The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and a comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!
Nintendo Switch retail
Atari Flashback Classics (Atari, Today, $39.99) The most comprehensive collection of arcade and home console classics comes to the Nintendo Switch. Packed with 150 all-time favorites, rare gems, and unique homebrews, Atari Flashback Classics is designed to take advantage of the Nintendo console’s special controls and functionality to bring new life to these iconic Atari games. With all-new achievements, leaderboards and social features bringing players together, combined with an amazing archive of classic artwork make Atari Flashback Classics the most complete Atari collection ever!
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (Atari, Today, $49.99) In RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures, players have three distinct game modes to build their entertainment empire — Adventure Mode (a spin on the classic Campaign mode), tricky Scenarios and the open Sandbox. Over 120 wonderfully wacky rides, restaurants, and shops ensure parks burst with eye-catching action, and the intuitive coaster builder lets players create wild, death-defying coasters with ease. Four unique themed environments, along with water and terrain options, ensure every park is distinct and exciting. A streamlined simulation and game economy allow players of all ages and skill levels to build the park of their dreams. Play it on your TV or on-the-go — becoming a RollerCoaster Tycoon has never been easier! Read our RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures review.
GRIS (Devolver Digital, Today, $16.99) Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities. GRIS is a serene and evocative experience, free of danger, frustration or death. Read our GRIS review.
Quarantine Circular (Ant Workshop, Sat 8th December, $5.99) A group of scientists interrogate an alien discovered at the heart of a global pandemic. Work with your team, make decisions and uncover the alien’s true intentions. Inspired by classic adventure games and modern dialogue systems, Bithell Games has created another single session story which respects your time and your intelligence.
Firewatch (Campo Santo, Mon 17th December, $19.99) The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from your messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe.
ACA NEOGEO TWINKLE STAR SPRITES (HAMSTER, Thu 6th December, $7.99) “Twinkle Star Sprites” is a competitive shooting game released by SNK in 1996. Utilize Chain Explosions, Power Shots, and Bombs to defeat the incoming Enemy Golems, changing them into Attack Characters to assault your opponent!
Almightree: The Last Dreamer (West Coast Software, Today, $19.99) The world is shattering and you are the only hope to restore the balance. A thrilling and challenging 3D puzzle platformer game, Almightree: The Last Dreamer has you racing through a crumbling world to find your way to awaken the life-giving Almightree.
Arcade Archives DOUBLE DRAGON II The Revenge (HAMSTER, Thu 6th December, $7.99) "DOUBLE DRAGON II The Revenge" is an action game that was released by Technos Japan in 1989. In order to avenge lover, Billy and Jimmy will use their signature move "So-Setsu-Ken" to challenge the armed groups of the mystery. In this game, users can use a variety of skills than previous work "DOUBLE DRAGON", and enjoy scuffles that are power up.
Big Bash Boom (Big Ant Studios, Today, $29.99) Big Bash Boom mixes all the big-hitting thrills of T20 cricket with instantly accessible arcade action. Anyone, anywhere, will be able to jump in and be hitting the ball like a pro with Big Bash Boom, which is fully licensed and includes all teams and players featured in this year’s KFC Big Bash League (BBL) and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Blue Rider (eastasiasoft, Today, $9.99) Hop in and join the explosive action of this 3D shoot'em up! Blue Rider offers classic arcade gameplay, combined with beautiful visuals. Battle through 9 colorful and diverse stages, filled with a large variety of enemies that can't wait to take you down. Power up your weapons, shoot down enemies and face huge & challenging boss encounters.
Football Manager 2019 Touch (SEGA, Thu 6th December, $39.99) Back for the 2018/19 season… All of the action with none of the distractions… Football Manager 2019 Touch is the streamlined way to experience life at the helm of the world's greatest football clubs. Read our Football Manager 2019 Touch review.
Gnomes Garden (8Floor Games, Thu 6th December, $4.99) A wonderful garden had always brought joy to all the people of the kingdom and all the residents of the castle. But a dry summer withered the king’s beloved garden and the surrounding gardens of the kingdom alike. The ruler has fallen ill and the kingdom is in danger. Help the princess save the gardens and make the king better again.
Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition (Lienzo, Today, $6.99) Embark on a feline-filled quest set in an action-packed fantasy universe brimming with fierce enemies, intense sword-fighting, and the classic feeling of a Metroidvania adventure! Hunter’s Legacy is a 2D platformer where you control Ikki, a powerful huntress cat equipped with twin swords, a bow, and magical abilities, who must save the Kingdom of Iripur from the evil Morodir.
Hyperide: Vector Raid (Arts Alliance, Mon 17th December, $3.99) This game puts a modern spin on obstacle course gameplay, inspired by the all-time classic, River Raid. The player controls an ultra-fast spaceship on a rescue mission and needs to be mindful of the oncoming space debris, as well as the power level of the ship, which is resupplied by picking up special crystals.
Instant Tennis (BreakFirst Games, Thu 6th December, $9.90) INSTANT TENNIS, INSTANT FUN Easy to Pick-up with Motion Controls: Swing the Joy-Con like a Tennis Racket Fun To Play With Family and Friends.
Ivanych vs Eared Beast (Beatshapers, Thu 6th December, $2.99) Do you like to surmount obstacles? Are you a thrill-seeker? How about having real Russian fun with all your heart? It’s high time to try this droll addictive runner that will keep you on your toes! Cheer up and act! Crush the walls and help Ivanich to catch up the eared beast! Shoot at the ice walls and don’t let that little furry coward tweak your ears!
Julie's Sweets (Ocean Media, Thu 6th December, $9.99) We've all been there, a young woman at the crossroads of life - which way to go? Help family business, chase college diploma or crazily fall in love? Why not all at the same time? Julie faces these questions in a thrilling story where she's questioning her self confidence, her values and is it all worth the effort? Of course it is, and Julie finds all the answers in her own way while enrolling to prestigious cooking school 'Le Cookery'. Will she make it, and most importantly, how can you help her?
Knights of Pen & Paper 2 Deluxiest Edition (Plug In Digital, Today, $12.99) Prepare to inhabit a world of chivalry, class warfare and off-beat pop references in the sequel for the successful and award-winning game Knights of Pen & Paper! Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is a turn-based, retro style, pixel-art adventure full of danger, intrigue, death, and saving throws!
Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story (AbsoDev, Fri 14th December, $7.99) An old robot named H-34-RT wakes up in a derelict space station orbiting his home planet. His civilization was destroyed long ago by evil O'Xelg, but he has yet to figure that out. After an initial shock, he decides to follow his old defense routines: that means fighting the invaders, even if he is alone now.
'n Verlore Verstand (Skobbejak Games, Fri 7th December, $13.99) In 'n Verlore Verstand you will be transported to a reality of dreams and nightmares. What will you discover about yourself in this journey through the subconscious? In these realms of the unknown, you must travel through labyrinths of memories to eventually find your way to your own truth.
Omensight: Definitive Edition (Spearhead Games, Today, $19.99) From the award-winning creators of Stories: The Path of Destinies, Omensight is an Action Murder-Mystery game. You are the Harbinger, a powerful mystical warrior. You have witnessed the destruction of the world. In order to prevent annihilation, you are destined to repeat that fateful day and solve the murder of the Godless-Priestess, whose death precipitated the apocalypse.
Oxyjet (Upstairs Digital, Today, $14.99) Cooperate, manoeuvre and beat the other team! The hectic gameplay is simple but requires teamwork, quick thinking and tactics to master. You can battle it out with friends or strangers either by playing locally or online. An Oxyjet ship is built for two. But if you don’t have a teammate or if you prefer going solo, you can control a spaceship by yourself in 1v1 or 1v2 fights. A solo ship presents its own strengths and weaknesses.
Peace, Death! Complete Edition (Hypertrain Digital, Fri 14th December, $4.99) Peace, Death! is an arcade simulator that’s harder than it may seem at first glance! In this game, you play as the Reaper - an intern in Apocalypse, Inc, working for Death. Examine each client's feature to determine his, her, or its fate - and send them to either Heaven or Hell.
Race Arcade (Iceflake Studios, Fri 14th December, $9.99) Race Arcade is the ultimate top-down racing game with a strong retro feeling and super smooth gameplay. This fresh and evolved racing experience seamlessly combines all the best parts from the good old racing games with the most recent technologies. This is a big game with tiny cars and 100 tracks in diverse environments.
SEGA AGES Phantasy Star (SEGA, Today, $7.99) The tyrant Lassic rules the cosmos, and it is up to you to defeat his evil reign. Witness the revival of this defining RPG in SEGA AGES Phantasy Star. Take advantage of the new dungeon map display and the acclaimed “Ages Mode” as you traverse tricky dungeon mazes and battle ferocious 8-bit beasts. Phantasy Star has claimed its place as a pioneer RPG and its retro-spirit is sure to find a home in the hearts of old and new fans alike.
Sheltered (Team17 Digital Ltd, Tue 18th December, $14.99) On Nintendo Switch, Sheltered includes the base game plus the Surrounded and Stasis additional content. After a global apocalypse, you take on the role of protecting four family members living in a deserted underground shelter. Their well-being and survival are your responsibility. One bad decision and a loved one is gone, forever. Combat claustrophobia, radiation and mental exhaustion as you try to turn the cold and cramped Shelter into a home.
Solar Flux (Firebrand Games, Tue 11th December, $9.99) Galaxies are in turmoil as their suns are dying. The Solar Galaxy Federation has deployed vast Flux Accumulator ships to collect plasma and restore the suns’ equilibrium in each nebula. Solar Flux is a unique space puzzle game where you journey across the universe using both puzzle solving and dexterity skills to bring order to the cosmos.
Starman (Nada Studio, Today, $8.99) New puzzles every level will keep you learning and thinking outside the box. Starman is not only a game, but a whole experience. We've put so much love building the sceneries and trying to create an eerie atmosphere.
Fitness Boxing – Demo Version – Get off the couch and get moving with fun, boxing-based rhythmic exercises set to the instrumental beats of songs by popular artists. You can personalize your workouts by selecting from different fitness goals. Train your way, whether you’re on your own, with a friend, at home, or on the go! Now you can work out anytime, anywhere on the Nintendo Switch system! The demo version of the Fitness Boxing game is now available for download from Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online
These three games are now available in the service:
Adventures of Lolo – After the love of his life, Lala, is kidnapped by the devilish King Egger and taken to his haunted castle, our hero, Lolo, sets out to rescue her. The journey is perilous, as the Great Devil’s fortress is guarded by a massive army. But Lolo has a few tricks up his sleeve. Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging style, Adventures of Lolo is a true classic.
Ninja Gaiden – Take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa, a rising ninja in his family’s clan who travels to America to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Fight your way through six challenging side-scrolling chapters/14 stages (not including boss battles) while defeating gangs of street thugs, battling evil ninjas and fighting barbarian bosses by using the deadly Dragon Sword, ninja skills and ninja magic.
Wario's Woods – Control Toad as he scrambles along the bottom of the screen picking up monsters and bombs and arranging them vertically, horizontally and diagonally to clear the screen of enemies. This game features several modes of play, such as basic, lesson and time race. If you like puzzle games like Dr. Mario, you will definitely love this one!
Nintendo eShop sales
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So that's your lot for this week's North American Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and a comment below with your hot picks!