The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe 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 Retail eShop - New Releases
Battle Axe (Numskull Games, 29th Apr, £24.99 / €27.99) - Battle Axe is an arcade top-down hack & slash featuring high-quality visuals created by veteran pixel artist Henk Nieborg, true to form game mechanics, and music from the legendary VGM composer Manami Matsumae – retro gamers rejoice! - Read our Battle Axe review
New Pokémon Snap (Nintendo, £49.99 / €59.99) - Explore lush scenery on unknown islands to snap photos of Pokémon in their natural habitats Seek out and take in-game photographs of Pokémon in their native environments in the New Pokémon Snap game! Snap photos from the NEO-ONE as you you encounter and research lively wild Pokémon. You might see unexpected expressions or behaviors—Pokémon patrolling their territory, playing, or lurking in out-of-the-way spots. Investigate the mysterious Illumina phenomenon Travel to the islands that make up the Lental region. - Read our New Pokémon Snap review
R-Type Final 2 (NIS America, £35.99 / €39.99) - For the first time in nearly two decades, you can experience R-Type Final 2! Feel the rush of mowing down hordes of Bydo with your fleet of R-Type fighters equipped with an arsenal of new and classic wave cannons, force units, bit devices, and devastating delta weapons. The Bydo threat is always evolving, as new enemies spawn from the wreckage of fallen foes, and stages are corrupted and altered by the sentient Bydo corruption. R-Type Final 2 unites the explosive action of the original games with modernized visuals and gameplay features, making this a must-have title for new and old shoot-'em-up fans alike.
Switch eShop - New Releases
Arcade Archives THUNDER CROSS II (HAMSTER, 28th Apr, £6.29 / €6.99) - "THUNDER CROSS II" is a shooting game released by KONAMI in 1991. Control Blue Thunder 2 and Red Thunder 2 and battle for the survival of the galaxy. Upgrade your shots and increase your options to defeat the bosses. Two player co-op is also available.
Before I Forget (Plug In Digital, 29th Apr, £6.99 / €7.99) - Before I Forget is a narrative game about dementia, where players are invited to experience the world through the eyes of Sunita - a brilliant woman with early onset Alzheimer's. It's a moving & critically-acclaimed experience from an amazing 2-woman dev team, helping to shed some light on an important and difficult topic. - Read our interview with the developers
BORIS THE ROCKET (£9.93 / €11.04) - BORIS THE ROCKET is a simulator of a moustached Cold War Soviet missile operator. You will have a chance to defend your vast Motherland single-handedly. You will have to withstand freezing weather and nasty bear intrigues while slurping condensed milk to survive and adapt to the rapidly changing environment. Full immersion in the dramatic atmosphere of the Cold War. These are the times when duty to your country is more important than your own opinion.
Car Demolition Clicker (Ultimate Games, 28th Apr, £6.29 / €6.99) - Ever dreamed of smashing your own car? Or maybe a car of your neighbour? Well. . . now you have a chance! Grab your weapon, call out your battle drones and start clicking the car into oblivion! Earn cash, upgrade your equipment and find more vehicles to destroy! Tons of upgrades, support weapons, special abilities and explosions! Taste the destruction at it's best in this clicker game.
Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect (eastasiasoft, 28th Apr, £7.19 / €7.99) - Following the sudden death of a mafia family’s matriarch, her sons Gerald and Xander are put on the defensive as former partners threaten to take over their collective business ventures for themselves. See through the eyes of the Gallo children as they witness murders, kidnappings and other crimes wrought upon their households by their own fathers. Crime Opera explores both the strength and frailty of familial bonds, presenting its narrative in beautifully illustrated style.
Dead Dust (ChiliDog Interactive, 27th Apr, £4.49 / €4.99) - "Dead Dust takes place in the Wild West. It’s full of reckless gunfights, gunpowder smell, endless prairies and hot-headed cowboys. Shlango is a fearless bounty hunter. He receives a letter from a very important person with great influence all over the Wild West whose daughter was kidnapped. This job appears extremely dangerous because Shalngo’s path lies through the land of Indians. Fortunately our hero Shlango has some reliable friends ready to help him on this dangerous journey and get to the horses any minute!
Death end re;Quest (Idea Factory, 27th Apr, £24.29 / €26.99) - Death end re;Quest takes the classic turn-based RPG and turns it on its head, allowing you to jump at will between the RPG action of the game world, and the investigative visual novel segments of the real world. In the game world, players brawl in engaging RPG battles! Blast enemies and chain your attacks with the Knockback system or switch game genres from RPG into fighting, shooting, slot, puzzle, and billiards – the choice is yours.
Escape First 3 (OnSkull Development, 28th Apr, £4.49 / €4.99) - The Rooms: The Abandoned School; You and your high-school friends are having a reunion party. The Secret Inheritance; A long lost relative of yours has passed away and left all their belongings to you. Keep of Lost Souls; You and your adventurer friends are intrigued by the stories of a strange man that recently came to town.
Fly TOGETHER! (Northplay, 29th Apr, £13.49 / €14.99) - The sequel to the award winning Conduct TOGETHER! takes players to the skies in a race against time to bring passengers safely to their destination by drawing flight paths and avoiding collisions in increasingly challenging action-puzzles. Fly Solo or hand a Joy-Con™ to your friends and co-pilot through an expansive campaign. Complete contracts, upgrade your airport and collect a growing fleet of airplanes. Fly against your friends in hectic up-to-8-player battles.
Reknum Cheri Dreamland (Nape Games, 29th Apr, £5.34 / €5.94) - REKNUM Fantasy of Dreams is an action, exploration and 2D platformer videogame, it is the latest installment in the REKNUM saga in which Cheri awakens from a fantasy to start the real adventure! Explore the thematic levels, unlock new weapons and upgrade your skills, fight fearsome bosses inspired by classic gameplay, decipher the poetic words of the ancestors when you travel through the dreamworld and reach the real final outcome.
Slinki (NunoVicenteBarreto, 29th Apr, £4.49 / €4.99) - Slinki is a hard-as-nails 2. 5D action-platformer where your own prosthetic arm is the ultimate multipurpose weapon: Use it as a bladed boomerang to control the population of mutated critters, pull levers towards you to get through puzzles and zip-line across grappling surfaces. Furthermore, instead of having your weapon return to you, why not return to it instead with the power of Slinki's slingshot? All this to find out what happened to the once peaceful forest you used to live in.
Space Warrior (Nikita Alexeevich, 29th Apr, £3.14 / €3.49) - Experience the world of an alternative future of the Earth and get caught up in a plot of a full-on space saga. It would seem that there is nothing to discover in the Solar System. But in the most remote corners of the Universe mankind has come up against cruel resistance. You are the only one who can save the galaxy from an alien race of invaders! Choose Railgun, Blaster or Lasers and go up against hordes of alien foes. Float like a butterfly and pity like a bee in true 3D combat.
Street Cleaner: The Video Game (Creaky Lantern Games, 27th Apr, £9.35 / €11.05) - Street Cleaner is a modern synthwave artist based in San Diego. Inspired by action films of the '80s to write the soundtrack to a vigilante movie that never existed, he has broadened his sound from retro synth inspiration to chiptunes, darksynth, and more. Street Cleaner: The Video Game is the licensed game that would have been made based on that movie, brought to reality.
Super Arcade Soccer 2021 (£5.75 / €6.39) - SUPER ARCADE SOCCER 2021 lets you play soccer like never before, combining the best in new technology and classic retro games. It’s the best of both worlds! Tactics meets intense gameplay in a one-of-a-kind game you’re sure to enjoy. Face off against IA like you’ve never seen before. Enjoy a wide variety of competitions and an extensive database with the best teams and players in the world.
Super Glitch Dash (Rogue Games, 29th Apr, £6.99 / €10.99) - Crack your knuckles and take a deep breath because the ultimate twitch runner has arrived. It’s called Super Glitch Dash for a reason, people: because it’s really, really super. Immerse yourself in jaw-dropping next-generation visuals that pulsate to the beat of the rhythm-driven gameplay.
Taiwan Monster Fruit : Prologue (WOWWOW Technology, 28th Apr, £2.19 / €2.39) - Taiwan Monster Fruit is an exciting, parkour-style, motion-sensing game. Experience challenges and adventures by working together, but still competing with one another, in single-player or four-player team modes. Players will be equipped with different types of cards and work together to become the best team of little monster warriors.
Trails and Traces: The Tomb of Thomas Tew (Ratalaika Games, 26th Apr, £3.99 / €3.99) - In 1695, Tew and his fellow pirates pursued a Mughal ship. His ship, The Amity, attacked the ship, the Fateh Muhammed. Tew was disemboweled by a cannon shot, and died instantly. Or did he? Present day. Detective James Labbett takes a missing persons case, which unexpectedly leads to an adventure of discovering the truth of what happened to the pirate Thomas Tew, but he isn't the only one who has an interest. . . Use your sleuthing skill and any means necessary to uncover information.
世界の中心で、AIは戦う ( k_nakagawa, 29th Apr, £2 / €2.20) - The player programs the robot and repels oncoming monsters. For programming, just place blocks without using a general programming language so that elementary school students can play. However, by considering the weapons and logic to equip according to the type, number and position of the monsters who came. You can train your thinking like a game.
Switch eShop - Demos
DLC / Add-On Content
- Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
- Gods Will Fall
- Goonya Fighter
- GROOVE COASTER WAI WAI PARTY!!!!
- Override 2: Super Mech League
- ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle
- R-Type Final 2
- SAMURAI SHODOWN
- STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town
- Truck Driver
So that's your lot for this week's Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and comment below with your hot picks!
looking forward to having a crack at pokemon snap while i (not so) patiently wait for umurangi generation to come out on switch - otherwise before i forget looks great! really enjoyed the interview too
Already got Battle Axe via KS, and waiting for Pokemon Snap to be delivered. Can’t wait to play it with my two year old.
No eShop games that stand out to me this week so just a physical copy of Pokemon Snap will do.
New Pokemon Snap, R-Type F2. Insta-downloads. Maybe Before I Forget.
Thunder Cross II reviews required
Battle Axe probably bargain basement purchase later.
Waiting on my Backer Edition copy of R-Type.
Tempted by Thunder Cross II; on that note is there any different between the ACA and Konami Arcade Classic Collection versions of Thunder Cross?
New Pokémon Snap physical, obvs.
Nothing says Switch Eshop more than having Before I Forget and Car Demolition Clicker launching on the same day...
Got the backers edition of R-Type Final 2 five days ago and have been enjoying it.
Personally, I’ve found it to be a solid shoot’em,up with difficulty settings for all which make it far more accessible then previous R-Types. Visually colourful but a tad blurry (like how Bloodstained was) and with music that’s best turned off in my opinion.
Glad I backed it on Kickstarter, hopefully we will get more stages and ships via dlc in the future.
R-Type!!!!! And wow, it’s amazing how much shovelware gets thrown on this system.
NINJA APPROVES DEFEATING THE BYDO EMPIRE
Battle Axe. A couple of reviewers have praised it, and they sound like they actually know the genre.
Dead Dust out here still calling Native Americans Indians because some dude got lost hundreds of years ago. Nintendo's official site even changed it to "Tribals".
Anyway, of course, Pokemon Snap! Been looking forward to playing this with my son.
Waiting on my download code for R-Type. The demo was pretty underwhelming but hopefully the full game lives up.
@BloodNinja There is no quality control whatsoever. It's frustrating having to sift through all that crap on the e-shop. I've gotten burned a few times from something that looked interesting but ended up being sh*t. They should really have a refund policy if you play something for less than five minutes and don't like it.
@Goofus 100% agreed. With no review system and no easy refund method, I’ve grown extremely weary of the eShop.
@BloodNinja Because of what you said, I've never purchased a game based on its Eshop description. It's too bad that they have only made some minor improvements to it after 4 years. It should have been made much better at least by the end of the first year.
@roboshort I don’t blame you! eShop descriptions are notoriously scant on information. I always seek info elsewhere if I find something interesting.
Looking forward to seeing how R-Type runs and will certainly pick it up... when on a 75% off sale.
@PoundShopOrwell R-Type is a big release this week - I'm not sure I understand your comment? 🤔
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