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
Trials Rising (Ubisoft, Tue 26th February, $24.99) Explore over-the-top action and physics-bending motorcycle racing in the latest entry in the Trials franchise. With over 125 new tracks, Trials Rising is easy to pick up and play, challenging to master, and offers the best multiplayer racing experience ever.
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame (Warner Bros. Interactive, Tue 26th February, $39.99) The alien monster invaders have left Bricksburg in ruins and taken Emmet's friends! It is now up to Emmet and a host of heroic characters to go beyond their world and save their friends from the strange inhabitants of the Systar System. Journey into outer space, discover new worlds, and test your Master Building skills.
Alchemic Dungeons DX (Flyhigh Works, Thu 14th February, $7.99) Alchemic Dungeons DX is an expanded and improved entry in the series. This deluxe version includes new characters, items and dungeons; even the background music has been enhanced! Dungeons are randomly generated and you progress with turn-based action.
Almost There: The Platformer (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, Today, $9.99) Sprint between saw blades while dodging homing missiles. Duck under lasers while the floor crumbles beneath you. Almost There was designed specifically for hardcore platforming fans - you've been warned. 100% Dexterity Platforming Almost There provides uninterrupted platforming awesomeness.
Aragami: Shadow Edition (Merge Games, Today, $29.99) Aragami is a third person stealth game that casts you as an undead assassin with the power to control the shadows. Teleport to any shadow, become invisible, materialize weapons or even summon a shadow dragon to infiltrate the enemy ranks and dispose of your targets. Read our Aragami: Shadow Edition review.
Arcade Archives Front Line (HAMSTER, Thu 14th February, $7.99) “FRONT LINE” is an action game released by TAITO in 1983. All alone, you must use pistols and grenades to take out a group of hostiles. You can also combat the enemy by climbing into the blue tanks and armored vehicles on the battlefield.
Car Mechanic Simulator (ECC GAMES, Fri 15th February, $14.99) -Find classic cars inside old barns. -Repair engine, brakes, exhaust, gearbox and chassis. -Remove rust, apply putty and paint your car. -Sell rebuilt vehicles and become the best car mechanic!
Caterpillar Royale (Starsign, Tue 19th February, $4.99) Caterpillar Wars DX is an action game where you eat food, grow your caterpillars, and fight enemies to survive. Your caterpillars die if their heads touch obstacles or enemy-caterpillars. It's a merciless caterpillar battle royale!
Daggerhood (Ratalaika Games, Fri 22nd February, $4.99) Every man should have a skill and for Vincent S. Daggerhood, that skill was thieving. Quick with his hands, there was no loot he couldn’t plunder and no treasure chest he couldn’t escape with.
Devil Engine (DANGEN Entertainment, Today, $19.99) Gameplay Devil Engine is a high octane, classic styled side scrolling shoot-em-up heavily influenced by the best in the genre from the 32-bit era, featuring a variety of incredible locations, hand drawn pixel art, and a blood-pumping soundtrack that brings the dark future to life.
Gigantic Army (Storybird, Today, $8.99) GIGANTIC ARMY is a heartfelt homage to 16-bit era mech shooters. It is the 21st century and Earth is at war with the Ramulons – an alien race determined to stop humanity’s advance into space.
Hell Warders (PQube, Today, $14.99) Hell is at our gates! Rise up as one of the mighty Hell Warders, an ancient order of heroes with unique powers and abilities, to resist the demon hordes head-on. Push back wave after wave of Hell-spawn with an arsenal of weapons, rip apart their fearsome commanders with powerful hero skills, and deploy your army of knights, archers, and mages to bring the fight back to Hell!
I wanna fly (Ultimate Games, Wed 20th February, $2.42) The life of the dreamer is hard - they said, dreams must be fulfilled - they said. Especially those seemingly impossible to meet. So there is nothing to wait for! Become a fulfilled dreamer and in your own way... start flying! Take on one of the dozens of characters who can only dream about flying and let them enjoy the moment!
Mindball Play (Interactive IP, Thu 14th February, $16.00) Challenge your family and friends to a fun action packed racing game for all ages. Gather around the TV for split screen, create an online party and race your friends, or play by yourself and take on the time trial leaderboards.
My Arctic Farm 2018 (Plug In Digital) At the beginning of the game, all you own is an empty field, a few pennies and a single little penguin... You need to feed your penguin, take care of it and improve its lifestyle. Well fed with fishes, your penguin will lay eggs which can then be sold to the Shopkeeper.
Pizza Parking (I.V.O GAMES, Tue 19th February, $5.99) Pizza Parking is a challenging arcade parking simulator. You are a pizza delivery driver, and your goal is to park precisely and fast! Time is running out and the road is winding and full of obstacles.
Q.U.B.E. 2 (TrappedNerveGames, Feb 21, 2019, $29.99) Q.U.B.E. 2 is the sequel to the hit first-person puzzle game Q.U.B.E. You are Amelia Cross, a stranded archaeologist who has awoken among the ruins of an ancient alien landscape. With the distant help of another survivor you must solve the puzzles of this mysterious world and find a way back home. Read our Q.U.B.E. 2 review.
Quest for the Golden Duck (Bigosaur, Fri 22nd February, $9.99) Inspired by a classic game from the golden age of arcades, Quest for the Golden Duck allows you to bring up to 3 more friends in a co-op game. Or take control of the monsters in PvP game and prevent the other team from stealing all the gold from the castle.
Rad Rodgers Radical Edition (Handy Games, Tue 26th February, $29.99) Rad is a rambunctious but spirited young boy who maybe plays too many video games. After dozing off at the tail end of a long night of gaming, Rad awakens to find his dusty old console has turned itself back on.
Raining Coins (Crazysoft, Today, $5.99) It's raining gold coins! Come, Play & catch them! The skies have opened up but it’s not raining cats and dogs! It’s raining gold coins!
RemiLore (Nicalis, 2019, Tue 26th February, $39.99) RemiLore is a “rogue-lite” anime-style adventure set in a colorful fantasy world where players hack-and-slash their way through an army of mechanical monsters using a huge variety of unique melee weapons and devastating magic attacks!
Rotating Brave (Cosen, Today, $4.99) “Rotating Brave” for Nintendo Switch is an action game in which you control a pixel-art character and take on enemies while spinning. You start off holding the Nintendo Switch console vertically. Then, as you progress from one stage to the next, you play while spinning the Nintendo Switch console, sometimes holding the Nintendo Switch horizontally and sometimes holding it vertically.
Skyhill (Klabater, Tue 26th February, $14.99) World War III was an unexpected and cruel tragedy... You seemed to have a nice time, hidden in your fancy penthouse in Skyhill Hotel... Till the impact of a bio-weapon blew away the life and world you once knew.
Surfingers (Forever Entertainment, Today, $4.99) Surfingers – The game made by the creators of the cult Timberman. Surfingers is an arcade game with controls based on up-and-down movement.
The Golf (D3 Publisher, Thu 14th February, $9.99) A fun and simple golf game anyone can enjoy. Includes golf courses with up to 18 holes. With support for 1-4 players, enjoy at your pace by yourself or have an exciting competition with your friends and family. You can play with either the controller or by swinging the Joy-Con.
The Journey Down Trilogy (Blitworks, Today, $39.99) Join Bwana on a breathtaking point-and-click adventure saga, in the full The Journey Down Trilogy. Uncover secrets and reveal plots on a journey that spans from the sprawling metropolis of St. Armando to the ancient jungles and temples of the mythical Underland.
The Lost Light of Sisu (Solvarg, Wed 27th February, $9.99) Sisu is a forgiving yet challenging physics driven platformer. In this playful adventure you find yourself searching planets in pursuit of energy cubes that power your spaceship but also evolve your abilities. Use these new-found powers to traverse obstacles and overcome grumpy alien species.
Tyr : Chains of Valhalla (Ennui Studio, Fri 22nd February, $9.99) Tyr: Chains of Valhalla is inspired by Norse mythology, more precisely, the Ragnarök! In a technological world where humanity depends on mega-corporations like Yggdrasil, big companies know no limits, competing for the global monopoly, and foes are at the order of the day; someone has to put a balance in the city.
Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight (7Levels, Today, $9.99) In Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight players get the chance to take a seat at the controls of a historical airplane and feel the power of its engines and experience the rush of adrenaline flowing through their veins while facing an enemy plane up in the air.
X-Morph: Defense (EXOR Studios, Today, $19.99) You are the X-Morph - an alien species that invades Earth to harvest its resources and terraform the surface. Strategize in the build mode by carefully selecting various types of alien towers or throw yourself right into the heat of the battle.
YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY- (Playism Games, Today, $19.99) Play as a young girl as she explores the mysterious and unreal world of her dreams. Start off with no story or guide, as you experience the different worlds of her dreams, each one deeply shrouded in mystery. Run from the monsters that chase you, discover how to use the items you find, and solve the puzzles you come across to find clues to the mysteries scattered around you.
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 comment below with your hot picks!
Protip: If you try out the Trials Rising Open Beta on Switch, try using the GameCube Controller. The game supports the analog triggers!
Yikes. Maybe we'll at least see some decent sales or something
Still waiting for that Sega Ages Gain Ground I was promised for this month.
You guys forgot to mention there's a free demo of Trials Rising available starting today (only available for a few days though).
How does it play, at work now but i really want to know?
Played the demos for Awesome Pea (it’s really cool and I love what they did!) and Lets Go, Eevee (ended up finally taking the leap and bought the game and I actually love it) and WILL BE playing the demo for Kirby and waiting for the full version to ship to my house.
I’ll absolutely end up buying Aragami eventually.
Pretty solid week once you sift through the ..... other stuff.
@Jonasty198460 It plays really well with the GameCube controller. I would prefer 60 fps (I think it's at 30 fps), but understand that it's probably not possible on Switch.
Jeez. Aside from a few nice demos, it’s no wonder my Switch has been gathering dust lately. It’s my own fault for crossing my fingers on a quiet release of Grandia 2 or Baldur’s Gate.
I'm waiting for Yume Nikki to unlock on my Switch. Otherwise, nothing for me this week. Still be playing through Jump Force.
...and it's about time the Epic Yarn demo landed here.
While intrigued by the Golden Duck title, I'll be passing for this week. I like LEGO games, but will be waiting for it to make the normal price drop in a month or two.
"The Golf" is very much a Japanese title for a game.
So much that I think there have been multiple "The Golf" games.
Also, Front Line has to be one of the earliest scrolling shooting games to use twin-stick controls. I can't recall how they managed it on the Famicom but I don't think it turned out well.
Well, at least there’s lots of good stuff next week. This week is kinda lame.
Arigami looks cool.
Amazing how much shovelware arrives each week though
Nothing for me this week.
Arigami looks cool to me but reviewed semi-poorly here. Any other opinions on it?
X-morph was pre-ordered....
@Mando44646 That’s how I feel. I’m definitely not alone in wishing the Switch eShop allowed people to rate purchases.
Oof - so much shovelware. Nothing for me this week.
Downloaded this yesterday and the loading screen kept freezing at 80% then it would kick me out saying no internet connection.
Maybe this is the reason why i couldn't try it last night although, i am in the UK and this list is for N.America
Nothing for me this week
Devil Engine and Cybernator II, er uh, Gigantic Army, look promising!
Those prices... But Trials seems ok.
Yeesh, these long lists are starting to make me slightly cross-eyed. XD
I'll be grabbing the Extra Epic Yarn demo this evening to see if the game is for me.
Wow what a trash week!
I downloaded it yesterday and had the same issue. I'm in NA too (Canada). Maybe it uses an internet check for it's timed availability and it wasn't turned on yet at Ubisofts end. I'll try it again later today.
Not really impressed with the releases this week... There's a couple question marks in there (for me) such as Skyhill and the Awesome Pea demo, but I'm glad to have a week where I won't be elongating my backlog. I may make another dent into my unnecessarily long Arcade Archives backlog since those games never seem to go on sale.
I'm not in N.America I'm in U.K. Wales to be exact lol
@CaPPa @Welshland Yeah, the pre-load was available the last couple days, but today is when you can actually start playing.
thought i had deleted the file, I hadn't will try this tonight. Thanks for the info Sketchturner
Well, any chance My Arctic Farm might have had went straight out the window with the first line describing your farm equipped with a single penguin.
Q: why don't polar bears eat penguins?
A: because penguins live in ANTarctica, knucklehead.
Yeah, I'm gonna be that person.
But seriously, the only thing that's interesting me here is Aragami. Backlog first, though.
@Fake-E-Lee Our taste in games is very similar! I’m also looking forward to playing all three games you mentioned in your first post (X-Morph, RemiLore, Assault Android Cactus), the last of which I’ve already enjoyed on PS4. And I also like NeuroVoider which I know is one of your favorites.
Beyond that, I picked up Front Line as a nostalgia trip. I recall playing it in arcades in the early 80s. Always liked it, but never was very good at the game. I can’t say it holds up perfectly — but after tweaking the controls, I was able to beat the first boss, which is something of a triumph in this game, at least for me!
Also looking forward to Devil Engine.
Good heavens. This is what I expect from a failing console - not something selling like hotcakes. It is comical.
I never understand, is it that: 1. Nintendo does not care they have massive gaps in the release schedule, 2. They do not think we have other devices with better games we will compare with or 3. They do, but simply cant get anyone to commit to cover the gaps (except from 2nd tier Indie studios) 🤔
is nor the first time this list don't match.
@Agramonte I really wish Nintendo Life would editorialize a smidgen on these lists. 1) there is a bunch of crap, granted, but 2) there are also good games that NL hasn't reviewed or mentioned. I resort to going to Youtube and finding trailers or initial reviews, which of course I don't trust as much as NL.
@JasmineDragon I don’t get it
@bluedogrulez It would help a little to allow confirmed purchasers to rate said titles on the eshop
@Agramonte Massive gaps? We just got Smash, Tetris 99 and Mario U Deluxe. Demos were just released for Yoshi’s Crafted World and Daemon X Machina. We also got 3rd party releases through Final Fantasy 9, Onimusha and Travis Strikes Again.
You act like the other companies don’t also count on Indies to fill in weaker weeks.
@Antraxx777 There was Smash in December and Yoshi now on March 22nd. By that list, You seem to be the type that believes point #2. And Demos?, really.
You make it sound like Sony and Microsoft release a AAA game every week. The truth is that Sony haven't released a game since last September, while Microsoft just released Crackdown 3 but the less said about that the better. For 3rd parties there's EA's Anthem, but that's not getting very good reviews either.
Nintendo's releases could be better spaced out across the year, as summer seems especially packed at the moment, but on the whole I think they're doing fine.
@KingMike It was even cooler than that — in the arcade version of "Front Line" there was a knob you turned, and that was how you aimed (I can't recall if the knob was also the button you pressed to fire — I haven't played this since 1982).
Games were really into knobs back then. I kind of miss it.
@CaPPa They do not need to. They put out an amazing God Of War and Forza and let studios fill in the gaps. I have played AceCombat, Kingdom hearts and finishing up Metro: Exodus (not started New Dawn and skipped RE2). Now I am at Anthem - if boring - Dirt 2.0, The Division 2, Devil May Cry and Sekiro are all in the next 5 weeks (I didn't buy a 1080Ti, PS4 or Switch to play Indies)
Nintendo can't do more than what They have done (they saved Christmas single handed with Smash). And Daemon, Astral chains, DQ, Yokai Watch all look great. Just get more like that, separate them better and tell people what is happening early.
Neither Nintendo Sony or MS have much control over 3rd party releases and it's been easy for Sony/MS as they've released their systems and the 3rd parties have just thrown their games at them. Nintendo haven't had that luxury (due to the Wii Us commercial failure) but now that the Switch has proved profitable they are coming around.
Like you said, Nintendo cannot do much more than they are doing, other than space their releases out a bit better throughout the year. As for announcements timing it works both ways. Nintendo announcing games mere months from release can be exciting, but it's also frustrating when it looks like nothing is coming. On the flip side Sony announce games sometimes years before release (up to 10), which is great for looking ahead but frustrating having to wait so long for a game.
If Nintendo did stagger their releases a bit better and get more 3rd party support then they'd likely dominate my whole gaming time. For now I've got multiple systems that fill any gaps, (although I find a lot of the big hyped up names to be pretty mediocre), no single system would provide a continual flow of games (we've not even touched the PS4 since September) so for me there's not much disparity. I have RE2 and ill pick up KH3 (waiting for a price drop) but there really isn't enough games on PS/Xbox that I like to fill my entire year; it's just a few blockbusters (like RDR2) , so they really just help plug the gaps while I'm waiting for Fire Emblem, MUA3 and Astral Chains.
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