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
Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom, 26th Mar, $59.99) - The critically acclaimed action-RPG series returns! Set in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village, explore lush ecosystems and battle fearsome monsters to become the ultimate hunter. It’s been half a century since the last calamity struck, but a terrifying new monster has reared its head and threatens to plunge the land into chaos once again. - Read our Monster Hunter Rise review
Balan Wonderworld (SQUARE ENIX, 26th Mar, $59.99) - BALAN WONDERWORLD (okay, no need to shout!) is an action-platformer game themed around the wondrous Balan Theatre. Led by the enigmatic maestro named Balan, the stars of the show, Emma and Leo, will use special abilities from a multitude of costumes as they adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld. Here, memories and vistas from the real world mix with the things that people hold dear.
Narita Boy (Team17, 30th Mar, $24.99) - Become symphonic and save the world with Narita Boy, a legendary pixel hero trapped as a mere echo within the Digital Kingdom. Discover the mysteries behind the Techno-sword and lock swords with the corrupt and tainted Stallions in this radical action-adventure game.
Switch eShop - New Releases
Afterpulse (Digital Legends Entertainment, 30th Mar, $19.99) - An electromagnetic pulse has changed everything. The balance of power is unstable. World leaders are deploying elite squads. It is time to choose: restore peace or ignite the largest conflict war in history! Join millions of soldiers in the best military action third person shooter on Nintendo Switch, and start playing with the pro gear thanks to the included Nintendo Switch Fast Pass.
Barrage Fantasia (25th Mar, $9.99) - A girl named Herb who claims to be a great witch lives in a poisonous swamp on the outskirts of a faraway country. One day, a red jewel is stolen from a shrine under her control. Herb escapes the swamp for the first time in order to recover her jewels.
Black Legend (25th Mar, $29.99) - A dark, immersive Turn Based Strategy RPG. Master the art of 17th century alchemy to liberate a doomed city from a bloodthirsty cult of the great alchemist Mephisto. Lead a squadron of Mercenaries into the accursed city of Grant and aid a surviving resistance in fighting against a deadly cult of fanatics. Eradicate the fog that shrouds the streets and inflicts madness among the populace!
Bladed Fury (Numskull Games, 25th Mar, $19.99) - Set out to uncover the truth... The combo and hack’n slash style gameplay makes combat more exciting and difficult to master. Bladed Fury brings players an addictive action game experience with Chinese traditional art and sound design. An unlockable challenge mode will test your combat and survival skills in the end. Make sure you’ve nearly perfected your combo ability!
BodyQuest (25th Mar, $5.99) - A mysterious virus from outer space is threatening mankind, and your best friend Finn is the very first patient infected! But not everything is lost, as the young team of scientists led by Max, Jin, Lia and Zev is here to help. Using their cutting edge nanobots technology, they will be able to get themselves into Finn’s body and combat the virus and its destruction all along Finn’s organs to save his life, and at the same time, also the future of humanity.
Clea 2 (25th Mar, $14.99) - Four years have passed since the Whitlock Mansion tragedy. Florine, a former maid, is determined to resurrect the person who means everything to her. To succeed, she must travel past the third dimension and into the realms beyond. Otherworldly horrors lie in wait, but Florine is determined to soldier on. This, after all, is her final chance at redemption.
Danger Scavenger (25th Mar, $9.99) - Danger Scavenger is fast-paced action, cyberpunk-themed, roguelite skyline crawler. Deadly efficient. Highly skillful. Invisible to indifferent citizens. They fight the greedy corporations that have entire nations under their thumb. Suits scornfully called them Scavengers. It was they who first noticed that the situation turned around. And it's an artificial intelligence A.I.O.N.E., who took over the control causing the machines to revolt against their masters.
Die With Glory (26th Mar, $6.99) - Die With Glory is an adventure game where your goal is to basically die in glorious fashion. You must help Sigurd, a brave old viking warrior, find his way to glory and an afterlife in Valhalla. Reaching Valhalla is not easy at all. You must guide Sigurd through multiple levels of beautifully illustrated landscapes, epic adventures, complex challenges, big battles, and witty dialogue with characters to find the right foe that can provide that perfect glorious and ultimate defeat.
Doodle Games Bundle (26th Mar, $14.99) - Doodle God: Evolution - Create and change your planet with each new reaction. The whole world is in your hands. Mix and match different combinations of elements to build an entire civilization and re-create the evolution of the animal world! And Doodle Mafia: Crime City - Over 500 puzzles to solve and items to create as you play the role of Crime Boss or Cop. You decide how you want to play as you play through multiple hard-nosed storylines & play modes.
Drive Buy (31st Mar, $24.99) - Take the battle to the streets in this car combat game with a delivery twist! Outdrive, outsmart and out deliver your rivals. Drive Buy is a cross-play vehicle combat game with a delivery twist. To win, drivers must hustle the most deliveries and shake down rival drivers with powerups. The intoxicating mix of deliveries and rivalries sets the perfect stage for peacocking, surprise and revenge.
Escape from Life Inc. (31st Mar, $9.99) - “Escape from Life Inc” is a quirky story-driven puzzle platformer, where you switch between three animals: a walking fish, an arrogant eagle and a stuttering reindeer. Throughout your adventure you'll be doing puzzles, platforming, exploring and much more. Together with plenty of wacky characters, help these three unlikely friends escape the alien lab!
Evil Inside (25th Mar, $12.99) - After the death of his mother and the arrest of his father for it, our protagonist Mark tries to contact her through the Spiritual board, which explodes mysteriously and causes Mark to fade away. That's where it all began: a series of paranormal events will torment him while he tries to gather the fragments of the Spiritual board and thus, find what is really happening.
Future Aero Racing S Ultra (25th Mar, $6.99) - Enjoy the fast and futuristic arcade races we present to you in FAR S ULTRA. Make sure you win the desired gold cups in the 5 championships of F. A. R. S ULTRA. Our 5 levels of difficulty and a total of 25 cups are waiting for you!
Gallic Wars: Battle Simulator (28th Mar, $4.99) - Gallic Wars is a Roguelike tactical strategy game. Fast gameplay, crazy rag-doll physics and challenging rouge-like approach to strategy. Fight your way through roman legions. DEPLOY your troops, PLAN their movement, use magic and items to give yourself an edge, and WIN.
Genesis Noir (26th Mar, $14.99) - You play as No Man, a watch peddler caught in a love triangle with other cosmic beings, Miss Mass and Golden Boy. When your affair turns into a bitter confrontation, you will witness a gunshot fired by a jealous god—otherwise known as The Big Bang. Jump into the expanding universe and search for a way to prevent or destroy creation and save your love.
Get-A-Grip Chip (Redstart, 25th Mar, $14.99) - Help Chip save the lost Battery Bots on a perilous journey through the treacherous depths of a robot assembly factory. When piloting Chip, you can't jump, but you can soar over the pits of molten metal, giant crushers, pools of toxic waste, shifting saws and high-powered lasers using your trusty head-mounted grapple! With 30 meticulously crafted levels across 5 diverse worlds, Get-a-Grip Chip is sure to get you (grappling) Hooked!
Gold Digger (25th Mar, $4.99) - Your're the Digger. Crush all the gold bars that are waiting for you in each level. It's all about timing and precision as you break up gold bars descending deeper and deeper into the earth. How deep will you mine before you make that fatal mistake?
Golf Royale (24th Mar, $1.99) - Have fun with your family with this game of skill, between puzzle game and casual game, on the world of Golf. With its cartoon style, you help Rox The Fox to progress over a hundred levels of increasing difficulty. Calculate your trajectories, choose the right timing to avoid moving obstacles and make Hole In One. This game will please youngs and olders and guarantees many hours of fun. Get ready to put!
Hellbreachers (24th Mar, $4.99) - Retro-styled action platforming gets a modern upgrade with robust character creation and RPG progression. Choose one of three heroes, then customize with ten unique specializations to fit your play style. This is adventuring done your way! Whether you prefer straightforward melee, ranged combat or spell-weaving, you’re free to tackle Hellbreachers’ deadly depths with different strategies every time.
I Saw Black Clouds (30th Mar, $12.99) - After the unexpected death of a close friend, Kristina returns to her hometown looking for answers, only to unearth a string of dark secrets. I Saw Black Clouds is an interactive psychological thriller with supernatural elements and branching storylines.
Kaze and the Wild Masks (Soedesco, 26th Mar, $29.99) - In Kaze and the Wild Masks, you journey through the Crystal Islands in 90’s classics platformer style. Play as Kaze and save your friend Hogo from a curse that spread chaos around the islands. Face enraged living vegetables by invoking the powers of the Wild Masks. Pounce ferociously like a tiger, soar through the sky like an eagle, sprint fiercely like a lizard and rule the sea like a shark. - Read our Kaze and the Wild Masks review
Kosmokrats (Modern Wolf, 25th Mar, $14.99) - Kosmokrats is the people's zero-gravity, comedy adventure game! Pilot your drone. Make new friends including Bill Nighy. Construct a utopia. Drink vodka. Build a mighty space fleet. Earn Potatoes. Shape your own narrative. Humanity's fate depends on you, Comrade!
Krystopia: A Puzzle Journey (25th Mar, $7.99) - Krystopia is an escape room game that challenges and captivates you with intriguing laser puzzles, robots and hidden objects. Follow Nova Dune, a space explorer in her quest to find out about the unfamiliar distress signal she received aboard her ship. Determined to investigate it, she finds herself on a desolated planet where all civilization has vanished.
Little Kite (25th Mar, $9.99) - The game highlights the problems of a struggling family, in which one person has given up, and another tries to correct mistakes of the past. The main characters are Mary and her son Andrew. After the death of her husband, Mary married for a second time, to Oliver, in an attempt to create a full-fledged family for her son. But everyday, problems consume the new husband and he finds his solace in alcohol. Soon, they find domestic violence becomes commonplace. Mary's patience and inaction, so habitual and convenient for everyone but little Andrew, brings the life of their family to an extreme point - a point where she needs to make a bold decision.
Mahluk dark demon (25th Mar, $9.99) - Help Mahluk on his adventure to stand against darkness and bring back the peace and serenity that once was. If you enjoy classic hack and slash, platformer, retro adventure games, then you will love this! Forget looking for your old consoles and cartridges, you will be able to revive the nostalgic childhood memories on your console.
Mancala Classic Board Game (25th Mar, $4.99) - Classic board game created with passion for fans of mancala but also those who are going to start playing. Choose one of the modes: * single player mancala and play against a computer * two-player mode and challenge your friend.
MazM: The Phantom of the Opera (25th Mar, $14.99) - The French gothic horror novel "The Phantom of the Opera" (1910) revisits modern audience as "MazM: The Phantom of the Opera", the adventure game for the Nintendo Switch™! Decades after the "Phantom of the Opera" case that shook the Parisian opera house, a detective visits the place to uncover the truth about the Phantom. Find out what secret is hidden in the opera house by collecting footnotes and investigating characters! "He" is everywhere. "He" can see everything. And "he" is watching you….
Mega Mall Story 2 (25th Mar, $14.00) - A business management sim where you can make a mall that's right for you! Everything's been expanded since the last game - build bigger, build higher! Enjoy more freedom and customization than ever. Add public transport stations to bring in customers from farther away. Visitors can come by bus, subway, helicopter, and even on UFOs! Meet new mall visitors bursting with personality. I could go for a bowl of ramen and a good book. . . It's a manager's job to make sure customers leave satisfied.
One Escape (26th Mar, $4.99) - One day, three buddies decided to rob a bank. But something went wrong and the cops showed up. Now, these feisty felons need to smarten up and make the most incredible jailbreak. Find the way to freedom while hiding from the guards, searching for key cards to open the locked doors, and avoiding dangerous pitfalls! Complete 60 levels, and get out of prison at any cost!
Paperball Deluxe (Cliax Games, 25th Mar, $17.99) - Paperball is a highly challenging ball roller that will put your balance skills to the test. Whether you like to play it safe to make it through with the least amount of falls, or you risk it all to obtain the fastest time - a plethora of stages and game modes will keep you coming back for a long time.
Power Racing Bundle 2 (26th Mar, $16.99) - Enjoy 2 games in 1 with this irresistible speed games pack! Speed Truck Racing Get ready to feel the speed! In Speed Truck Racing you'll enjoy the dirtiest, fastest, and most spectacular races at speeds over 200 Km/h, avoiding multiple collisions against 10 adversaries. The game has different modes, such as Championship, Arcade, and 4-player multiplayer. WildTrax Racing Get ready to feel the wild!
Rainbocorns (31st Mar, $12.99) - The official Rainbocorns coloring-in game and Webisodes! Rainbocorns comes with 50 re-usable digital coloring-in pages which you can color-in using either your finger or a stylus. You can also zoom in, out and move the image around to get the perfect colored in picture and you can save and share your pictures by using the capture button on the left Joy-Con. As a bonus we have included all the series one webisodes into the game, so now you can watch all eight webisodes, anytime, anywhere.
Rip Them Off (25th Mar, $8.99) - Rip Them Off is a minimalistic new puzzle game of economic management and tower defence. The Board needs its profit, and it’s up to you to line the streets with shops the masses can’t resist. Choose your locations, pick your stores and earn enough to advance up the corporate ladder with its increasingly difficult challenges!
Tesla Force (24th Mar, $16.99) - Tesla Force is an intense, procedurally generated, rogue-lite top-down shooter packed with non-stop mayhem and over-the-top power tripping. Ridiculously over-the-top mayhem and power trips. Endlessly replayable rogue-lite gameplay.
THE GAME OF LIFE 2 (29th Mar, $29.99) - Pre-order on Nintendo Switch now from 15th March - 28th March and get an exclusive FREE additional in-game outfit for your peg! THE GAME OF LIFE 2 is here on Nintendo Switch! This digital board game is an official, contemporary sequel to the classic THE GAME OF LIFE game.
Toon Shooters 2: The Freelancers (25th Mar, $2.00) - Five years after the fall of the Galactic Fleet, the Toons are back in action to wreck threats old and new. . . it was a massacre, on both sides!
Wild Park Manager (25th Mar, $14.00) - Build plazas, playgrounds, animal petting zones, food courts and more! Design your park as you like. There are all sorts of facilities for you to construct. And of course, good management is key to ensuring the park prospers, bringing in lots of visitors. But a park is not just for people. It's for animals too! Invite scaly, feathered and furry friends to your park and they will make it their home if they like it!
Rise and Shine Campers! – Sanrio is once again bringing the friendship, kindness and cuteness of its characters to the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game. From March 25 at 11 p.m. PT to May 9 at 10:59 p.m. PT, the Sanrio Characters Collection 2021 in-game event will bring Sanrio character-themed items to your campsite. You can receive a free Sanrio Characters clock in-game item by tapping the gift icon when you log in during the event period. Cute rewards from the first Sanrio Characters Collection in-game event in 2019 are returning, too, featuring fan-favorite characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Keroppi, Cinnamoroll and Pompompurin. For more info on this blast of Sanrio Sweetness, be sure to follow the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Twitter account.
The Thrill of the Chase – From questing and slaying ferocious monsters to riding and swinging across new hunting grounds, MONSTER HUNTER RISE has action-packed gameplay that’ll have you rising out of your seat with excitement. My Nintendo is celebrating the launch of the game with three new MONSTER HUNTER RISE themed wallpapers. Beginning March 26, redeem your My Nintendo Platinum Points to obtain the wallpapers for your PC or smart devices. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/ to learn more.
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!
Someone say Balan Wonderworld? Hell yeah, I love bad times!
I'd love to get Rise, but I don't have the budget for it right now. I'll probably pick it up in a few months or so.
I'm getting Balan Wonderworld and Kaze and the Wild Masks physically in due time. I'd pre-ordered the former way before the demo.
Don't overlook Paperball Deluxe, it's a pretty good Super Monkey Ball type game.
Actually like SMB, as opposed to the also worth playing Marble It Up.
I Saw Black Clouds looks and sounds interesting for an interactive movie "videogame" I just might buy it when its on the eshop
I'll get Rise and Narita Boy. I still have some hope for Balan, but I'm gonna have to wait for the final game's reviews.
Very tempted to pick up Monster Hunter but I have a lot of other stuff to play right now so will hold out. Kaze also looks good , not this week but probably a future purchase.
Some of the smaller games sound worth wishlisting and checking out more closely, but the only game I'm buying this week is Rise.
Well I wanted Black Legend but most of the reviews so far are absolutely dumping on it. Between this and Empire of Sin being a disaster at launch, it's been a bit of a bummer in recent strategy RPGs.
@RupeeClock Maybe avoid Balan Wonderworld. People already did an early review on it and apparently its beyond bad. Like, nothing good to say about it and entirely broken mess bad.
I paid for it up front and I'm aware it's bad, but I'd like to still add it to my physical collection.
There might be a certain demand for it in the future despite being bad, it happens for low-print games.
Coming out side by side with Monster Hunter, it's a bad week for all of the other games on the list. . .
After reading the NL review, I have wishlisted Kaze. I'll pick it up at some point as Donkey Kong Country is among my favorite games of all time. My backlog is already crying, though, and the gaming funds are a bit depleted after buying Crash 4 this month. Plus, if Shredder's Revenge were to suddenly be given a release date next month, I've got to have some money lying around for that day-one purchase.
Monster hunter and balan is preinstalled and waiting for tomorrow
Monster hunter.....collectors edition plus all amiibo winging its way to me as we speak!
I will purchase Monster Hunter Rise eventually, but I got too many games on my backlog including Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. Oh, there is also that Monster Hunter World expansion I have yet to purchase as well.
Balan’s Bombaland a straight to the bargain bin release
Did I miss it...no Arcade Archives this week??
Very excited for Rise (let's gooooooo) but don't sleep on Barrage Fantasia.
@RupeeClock I'm definitely gonna pick up Paperball. Looks much truer to the original Monkey Ball that I loved so much than Banana Blitz!
It seems to be getting very positive reviews. Hoping Nintendo Life will be reviewing it soon.
Mahluk Dark Demon looks like it could be good. I'm a sucker for spooky platformers.
Rise and amiibo for me.
Just MH Rise for me until Nocturne in May when it comes to new releases.
Kaze and the Wild Masks
These all look interesting but I need to see more gameplay before I buy.
Nothing off the eShop. However, I'll be picking up Monster Hunter Rise in physical form next month.
As much as I want to say MHR, it's not happening for a little while.
is it any obvious what I want.
MONSTER HUNTER RISE!!!!!
I don't see an Arcade Archives release. Is the streak over?
i am 1 of the 6% for Balan Wonderworld!
Rise without a doubt. Just like the review said, the instant I saw Nintendo's new console revealed, I already began anticipating the next Monster Hunter.
I'll get Kaze and Monster Hunter on sale, I'm getting Evil Inside this week!!
Monster Hunter is it for me, and all I'm going to be playing for a good while.
I'm not into Monster Hunter, so nothing for me! Not that I'd have the time to play it if I was interested
Already bought Rise, even the Deluxe edition. Traded in Animal Crossing and got $30 out of it, plus I had about $12 in gold points. So yeah, bought the Deluxe for about $25. xp
@Burning_Spear There were always behind a week anyways, but this week's AA game looks to be Swimmer by Tecmo.
Already have far too to much of a backlog between my consoles.... So naturally i will be getting Monster hunter and adding to it.
@KingMike Thanks, man. Yeah, those games often release on Friday for some reason. Swimmer, meh, I'll pass. I downloaded Arcade Archives Gradius about a week ago and have been jamming on that.
@Low_ink with how MH games, it's gonna me more worth your money after most of title updates. And there is usually a dlc/expansion that releases a year later.
Kaze looks fun. Alright
Monster Hunter Rise is all I need for a good while.
Monster Hunter Rise on Friday most likely if a few other people I know get it. It's not a game I'd want to play solo. I would pick up Balan but the feedback has been bad. If it's still available with a deep discount then I'll buy it mostly for the collection.
I can vouch for Kosmokrats (i composed the music ) It's a space adventure game with 17 different endings
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