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
The Caligula Effect: Overdose (NIS America, Tue 12th March, $49.99) Something's amiss in the seemingly perfect world of Mobius. Escape from the false paradise and return to reality, or risk losing more than just your identity! School is back in session! The Caligula Effect: Overdose boasts enhanced visuals and gameplay, including new characters, new scenarios, new endings, and the mysterious "Forbidden Musician Route"!
My Little Riding Champion (Bigben Interactive, Tue 5th March, $29.99) Your horse. Your passion. Get ready to fulfil your dreams at a gallop. The village's riding club needs you to win the next major competitions. Choose your favourite horse, train it and win medals for your club! Create a bond by going out riding in the countryside and taking care of it.
V-Rally 4 (Bigben Interactive, Wed 6th March, $49.99) The legendary off-road racing game returns! Enjoy an extreme experience while becoming an expert in a demanding simulation. Take on the challenges of rallies, rallycross, drifts, buggies and hill climbs, and set off on a spectacular journey across every continent. Dominate dangerous roads, hostile conditions, and environments, constantly striving for more speed. Read our V-Rally 4 review.
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (Nintendo, Fri 8th March, $39.99) One ticked-off sorcerer just banished Kirby, warping the poor puffball to a yarn world in need of saving. The twist? Having a yarn body is epic! Kirby can transform into knitted wonders like tanks and flying saucers. Plus, his new ravel abilities mimic his classic copy abilities, adding something new to every stage of this action-adventure game! Read our Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn review.
Baba Is You (Hempuli, Wed 13th March, $15.00) Baba Is You is a puzzle game where you can change the rules by which you play. In every level, the rules are present as blocks you can interact with; by manipulating them, you can change how the level works and cause surprising, unexpected interactions! With some simple block-pushing you can turn yourself into a rock, turn patches of grass into dangerously hot obstacles, and even change the goal you need to reach to something entirely different.
Assault Android Cactus+ (Witch Beam Games, Fri 8th March, $19.99) Experience an arcade-style twin stick shooter set in a vivid sci-fi universe. Junior Constable Cactus is outside her pay grade when she responds to a distress call and ends up stranded on a crippled space freighter under attack by its own robot workers. With a draining battery mechanic instead of lives, Assault Android Cactus+ challenges you to think fast and shoot faster. Charge head first into an army of refitted robots, transforming stages and massive boss showdowns.
ACA NEOGEO THE ULTIMATE 11: SNK FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (HAMSTER, Thu 28th February, $7.99) “THE ULTIMATE 11: SNK FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP” is a soccer game released by SNK in 1996. Choose your favorite of 80 different teams, more than ever before, and conquer the two Championship modes!
BombFall (Tackorama, Tue 12th March, $6.50) You play as a bomb that traverses three stages of Earth's atmosphere freely moving within the flight corridor towards the target cityscape, bashing various enemies with your super tough nose, gaining powerups, and "collecting" clouds to charge your retro thrusters.
Braveland Trilogy (Ellada Games, Today, $14.99) Braveland Trilogy is a turn-based game inspired by old-school strategies with hexagonal battlefield. The story will take place in a hand-drawn world and cover many interesting places and characters. Various warriors will join your army - archers, scouts, healers, footmen, arbalesters and more.
Claybook (Second Order, Tue 12th March, $14.99) Claybook is a unique world made entirely of clay. Every inch of the environment can be shaped and moulded. Everything has matter inside it, not just an outer shell. Clay can be liquid or solid, and it can be deformed and destroyed.
Ghoulboy (Dolores Entertainment S.L., Today, $9.99) Ghoulboy is a retro-inspired style action platformer. An exciting new platformer that combines the action-RPG genre with hack 'n' slash gameplay. 2D action, heroic characters, gloomy environments, demonic bosses, these all seem to excite players a lot. Pixels will be combined with other cool retro elements and the result will certainly be something that will meet the needs of Switch gamers.
Hard West (Forever Entertainment, Today, $19.99) Welcome to the Wild West as you've never seen before. Follow Warren on his descent into the darkest recesses of the human soul, and try to survive in a world full of hard choices and even harder consequences.
Mahjong Stories: Vampire Romance (JetDogs, Tue 5th March, $4.99) For many years Edward suffered from insomnia and saw what others did not. One day he tried to escape all the nightmares but his evil destiny overtook him near the weird graveyard. Its unhappy souls suffered under the authority of the cruel ancient vampire, and their last hope was the Savior, brave and clever enough to solve all the mysteries and break the cursed seals.
Monument Builders Rushmore (Microïds, Fri 8th March, $6.99) Build famous Mount Rushmore! Travel back in time and become the person in charge of building famous Mount Rushmore! Direct workers and manage resources with the help of Henry Johnson, the site foreman, to finish work projects in time! Defend against thieves trying to sabotage your work sites! Will you be up to the task of building a monument on such a vast scale?
Paperbound Brawlers (Dissident Logic, Fri 8th March, $14.99) Be a gravity ninja. Between one and four players run with scissors, walk on walls, and lob ink bombs in whimsical-yet-intense battles within the pages of old storybooks.
Proficient Paddles Deluxe (Cyclone Studios, Fri 8th March, $3.49) Proficient Paddles: Deluxe is a super fast-paced arcade game. One or two players? It’s your choice! Battle a friend locally with each Joy-Con controller or go against an AI with three selectable difficulties. Will you show your patriotism by outfitting your country's paddle, or embrace your inner showman by flaunting one of the many eye-catching colored paddles? The choice is yours! In this fast-paced sports action title, you make your own battles...
Space War Arena (Playchemy, Thu 28th February, $14.99) Welcome to Space War Arena! Starship combat on a grand scale has never been this addictive or accessible. Direct the tides of war in lightning fast strategic battles and unleash astonishing arsenals against opposing fleets to destroy their bases and claim their space.
Valley (Blue Isle Studios, Today, $19.99) Explore the vast and beautiful world of Valley using the power of the L. E. A. F. suit: a fierce exoskeleton that grants exceptional speed and agility along with the phenomenal ability to manipulate the life and death of all living things. Experience the adventure of a lifetime; Valley is a first-person adventure unlike any other.
World Tree Marché (Flyhigh Works / CIRCLE, Thu 28th February, $11.99) World Tree Marché is a warm-hearted management simulation in which you run the market of a struggling ‘world tree’ together with six chefs. As the Royal Food Adviser, you need to help them through their unique gourmet storylines, find new recipes and stop the evil Gourmand Corporation.
izneo (izneo, Thu 28th February) izneo BD Comics Manga Webtoon is the best Nintendo Switch app for comics, with thousands of digital comic books. Welcome to the largest virtual library! Comics, graphic novels, manga, webtoon for free or at crazy prices You won't find better prices for your comics than at izneo (feel free to compare!). Our prices are accessible for all, and we even offer free readings. We also have special offers every week with rock-bottom prices. Enjoy your HD comics on all screens Nintendo Switch, laptop, tablet, smartphone, Smart TV: your comics are synchronized in your library and available at any time, anywhere, making it easy to pick up where you left off. A convenient and pleasurable reading experience to enjoy comics as you always have done: on the train or on the bus, in your couch or in bed, and even offline within our free apps! Discover the richest catalog of digital comics!
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!
Wow. A week when I really want nothing for the Switch. If not, for Kirby on 3DS, then Ninty will get nothing from me this week.
I enjoy Gunsmoke (not most other westerns, Gunsmoke was so much better) and love love love XCOM, so Hard West was a definite preorder for me. Paid $6 grand total for it.
Is it weird I’m actually just stoked there’s less than two dozen releases this time around?
This is the 3DS week.
Had Kirby preordered but with Yoshi coming out.. I mean.... kinda similar game yknow?
I’ll get Kirby eventually for sure though! The demo is great.
I loved Epic Yarn on the wii. Beautiful soundtrack, charming graphics, is the epitome of relaxing (except the train levels with the pointer.) Trying to get all the gems on all the levels was fun, and it was a great 2 player game with a sibling.
I'm skeptical about it on the 3DS though, because I just praised it for its multiplayer, graphics, and soundtrack, and now it's on a small screen with 3DS speakers and no easy multiplayer. It surely won't be a waste of money with such a good core game, but I'm guessing this version will be worse than the wii version.
I meant to vote for Hard West! That game looks awesome. Downloading as soon as I can.
I want the The Caligula Effect: Overdose - but with DMC5 not really going to play it much outside my 2hr commute. So will go on my back list.
Caligula seemed interesting, but not worth just jumping head first for 50 bucks. Maybe if I see it on sale in the future I might check it out.
Extra Epic Yarn is one of those games I can see myself getting at some point for the convenience of having on the go, but it’s just not inspired enough to run out and buy on day one. It’s unfortunate, because any steam the 3DS might’ve had left due to the uniqueness of the system has been completely ignored by the last gasp of first-party titles.
Well nothing for me this week, guess I'll just finish up story mode in Central Fiction until Mortal Kombat 11 hits.
Good to see a healthy percentage supporting Baba. Such an interesting concept deserves a look.
Nothing for me but I do recommend Assault Android Cactus, very fun game!
Nothing. I'm gonna look towards sales and updates for games I have.
Hard West, Assault Android+, and maybe Valley. Great week for indies.
nothing for me this week. i'll be playing GTA 3, The Sims: Busting Out and Super Paper Mario. (hopefully i can beat it. i've been meaning to. and i never could.)
"Something's amiss in the seemingly perfect world of Mobius."
Guess we all forgot about this new Sonic game
now that Assault Android Cactus and Downwell are on Switch, I can safely kick my laptop down a flight of stairs! …Well, there is still the matter of Roundabout. Also, um, all the work I need to get done. 🤔
V rally 4, did they update the game and improve it since its European release?
Think I'll try Braveland Trilogy. I've yet to meet a turn-based RPG I didn't like.
Yawns. Still nothing until Fire Emblem for me, aside from the Final Fantasy ports
Ghoulboy looks pretty good. I didn't pick it up yet though. I'll wait for more info or a price drop
I’m interested in Baba. I’ll have to wait on a review before I decide how soon to get it, though.
I've preordered Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. I hope it arrives tomorrow!
Could this be the last retail release from Nintendo on 3DS?
Would have gotten Kirby in a heartbeat on Switch.
Three weeks to Yoshi.
I will download Netflix..... oohh wait is not on the list
I'll just focus on my backlog instead
@RetroOutcast No, I picked up on that too, as soon as I read the description.
Might get Assault Android Cactus eventually but I just picked up Stick of Truth and World of Final Fantasy Maxima in the recent sales so I'm good for now
@Fake-E-Lee I’m looking forward to Assault Android Cactus+ as well (as we’ve discussed). Maybe Hard West also.
OT: this week, I learned that the developers of NeuroVoider are co-developing a game called ScourgeBringer. Not out yet, but it has a Steam page and a Youtube video. I believe it is coming to consoles, but they haven’t yet said which ones. It has completely different mechanics than NeuroVoider, but looks appealing to me: a 2D side-on platformers with very rapid combat. Pacing and aesthetics reminiscent of Hyper Light Drifter, IMO.
Not a biggie but I still don’t understand how you guys fell one week behind on Hamster and haven’t caught it since
@joey302 apparently the press release itself has been faulty for over a year now, so NL keeps copying it over 1:1
@Megal0maniac well FYI for you my friend and everyone else, todays Hamster game is Ikari Warriors 👍
@ARPK Not weird. There's been a lot of low-effort garbage flooding the shop this year. Like, as compared to previous years, it's mostly been either garbage, shovel ware or "adequate but seen it before" games.
@thesilverbrick Would bet money they have something in the months leading up to fall/winter holiday season. Then I think that's it (unless they publish a port for someone like how they did MM6 at the end of the NES lifespan).
@Dang69 You’re probably right. They’ve probably got one last $40 low-effort port for the holidays in an attempt to squeeze one final Christmas out of the 3DS.
@bluesdance Tempted to double dip on Cactus myself. Despite Steam's support for the pro controller I'm curious if the Switch's online leaderboards are shared with the PC's or if it has its own seperate one.
Baba is You
Lava is Kill
Game is Nice
Seriously though, Just take a look you 'nothing for me' folks. It won best game design and best student game on last years' IGF (aka the only award show that matters) ( http://www.igf.com/2018 )
There's a short free game jam version also ( https://hempuli.itch.io/baba-is-you )
Glad to see fewer eshop releases. Maybe Nintendo is clamping down on crap?
@thesilverbrick Was always surprised they never downported the WiiU Windwaker HD.
@Dang69 That would’ve required quite a bit of technical magic.
@Riderkicker i donno you can find me in 687th place or so. Elite gamer squad
@bluesdance Unless you were pushed down the list after posting, I don't see you anywhere near 687. At least not on the first stage. https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/992387199673978405/EB7E1C2973C7F2FB0DFF11FCC6DE10D5B9415818/
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