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 comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!
Nintendo Switch retail
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (THQ Nordic, Tue 29th January, $29.99) Sphinx and The Cursed Mummy is an original 3rd person action-adventure inspired by the mythology of ancient Egypt. Travelling the world via magical portals to foil the evil plans of Set. Sphinx's Journey will require all his wits, agility, and special powers.
SMITE (Hi-Rez Studios, Today) SMITE is the multiplayer online battle arena that puts the power of the Gods in your hands.
Pikuniku (Devolver Digital, Today, $12.99) Pikuniku is an absurdly wonderful puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world where not everything is as happy as it seems. Help peculiar characters overcome struggles, uncover a deep state conspiracy, and start a fun little revolution in this delightful dystopian adventure! Read our Pikuniku review.
Unruly Heroes (Magic Design Studios, Wed 23rd January, $19.99) The sacred scroll preserving harmony in our world has been torn up and scattered to the winds. Now, strange and terrifying creatures are sowing discord and chaos throughout the land.
Goat Simulator: The GOATY (Coffee Stain Studios, Wed 23rd January, $29.99) Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat your dreams have finally come true! Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff.
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong (Curve Digital, Wed 23rd January, $14.99) It’s time to get carried away with the deliriously fun bloody physics-based construction puzzler packed full of creative challenges, sports and bloody disasters! In When Ski Lifts Go Wrong, you start in the rolling foothills and journey up to the jagged and exposed peaks.
#killallzombies (Beatshapers, Today, $19.99) In the distant future, #killallzombies is thrusting civilians into a sport of survival were a ravenous zombie population is unleashed in the name of sports entertainment.
ACA NEOGEO NINJA MASTER'S (D4 Enterprise, Thu 17th January, $7.99) “NINJA MASTER'S” is a fighting game released by SNK in 1996. Set in the world of Zipangu, where twelve fierce warriors known for being demons on the battlefield, both with and without weapons, clash spectacularly in a flurry of amazing combos and special attacks. Read our Ninja Master's review.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics (Ripstone, Today, $24.99) Led by Eric ‘Badger’ Harris, your team of allied warriors must battle behind enemy lines in the midst of World War II. Outmanned, outgunned, and up against an evil of mythic proportions, the battle has only just begun.
Asdivine Hearts II (KEMCO, Today, $12.99) Picking up two years after the events of their first adventure, Zack and friends find themselves off on another quest, but this time to save the parallel world of Archelio, which is on the verge of being frozen in ice.
Bad Dream: Coma (Forever Entertainment, Today, $9.99) TIP OF THE ICEBERG The game is designed in the "action-reaction" way and there are no obvious choices. Beat the game once and then be curious "What if I would do it differently". Sometimes it's not so obvious but from time to time you'll see huge differences. The smallest things can be the most rewarding.
Cinderella - An Interactive Fairytale (Golden Orb, Fri 18th January, $5.99) Explore the magical world she lives in, feed pigeons, bond with the castle's watchdog (a noble Pomeranian) and save the prince in this little adventure for fairytale enthusiasts of all ages!
Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, Mon 21st January, $3.99) For your own Zen masters in training, Color Zen Kids is a fun new twist on the critically acclaimed puzzle game. With simpler puzzles, larger shapes, and a kid-friendly animal theme, it's a great way to teach problem-solving with a game they won't want to put down. Now everyone in the family can find their way, with Color Zen Kids!
Cursed Castilla EX (Abylight, Today, $13.99) The tears of a young witch have been turned into a key by a demon to open a gateway to hell. In Cursed Castilla, one takes the role of Don Ramiro, a knight appointed by King Alphonse VI, to fight and banish the evil invading the lands of Tolomera. Read our Cursed Castilla EX review.
Doodle God: Evolution (JoyBits, Today, $6.99) Doodle God: Evolution is a unique edition of the well-known game that includes not only the classic Doodle God, but Doodle Farm as well. And now, in this addicting all ages game, not only fire, earth, water and air but also plankton, mammals or birds will be at your disposal. Mix and match different combinations of elements to build an entire civilization and re-create the evolution of the animal world!
Dragon's Lair Trilogy (Digital Leisure, Thu 17th January, $19.99) In Dragon's Lair, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Space Ace will have you take control of Ace - Defender of justice, truth, and the planet Earth! Ace is being attacked by the evil Commander Borf. Struggle with Dexter to regain his manhood. Destroy the Infanto-Ray. Defeat the evil Borf! Be valiant space warrior, the fate of Earth is in your hands!
Drowning (Sometimes You, Wed 30th January, $2.99) Walk through a variety of beautiful low-poly environments as a story unfolds about how he learns to live with his inner demon. You will play in the eyes of a young boy starting out high school in year 7, and play through his following years, where he learns that living with depression is like living with someone trying to put you down all the time. Walk through all the beautiful environments with a lovely soundtrack that suits the current mood of the game, and find all the hidden endings.
Fishing Universe Simulator (Forever Entertainment, Today, $9.99) Fishing Universe Simulator is a comprehensive fishing simulator which allows using various techniques, in different places around the world! If you are bored of waiting for fish to take and falling asleep in front of the console, this means that you have played a bad game!
Flowlines VS (Baltoro Games, Fri 25th January, $4.99) We love the Switch. We love puzzle games. We love versus multiplayer modes! If you like classic puzzle video games for 1 or 2 players. . . we have a lot of stuff for you! Inspired by the very best in the genre, Flowlines Vs. aims at becoming one of the greatest party games out there. We want players to solve puzzles, to compete with others at it, and to play - everywhere and with everyone.
GetAmped Mobile (Cyberstep, Thu 17th January) A global cosplay battle! GetAmped, the global 3D action game with over 30 million users worldwide, is now on Nintendo Switch! Take to the 3D stages, equip styles like Ninja, Superman, Esper and more. Combine weapons, styles and accessories in hundreds of ways to blow your opponent's away!
Heroes Trials (Ratalaika Games, Fri 25th January, $5.99) After the banishing of the previous defender of your island, the community needs new heroes. The long training of siblings Elia and Zoel takes them to the last trials deciding who is the best fit to become the new local guardians. In the finals, they will have to compete against a sleazy couple and the clock to prove their worth. Rising to the top will not be an easy feat!
Hyperide: Vector Raid (Arts Alliance, Wed 30th January, $3.99) This game puts a modern spin on obstacle-course style vertically scrolling arcade games, and is inspired by the all-time classics. The player controls an ultra-fast spaceship on a rescue mission and needs be mindful of the oncoming space debris, as well as the power level of the ship, which is resupplied by picking up special crystals.
Inops (ZRZStudio, Sat 26th January, $9.99) Explore the shadowy Mine, twisty Jungle and extra-terrestrial Elect-City but be careful of lurking dangers. Escape traps, solve puzzles and dodge enemies using the Inops ability to split into many little creatures or join into one big Inop whenever you wish. Use the environment to your advantage by using unique intractable components whilst guiding the Inops simultaneously. Get to the end of each level and save as many Inops as you can to avoid being lonesome.
JackQuest: Tale of the Sword (Blowfish Studios, Today, $9.99) One fateful night, when young Jack takes the beautiful Nara for a walk in the woods, his love is kidnapped by the villainous orc Korg. Forced to mount a rescue, Jack plunges into Korg’s underground base, where he happens upon a strange blade that becomes an unlikely ally.
Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebound (Another Indie, Today, $19.99) Welcome to Legrand, a beautifully hand-drawn world riddled with curious creatures, devastating wars, and intriguing tales of vengeance and redemption. Embark on an epic adventure through this sprawling fantasy universe and fight alongside the Fatebounds as they attempt to bring peace to Legrand!
Mages of Mystralia (Borealys Games, Tue 29th January, $19.99) In the kingdom of Mystralia, it takes more brains than brawn to succeed. You will face down giant, powerful creatures and navigate treacherous terrain. You will encounter puzzles that confound even the wisest of the old sages. And you must overcome obstacles put in place by people who do not want you to succeed. Your path will not be easy.
My Exotic Farm 2018 (Plug In Digital, Thu 17th January, $9.99) At the beginning of the game, all you own is an empty field, a few pennies and a single little ostrich... You need to feed your ostrich, take care of it and improve its lifestyle.
My Memory of Us (Crunching Koalas, Today, $14.99) The Evil King plunders the city and his robot soldiers are everywhere. Citizens are segregated, forced to move out of their homes, and live in a place separated from the rest of the city. As usually during war - the tragedy affects everyone, even the smallest ones…
Swords & Soldiers (Two Tribes Publishing, Fri 25th January, $7.49) Prepare for war on Swords & Soldiers’ side-scrolling battlefields. Build your forces, engage in a tug-of-war for gold and energy, and defeat your foes with a huge grin on your face! Pick from 4 totally different factions: the brutal Vikings, devious Aztecs, crafty Chinese, as well as Chief Meat’s army. Each faction has its own reason to go to battle and its own campaign to play, adding up to many hours of side-splitting action-strategy.
Unworthy (AK Games, Tue 29th January, $14.99) UNWORTHY is a hardcore combat-focused platformer without jumping. Play as a warrior, risen from the grave. Equipped with sword and shield, you must traverse a bleak and hostile world swarming with creatures of nightmare. Your patience, determination and skill will be put to the test, as you fight against epic bosses, uncover powerful weapons and abilities, and attempt to prove your worth.
UTOPIA 9 - A Volatile Vacation (QubicGames, Sat 19th January, $9.99) Are you in need of a vacation to remember? Utopia 9 guarantees sunshine, entertainment…and bloodthirsty mutants! You play as the most recent guest of this scam resort. Can you survive the onslaught and sue the travel agency?
Azure Snake (RandomSpin, Today, $0.99) Azure Snake is a beautiful snake in the world of light.
Dragon's Wrath (Gamers Digital, Thu 17th January, $4.99) Dragon’s Wrath is 3D side-scroller game, designed in a unique papercraft model style. You play as Dragonio, the last of his kind whose family treasures have been stolen by a rogue group of medieval bandits. You must hunt them down and recover your inheritance before they escape with it forever.
Phasmophobia: Hall of Specters 3D (In-D Gaming, Thu 17th January, $2.99) Get ready for a new horrific experience. In Phasmophobia, you will need to navigate throughout the haunted halls to collect all the hidden pages in order to escape. But beware, for each page you collect, the game will increase in speed, and the spirits will be angered. Gather the pages and find the exit! Phasmophobia was originally part of an indie game jam in which developers had to remake a classic arcade game.
Wii U eShop
Azure Snake (RandomSpin, Today, $0.99) Azure Snake is a beautiful snake in the world of light.
Nintendo eShop sales
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
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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 comment below with your hot picks!
I'll be getting Goat Simulator... once it's on sale.
Nothing for me. I'm... surprised so many people are going for Goat Simulator.
Nothing for me now, but next week is all about DOWNWELL!
Sphinx is a solid maybe. Would love a review for that one.
Im interested to hear more about Jack quest. Will it be reviewed of sorts?
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong is not very good. Played for a week now and the difficulty is forced since you have to build everything with very short parts. So everything looks like made by tooth picks, and it makes it difficult to build, not because the solution is hard to figure out, but due to the before mentioned problem.
Waiting for a Sphinx review. I still have it for Gamecube and PS2. If very little has been upgraded, it's a pass
Just picked up Utopia 9, Mutant League Football (on sale for $20), and TSA finally. Loving all of them. Do want to get Pikuniku and Unruly Heroes tho. Unruly looks gorgeous and is from the former Rayman Origins folks. Mainly going to be playing RE2 though.
A whole lot of meh meh meh mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Back to Tales of Vesperia and NSMBUD for me.
I want Cursed Castilla and Dragons Lair Trilogy. What is that Mages of Mystralia? I have heard zero about it?
Got Pikuniku, but waiting for it to unlock.
@Fake-E-Lee I love playing it on my phone, but I do so poorly because of the controls. I can't wait to see how well I can do with proper controls. Also, TATE mode is a great bonus!
Legrand legacy for me - still waiting for it to unlock also.
Was planing on picking it up on PC, but have tons of stuff to play at home at this point. Just need something cheap for on the GO.
continuing on with Persona 4 with the Frost family! so nothing for me this week.
Wish they E-shop would stop filling up with mostly trashware. Even with a search system it's just got too much junk all around.
@Aozz101x Are you liking it, I really loved Persona 5 and thinking Persona 4 might be worth going back for, but also kind of hopeful maybe with Joker coming to smash maybe we'll see some Persona love on switch.
Pikuniku! Looks great.
I've got enough games to play already... The backlog is massive right now.
@dougphisig yup i'm enjoying it so far. currently working on beating it, than going back to finishing FES afterwards. 😃👍
Nothing for me and I’m happy about that, RE2 come out tonight.
I was thinking, wasn't Sphinx a port of a PS2-era game?
Never played it though.
I'll be getting Bomb Jack, which is this week's Arcade Archives release. I wish these articles weren't just a copy and paste of the press releases.
@Aozz101x P5 was my first Persona experience and was really blown away since i haven't enjoyed an RPG as much as I did that one in awhile. Definitely one of my favorites of the last 10 years.
Got Pikuniku and My Memory of Us with discounts, and I also picked up Bad Dream: Coma (free with the 50%-off plus some Gold Points). Sphinx is coming in physical form. Several others are going on my maybe/wishlist. I also grabbed Puzzle Wall with 50%-off plus some Gold Points, and I'm hoping it might be fun with the kiddo.
Very excited to play Arcade Archives Bomb Jack today
The only good looking title on this list is Dragon’s Lair.
I haven't been on the eshop in a while but I needed a break this afternoon from Dead Cells (fantastic game that I highly recommend) and I was floored by the amount of shovelware. It's the digital equivalent of the Wii library.
@dougphisig Same here. I hope it gets released on the Switch just so that more people can enjoy it. The one and only complaint that I had was the game is ridiculous with how it limits you to a few tasks per day. Extremely frustrating and it's something I never got accustomed to. It would just piss me off more and more the longer I played.
Seeing Jack Quest made me wish it was a You Don't Know Jack RPG; because I'd buy that day 1.
I won't be downloading anything for a while. I'm juggling Mario U, Dark Souls, and Tales of Vesperia, I'm good for a couple months.
I'm downloading GetAmped Mobile, i don't know Why, but i think i'm going to enjoy It.
I mean, i love Dawn Of The Breakers and i never saw anyone talking about It, so maybe It will be the same with GetAmped.
I grabbed Pikuniku and pre-purchased Wargroove.
Grabbed Pikuniku and Wargroove but mostly just trying to wrap up other games so I can really start on Tales of Vesperia. I can't really multi-task with JRPGs, if I put them down for too long when I try to pick it back up I forget why I was so invested in the plot and then all the grindy aspects suddenly seem TOO grindy and I stop playing.
I voted for Smite, but that’s just cuz I’ve never played it and I’ll give it a shot cuz it’s free. I’m still playing other games I’ve backlogged on Switch like Okami and LA Noire
I super hope they port it because I never got a chance to play it and it looks awesome and everyone has told me I would love it. I know the activity limits bum a lot of people out but I actually think it's a neat idea.
I feel like too many games are geared towards trying to make you figure out how to do everything and I find it refreshing when they're OK with, and designed around, you choosing to do certain things at the expense of others as opposed to just choosing what to do next on the list.
I already got Goat Simulator for free on my Xbox One, so nothing for me thanks.
@GhostGarrity You'll love it. The story deals with very mature and realistic topics and the games battle system is fantastic. The way you collect character Persona's and abilities is very similar to the Pokemon handheld games. I can't recommend it enough. One of my favorite PS4 games.
Pikuniku is Locoroco + Freakyforms.
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