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 - Highlights
WINGSPAN (Monster Couch, 29th Dec, $19.99) - In this relaxing strategy card game, the goal is to discover and attract the best birds to a network of wildlife preserves. Many of the 170 unique birds have powers that echo real life: hawks will hunt, pelicans will fish and geese will form a flock. Featuring both single-player and multiplayer modes for up to five players, WINGSPAN is based on the award winning, competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game.
Switch eShop - New Releases
Animal Pals Bubble Pop (Digital Game Group, 18th Dec, $7.99) - Help Kat blast and pop through levels of fun in this bubble shooter puzzle game! Match three or more bubbles and blast your way through each puzzle to rescue your friends! Collect powerups to help shoot the bubbles to pop your way through each challenging puzzle in this AMAZING bubble shooting quest adventure! Simple and easy controls, aim assist and power ups to help you align your bubbles for the perfect shot and shoot bubbles with ease. Over 100 levels of fun!
Arcade Archives VS. TENNIS (HAMSTER, 18th Dec, $7.99) - "VS. Tennis" is a sports game released by Nintendo in 1984. This work can be played this game with up to 4 players. You can compete with each other in singles play or play together in doubles play. The key to victory is to use two different types of hitting balls: shots and lobs. The "Arcade Archives" series has faithfully reproduced many classic Arcade masterpieces. Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.
BIT.TRIP BEAT (QubicGames, 25th Dec, $4.99) - From gameplay to visuals to music and imagination, BIT. TRIP BEAT is inspired by classic games in every way. Get sucked into a whole new world of sights and sounds as you juggle beats and ride the vibe in this modern look at the beginning of it all. Originally released for the Nintendo Wii in 2009, BIT. TRIP BEAT makes its triumphant return to Nintendo platforms.
BIT.TRIP CORE (QubicGames, 25th Dec, $4.99) - Dive controller-first into unfamiliar territory, using NES-style controls to blast your way through a barrage of beats in this rhythm-music adventure. - Retro-inspired controls! - Beautiful boss battles! - A thumpin’ chiptune-inspired soundtrack with special guest Bubblyfish! - Easy, medium, and hard difficulty modes - 20 bite-sized challenges separate from the main game - Mind-melting challenges! - Thought-provoking cutscenes!
BIT.TRIP FATE (QubicGames, 25th Dec, $4.99) - CommanderVideo’s journey is nearly complete, but the hardest part has yet to come. Guide our brave hero through a world of twin-stick shooter gameplay, strange and powerful enemies, and environments unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
BIT.TRIP FLUX (QubicGames, 25th Dec, $4.99) - Get ready for classic paddle-based gameplay as CommanderVideo returns to the source. Enjoy new challenges presented within the familiar paddle-based gameplay which started the phenomenon known as BIT. TRIP. New power-ups including the full-screen paddle!
BIT.TRIP RUNNER (QubicGames, 25th Dec, $4.99) - Race across the Moon, kicking down crystal walls and sliding under chomping moon-slugs! Bound through the Robotic Mines and face off against the MinerMech! Dash through the Big City on a quest to find friends and defeat the final boss together! Control CommanderVideo as he runs, jumps, kicks, and slides his way to victory! With exciting modern and retro challenges, you can dash your way through more than 50 levels! Join CommanderVideo in BIT. TRIP RUNNER, his most incredible journey yet!
BIT.TRIP VOID (QubicGames, 25th Dec, $4.99) - BIT. TRIP VOID is a synesthetic exploration of rhythm and music as they pertain to our everyday lives and moods. In a control scheme brand new to the series, yet wholly familiar to gamers, the player is given complete freedom to move about the screen wherever they desire, interacting with the music in brand new ways. The classic gameplay aesthetic remains, as color—and the absence of color—are explored to the fullest.
Candy 2048 Challenge (Mindscape, 25th Dec, $7.99) - Candy 2048 Challenge brings back the iconic 2048 game with a new multiplayer function. Taking the intense fun of the original 2048 and pitting you against one other friend, to really see who is the best! Test your intelligence in this infinite puzzle game.
Candy Jump featuring Frosty (Digital Game Group, 24th Dec, $5.99) - Direct Frosty the jumping snowman through unlimited frozen candyland puzzles as he climbs higher and you reach high scores! Use your snowflake coins to buy design your own snowman or get new frosty friends. Play as Mrs. Frosty, Santa Snowman and Reindeer Snowman! Endless levels plus additional snowman characters make this a never-ending puzzle to jump your way through. Just keep your eyes on the sky for angry candy monsters. Children, as well as adults, will enjoy this simple, yet challenging jump game. Make winter snow and snowmen a year round frozen experience for your family.
Crystal Ortha (Kemco, 17th Dec, $14.99) - Today too, in the town tavern the crystal appraisers devote themselves to their business, in search of a far-off legend. Set off on a journey, with four allies who have the future on their shoulders, to find the legendary crystal mother lode! Enjoy solving puzzles in dungeons, and strike up conversations with the people around the world. Battles with bosses feature conversations, which might even give you some hints about tactics! Fill the skill slots with the skills you like to be prepared for strategic turn-based battles. Find the ores to craft weapons and search around pots and objects to get items for your adventure. Watch over the fate of the crystal seekers until the end of their journey!
Cube Life: Island Survival (Cypronia, 26th Dec, $14.99) - Explore, build, and craft in a block-building, survival game with Super-Duper realistic graphic. In Survival Mode, the player must maintain health, explore caves, gather resources, and craft tools on an unknown island. Get food, explore and build during the day. Hide, fight, and surive as night falls on the island. In Creative Mode, the game will allow players to build constructions in 3D generated game worlds. There is no limit to your imagination.
Cube Raiders (JanduSoft, 28th Dec, $12.99) - Join Rose and Kirk in this head-breaking Cube Adventure and prove that you are a true Cube Raider. Cube Raiders offers gamers four different game modes for one or two players. Face the dangers and surprises in each temple and solve more than 99 puzzles for just one player. Have fun together and play a joint adventure with more than 59 puzzles created for two players. Get the highest score in "Endless" mode before time runs out or the entire floor gets filled with dice! Put companionship aside and show who the best Cube Raider is in the "Duel" mode.
Door Kickers (QubicGames, 26th Dec, $11.99) - Door Kickers is an innovative real-time strategy game that puts you in charge of a SWAT team and lets you command them during a tactical intervention. Become the commander of an elite anti-terrorist squad and lead them on the most dangerous missions. Remember you are the good guy, but sometimes it's better to pull the trigger and go home on your own than to be carried. Yours and your men’ssquad life are the most important.
Double Dragon Neon (21st Dec, $14.99) - Brotacular! Legendary martial artists Billy and Jimmy Lee return in this creative re-imagining of the classic beat 'em up! Trained in the special form of martial arts called Sosetsuken it's up to you to defeat the evil Skullmageddon and his henchmen to rescue the love of your life, Marian!
Dungeon Limbus (TROOOZE, 28th Dec, $14.99) - A young woman who manages a mysterious blacksmith's shop and a village of resurrection that she meets on the border between death and life. Adventure deep into the dungeon in search of lost memories. Repeated deaths will make you stronger. Different spaces between death and life A mysterious world that stays for a while between death and resurrection. This blacksmith living in a different space will hand over his weapons to you. You can make stronger weapons with the crystal collected in the dungeon. You can request weapons in advance for the next generation.
Dungeonoid (SuperPowerUpGames, 25th Dec, $6.99) - Your mission is to cross the dungeons of the Infernal Castle with the aim of recovering the 3 sacred gems and defeating the Demon Master and his henchmen.
DungeonTop (QubicGames, 26th Dec, $13.99) - DungeonTop is a fresh new take on the roguelike deckbuilding genre, bringing a flavour of tight table top battles into the mix. Employ clever board tactics to gain advantage such as range, flanking, tanking and rushing. A balance of risk to reward greets you both in an out of battle. Progression in DungeonTop could mean two things, grabbing more gold, or defeating more monsters! Play it your way. Will you build for cunning, speed, or power? Your choices in the dungeon directly influence your chance of survival!
Elliot (JanduSoft, 24th Dec, $9.99) - Elliot is a colourful 2D platformer inspired in 16-bit classics yet with a hardcore touch. Don't be fooled by appearances, it's a tough game! Run, jump and dash through over 60+ levels to solve the mystery surrounding the World of Elliot, Manuel and the adorable Mombas. Need to know more? Elliot, that loveable little blue ball, is a Momba, a wild, free, musical creature who lives alone in the natural world. Well, not entirely alone: with his friend, Manuel. But one apparently ordinary day, strange things begin to happen.
Hell Sports (Neilo, 28th Dec, $19.99) - 3 min to win. Aim for the top league in Hell! - Simple rules! While protecting your sinners and tank, score goals! - Prevent opponent's goals by using Hell Sports various skills! - 2 on 2 battle in 3 min! Co-play with your friends or play by yourself! 10 unique characters available! - Unlock adorable characters and let them join your team! - Each character has various different skins! Make a strategy and develop your characters to be Stars! - Become the top team by increasing the fan base! - Challenge higher leagues by increasing each player's Star level.
JDM Racing – 2 (Nikita Alexeevich, 24th Dec, $4.99) - Drive legendary Japanese cars on various tracks. Beat records, take part in different racing events, rise from Beginner to Pro League driver. Collect, win, tune up, and upgrade your dream cars.
KAUIL’S TREASURE (JanduSoft, 24th Dec, $9.99) - Kauil's Treasure is a new single-player adventure-puzzle game where you, the father of a teenage girl named Sophie, need to find your daughter before the horrors behind Kauil's Treasure find her first. Thus, you'll have to solve the hardest puzzles, avoid the rotten souls corrupted by Kauil, and use your whip to get to the most dangerous places and save your daughter. Do you have what it takes to find the most important treasure of your life? Dr. Goodfall's skills include moving and jumping around, using his whip to get to other places and activating some mechanisms. He can also pick up, drop, throw and burn certain objects.
Kingdom Tales (Ocean Media, 24th Dec, $9.99) - An ancient prophecy proclaims: "One day, the mighty dragons will seek new territory to claim as their own! The day has come! The prophecy has been fulfilled! " Now, only the most courageous and just of leaders will be able forge a friendship between mankind and dragons! Step into the role of the steadfast and altruistic leader who's quests is to ensure the safety and prosperity of all people and creatures in the kingdom! In Kingdom Tales you will explore the land, gather, produce and trade resources, build and repair subjects homes and community structures, and work to increase your subjects level of happiness!
Kolumno (Flynns Arcade, 24th Dec, $1.99) - Behind its apparent simplicity, Kolumno hides really challenging and fun game mechanics. Kolumno, as other puzzle games, requires intelligence, planning, and patience, but the challenge doesn’t stop there. It will also test your reflexes with puzzles that will require you to use special abilities such as: stopping mid-air, falling faster, making smaller or breaking the rings that make up the columns. Don’t let yourself be fooled by its minimalistic style and its relaxing soundtrack, Kolumno is one of the most elegant and challenging games in recent times.
Match Three: Pirates! Heir to Davy Jones (Mindscape, 25th Dec, $9.99) - Davy Jones created a world of never-ending pirating adventure, where no-one gets old and unsuspecting people are tricked into entering Davy Jones’ Locker. Journey through the different stages of this match-3 adventure, lift the curse of Davy Jones and save your friend. What treasures does Match Three Pirates hold within?
NEKOPARA Vol.4 (CFK, 22nd Dec, $14.99) - "NEKOPARA Vol. 4", the fourth installment of the world-famous NEKOPARA adventure game series, has arrived on Nintendo Switch! The fourth installment of the series again features gorgeous artwork by NEKO WORKs. Characters are brought to life with animated character sprites utilizing the E-mote Engine. All story scenes are fully voiced (except for the protagonist).
PBA Pro Bowling 2021 (Farsight Studios, 21st Dec, $24.99) - PBA Pro Bowling 2021 is the ultimate game for all bowling fans! Now you can bowl as your favorite PBA pro! Play online versus your friends, competing head-to-head and in tournaments, or start your PBA Career in a deep single-player experience. This game has something for everyone with options for both an authentic simulation mode or an explosive arcade-style of gameplay! PBA Pro Bowling 2021 is officially licensed by the Pro Bowlers Association and includes 26 of the top pros in the game today along with in-game commentary from the TV broadcast team of Rob Stone and hall-of-famer Randy Pedersen.
Professor Lupo: Ocean (BeautiFun Games, 28th Dec, $4.99) - You wake up in the middle of a crumbling spaceship and yet, somehow, everything’s flooded. . . You're at the bottom of the Ocean! The ship computer keeps giving you never-ending tasks to repair the ship and is saying you’re a. . . Clone? The adventure’s only just begun! Welcome to Professor Lupo: Ocean, the epilogue of the Professor Lupo and His Horrible Pets saga. At the end of the original game, we left our heroes at the start of a long journey. Five thousand years later, the Aurora space station has reached its destination. Clone, our new heroine, will need to find out how it ended up underwater and just what happened to all of its crew.
Quell Reflect (Fallen Tree Games , 28th Dec, $7.99) - Quell Reflect has been critically-acclaimed for its 80+ levels of ingenious gameplay, gorgeous art style, and haunting soundtrack. The objective is simple: slide a droplet around a layout of obstacles, traps and pathways, until you have collected all the pearls. Underneath this simple gameplay lies a world of intricacy! Quell Reflect's appeal lies in its gentle, soothing mood, which makes it a great way to unwind. If you have played the original Quell, you'll be delighted with the new gameplay features. If not, then now's the time to find out what you've been missing!
Roundout by POWGI (Lightwood Games, 21st Dec, $7.99) - The latest POWGI game is a mash-up of two popular word puzzles. It’s a kross between Word Wheel and Kriss Kross. Yes, it wheely is! Roundout takes the fast and satisfying word-forming action of Word Wheel and gives it a new, visible goal to work towards. Plus, a free bad joke with every puzzle solved!
Suicide Guy Collection (ChubbyPixel, 17th Dec, $10.99) - Suicide Guy and Suicide Guy: Sleepin' Deeply for the first time together in a mega bundle! Set in the incredibile and extraordinary dreams of its protagonist, this time you'll have to save not 1, but 2 beers.
Super Sports Blast (Unfinished Pixel, 25th Dec, $24.99) - Get ready for kick-off and play some soccer, own the Tennis court and spike your opponent in the Volley field. Each sport features its own in-depth modes with various tournaments to conquer! Create your own character and grind your way up to be the champion in three of the world's most popular sports.
The Hong Kong Massacre (Untold Tales, 26th Dec, $19.99) - Inspired by classic action movies, The Hong Kong Massacre places you at the center of a hard-boiled revenge story, filled with brutal, cinematic shootouts and vivid underworld locations. Take on the role of a former police detective bent on exacting vengeance for his partner's murder and use of a mixture of raw firepower, slow-motion, and dive/dodge mechanics to tear your way through the criminal ranks. Dive through windows or dodge behind cover - every shot is lethal, so stay aware of your surroundings and exploit the environment however you can.
The Last Dead End (JanduSoft, 24th Dec, $9.99) - In this game, we play the role of young scientist Farhad Novruzov, who returned to his homeland to help in filming a documentary movie for an international television channel. Here he faces strange events connected with the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism and the scientist has to find out the reason of these events. The game takes place both from the first person and the third person. Most actions and active research take place in the first-person view. The main action of the game takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Void Source (TERNOX, 28th Dec, $5.99) - Features: - Levels full of non-stop action, including highly hazardous environments: Underwater, Volcano, Space, Dark Cave, Railroad - Huge bosses that pack a punch. Boss rush extra mode. 25 weapons (two same weapons stack up to higher power). - Steam Trading Cards. - Steam Achievements. - Dozens of new weapons, developed via technology tree between the levels.
- Sephiroth Descends To Battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Brace yourself for the arrival of the one-winged angel. Sephiroth, the fan-favorite villain from the FINAL FANTASY series, is descending from the heavens with his gleaming sword in hand to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game as its newest playable DLC fighter. Challenger Pack 8 contains Sephiroth as a playable fighter, a new stage based on the Northern Cave setting and nine music tracks, including “One-Winged Angel.” Challenger Pack 8 is part of Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which can be purchased for $29.99 and also includes Min Min from the ARMS game, Steve & Alex from Minecraft and three more yet-to-be announced fighters as they release. Challenger Pack 8 can also be purchased separately for $5.99.
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!