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!
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Nintendo, Fri 17th January, $59.99) The worlds of the Fire Emblem™ series and Atlus games have crossed paths again and the result is coming to the Nintendo Switch™ system. An interdimensional evil has invaded modern-day Tokyo, resulting in this fantastical barrage of music, style, and yes, danger. So, fight back! Battle through dungeons to pump up your strategy and creatively decimate your foes…before all hope fades to black. You and the rising stars you call friends will need to call on your own creative power—manifested as iconic Fire Emblem characters—to wage a secret war on rogue spirits that feed on creativity. Each encounter will immerse you in deep, turn-based battles that blend the combat of the Fire Emblem and Atlus RPGs into one brutal harmony. Fuse items to craft weaponry; then play to your strengths and crush your foes. Read our Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore review.
Adventure Pinball Bundle (SuperPowerUpGames, Fri 17th January, $8.99) Enjoy 3 games in one with the perfect reproduction of real pinball machines, with all kinds of graphic details and sounds. Discover all the secrets, in these thrilling games, dragons, pirates and mythologic creatures are waiting for you. Complete all the missions and become number 1 in the world or the best among your Friends, posting your high score on the online leaderboard.
Anime Studio Story (Kairosoft, Today, $14.00) Produce your own hit anime starring a character of your making! Select a face, body, and presto! Your completed hero can then explode onto the scene of your show, wowing watchers to rule the rankings! Categories include "Dateability," "Popular with Kids," and more! As the animaestro, only you can bring status to your studio! Speaking of your studio, equip it with a library, motion capture room, and even a theater! Educate your staff in the anime way to craft a classic that will echo through the generations! Ready to hit the drawing board?
Arcade Archives EXERION (HAMSTER, Thu 9th January, $7.99) "EXERION" is a shooting game released by JALECO in 1983. Players must grapple with the inertial force of their fighter within a pseudo-3D space all while properly using dual and single beam weapons to destroy incoming enemies.
Caveman Chuck (PrimeBit Games, Tue 21st January, $4.00) Caveman Chuck is a classic 2D platformer where you fight with dinosaurs in stone age. You’re taken back all the way to the Stone Age where you play the role of a crude caveman named Chuck. You’ll quickly realize he shares his cave with his wife, who is heavily invested in the relationship, and as things often have it, she yells at him rather frequently. One day Chuck’s wife gets kidnapped by a pterodactyl much to Chuck’s delight. He’s pretty happy at first but eventually gets hungry and quickly comes to appreciate his wife’s cooking skills. He sets out to free his woman.
Curious Cases (OnSkull Development, Tue 14th January, $4.99) 3 Chapters The game consists of 3 chapters, each chapter unlocks at the end of the previous one. Once a chapter is unlocked, players can jump to it, to continue where they left off. Story A scientist has gone missing, after claiming they made a groundbreaking discovery! Vanished from a locked office with only one exit this extraordinary case immediately grabs Detective Moore’s attention. A modern day legend, Detective Thomas Moore has solved more cases than one can count, where others hit dead-ends, he gets to work.
Doggie Ninja The Burning Strikers (Toydea, Today, $8.00) "Doggie Ninja The Burning Strikers" is a soccer game that can be played by a maximum of 4 players. No matter where, when and whom you are with, you can enjoy this party game. Let's enjoy this battle!
Dreamwalker: Never Fall Asleep (Artifex Mundi, Today, $14.99) In a small tourist town a young girl, the daughter of the town’s mayor, falls in coma due to an accident. The impotence of the local physicians forces Mrs. Mayor to seek the aid of a psychiatrist, who is rumoured to possess a unique ability to traverse people’s dreams – a Dreamwalker.
Dungeon Shooting (Starsign, Tue 14th January, $4.99) The player can obtain various weapons inside the dungeon. Use multiple weapons and make your way through to the end of the dungeon! The dungeon is crawling with enemies that will flock to attack. Read the enemies' attacks and complete the game your own way!
Ember (N-Fusion, Tue 21st January, $19.99) About Ember Back in the earliest days, there was no sun and the world was dark. The heavens opened up and stars fell like beacons into the pitch black world, and they were known as “Embers”. Powerful and wise druids of a primordial race, “the Lightbringers," roamed the land searching for this luminous matter. They performed a ritual of awakening to call the “Embers” out of their deep sleep. Suddenly the world became bright, and the veil of darkness was lifted. The Embers were the embodiment of magical flame, light, and life, but as word spread about the sheer power of the Embers, they came to be hunted and captured…and so the War for Ember began…
Extreme Trucks Simulator (SC Ovilex Soft, Fri 10th January, $14.99) Do you like to Do you like heavy trucks? Try the latest simulator where you can feel what’s like to take control of Extreme Vehicles such as Construction Excavators, Dumper Trucks, Bulldozers, Haulers, Cranes, Garbage Trucks and many more! Extreme Trucks Simulator features many scenarios: country roads, quarry mine, deserts, mountains, cities etc…
Jurassic Excite (BIG BOYS STUDIO, Today, $5.50) Dinosaurs who lived in peace began to rampage with the power of magic! With a magic hammer Help the dinosaurs! Just swing the hammer in the direction of the dinosaurs! You can also shake a hammer with Joy-Con! Because you can play together with them, Challenge your friends and family to difficult stages!
Lydia (Nakana.io, Fri 17th January, $4.00) How may a resenting and alcoholic household affect a little girl full of imagination? How may she perceive the twisted and manipulative family dynamics? Grow up with Lydia and try to understand the feelings, behaviors and events that molded critical moments of her life. Confront the monster with your own sensitivity. This hand-drawn game can be completed in around one hour. The emotional music was composed by renowned film composer Juhana Lehtiniemi. The issues reflected in this story unfortunately happen in real people’s daily life. You can provide some help by donating to a supportive non-profit organization via the #LydiaDonation DLC.
Maitetsu:Pure Station (CIRCLE Ent., Today, $34.99) He returned to his hometown to save it from the potential water pollution that would occur if they accepted the proposal to build an aerocraft factory nearby. He woke up the RailRoad Hachiroku by accident and became her owner. For different purposes, they agreed to help find her lost locomotive, with the help of his stepsister Hibiki, the town's mayor and local railway chief, Paulette and others.
Planetary Defense Force (Blue Sunset Games, Wed 15th January, $4.99) Suit up, engage all of your defenses, pick a weapon and wait for aliens to come. As part of a Planetary Defense Force (PDF), you are tasked with protecting planets in this unique mix of twin-stick shooter, tower defense and city builder game. Move between the planet and defense sphere during the assault to manage both towers on top and economics back on the planet. Defend against many types of monsters and huge bosses. Planetary Defense Force is a beautiful visual experience with a lot of bullets, colors, explosions, lasers and mayhem. Become an ultimate Defender.
Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha (NIS America, Tue 21st January, $39.99) STRIKERS 1945, STRIKERS 1945 II, STRIKERS 1945 III, SOL DIVIDE, Dragon Blaze, and ZERO GUNNER 2 combine forces in one arcade collection! Bring the arcade home by blasting through these shooters vertically in the popular ‘TATE’ mode for the ultimate shoot-'em-up experience!
Red Bow (Ratalaika Games, Fri 17th January, $4.99) Red Bow is a top-down, creepy adventure game that sets players in the role of Roh, a young girl who gets trapped in a bizarre nightmare filled with creepy monsters! Roh finds herself trapped in a strange dark nightmare world. Help her realize what role she plays by exploring creepy environments. Solve puzzles and find hidden secrets on your adventure. The items you find along the way will decide on which ending you get!
Robots under attack! (Dmytro Derybas, Tue 14th January, $5.99) Shoot the robots using your bow! Solve puzzles, fight with the bosses, use a variety of tools and traps to destroy the robots. Key Features: Play in "motion sensor" mode to aim using the gyroscope and a single Joy-Con™. Destroy the enemy using arrows and mechanisms. Use a variety of devices, activate buttons, portals and traps, as well as many other interesting things. Use different types of arrows. Choose between simple, heavy, fiery and explosive arrow. 100 levels and 10 seasons of play.
Sea King Hunter (Cosen, Thu 9th January, $9.99) Sea King Hunter is a fixed-screen marine action shooting game. Players will take on huge sea monsters that are rampant in various places, earn rewards, get special armor with the rewards they have, and take on even stronger UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animals).
Seek Hearts (KEMCO, Today, $14.99) With questions swirling in his mind about why he was created and by who, Izen sets out on a journey to discover his origins. However, as he and those with him pursue answers to this mystery, they fail to notice a shadow creeping up upon them with the intent to stop them in their tracks. . . Upgrade Izen's abilities with arm/leg parts, core and chips, and activate the armament drive and fight with the support of fairies! Add a little spice to life with titles and enjoy the free arrangement of battle speed and encounter rates! Get easy items from fairies that hide in stockings! Loads of extra content including a battle arena and more still awaits!
Self (indienova, Today, $6.99) SELF is a Kafkaesque suspense text-based adventure game with simulation and puzzle mechanics. My father vanishes, but only I know it. Nobody else notices that, including my mother, even after I mentioned my father to them directly. I have to embark on a journey to find him back, all alone. In this game, boundaries between dream, reality, memory, and truth are all diffuse. You will meet many puzzles and challenges in it. You need to make choices, which lead you to very different endings. You will piece the clues and leads you collected together to a complete story. But could you seize the opportunity to find your SELF in this introspective journey?
So Many Me: Extended Edition (Starcaster Games, Fri 17th January, $14.99) Filo is Filo, one of a kind or so he thought as he is woken from his peaceful sleep and eat life to go on a quest of great importance. Which he doesn’t really care much for the details so he just does. His journey however starts in a magical fountain which splits Filo’s essence into hundreds of clones each shaped by an individual part of his personality which are called Me’s. However they are all a part of him so they are compelled to move when he does.
Soccer, Tactics & Glory (Toplitz Productions, Wed 22nd January, $39.99) Soccer, Tactics & Glory is a strategy game in the football world. Soccer, Tactics & Glory reinvents the basics of the football management genre, making it appealing to everyone, not just the most hardcore football management aficionados. The game skips the boring parts of football management games - all those endless tables, numbers, routine and micromanagement. But it is deep enough to keep players engrossed for hundreds of hours. If you enjoy turn-based gameplay, strategy or tycoon games, you will love Soccer, Tactics & Glory.
Sorry, James (Nestor Yavorskyy, Today, $4.99) You are James Garner, a security engineer at Mantis Corp., a leading tech company in weaponry field. You got a usual task to decrypt company files. Unusual is that these files contain bizarre chat. Things become weirder when you realize that your job is to “hack love story. ” Why is this so important for Mantis? What can be hidden in someone's conversation? What will you risk to find out the truth? Sorry, James is non-linear story-driven puzzle game which takes unusual step on storytelling.
Spider Solitaire F (Flyhigh Works, Fri 17th January, $5.00) Spider Solitaire is one of the most popular solitaire games in the world! If you are a big fan of Spider Solitaire, Klondike solitaire, FreeCell Solitaire or other card games, you will love this spectacular and highly polished game! Change the game's appearance to suit your own taste. Progress through the game to unlock unique card sets and backgrounds. Customize your Solitare to make it unique and exclusive. Stunning animations and gameplay designed for endless entertainment in the palm of your hand.
Super Crush KO (Vertex Pop, Today, $14.99) Super Crush KO is a fast-paced brawler set in a vibrant, near-future city. Zip up your favorite neon jacket and combo your way through swarms of deadly robots to save your kidnapped kitten and, while you’re at it, save humanity from an AI apocalypse.
To The Moon (X.D. Network, Today, $11.99) Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts have peculiar jobs: They give people another chance to live, all the way from the very beginning. . . but only in their patients' heads. Due to the severity of the operation, the new life becomes the last thing the patients remember before drawing their last breath. Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfill what they wish they had done with their lives, but didn’t. This particular story follows their attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny. With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny's past is revealed. As the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a lifetime, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is. And Johnny's last wish is, of course. . . to go to the moon.
The Station (The Station Game, Tue 14th January, $9.99) The Station is a first-person sci-fi mystery set on a space station sent to study a sentient alien civilization. Assuming the role of a recon specialist, players must unravel a mystery which will decide the fate of two civilizations.
Witch & Hero 2 (Today, $4.99) In each stage your goal is simple – clear the enemies. You can carry the fight with the Hero and act as a shield, while the Witch is physically weak but capable of using powerful magic. Only by combining the abilities of both characters will you succeed. Eventually you earn a ‘one-shot’ magical power to turn the tide of the toughest battles! Continue the adventure that began in Witch & Hero and try to conquer the Demon Lord!
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Small World Z (In-D Gaming, 9th January, $5.99) The world is being infested by the undead army of The Underworld. As a survivor you must fend for yourself. Find weapons, steal clothes, make money, and collect other useful survival gear. Recruit other survivors to your party and they will assist you on your journey, or kill others to steal their belongings. You have one chance to defeat the four undead bosses and proceed to the underworld where the fate of the world lies in your hands.
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Regina & Mac (Diplodocus Games, Today, $9.99) Join the macaw Regina and the tyrannosaurus Mac on their adventure as they try to escape a lifeless research lab. The only way out? To find the golden Floppy discs on which the memory of the lab’s computer system U64 is stored so that it can help the duo to find an exit. Regina & Mac is a 3D platformer that stands in the tradition of the classics from the late 90s and offers a fair challenge even for genre aficionados.
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!