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!
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Nintendo, Fri 29th May, $59.99) Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world. Read our Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition review.
Borderlands Legendary Collection (2K, Fri 29th May) Get three times the mayhem, three times the loot, and three times the action with the Borderlands Legendary Collection! Kill bandits and beasts, collect powerful weaponry, and maybe even save the universe in Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, along with piles of bonus add-on content for each game, adding 100+ hours of gameplay at an incredible value.
XCOM 2 Collection (2K, Fri 29th May, $49.99) The XCOM 2 Collection includes the award-winning strategy game XCOM 2, four DLC packs (Resistance Warrior Pack, Anarchy’s Children, Alien Hunters, Shen’s Last Gift) and the War of the Chosen expansion all in one package. Activate any of the additional content (DLCs and the Expansion) or just play the base game.
Bioshock: The Collection (2K, Fri 29th May, $49.99) Experience the unforgettable worlds and monumental stories of the award-winning BioShock series with BioShock: The Collection. Journey to the cities of Rapture and Columbia across BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, including all single-player add-on content.
Let's Sing 2020 (Ravenscourt, Today, $44.99) All begins with the first tone! Sing as a solo superstar or perform with your crew and friends to rock every party! With the latest version of the singing game Let's Sing you can follow the footsteps of cutting-edge artists and perform songs like: Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho, Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss, Spice Girls - Wannabe, Robbie Williams - Angels and more!
Shantae and the Seven Sirens (WayForward, Today, TBD) Shantae is back in an all-new tropical adventure! In her fifth outing, the Half-Genie hero gains new Fusion Magic abilities to explore a vast sunken city, makes new Half-Genie friends, and battles the Seven Sirens in her biggest, most thrilling quest yet! Featuring multiple towns and more labyrinths than ever before, an awesome aquatic journey full of danger and discovery awaits!
Liberated (Walkabout Games, Tue 2nd June, $19.99) Welcome to a brave new world. Undeniable truth and personal freedoms are dying. Revolution is near. Rise up in the bloodstained struggle for a land of the free. Forget everything you know about comics. Immerse yourself in a dark, rain-soaked city. Use your wits, hack the system, sneak and solve puzzles. And when hell breaks loose, dispense picturesque headshots for great justice.
#womenUp, Super Puzzles Dream (Jorge Biedma Azuar, Sat 30th May, $6.19) Puzzles move onto the next level with ‘Super Puzzle Dream’, a mix between classic puzzles and a ‘Tetris’-style dynamic mechanic. #womenUp! is the 'hashtag' for this programme, which dedicates beautiful illustrations and emotive phrases to women on completion of every puzzle. Two levels of play, 'senior' (for adults) and 'junior' (for children aged 3+), guarantee hours of entertainment for all.
Adam's Venture: Origins (Fri 29th May, $39.99) Start your adventure in Adam’s Venture: Origins. Set in the roaring ’20s, you play as explorer Adam Venture and go on a journey to unravel the secret of Eden. Together with your companion Evelyn, you explore ancient ruins and solve ingenious puzzles to find mysterious locales. As you travel to unique locations, you’re opposed by the evil Clairvaux company, who’s intentions for exploring artefacts could unleash chaos around the world.
Arcade Archives RAIDERS5 (HAMSTER, Thu 21st May, $7.99) "RAIDERS5" is a shooting puzzle game released by UPL in 1985. Players aim to escape by destroying all of the targets on the stage. Find the exit! The "Arcade Archives" series has faithfully reproduced many classic Arcade masterpieces.
Atomicrops (Raw Fury, Today, $14.99) You own the last farm in the post-apocalypse wasteland, inherited from your late grandfather’s will mere moments before the surrounding countryside gets vaporized in a nuclear blast. Now as the only source of food for the local town, and constantly under threat from the local mutant wildlife, you do as any self-respecting farmer would: Farm. Marry. Kill.
Awesome Pea 2 (Sometimes You, Wed 3rd June, $4.99) Greedy Pea is back in the game! Now with even more dark dungeons, deadly traps and gold! What you will definitely find in this game (again): - Pixel Game Boy-style graphics (when everything is green) - 25 different levels - Retro soundtrack (sounds like your old computer) - Lots of shiny coins.
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (DANGEN Entertainment, Today, $24.99) Bug Fables is an adventure RPG following three heroes, Vi, Kabbu, and Leif, as they embark on an epic quest in Bugaria in search of treasure and immortality. ! The game combines colorful platforming with the heroes' unique abilities as they explore a wide variety of areas in the kingdom.
Castle Pals (Ratalaika Games, Fri 29th May, $4.99) One night, Kylee and Owen stumbled upon creepy Castle Pookapick and decide to uncover its secrets! Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it? Play as two different characters! Punch your way through enemies with Kylee and fly above your enemies while avoiding traps as Owen! Earn optional gold medals by completing levels from start to finish faster than the posted time for each level.
Climbros (Ultimate Games, Fri 29th May, $9.90) Climbros is an arcade game with amazing gameplay. You can explore beautiful and diverse worlds by yourself or together in co-op mode. Climb, discover, cooperate and have fun. Test your skills in various conditions. Snowy rocks, enormous trees or drifting asteroids are just a few of many challenges waiting for you. On your way, you’ll find tons of unique locations and characters.
Crypto by POWGI (Lightwood Games, Thu 21st May, $7.99) Crack the code to reveal the quote in this classic cryptogram puzzle. Decrypt the cyphers to find 180 funny and inspirational messages.
Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade - All your favourite Darius arcade games on the Switch!
Darius Cozmic Collection Console - All your favourite Darius console games on the Switch!
Despotism 3k (Gameplay First, Sat 30th May, $10.99) Exploit puny humans to extract power and build your own empire! You’ll have to keep track of them to make sure they don’t succumb to exhaustion and hunger… although the weakest ones can always be thrown to the Bioreactor.
Do Not Feed the Monkeys (Alawar Premium, Mon 1st June, $12.99) You are invited to join “The Primate Observation Club”, where you will observe the lives of caged monkeys and carefully analyze the information obtained.
F-117A Stealth Fighter (UFO Interactive, Today, $4.99) It's the F-117A Stealth Fighter. And once you fly it, you'll see why no other flight simulator compares! Incredible 3D graphics will keep you glued to your screen as you experience the same intense pressures that gripped America's Gulf War pilots. Penetrate enemy airspace without being seen! Tangle with the enemy in treacherous dogfights! Launch awesome firepower against fierce opponents! Your wait is over. The ultimate weapon has arrived. Now it's your turn to pilot the real Stealth Fighter!
Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted (Steel Wool Games, Thu 21st May, $29.99) Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted is a collection of classic and original mini-games set in the Five Nights universe. Survive terrifying encounters with your favorite killer animatronics in a collection of new and classic FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S experiences. Read our Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted review.
Flux8 (Torchbearer, Fri 29th May, $9.19) Flux8 - the magnetic puzzle platformer. Take control of Newt and Tess, or play split-screen with a friend! Navigate the factory floor attracting and repelling at will to avoid your untimely demise. Test yourself with fiendish puzzles and avoid deadly traps as you head for freedom. Collect loot throughout your escape to customize Newt and Tess with a range of fashionable accessories. Create your own adventures with the in-built level editor.
Fly Punch Boom! (Jollypunch, Today, $14.99) FLY PUNCH BOOM! is everything you've seen in your favorite anime fights. Smash your friends so hard whole planets break in half. Ram skyscrapers, whales and asteroids in their face, chase them and unleash over-the-top super moves. It's all about the joy of punching! Ever got uppercut with such gusto that you got kidnapped by aliens? Wanna digest your enemy, then fart them out so hard everything explodes?
Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special (City Connection, Today, $29.99) This major hit was originally released in the arcades in 1995. This is a new and upgraded game of the 1997 console version of Game Tengoku. The old school Jaleco characters are voiced by an all-star voice over-cast.
Genetic Disaster (Drageus Games, Fri 29th May, $14.99) Play alone or grab some friends. Pick a character and his mutations. Fight your way out of the mad mansion! Each of the 12 levels are procedurally generated for more variety and replay value. Hordes of enemies are waiting for you but keep an eye on your environment, it’s dangerous and will adapt to your progress.
Hill Climbing Mania (11Sheep, Today, $6.00) Drive over hilly tracks, collect stars, coins and pickups to upgrade your cars and get further! Also watch out for various obstacles!
Indiecalypse (JanduSoft, Fri 29th May, $12.99) Three stories, three outcasts, three nerds… and a single destiny: to make the best video game ever. Indiecalypse depicts the crude reality of indie game developers and their struggles to get their shit together when it comes to releasing a video game.
Jigsaw Masterpieces (BottleCube, Thu 21st May, $0.99) Many convenient functions for completing the puzzle, such as the function to separate edge and inner pieces and the autosave function for playing lighthearted at any time. - a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog and an American Shorthair Cat - Saint Isaac's Cathedral - The Dolomites in Italy Play with the above three different pictures that have three different piece sizes: large, medium, and small.
Journey to the Savage Planet (505 Games, Thu 21st May, $29.99) WELCOME TO THE PIONEER PROGRAM! As the newest recruit of Kindred Aerospace - The 4th best interstellar space exploration company - Your job is to determine if the planet ARY-26 planet is fit for humans. You may be short on equipment and experience, but good luck!
Little Misfortune (Killmonday, Fri 29th May, $19.99) Little Misfortune is an interactive story, focused on exploration and characters, both sweet and dark, where your choices have consequences. Led by her new friend, Mr. Voice, they venture into the woods, where mysteries are unravelled and a little bit of bad luck unfolds.
Many Faces (eastasiasoft, Today, $4.99) Make the Many Face King pay for waking you from your beauty sleep! Many Faces is a multi-directional shooter inspired by arcade classics, combining single-screen action with randomised stages that will constantly keep you on your toes. Customise your character’s weapon and abilities as you go, further guaranteeing that no two runs will ever be the same.
Missile Command: Recharged (Atari, Wed 27th May, $2.99) Missile Command: Recharged is a re-imagining of the beloved classic with fast-paced, arcade action where players must defend their bases by blasting an endless barrage of missiles hailing from the sky. Launch counter-missiles to protect your base and target powerups to gain an edge at critical moments.
Myths of Orion: Light from the North (Ocean Media, Thu 21st May, $9.99) Long time ago, in a Realm of Orion, a powerful, but greedy wizard collected knowledge from all around the world. And thus came to write the three Books: books of Knowledge, Law and Magic. The books gave him ultimate powers. But, he used them not to prosper, but for chaos! One day the mighty enchantress Salina gathered all of her strength and courage and stole the Books from the Wizard.
Resolutiion (Deck 13, Today, $19.99) Resolutiion is a fast-paced action-adventure created by two angry German brothers leading a band of vagrants who loaded it with lovely pixels, dirty jokes, deep ideas and badass emotional tunes for 20 hours of punishing combat, rewarding exploration, and layered storytelling. Will you be the player or will you be played?
SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC (SEGA, Today, $7.99) The retro horizontal shooter returns in SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC for Nintendo Switch! Wield devastating weapons to blast your way through the armada of the evil ORN Empire. Change your ship’s speed to deftly navigate the treacherous terrain of five diverse alien planets on your way to the destroy the menacing ORN Base, all the while fueled by an epic chiptune soundtrack. Read our SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC review.
Synaptic Drive (YUNUO, Today, $29.99) To play online mode, a player's Nintendo account needs to be linked to the game. Subscription of Nintendo Switch Online is also required to play online mode. Set hundreds of years in the future, diverse fighters from space have assembled on one planet to battle in competitions. Some want to show off their abilities, some live to fight, while others are after prize money.
Turmoil (Playdigious, Today, $14.99) Turmoil offers players a visually charming, tongue-in-cheek take on the simulation genre inspired by the 19th-century oil rush in North America. Get a taste of the rush and rivalry of the time as you earn your way to become a successful oil entrepreneur.
Undead & Beyond (Sat 30th May, $10.99) Undead & Beyond is a game where you reanimate the death and cause chaos! Use the products of your research to create an army of the undead and cause havoc in the complex while you aim to accomplish your objectives to reach the next area. Use a wide range of methods to advance further, from creating undead that will attack the facility staff, to using gadgets or simply using stealth to pass through the guards without being noticed.
WildTrax Racing (Super PowerUp, Fri 29th May, $7.99) In WildTrax Racing you will enjoy the wildest and most spectacular races in natural environments. You will have several game modes such as Arcade and 4-player multiplayer. You will also be able to compare your best times with friends and players around the world on the online ranking chart.
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!
Just Xenoblade for me. This and Minecraft Dungeons is enough so far,
Xenoblade and Shantae.
Always irritates me when I preload a third party game, though, because it takes SO long into the next day for the download to activate.
It's the 28th of May, and I keep clicking on the Shantae icon, but it keeps telling me I can't play the software.
Thunder Force AC!!!
Shantae, let's goooooooooo! ❤️💜
I'll download the Moonlighter DLC and, eventually, Canada Post will deliver Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Works Set.
I'll be picking up Xenoblade as soon as my store calls me.... they haven't rung me up yet...
I remember when the Wii U was out, I'd wait for these announcements to get like, 2 games and I'd hope I was interested in ONE of them. This is quite a big difference.
Bug Fables looks fantastic but it's not my style of game. Same for Xenoblade.
Amazing week for releases. Thank you 2K for Borderlands and Bioshock games. I played these already on PS4, but will gladly revisit on Switch on the go.
Quite a few things this week I’m interested in, but I’ll probably hold off buying anything for now. I’m 3 weeks into AC:NH and anything I buy now would just be tossed in the “to be played at a later date” bucket that’s already starting to overflow.
Also some games where the price is right but the HDD requirements are a bit much. I can see myself double dipping on Bioshock 3 at that price but it needs 20GB??
Anyways , on my wishlist are going:
Shantea (normally would be all over this but just got done with Monsterboy)
Xeno - just don’t have the 70+ hours now but I’m coming back for this one later when I do
Borderlands/bioshock - want to see some reviews on well the ports hold up technically.
Grabbed Bug Fables, though I'm interested in some of the other releases this week.
Getting Bioshock for sure!
Not sure if I should get Borderlands. I'd be getting it for single player.
Lots of good stuff. I look forward to BioShock Infinite going on deep discount (60% or better) a few months from now.
Jesus today is a surprisingly massive game week. I've had my eye on Xenoblade, Xcom, Bioshock, Bug Fables, and Shantae, but for whatever reason, my brain didn't make the connection that they all released around the same time... If I had to pick one, I think I'll grab Bug Fables.
@Magician That's what I'm waiting for, too, but unfortunately things seem to be different on Switch. How many years has it been out now, and I'm still waiting for Skyrim to be $20 like it has been on every other system for what seems like a decade. Or even any kind of sale for the physical version.
Very busy week. Is NL doing a review for Bug Fables? Seems very appropriate for this site...
WildTrax Racing shows off road vehicles, but all their screenshots are of flat terrain. Weird.
Xenoblade and XCOM for me. Also pre-installed Outer Worlds
@WoomyNNYes Borderlands is very solo-friendly. I've played each of them extensively solo
My poor wallet 😥
@Xyphon22 - Yeah, Bethesda has been sort of stingy with their discounts on Switch. 2K Games have been better, as I've seen Civilization VI go from $50 to frequently being below $20.
Got Game Tengoku CruisinMix preloaded, taking advantage of the 20% off pre-sale. Will pick up Thunder Force AC at some point. The Darius collections I'd still try to pick up physical, but we'll see. And I might check out Missile Command, for a few bucks it looks alright.
I'm interested in bug fables after hearing good things about it.
Bug Fables and Bioshock 2 for me.
My physical copy of Xenoblade Chronicles should be delivered tomorrow. I want BioShock Collection, but that'll have to wait until a later date. It's Reyn Time!
What's the deal with "Bug Fables"? Just saw it for the 1st time ever on Twitter and it's out today. NL has NO previous mentions of it before today. How does a game that look that good - good Paper Mario good - andvjust appear out of the blue like that?
I know most of these games just appear out of the blue like that, but some are weirdo $5 shovelware. This is $25 and looks like a real game. If Image & Forge or Wayforward made it we'd have 6 months of news before release.
Still playing ACNH 2-3 hours a day, and just started Steamworld Quest, and Labo VR arrives today, so I don't have time right now, but I may have held off on Labo VR for Bug Fables. I only bought Labo VR b/c it was OOS everywhere for awhile and came back, but it's still like $100 3rd party on Amazon so I bought it while I could. So now I'll wait for reviews and a sale on Bug.
Little heads up next time would be good, somebody let them know.
Xenoblade, Borderlands, Bioshock, and Shantae already ordered.
Mabey Minecraft Dungeons and Bug Fables.... Too many games this week
@rjejr Nintendo Life has mentioned it once or twice before today.
Already preloaded Shantae, though I might hold off on playing it as I'm in the middle of a playthrough of Pirate's Curse and I don't want genre burnout.
Heavily considering Xenoblade but I don't know if I have the time for a massive game like that right now.
Holding off on a lot of these for the time being. Picked up Just Shapes & Beats tho cause they announced some new songs coming soon. I'll probably pick up Xenoblade from my library and shantae or bug fables if there's a sale.
Only thing I want is the bioshock. But I have so many games now I'll wait for a sale.
Definitely Shantae, probably Xenoblade.
I'll probably get the BioShock Collection for now, Borderlands, XCom, and Xenoblade Remastered comes later.
DF’s assessment of Xenoblade has put that game on pause for me. I’m gonna do Resolution, maybe Atomicrops and probably Shantae.
What a week!
Xenoblade, BioShock, Borderlands, XCom and Thunder Force for sure. Might check out Shantae too, still want to get in that series.
@Xyphon22 Sometimes...the Switch tax.
I would love to buy more games, but can’t at the moment. Especially Xenoblade. That Adam’s Venture sounds mighty interesting though.
I was unaware that a new Shantae game was due out so soon... still need to beat the very last section of the last one.
Might take the dive on Bioshock Collection without a sale. But definitely want to see how the reviews hold up in regards to the porting quality. Gyro aiming might be too much to ask for here
@Blooper987 Congrats on getting JS&B. That game is fun, challenging, and inventive. So much variety in the bullet patterns. I didn’t know they were adding even more songs; I thought the Shovel Knight update might have been the final one.
@sfb they've been announcing them on their twitter for a few days. No release date yet tho. I'm hoping they add Megalovania from Undertale. It's a perfect fit
Bought a physical edition of Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
Shantae and Thunder Force.
Awesome week! Both Darius Collections, Thunderforce, Bioshock Collection & Shantae for me!! Maybe Borderlands too. That’s a lot of gaming!!
WAIT- I can’t find the Darius Collections anywhere and not in the coming soon list either! Europe only?? anyone? 🙁
Really enjoying Journey the Savage Planet. Have never played Borderlands, Xenoblade Chronicles, or XCom 2. Got Xenoblade pre-downloaded but am very tempted by Borderlands and XCom.
There’s no listing for the Bioshock collection on the eshop so no preloading. Something seems a bit off, might wait on reviews before picking up
Bug Fables is blowing up all over. I might get it to see what the hype is about - it sounds like my kind of game regardless, and the price is attractive. Unless there is a physical edition, I'd prefer that. Might wait to see if LRG or another boutique will print one.
Xenoblade Chronicles is a must-buy, but physical, and not immediately. This game isn't going to disappear, and I have a monstrous backlog to deal with first.
Very interested in parts of the Bioshock and X-COM2 collections, but not the whole collection. I'll just buy one game at a time. I would buy the physical collections if they included at least one full game on cart. (I think X-COM actually might).
Might give Shantae a look, too. I've loved the Shantae games I've played, even though I suck at them all.
My copy of Xenoblade is delayed until next week, so Shantae for me.
So far it's fun and I like the new quick transformations.
MInecraft Dungeons = Minecraft (no building) turns into Diablo, works great IMO. I didn't finish Xenoblade on 3ds but that was due to not being able to find an area: I'm told the map/ navigation was greatly improved on this version. Can't believe XC2 and XC are such different fighting styles. One I adore the other I deplore.
Not download, but I have the physical version of Xenoblade on the way. Today, the BioShock Collection arrived! I'm especially excited for BioShock because I remember back in the day, all the talk surrounding a Wii port of the first game and how Ken Levine himself was interested, but had to pass because the quality of the game would have taken a hit. Then, BioShock Infinite never got a Wii U port; though it would have been nice I understand why. I always said that I'd get it Day 1 if the Collection ever came to the Switch, and today I was a man of my word 😂
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