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!
Switch eShop - New Releases
Lost Wing (2Awesome Studio, 31st Jul, $7.99) - Pilot a super-fast ship through brutal environments, and try to top the leaderboards. Featuring numerous challenges, ships, enemies and traps, it’s a shot of pure unadulterated adrenaline. Storm your way through three unique worlds, beat each stage and destroy the bosses. Featuring an original electronic soundtrack, multiple play modes, stages, ships and weapons, Lost Wing is a perfect challenge for the most demanding players. - Read our Lost Wing review
Skully (Modus Games, 4th Aug, $29.99) - Hop, skip and roll your way to victory! On a mysterious remote island, a skull washes up on shore and is reawakened by an enigmatic deity. Dubbed Skully, the newly reanimated being has been summoned to intervene in a war between the deity’s three siblings, whose quarrel jeopardizes the island they call home. Fate has bestowed Skully with a second chance at “life” and his adventure will take him across a strange paradise as he seeks an end to the conflict that plagues the isle. Traverse a mysterious island by rolling through 18 different levels in seven distinct ecosystems, each packed with adventure, puzzles and unique dangers.
Buried Stars (LINE Games, 30th Jul, $49.99) - "Buried Stars" is a new mystery adventure game developed by Team Largo and LINE Games Corporation. A collapse that broke out at a live broadcast of a survival audition TV show. A fatal incident occurs in front of trapped performers and staff. Who is the murderer? Why…
Chess Ace (Cool Small Games, 23rd Jul, $7.99) - Chess Ace is a unique puzzle game, bridging the gap between two classic games - chess & cards. Plan your moves and deal the cards to beat all clubs on a 5x5 chessboard!
Country Tales (Ocean Media, 30th Jul, $9.99) - Ted used to be a simple farmer. But he just couldn't see himself being a farmer his whole life. He wanted more. So Ted decided to leave for the big city and finish school there. Once he was done with his education, he decided it's finally time to find a job somewhere. And he found one in a small town called Sunset Hills.
Cubers: Arena (Teyon, 30th Jul, $14.99) - Cubers: Arena is an electrifying arena brawler/twin-stick slasher game. Play as Baller, a slave fighting his way through an array of gladiators to reclaim his freedom. Multifaceted and immersive game modes; 4 uniquely themed arenas, all with their own atmospheric effects and enemies, destructible environments and boss fights in Campaign mode. An extensive line up of multiplayer (and solo! ) mini-games! Choose from an arsenal of over 100 unique weapons, armory, and skills to fight off waves of enemies.
Dodo Peak (Screenwave Media, 31st Jul, $9.99) - Play as a dodo bird to find and rescue your lost babies from a series of dangerous peaks. Manoeuvre them home while avoiding obstacles and enemies! Dodo Peak is a throwback to the classic arcade platformers of the past with a modern twist. Collect coins, dodge sneaky snakes, avoid malevolent monkeys, grab power-ups for extra speed or super strength, and strive for the best time across a stunning variety of handcrafted islands. As your pack grows, so does the challenge in bringing them home!
Dominate – Board Game (eSolutions Nordic, 24th Jul, $9.89) - The object of the game is to make your pieces constitute a majority of the pieces on the board at the end of the game, by converting as many of your opponent's pieces as possible. You can play against a friend or alone in arcade mode with increasing difficulty. The game will test your tactic skills and entertain you and your friends. Dominate the board and climb the leaderboard. Based on an early '90s arcade game.
FAIRY TAIL (KOEI TECMO AMERICA, 31st Jul, $59.99) - Play as powerful mages from different guilds. Various characters from guilds other than "Fairy Tail" appear! Also, the game includes an original episode. Magic battles, Fairy Tail style. Familiar moves from the source material such as Unison Raid and Extreme Magic can be performed! There are also Unison Raids that are original to the game.
Family Mysteries: Poisonous Promises (Artifex Mundi, 31st Jul, $14.99) - Entertaining plunge into the world of debauched elites, alluring women and corrupted cops, where power is the ultimate currency. This is a thrilling introduction to the brand new Hidden Object Game series in the tradition of best police dramas. Welcome to the magic city of palm trees, yachts and pleasant living, a place where the elite high rollers park their sleek Lambos for free with a handicap tag.
FootGoal! Tiki Taka (Jorge Biedma Azuar, 31st Jul, $4.99) - The first official table of the classic, popular football game. For gamers, for football fans. A retro, fun way to enjoy football. Short passes, long balls, lobs, or just shooting. Intuitive, rapid controls, and ball speeds of up to 120 km/h. Try out your reflexes, skills and strategies.
Heroes of Hammerwatch – Ultimate Edition (Blitworks, 29th Jul, $19.99) - Encounter endless hordes of enemies, traps, puzzles, secrets and tons of loot, as you battle your way through procedurally generated levels to reach the top of the Forsaken Spire. Upgrade to grant your persistent heroes with various enhancements that will further help you in your quest, and even bring them to your friends' game!
Hotel Sowls (CFK, 30th Jul, $7.99) - As a pharmacologist looking for success, you obtained a mysterious stone found in Sowls. "With this stone, I'll be able to conduct successful research!" Afterwards, you visited "Hotel Sowls" to get some good rest and found out the next morning your precious stone has disappeared! "Someone must've stolen it!" So begins your investigation to find your stone...
Kingdom Rush (Ironhide Game Studio, 30th Jul, $9.99) - Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command! Fight on forests, mountains, and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower upgrades and specializations! Rain fire upon your enemies, summon reinforcements, command your troops, recruit elven warriors and face legendary monsters on a quest to save the Kingdom from the forces of darkness!
Locomotion (Polyfox, 30th Jul, $10.99) - “Howdy partner! My gold’s been stolen! Could you help me get it back with that there marvellous technical thingy-ma-bob you’ve got there?” Locomotion is a spectacular single-player train puzzle game. Sit back, relax and chill for an afternoon of excellent, entertainment and excitement, or, pick up and go as you solve puzzles on the move! Guide your train to the exit of each level, collect all of your gold and travel to new heights! Locomotion is the perfect family-friendly casual puzzle game - grab a partner to help you figure out those extra tricky puzzles and enjoy the journey together!
Merchant of the Skies (AbsoDev, 30th Jul, $14.99) - Merchant of the Skies is a trading game with light base-building and tycoon elements. You start off as a captain of a small cloudship and work your way towards establishing your own trade company. Merchant of the skies is an experimental game: it does not have a distinct genre, but tries to capture the feeling of travelling the world and establishing your own company. That means we try to incorporate exploration, base building, trading and some minor RPG elements into the game.
Mini Island Challenge Bundle (Forever Entertainment, 23rd Jul, $9.99) - Choose your character, gather power-ups, and beat the bosses! Run through the four worlds and face the threat - run, shoot, dodge! Explore the four islands, each with a unique theme, and beat their challenges. Casual-friendly mechanics, straight forward gameplay, and the unique art style make the perfect, easy-to-grab entertainment. No time to waste - choose your arsenal, build your character with power-ups, and beat the Mini Island Challenge Bundle!
Mini Puzzle Balls (Cool Small Games, 30th Jul, $1.99) - Mini Puzzle Balls is a new addictive puzzle game. Move the balls into their corresponding slots. It's simple. Or is it? Look for solutions, unlock new mechanics, increase your score, and have fun.
Monster Blast (EntwicklerX, 23rd Jul, $7.99) - On randomly generated maps you are shooting your path to find the exit and move on to the next level. Lots of monsters and nasty bosses make your work difficult. Collect monster energy to get special weapons. Find boxes with special items to improve your health. Use support items that help you blast more monsters. Increase your experience from map to map and improve your health, firepower and luck. 4 different worlds with 24 challenging levels allow you a few hours of challenging shooting fun.
Mystery Mine (Big Way, 5th Aug, $9.99) - Dynamic adventure in the Mystery Mine: dangerous monsters and bosses, ancient magic and decisions, on which many lives depend! Can the ordinary aborigine save the world? History Mbonga used to be just a simple worker in a small village far from civilisation. Once he meets an ancient Spirit who needs his help. The Spirit promises to protect Mbonga's village from the great evil, so Mbonga decides to come with him to the Underworld.
Naught (Wild Sphere, 31st Jul, $19.99) - Naught is a platform videogame with a unique control where you rotate the environment to change gravity and guide the main character, Naught, through labyrinth levels full of challenges, hidden places and secrets. Featuring varied, dynamic gameplay, Naught explores 40 levels where he must dodge danger and enemies arising from the shadows, discover hidden places, collect seeds of light that will help him access blocked areas, and recover the diamond fragments that possess enormous power.
Nicole (Ratalaika Games, 31st Jul, $18.99) - Nicole is a dating simulator that revolves around your day-to-day life as a college student. Classes, homework and mysterious abductions! You can take up part-time jobs to earn money, explore various locations, do recreational and extra-curricular activities, and meet intriguing characters like Darren, Kurt, Jeff and Ted. You might even get to date the culprit!
Nowhere Prophet (No More Robots, 30th Jul, $24.99) - Build a loyal band of followers and survive the journey across a broken world. Barely. Take on the role of a powerful leader and mystic. Empowered with the gifts of technopathy, the ability to sense and affect electrical currents. You are the last hope to a band of outcasts and refugees.
Paint your Pet (Ultimate Games, 31st Jul, $4.99) - Paint your Pet allows the player to paint different pets. You can use a variety of colors and textures to make incredible animals. Save your creations and return to it at any time you want to modify it! Paint your Pet is fun, easy to pick up game, suitable for children at any age.
Rugby Challenge 4 (Tru Blu Games, 28th Jul, $49.99) - Catch your rivals off guard using set plays with 10 different moves, including cross-kick! Women’s Sevens Rugby with 16 international teams, including 5 licensed teams. Make the ultimate rugby player with both the kit creator and the enhanced player creator!
Sagrada (Dire Wolf Digital, 29th Jul, $14.99) - Bring your stained glass masterpiece to dazzling digital life in Sagrada, the dice-drafting board game from Floodgate Games. Take turns selecting colorful dice and placing them in your gorgeous stained-glass window. The artisan who creates the most beautiful window wins. Choose your dice carefully! Find the perfect fit for each piece of your window: restrictions on both the color and number showing on your die make for a puzzling challenge.
SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION (SNK, 28th Jul, $39.99) - The ULTIMATE collection is here! It all began in ’93, and now, the weapon-based fighting game series that swept the world is ready to be taken home in a new stellar collection! Six NEOGEO titles as well as one mysterious, unreleased game are featured! Each game features Online Battle Modes as well as a Museum Mode and Music Player. This collection is a must-have for all SAMURAI SHODOWN fans across the globe!
Sentinels of Freedom (Underbite Games, 30th Jul, $24.99) - Prepare for a story-driven campaign within the Sentinel Comics universe as you join forces with an ever-growing team of heroes to face a wide variety of villains. What seems like a typical bank heist reveals itself to be just the beginning of a much more sinister plan! Create your hero, gather your team, and save the world in this exciting new turn-based strategy!
Spiral Memoria -The Summer I Meet Myself- (DIGIMERCE, 30th Jul, $24.99) - This is a heart-warming story that takes place in high school during early summertime. Face the tragic truth and spend a short, sweet summer with your new romantic interest. The main character doesn't have any memory before high school. She goes on a journey to find out about her past and discovers the shocking truth. The game is based on original character designs by the illustrator, Hazuki Futaba.
Steam Tactics (Sometimes You, 5th Aug, $9.99) - Take on a role of a captain of a squad of airship pilots, acquire and upgrade new ships and weapons, level up your crew. The king is gravely ill. The queen wishes to employ your services. You are one of the most renowned mercenary tacticians in the land. Will you answer the kingdom's call?
Table Tennis (Sabec, 30th Jul, $9.99) - Table Tennis is an easy to play, fun and realistic game of ping pong which you can now play on your Nintendo Switch anytime, anywhere Play against your friends, family or the smart Ai (artificial intelligence) player, which can set from a choice of three different difficultly levels. Beat your toughest rivals with a cool angle shot, performed by stroking the ball and moving in the other direction as fast as you can.
The Executioner (Ultimate Games, 31st Jul, $9.90) - Fusing elements of a traditional RPG with investigation, exploration and moral decision-making, it invites players to take on the role of a man who must seek a signed confession from those he is about to put to death. With a predominantly text-based interface unfolding engaging story, The Executioner promises a dark and unsettling atmosphere, and a world filled with moral ambiguity With the threat of revolution on the cards will you fight for monarchy and tradition or revolt in the name of progress?
Tiny Racer (IceTorch, 31st Jul, $9.99) - Pick your tiny car, push the gas down and start the great race. Try not to fall on Monkey Bridge. Hold on tight and be careful on the ramps in Forest Jumper. Watch out for sharp turns and be the first in Rock Heaven. Don’t let the messy kitchen beat you in Cooking Madness. Speed through sunbeds and surfboards right to the finish line in Beach Party. Play alone or have fun together with your friends, kids or parents.
New Software Updates
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update – Wave 2 (Nintendo) - Enjoy atmospheric fireworks lighting up the sky above your island every Sunday in August at 7 p.m. Put your personal spin on the fireworks display by using your own custom design pattern to see it shot in the air as a firework in the sky! With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can also now choose to take a nap in any bed placed in your home. While dozing off, you may find yourself in a strange realm where you’ll be greeted by Luna. Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, you can share your island as a dream with others too. Plus, a new island backup service may be able to help recover your island if your Nintendo Switch system is lost or damaged, so you can get right back to building your island community. - Read our Animal Crossing: New Horizons review
Dr. Mario World One-Year Anniversary (Nintendo) – The free-to-start Dr. Mario World game has reached its one-year milestone and the mobile game has continued to grow with fun new features. To mark the occasion, Dr. Mario World players can now receive 8-Bit Dr. Mario, a playable character with special skills, as a free login bonus. 8-Bit Dr. Mario is available now and can be acquired until Aug. 30 at 10:59 p.m. PT.
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!