, $9.99) - After a freak storm over the Atlantic, you find yourself stranded on the shores of a mysterious island. Do you have what it takes to escape the Lost Sea?
Pirate Pop Plus (13AM Games, $4.99) - Join Pete Jr on his quest to defeat the nefarious Bubble Pirate, an evil villain who has trapped the innocent townsfolk in bubbles! Dodge and pop bubbles with your anchor while collecting power-ups and managing Bubble Pirate's constant gravity-switching mischief!
Quad Fighter K (Aksys Games, $7.99) - In the far distant future, a mysterious alien race set its sights on nothing less than the conquest of the Earth and the total annihilation of the human race. To counteract this threat the nations of Earth formed the EDC (Earth Defense Corps) and launched an all-out counter attack. Despite humanity's best efforts, the alien invaders superior technology proved too much to overcome and they took over most of the planet.
Smoke And Sacrifice (Curve Digital , $19.99) - Smoke and Sacrifice sees Sachi, a mother forced to give up her son, adventure into a grotesque underworld on a quest that will lead her to a darker truth. Read our review.
West of Loathing (Asymmetric, $11.00) - West of Loathing is a single-player slapstick comedy adventure role-playing game set in the wild west of the Kingdom of Loathing universe. Traverse snake-infested gulches, punch skeletons wearing cowboy hats, grapple with demon cows, and investigate a wide variety of disgusting spittoons.
World Soccer Pinball (EnjoyUp Games , $1.99) - Enjoy World Soccer Pinball, a perfect reproduction of a real pinball machine, with all the graphic details and sounds. Discover all the secrets, complete all the missions and become number 1 in the world or the best among your Friends, posting your high score on the online leaderboard.
Yesterday Origins (Microïds, $29.99) - Join immortals John Yesterday and Pauline Petit in Yesterday Origins, and experience an epic adventure through time and across the world in a story full of intrigue and unexpected twists.
Them Bombs! (Yellow Dot , $9.99) - A text message leads you to a ticking bomb. Tic-toc! Tic-toc! Every second counts. Which wire to cut – the blue or the red one? How to set the control knobs? Tic-toc! Tic-toc! Only two minutes left… Your flashlight battery runs out. The adrenaline kicks in. Will you keep a cool head and defuse the bomb?
Die for Valhalla! (Monster Couch, $9.99) - Die for Valhalla! is an action RPG where you hack, slash and crush your enemies! Possess and take full control of heroes, monsters and other things to help Vikings save their realm! Read our review.
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (NIS America, $39.99) - Return to the battlefield of Fenumia, where a besieged nation stands on the brink of war.
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition (Natsume , $39.99) - Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life! Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a storm, and goes down! You drift into a small harbor town, now in shambles from the storm, where a young doctor named Jeanne saves your life. The town has been deserted, but you're never one to back down from a challenge! It will be up to you to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse...but it won't be easy!
Ikaruga (Nicalis, $14.99) - A rebel pilot named Shinra must battle an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra's ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage - this polarity-switching mechanic is the game's core feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design. Read our review.
Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition (Plug In Digital, $14.99) - Set out on a grand adventure in this turn-based, retro style, pixel-art RPG, inspired by the great titles of the 90's. Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience.
Legend of Kay Anniversary (Nordic Games , $29.99) - 10 years after its initial release, Legend of Kay - Anniversary is a thoroughly remastered version of the original game: high-resolution textures; new, more detailed character models; modern rendering techniques and crystal-clear surround sound give this great classic a new shine.
Shift Quantum (Red Panda Interactive , $19.99) - Axon Vertigo, the world's leading authority and most trusted friend in cerebral contentedness programming, promises to deliver better life quality for everyone with the Shift Quantum program.
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood (Artifex Mundi. $14.99) - A year has passed since the events of Maple Creek. But for the past few months, our detective has been hot on the trail of the demonic preacher she fought one year ago. Yet he has managed to always stay one step ahead.
FOX n FORESTS (EuroVideo Medien) - Switch between various seasons on the fly, shoot and slash with your magic melee crossbow and snatch loot to unveil the mystery of the 5th seasons. A thrilling pixel art fable with rewarding super secrets, screen filling bosses and thriving exploration. This is 16-bit how you remember it! Read our review.
Happy Birthdays (NIS America, $39.99) – From legendary creator Mr. Yasuhiro Wada (TOYBOX Inc.) comes Happy Birthdays: a sandbox game in which players create cube-shaped worlds that give rise to diverse and unique lifeforms. With careful experimentation, players can shape the geography and alter the temperature of the world to create the conditions for life and witness the birth of an entire ecosystem!
Shape of the World (Plug In Digital, $14.99) – The world that grows around you... The environment and flora constantly flourish and fade as you wander in Shape of the World, a serene and surrealist first-person explorer. You'll travel through dream-like forests, aquatic caves and peaceful shores accompanied by psychedelic wildlife. No ticking clock or hidden perils laying in wait will prevent you from enjoying your journey... A couple of hours escape from work, anxiety and stress. Available June 6.
SilverStarChess (SilverStar, $5.99) - Easy-to-play, traditional chess game. One of the standard board games in the "SilverStar" Series of SilverStarJapan. Our latest offering: the game of chess. The top-class "SilverStar" board game engine also plays outstanding chess games.
Super Sportmatchen (DANGEN Entertainment, $14.99) - Enjoy a fine selection of sport disciplines, ranging from the frantic and fast paced to the relaxed and playful! Invite your friends, foes and family to a game of fun competitive sports!
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker (Wales Interactive, $12.99) – YOU are a psychiatrist, trying to solve a murder whilst treating the unusual patients of the recently deceased Doctor Dekker. Available June 5.
Trax - Build it Race it (Sabec, $14.99) - Speed through stunning 3D tracks you created and discover the magic of Trax!
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (INTI CREATES, $9.99) - Battle with swords and whips in this retro-style action game brought to you by game creator Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates!
Dragon Lapis (KEMCO, $9.99) - Make a return to the golden age of RPGs with 8-bit graphics and chiptunes. By unlocking growth plates, characters are able to strengthen parameters, learn skills, and increase job rank! Master multiple jobs and live an adventure full of challenges and dungeons to explore!
Wii U eShop
Masked Forces (R.G.B., $2.99) - Masked Forces is an action-packed game where your main purpose is to eliminate your enemies by any means necessary.
Kid Tripp – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Neonwall – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 1
Mario Tennis Aces Pre-Launch Online Tournament Demo Event – The Mario Tennis Aces game launches June 22, but we’re offering an early chance to polish your skills in the Pre-Launch Online Tournament demo event featuring online tournament mode. Jump online and fight your way to the top of the in-game bracket in frenetic tennis matches. The more rivals you beat, the more points you will earn, which will unlock more playable characters in the demo. This event will only be active for the short time period between 6 p.m. PT on June 1 and 11:59 p.m. PT on June 3. By participating and keeping your save data, you can unlock Mario’s classic outfit in the full version of the game once purchased, so don’t miss out!
My Nintendo Rewards – My Nintendo is kicking off your summer vacation with new rewards. You can redeem your points and receive up to 50 percent discounts on some fun select games:
Getting together with friends? These games feature multiplayer* fun!
*Tank Troopers, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Try these fun adventures that are even more fun with friends.
*Fantasy Life, Pocket Card Jockey
Traveling to France this summer? Get the Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre software!
*Having a staycation this summer? These games are fun to play by yourself or with a buddy.*
Paper Mario: Color Splash, Mario Strikers Charged, Mario Hoops 3-on-3
* Additional games and systems are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.
What are you downloading this week? (314 votes)
- Pokémon Quest20%
- Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection12%
- Yoku's Island Express7%
- ACA NEOGEO NINJA COMBAT1%
- Defoliation 0%
- Johnny Turbo's Arcade Joe and Mac Caveman Ninja4%
- Just Shapes and Beats4%
- Lost Sea 0%
- Pirate Pop Plus 0%
- Quad Fighter K 0%
- Smoke And Sacrifice2%
- West of Loathing4%
- World Soccer Pinball 0%
- Yesterday Origins1%
- Them Bombs! 0%
- Die for Valhalla!1%
- Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory 0%
- Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition2%
- Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition1%
- Legend of Kay Anniversary 0%
- Shift Quantum 0%
- Dragon Lapis 0%
- Masked Forces1%
- Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood 0%
- FOX n FORESTS1%
- Happy Birthdays1%
- Shape of the World1%
- SilverStarChess 0%
- Super Sportmatchen 0%
- The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker1%
- Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon12%
- Nothing for me!7%
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So that's your lot for this week's Nintendo Download. Be sure to leave a vote in the poll and a comment below with your hot picks for the week...
Been waiting for Shapes n Beats for 4 years. So excited it's finally out!
Joe & Mac FTW! 😁
2 expensive amazing weeks in a row for the eShop. I’m loving it.
For 3DS, I’m buying Bloodstained. I’m still waiting on the fee Kickstarter backer code for Switch and I’m dying to play it. Yeah.. pretty much waiting a week for that while everyone else can just play it... So quasi-double-dipping on that one.
Otherwise WOW THAT’S A TON OF SWITCH GAMES!
A free Pokémon game? Sure I'll take it. Honestly, it doesn't look like I'll be all that interested but who knows, might be better than I think.
I'm glad all Pokémon fans get something. A free game for sure, but the casual fans have the two upcoming games in November and your more hard core fans get a Gen 8 game (hopefully) in 2019.
I’ll get Yoku during a sale at some point.
Saving for a nice 3D printer so nothing for me this week.
Charizard looks pretty derpy in that picture. I might download Quest just to see how stupid all the Pokémon look in this art style.
I'm good with my Pokemon Quest. Got to save my e-cash for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle next week.
Just Joe & Mac for me. There's a few games up there that interest me but I've already bought Street Fighter 30th and Ikaruga this week and with all the games coming up in June I need to be a bit more sensible with what I purchase and what goes on the wishlist.
Onto the wishlist goes .
Yoku's Island Express
Just Shapes & Beats
West of Loathing
Forgot about Milanoir,really like the look of that but it isn't released on other platforms today as well so no reviews for it yet. If it reviews well I think I'll buy it this week.
Edit; just found a couple of Milanoir reviews,one good and one bad. Yep think I'll wait.
Isn't Them Bombs a 100% ripoff of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes? That was a great game for non-gamer type parties, but Them Bombs feels uncomfortably similar.
What I want: Icey, Ikaruga, Bloodstained, and Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection
What I'll actually be downloading: Pokemon Quest
I have too much in my backlog, and too many games I want to play releasing soon, to splurge on anything right now.
Already got 2 of 3 games I definitely needed, Ikaruga and SF30th collection. Gonna pick up Bloodstained a little later, and maybe Joe & Mac a little after.
I am getting Smoke And Sacrifice. Been counting down the days, lol!
At the same time, not sure if I want to add West of Loathing as well or wait till I finish SaS...
Got SF on PS4 so Pirate Pop and Ikaruga for me.
Got Street Fighter, will take a look at the sales.
I've never been a Street Fighter fan or even played one of the games, but for some reason I'm really tempted to get this collection. I really like all these compilations Capcom is bringing to Switch.
Got Pokemon Quest and harvest moon
Mario Strikers Charged? On the Wii?!?!? (Yes I know WC starts in 2 weeks, but still.)
I know Wii U was a failure but offering MyNintneod Rewards on Wii games but still no Switch games? smh
Also weird no tie-in with Pokemon Quest and MyNintnedo. All of the previous mobile games have tie-ins. And since we need batteries and tickets to play it seems like a natural. Maybe they are waiting for the mobile game next week. Or maybe it's just a Gamefreak Game, not Ntinedo, so it doesn't count? Still seems weird though, MyNintnedo is all about the mobile, but not the Switch. Here was there chance to make a Switch game finally earn or buy some stuff. Weird.
@Rayquaza2510 That's the cost of your free healthcare and university. We get our cheaper prices because of free market capitalism.
ah man, Mario Tennis Aces doesn't start until 9PM tomorrow? That seems kind of late. It's running 3 days June 1 to 3 but only 42 hours, so really less than 2 days.
Is that Legend of Kay game any good? Looks like it could be fun.
Icey was the talk of the town last year, but I'm more about West of loathing today.
Already picked up Ikaruga and Street Fighter and will likely grab Bloodstained on 3DS (I think that's the better fit for that game). There's a lot out this week that interest me, but after BlazBlue I'll be spent for a little bit.
Holy Crap! That’s a lot of Switch games!! Ikaruga, Joe & Mac and ninja combat for me!! Maybe Fox N Forests!
@Toshiro_Baloney LoKay is pretty mediocre from what I’ve heard but I’ve not played it.
ICEY is a very interesting game. I originally played it on PS4 a good while ago. Though short, it does a few neat things with its narrative that are...best discovered for yourself. The gameplay is a little repetitive but it's not bad.
@abbyhitter free healthcare? Where? I pay €150 for my health insurance every month...
UK is not whole EU, I assume you mean their free healthcare.
Same goes for university, in some EU coumtries is very expensive.
Except in UK, in most EU countries we have higher cost for most stuff than people in US, not to mention costs depend per EU country.
West of Loathing! I had some fun with KoL 15 years ago and I've delayed purchasing WoL on PC until the Switch version came out. Looking forward to learning to laugh at stick figures again.
@Toshiro_Baloney - It's a decent game, but was $19.99 when released for Wii U and I paid all of $7.99 three months later. If you are interested I'd wait for the inevitable sale.
@Fake-E-Lee I've been drooling over it since last year. All my steam buddies love it, and it looks up my alley, just not a priority atm. Hope you enjoy it man! Its all cowboys and bad puns for me today! Also a lot of Sf alpha too. Too many games!!!
I hope Mario Tennis will get the pre-order double gold coins bonus on the American eShop as well, still got a bunch of money left on my US account ^_^
@Dom - The Kid Tripp demo is available on both Switch & 3DS.
Mario Tennis, Ys VIII, Monster Hunter, Shining Resonance Refrain (now 10% Discount on pre-order), Dark Souls Remastered, Super Smash Bros, Pokemon Let's Go plus whatever they will announce on E3 (please Pikmin!) . My wallet is going to drain as it is so going to skip all the rest for now..... and....i just bought FIFA with my gold points because i could not let this bargain slip. Now i am really going to stop and start waiting for above to come out (still need to finish XC2 and DQ Builders anyway).
Tons of games available right now. Thus, I've been buying games that have gone on sale lately. Why create a backlog with full-priced games when I can create a backlog with sale-priced games?
Yoku is beyond amazing.. also snagged Smoke and Sacrifice!!
@rjejr Charged discount is on WiiU.
I was also checking mine today expecting a PQ tie-in. Then again, it doesn't have a mynintendo sign-in. Guess I'll just grind another 180 points in Pocket Camp on my phone
EDIT: I'm also bummed the tourney doesn't turn on till 9PM
@Rayquaza2510 Just...just ignore it. It's an example of either A) Some jokes are bad or B) false superiority.
No Mario Tennis Aces pre-purchase like EU? Don’t they want my money?
Between playing games on other systems and catching up on what I already have I think I have more than enough for the foreseeable future. Could change depending on E3 though!
Why is FOX n FORESTS on the list didn't it come out two weeks ago?
@Fake-E-Lee I always pick up Pixeljunks stuff. Haven't dug too deep, demo aside, into Monsters 2 tho. Runner3 took up my time last week. Along with Sky rogue and Battlechasers.
If I had a Swtich, Ikagura would be my choice. but I haven't completed some 3DS games. Switch will be mine in 2019 anyway... ~if a comet don't destroy our planet first~
Only Die for Valhalla for me.
The list is missing Songbringer, Milanoir and Pure/Electric Love.
@HobbitGamer "Charged discount is on WiiU"
Thanks, I forgot it was on the Wii U. Well it never really was on Wii U except as Wii VC, they should make mention of that on the page somewhere, seems a bit disingenuous. Switch has had a lot more Wii U ports than Wii U had Wii ports. Guess that's for the best.
More back logging goodness:
Joe & Mac
Fox n Forests
I'm literally going to have to be extremely conservative with what I play, wait for sales, etc. Good problem to have for Switch, bad problem for gamers
Massive amount of crap - Just wait for Ys8
ICEY looks great to get!
Got Street Fighter 30th anniversary. Very happy to have CPS arcade SF on the go. and I have USFII so I'm good to go. Will add in a eshop card next month. Yay budgeting....
I’ve got Pokeymans Quest, and grabbed Harvest Moon Tuesday. I haven’t really played a HM since 64, so I’m enjoying the auto select. And I love that the entire thing can be done without touching a controller
I know we already have too many games, but wasn’t Figment supposed to come out today?
I picked up Pokemon Quest - it isn't bad - because it is free. It's a mobile game and definately feels like it was designed for that market first and they just figured "hey, let's put it on Switch too, cause we can". I am wondering if I will be able to play the same account on mobile.
I am curious about Harvest Moon, but have heard a lot of mixed things about it.
got physical copy of street fighter collection.
Confirmed: "West of Loathing" is the funniest game I've ever played. I turned on the "stupid walking" skill and couldn't stop laughing. This is definitely one I'm going to play through more than once.
Just realized Milanoir is not on this list. Released 5/31 in NOA Switch eShop. Looks great.
I got Bloodstained and Harvest Moon for Switch
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