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!
Wargroove (Chucklefish, Fri 1st February, $19.99) Take to the battlefield with Wargroove, a turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players! Choose your Commander and wage war on battling factions, using your ‘groove’ to strategically sway the fight in your favour! When war breaks out in the Kingdom of Cherrystone, the young Queen Mercia must flee her home. Read our Wargroove review.
Dragon Marked For Death (Inti Creates, Today, $14.99, Wed 30th January) Play as the survivors of the Dragonblood Clan who set out to take revenge on the Kingdom of Medius. To obtain the power they need to enact their revenge, they forge a pact with the Astral Dragon Atruum. Choose from four playable characters, and defeat your enemies to gain experience and level up. Customize your character in a way that best suits your individual play style.
Downwell (Devolver Digital, Today, $2.99) Downwell is a curious game about a young person venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots for protection. Make your way further and further down into the darkness filled with nasty creatures and mysterious secrets to collect the spectacular red gems scattered about the rocks.
Agartha-s (mebius., Today, $7.99) You will become an explorer and aim for the utopia “Agartha” deep in the ground. Cellular automaton reproduces natural phenomena in the underground world, which is the same physical law as the real world. Water flows, rocks pile up and collapse, The steam condenses into water by coldness and when the temperature falls further, it turns into ice.
Akihabara CRASH! 123STAGE+1 (DORASU, Thu 24th January, $8.00) This is "Evolutionary system of Breakout!
Airheart - Tales of broken Wings (Blindflug Studios, Today, $17.99) Airheart is a dieselpunk airplane action game, where every colorful level is built on top of the previous one, all the way up to the stratosphere. Welcome to Granaria, a flying city in the clouds. Meet Amelia - a young pilot and fisherwoman wishing to reach the abundant world's edge. Sky fishing became a really dangerous job, with pirates roaming around everywhere. So start your engines, arm your airplane and get ready to make the catch of a lifetime!
Arcade Archives BOMB JACK (HAMSTER, Thu 24th January, $7.99) 'BOMB JACK' is an action game that was released by Tehkan (Koei Tecmo Games) in 1984. Players control 'Jack', a superhero who can leap and glide, to collect all bombs in game stages. By retrieving the ignited bombs first, you can earn bonus points and fill up your Power gauge.
Avenger Bird (Ultimate Games, Tue 5th February, $2.30) Oh No! Someone has kidnapped your little birds! You must go on an epic adventure to rescue them! Avenger Bird is a platform side-scroller game with pixel-art graphics, but your hero isn't just a regular hero. You are playing a bird that can flap its tiny wings to fly and glide for limited distances. It's a retro-inspired 16-bit era game with innovative and challenging fly/glide mechanic.
Balance Blox (EntwicklerX, Thu 24th January, $2.99) In this game you have to drop blocks on the balance. Blocks affect the balance according to their distance from the bottom triangle. Match three blocks of the same color vertically or horizontally to remove them from the playfield. Every block has its own weight, so let them fall wisely. If the balance hit the ground, the game is over. Use Special Items like columnCleaner, rowCleaner and the colorCleaner for a faster playfield cleaning.
Bleep Bloop (Zerouno Games, Today, $3.99) Meet Bleep and Bloop as they help each other overcome all the challenges that stand in their way. A light-hearted and playful puzzle game about working together. Play alone controlling both characters or share the experience with a friend. Bleep Bloop is extremely easy to learn, but that doesn't mean the puzzles will be a piece of cake.
Bombfest (Whitethorn Digital, Today, $19.99) BOMBFEST is an award-winning party game for you and up to three friends! Battle in wooden forts, on folding chairs, and inside the kitchen sink as you attempt to be the last player standing. Use bombs to eliminate your foes, but don’t get caught in a chain reaction of explosions!
CHRONO CLASH: Fantasy Tactics (Tyler Projects, Mon 28th January, $0.99) Chrono Clash is a blend of classic tactical roleplaying enhanced with enhanced with dynamic action sequences. Battle across over 50 maps and missions. Customize your heroes' weapons, armor and skills with over 100 skills, 20 job classes and 200 different items.
Eggggg - The platform puker (Hyper Games, Today, $14.99) Gilbert has an extreme allergy to eggs. Eating them will literally make him vomit like a fountain. He escapes from his mean aunt Doris in order to get to a birthday party, and needs to use his vomiting superpower to survive a world of angry cyborg chickens... of course. A fun and playful game for all ages! 36 crazy levels of vomiting action! Awesome and unique visual style by Brosmind!
Farm Together (Milkstone Studios, Fri 1st February, $19.99) The ultimate farming experience! From the creators of Avatar Farm comes Farm Together, the ultimate farming experience! Start from scratch, with a small plot, and end with a huge farm that extends further than the eye can see!
Fishing Star: World Tour (GREE, Wed 30th January, $29.99) Over 180 kinds of fish! More than 70 types of fishing gear! 40 fishing locations! Explore various locations and see a lot of fish! Catch a big one by changing your equipment to match the fish and setting! Fish that are caught are recorded in the “Fish Book”. Become an angling master! Choose a play-style that suits you! Move the Joy-Con to reel in fish like a real angler or simply use the stick on the Joy-Con to catch fish! Play a trolling mini-game using the Toy-Con Fishing Rod! Aim for big fish while aboard a speeding vessel!
Forgotten Tales - Day of the Dead (Joindots, Thu 24th January, $14.99) There is an old legend in Mexico that on “Dia de los Muertos” the Day of the Dead, the gates of heaven will open and the souls of our loved ones can visit the land of the living. That’s where the story of Manuel and Maria begins. An evil soul has kidnapped Maria.
Gabbuchi (h.a.n.d., Today, $7.99) "Gabbuchi" is a curious creature that loves gobbling blocks and stuff. His favorite food is the heart cookie. In order to get it, you have to think about which blocks he can and can't gobble. He can gobble blocks the same color as himself. You can change his color, too, so he can gobble different colored blocks. Blocks that are a different color from Gabbuchi can also serve as supports to reach high places!
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander (Smiling Buddha Games, LLC, Today, $19.99) On the edge of Terran space lies Halcyon 6, a derelict starbase left behind by a mysterious precursor race. Your mission is to reclaim the derelict station and rebuild it. A mysterious alien force is making a beeline towards Earth and this starbase is the best chance for the New Terran Federation to establish new alliances, research new technologies and otherwise figure out a way to stop the impending invasion.
Magic Nations (PrimeBit Games, Mon 4th February, $3.00) Jump into the fantasy world of the Magic Nations card battle game. Grab your card deck and fight your opponents from all over the world. This is a strategy card game where you constantly must adapt to battlefield conditions. Collect new, powerful units, expand your deck with unique characters, buy and sell your cards! Magic Nations is a card game with features the deployment of its troops in two rows and subsequent moves with its units until the opponent has no moves available or cards left!
Merchants of Kaidan (Forever Entertainment, Today, $9.99) Merchants of Kaidan is a challenging trading game fused with RPG elements. You start very humbly, one cart, a purse of gold, and silver coins is all you have. Your task is to roam the world and search for opportunities to score some profit. Buy low, sell high - a merchant's motto is easy to grasp. And yet the job is harder than it seems! A good merchant needs to know everything about the market, he is always on the lookout for a deal, always listening. He knows what forces influence the prices, and which events affect them. The conditions are constantly changing, as well as supply and demand for different goods.
Monkey Wall (Cosen, Thu 24th January, $4.99) In this martial arts action/puzzle game, select a character as your avatar and start the rigorous training regime. The player selects from four characters, each with four different costumes to choose from, and proceeds down the training path. Break through the walls as they approach by quickly determining the pose that matches the space to continue. Move in rhythm to the music and continue your training. This fight is with yourself. Aim for the high score and keep up the pace as game gets faster. The game won the highest award for game art at the Xiamen International Anime & Manga Festival’s “Mirai Sozo” Game Contest, receiving high praise for its pop and comical character design and fluid movement.
Necrosphere Deluxe (Unties, Today, $7.99) Necrosphere is a (really difficult) bite-sized Metroidvania game you control WITH ONLY TWO BUTTONS! Necrosphere is where you go when you die, regardless of being good or bad.
New Star Manager (FiveAcesPublishing, Today, $19.99) Welcome to New Star Manager: The critically acclaimed game from Simon Read, creator of the BAFTA Award-winning New Star Soccer series. Take control of New Star FC – a beleaguered soccer club which needs your management skills and instincts to unlock the team's potential and make it to the top of the game. Read our New Star Manager review.
Onigiri (Cyberstep, Wed 30th January) In a Japan filled with spirits and monsters, ages ago, the land itself was rocked by chaos. From the depths rose the terrible Kamikui who carved a path of destruction through all. Play alongside famous figures from history and myth like Shizuka Gozen, Miyamoto Musashi, and many others to battle the mysterious Kamikui! Travel through Japan using your skills and weapons to conquer your foes! Utilize the MMORPG features to play alongside other party members!
Paladin (Pumpkin Games, Tue 29th January, $9.99) Protect the cities, destroy the aliens and upgrade your fighter. Drive back the vile invading scum and save mankind in this frantic twin-stick shooter! You pilot a highly manoeuvrable space fighter across a 2d landscape, charged with saving the last remaining human cities from destruction.
Perry Pig Jump (EntwicklerX, Thu 24th January, $2.99) Meet Perry Pig – a friendly little piggy. Help him to jump into the sky and play a fantastic adventure with him. Jump high and higher, collect stars and diamonds for Special Items and upgrades. For a happy jump, you can add clothes and accessories to dress up Perry pig as you like. Combine clothes for your unique style.
Piczle Colors (Rainy Frog, Today, $12.00) From Score Studios, the makers of Piczle Lines DX, comes Piczle Colors! Use the numbers around the side of the puzzle to work out how many blocks of which color should be painted in each row and column. Since the order of the numbers doesn't determine the order you need to paint the colors you'll need to stretch your brain to figure it out. Luckily there are two types of numbers that indicate if the colors should be painted together or separately.
Planetarian (PROTOTYPE, Today, $9.99) Sarcophogus City, a city where the rain never ceases, sets the stage for the emotional tale of a Junker and a Robot, Yumemi, shaped like a young woman. Planetarian is a sci-fi visual novel, brought to life with beautiful art and a stirring soundtrack.
Robothorium (Goblinz Studio, Today, $14.99) - Lead your own robotic revolution Your uprising will be unique! Each of your choices will impact random generation and the next missions! They will also change your relations with the 5 different factions present in the game.
SmuggleCraft (Happy Badger Studio, Thu 24th January, $9.99) You’ve got a fast hovercraft and a heavy debt. Also, the world is falling apart. As a smuggler in a society in which travel, trade, and technology are highly regulated and virtually inaccessible for most, your deliveries could decide the fate of your world.
Stray Cat Doors (PULSMO, Today, $2.59) It is an escape game that solves a mystery together with a cute character. It is a game that even beginners can enjoy. Go around various stages, use items or solve problems and escape. Clear rooms will become lively. Healing music. Turn on BGM and play around.
Tangledeep (Impact Gameworks, Today, $19.99) Tangledeep combines the 16-bit graphics and polish of classic RPGs with elements from roguelikes and dungeon crawlers to create a magical experience for players of all skill levels. Trapped in underground villages with no memory of the world at the surface, you must survive an ever-changing labyrinth to discover what lies above.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (THQ Nordic, Tue 5th February, $29.99) Legend foretold it. Prophecies predicted it. Chosen ones chose to believe in it. Now the fantasy spoof adventure saga continues. Join Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter in another classic point-and-click adventure in the wicked world of Aventasia.
The Path of Motus (Michael Hicks, Tue 5th February, $14.99) Will you let other people stop you from pursuing your dreams? For generations, a village of goblins has been trapped inside a mysterious forest; anyone who attempts to leave returns hopeless and defeated. Determined to break new ground, a young goblin named Motus plans to build a series of bridges through the forest. However, his perseverance will soon be tested, as he meets bullies that use their own words to stop him. Will you find a way through life's forest, or like others be lost in its depths with no will to continue?
Thea: The Awakening (Monster Couch, Fri 1st February, $17.99) Thea: The Awakening is a turn-based strategic survival game steeped in Slavic myth and monstrosity set after an apocalyptic force known only as The Darkness has engulfed the world. There are Strigas and Baba Yagas aplenty, but there are no heroes, no monster slayers, and no great armies capable of banishing them. You have only a few hopeless and starving survivors who are desperately trying to stay alive. You are their last and only true hope! The game combines turn-based strategic gameplay with the tension and grit of a rogue-like, a captivating story you can uncover through a series of in-game events, and a unique combat system based on a complex card battle game.
Zombie Night Terror (Plug In Digital, Today, $14.99) Prepare yourself for the most thrilling night of your life! Something strange has happened and people everywhere are turning into bloodthirsty walking corpses. But guess who’s the brains behind this hungry undead army? YOU! So spread this pandemic to wipe humanity of this planet. Because the only way to survive the zombie apocalypse is to BE the apocalypse! But the brainless undead are quite dumb… even dumber than you might expect given their lack of grey matter.
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, Fri 25th January, $8.99) Free Wonderland from the loving zombies plague! The world of fairy tales has been overrun by a plague of bizarre zombies that wander along surrounded by a lovely yet pungent smell.
Etrian Odyssey Nexus (Atlus, Tue 5th February, $39.99) With more classes, characters, gameplay systems, and labyrinths than any other game in the series, Etrian Odyssey Nexus is the ultimate dungeon-crawling adventure. Create and customize characters from 19 playable classes, then take on the dangerous creatures of Lemuria's labyrinths with your perfect party! With the ability to swap between four difficulty settings, auto-mapping settings, and a grand standalone story, series newcomers and experienced veterans alike are welcome.
My Nintendo: Celebrating Friendship and Love with Kirby – February is all about sharing the love, and we’re doing just that starting today with fun new rewards featuring everyone’s favorite pink puff. Get ready for the Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn game, launching on March 8 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, with Kirby themed rewards.
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