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
B.ARK (Tic Toc Games, 29th Jul, $9.99) - Help these heroic pets take back Earth in this shoot-’em-up adventure. Blast through waves of the evil cybernetic fish armada Dark Tide, and fight to take back the solar system as the members of Team B.ARK: good boy Barker the Dog, Felicity the wise-cracking Cat, Lucio the overprotective Bear and cautious-but-quick Marv the Rabbit. Hop in a mech for up to four-player local co-op as you battle through multiple galactic stages full of hand-animated characters and enemies. Squad up and fight to take back the Earth.
Switch eShop - New Releases
10 Second Ninja X (Thalamus Digital, 30th Jul, $11.99) - 10 SECOND NINJA X is a shockingly fast, overwhelmingly intense action/puzzle game. In this thumb-blistering sequel, the nefarious Captain Greatbeard has kidnapped you and trapped your forest friends inside of his army of robots like some kind of psychopath. Greatbeard doesn't think you're the fastest ninja who ever lived – he is WRONG.
Alfonzo’s Arctic Adventure (30th Jul, $4.99) - Based on the beloved noughties Flash cartoon, you take the role of Alfonzo on a quest to find your missing best friend, Bob. Because Bob’s favorite food is fish, you decide to collect as many fish as you can while searching for him! With your trusty stick at your side, travel through over 90 levels filled with crafty puzzles, terrifying traps, and dangerous enemies. Luckily, you aren’t alone on your adventure! Your friends are here to help, including the power-punching Magnus, the near-invulnerable Fenwood, and the sword-wielding Girl. Collect fish, find Bob, and maybe even save the world along the way!
Alone With You (30th Jul, $9.99) - You’re the last survivor of a doomed space colony, trying to escape a planet before it implodes around you. Equipped with a scanner, you’ll reveal clues, solve puzzles, and discover the fates of over two-dozen colonists and the secrets of their interwoven lives. By day you’ll explore this richly detailed world with the help of the colony’s troubled AI. And each night, you'll spend quality time with several holographic companions, forging lasting relationships while gaining further insight into the colony’s tragic downfall.
Apple Slash (30th Jul, $4.99) - Repel an invasion of mysterious, charming creatures in a vast murky marshland. Strike your foes in a God-like slash-based manner and experience ambiguous encounters brimming with personality. In Apple Slash, you play as the mighty apple knight wielding his powerful slashing sword, where you embark on a quest full of creatively designed combat. Featuring innovative attack mechanics, combine one swing with multiple skills using your rotating blade. As you explore, you’ll find and combine various skills scattered around in the swamp with your aim to deal powerful attacks.
Arcade Archives VENDETTA (HAMSTER, 21st Jul, $7.99) - “VENDETTA” is a beat-em-up released by KONAMI in 1991. Players fight to save a friend's younger sister, who was kidnapped by the Dead End Gang. Select one of four colorful characters to play. This title also supports simultaneous play with up to four players. - Read our Arcade Archives VENDETTA review
Banners of Ruin (29th Jul, $19.99) - The Blackfoots have been dealt a mighty blow by the fearsome House Ender - you must infiltrate their defences and cut out the rot. Build your deck and fight your way through the city of Dawn's Point with card based combat and up to 6 members in your party. Characters loyal to your cause have a set of unique cards and abilities that may augment your deck in powerful, exciting ways. Defeat each of the elite opponents in your path to the city's Guard Captain and cripple the Enders at their core. You and your brethren may fall at this attempt, but there will always be others to carry the torch. House Blackfoot will remember, and they will never relent. Encounter a series of scenarios as you travel through the city which may help you, but at the expense of some moral ground.
Blaster Master Zero 3 (Inti Creates, 29th Jul, $14.99) - Blaster Master Zero 3's hybrid of sidescrolling and top-down action is back for its 3rd chapter, and more intense than ever before! Series protagonist Jason travels to where the series all began, the planet Sophia, in order to save series heroine Eve in this final installment of the BMZ trilogy. In the previous game, Blaster Master Zero 2, Jason and his partner Eve finally reach their destination, the planet Sophia, after a long and arduous journey through space. However, a new threat was already lying in wait for them upon their arrival.
BUSTAFELLOWS (PQube, 30th Jul, $39.99) - Delve into a visual novel with gorgeous animation. BUSTAFELLOWS features high quality artwork, from character designs to the background environment!
You are in the driver’s seat! Use your trusty notepad to jot down information and clues that will prove useful to solve cryptic puzzles
Christmas Tina (29th Jul, $26.99) - - Who did you spend time with at that time? - It is not just an encounter of love. In 1988, Japan was under a bubble economy. New buildings have sprung up like mushrooms after a rain, and the social atmosphere is very lively in the era. The ancient objects gradually disappear, and new creatures are constantly born. Christmas Tina tells a story about boys and girls living hard under the shadow of the modern city. Their bond can break through the language barrier. Without words spoken, they already understand each other.
Corpse Killer – 25th Anniversary Edition (27th Jul, $14.99) - Originally developed by Digital Pictures and released in 1994, Corpse Killer has been completely rebuilt, bringing it to a level of video quality never before seen. You are an unnamed United States marine that is airdropped onto a tropical island on a top secret mission to stop the evil Dr. Hellman, who plans to release his army of zombies on the world. With Winston and Julie, your mission is to infiltrate Hellman's compound and rescue four of your comrades and stop Dr. Hellman from carrying out his plan. Directed by John Lafia, Corpse Killer is a full motion video shooter with an all-star cast such as Jeremiah Birkett, Bridget Butlet, Vincent Schiavelli, and Bill Moseley. Experience Corpse Killer - 25th Anniversary Edition in a way that has never been experienced before with enhanced video quality and never before seen bonus content.
Crash Bandicoot – Crashiversary Bundle (21st Jul, $99.99) - Get five full games in one amazing package with the Crash Bandicoot™ Anniversary Bundle. Includes: - Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy: Spin, jump, wump and repeat as you take on the epic challenges and adventures through the three games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot™, Crash Bandicoot™ 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot™: Warped. Relive all your favorite Crash moments in their fully-remastered graphical glory. - Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time: Crash forward into a time shattered adventure with your favorite marsupials. Master new abilities with the four Quantum Masks. Play new level types including N. Verted Levels, Flashback Tapes and Alternate Timelines. Team up or compete with friends locally in Pass N. Play and Bandicoot Battle modes. Buy digitally and get the Totally Tubular Skins for Crash and Coco*.
Crash Bandicoot – Quadrilogy Bundle (21st Jul, $69.99) - Experience four full games of marsupial mayhem in this Crash Bandicoot™ game bundle, including both the N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time.
Cuccchi (30th Jul, $7.99) - Cuccchi is the first artist archive created in the form of a video game. It’s the official playable archive of Enzo Cucchi's works of art. Cuccchi is a game where you explore beautiful dioramas and go through dangerous and trippy labyrinths, in a journey inside the paintings of Enzo Cucchi. Since the late ’70s, Enzo Cucchi has worked with many kinds of techniques and materials, creating a wide and diverse imaginary that has now been transformed into an impossible videogame chimera. Find your way through 7 unique areas and collect 51 hidden objects to unlock an archive gallery displaying the different artworks that inspired the visuals for the game.
Dragon Star Varnir (3rd Aug, $29.99) - Story In a world where the bones of an ancient beast tower over the land. . . The Knight Zephy is part of an order whose role is to hunt down witches – people seen as cursed beings for giving birth to dragons. He is brutally mauled by a dragon on one mission, but as he gasps his last breath, two witches save him by feeding him dragon blood – a death-defying magical substance that also grants him new witch powers. Their fates now intertwined, Zephy reluctantly joins the witches against a slew of enemies: an Empire out to destroy his kind, ruthless dragon hunters, and a witch more powerful than any in existence. Can they fight all this and save themselves, or will his new allies succumb to the dragon’s curse…?
Driving School Sim (SC Ovilex Soft, 23rd Jul, $14.99) - Do you love driving cars? Driving School Sim, the latest driving simulator will allow you to feel what driving a real car is! Driving School Sim allows you to get behind the wheel of the newest cars on the market! Drive sport cars, SUVs, Sedans, Supercars, Hypercars and Hatchbacks! Improve your road rules knowledge with this amazing driving simulator! Huge maps are waiting to be explored: famous cities, mountain roads, desert landscapes and icy and snowy streets, etc. . . Play with your friends in new free ride Online Multiplayer mode or Race against them in the new multiplayer system! Career levels, Learning Modes, Events, Races and much more! Show off your driving skills, get your driving license now! Play Driving School Sim!
Dungeon of Crawl (30th Jul, $4.99) - Dive into the ancient dungeons, filled with both treasures and dangers. Slash your foes with oversized axes, toast with fireballs hurled from magical wands or turn them into Swiss cheese with a pair of demonic daggers. Dungeon of Crawl is a modern take on classic sub-genre of RPG games - Dungeon Crawlers. Huge replayability is ensured thanks to many player classes, various ways and paths of character progression and equipment setup. Each challenge might require different approach and sometimes jumping straight into battle should be replaced with careful planning your steps. Don't let your guard down and get swarmed with monsters as each horde has a powerful leader who guards region's treasures.
Easy Flight Simulator (31st Jul, $4.99) - Have you ever dreamed to take commands of fantastic planes like jet, super jumbo, cargo or stunt plane? This game is a real flight simulator with commands designed to be easily taken over at all age. Fly from checkpoints to checkpoints showing your pilot skills in different weather and time of the day conditions and complete all levels. If you always wanted to fly but thought it was over complicated, this game will prove you can do it!
Eldest Souls (United Label, 29th Jul, $19.99) - In the beginning, there were Gods. Long imprisoned and forgotten in the Temples of the Citadel, they have syphoned the life essence from the world in their final act of vengeance. A lone Knight embarks upon a quest to slay the Gods and restore the balance. One warrior. One sword. Against them all. Eldest Souls is a challenging “souls-like”, pixel-art boss-rush game. The Old Gods have long been imprisoned. Humanity has prospered. Great Kingdoms have arisen from the now forsaken temples of worship. But no longer…
Fuga: Melodies of Steel (28th Jul, $39.99) - "We have to fight! If we don't, everyone we love will be taken away! " One fateful night, a peaceful village is thrown into the flames of war. Determined to save their families, a group of children boards a giant tank and begins an offensive charge! Fuga: Melodies of Steel is an RPG where you place children, each with their own unique characteristics and skills, at different gun turrets in a tank to fight against the enemy. Living inside the tank, the children show emotion and gain affinity amongst each other. Manage these both to change the outcome of their journey!
Gaps by POWGI (22nd Jul, $7.99) - These words have one letter missing. Deduce the correct letters to fill the gaps and spell a new word, but watch out for red herrings! There are 150 puzzles to solve - and 150 terrible jokes.
HORROR TALES: The Wine (30th Jul, $14.99) - Mediterranean Horror: Explore the forsaken capital of an awe-inspiring archipelago. Do not let yourself be fooled by the gentle sea breeze, the Mediterranean vistas or the comforting summer sun. Since the Devil's Fevers pandemic ravaged the city, it was abandoned, and now only horrific nightmares await there. Survive your Nemesis: Someone is relentlessly hunting you. Suffer and agonize while you try to run away from the encounters with this strange stalker obsessed with you.
Infection Maze (29th Jul, $7.30) - In a hospital where the infected are wandering, a brother go to rescue a sister who is stuck. With the tranquilizer gun in hand, go deeper into the hospital, putting infected people to sleep. - Aiming using the gyroscope Tilt the controller to aim the gun. Enjoy the feeling as if you were actually holding the gun in your hand. - A different map every time you play The map changes every time you play, so you can play it again and again. - Limited bullets The number of bullets in the hospital is limited. Depending on the situation, develop your own strategies, such as using striking weapons or closing the shutters to escape from enemies.
Kosmonavtes: Escape Reality (29th Jul, $3.99) - With the Earth's resources dwindling, the Kosmonavtes program is announced! The goal is one, assemble a cadet team and send them out to colonise another planet! Help Vala become one of its first cadets and fulfil her dream of becoming an astronaut!
Memory Lane 2 (3rd Aug, $3.99) - Your favorite memory training game is back! Now with more card sets and with more music! Select from 8 different card set Listen to more than 30 relaxing and inspiring music tracks. Unlock new factoids and learn about how human brain works and how our memory functions.
OS Omega (29th Jul, $13.99) - OS OMEGA is an action-adventure game set in a hostile operating system environment. You are Binary Boy, an agent of OS Omega and your goal is to defeat the virus that wants to format the C drive of the computer you must protect. The game mixes perma-death twin-stick shooter with RPG-style quest fullfilling. The gameplay consists mostly of fighting and exploring, but there's also talking, puzzle-solving and quest fullfilment.
Paint the Town Red (29th Jul, $19.99) - The voxel-based enemies can be punched, bashed, kicked, stabbed and sliced completely dynamically using almost anything that isn't nailed down. In the Scenario levels you'll need to use your wits, speed and anything you can get your hands on in epic bar fights, disco brawls, old west saloon rumbles and more. In the epic rogue-lite Beneath you'll have to delve deep underground battling terrifying monsters and unlocking powerful upgrades in a battle against ancient evils.
Papa’s Quiz (30th Jul, $9.99) - Papa’s Quiz is a party game for 1-8 players. Use phones or tablets as controllers and compete in multiple question types, where the smartest and fastest player will be the last standing victor!
Pets No More (26th Jul, $4.99) - Welcome to Pet Island, home of the Zombie Pets Tournament, where the greatest and deadest players are brawling to earn the title of "King of the pets". Choose your favorite zombie pet and get ready to dash, aim and smash your way to victory! Armed with your boxing gloves and a super powerful disc, overcome the court obstacles and score spectacular goals to beat any opponent that dares to face you Play Arcade Mode and face the Air Hockey Undead Masters in different arenas throughout the island. Challenge your friends in multiplayer matches with up to 4 players in Versus Mode.
Piczle Puzzle & Watch Collection (Rainy Frog, 29th Jul, $7.99) - This is the Piczle Puzzle & Watch Collection, a love-letter to the days of LCD handheld gaming! Play one of three logic-puzzles designed to look like those pioneering handheld gaming devices of yore.
Skydrift Infinity (29th Jul, $14.99) - "Skydrift Infinity is an action-packed arcade game focusing on the experience of flying alone, and with others, in a light, quick, fast-paced style. During the various game modes you can partake in deathmatches and armed races as well as other armed competitions, using modern airplanes, which are tuned to the max, with extreme weapons. Your goal is simple: if you can't overtake them, shoot them down! Play alone, with your friends or compete against previously unknown online challengers! For relaxation explore the exotic islands, used as the venues of the races and arena modes, where you can break free of the 2 dimensionality, that binds known racing games! Your possibilities are limited only by your own imagination!
Sound waves (22nd Jul, $4.98) - Thoughtful and atmospheric stealth puzzle, mesmerizing with non-trivial gameplay, interesting mechanics and a good elaboration of the sound component. Echolocation simulates the incredible clear contours of the obstacle and paints a picture of what is happening in the subconscious. On the basis of abstract images, it is necessary to orientate in the image, maneuver between dangers and traps, trying to find a way out. Wave actions are somehow there - they unfold in a dungeon where dark tunnels keep the unknown and terrible monsters who are not averse to hunting you. The only thing that can help you navigate in space is sound. Sound will be your main guides to these cold gloomy labyrinths. An unusual world awaits you, which is interesting to explore and dive into it further and further, feeling like a pioneer.
Super Hoops (Entity3, 22nd Jul, $0.99) - Become the hoop throwing master! Go for perfect by not missing a shot! or try for infinite hoops by landing the golden pole! Over 100 levels with boss stages Awesome relaxing atmosphere Prepare to be addicted!
Super Squidlit (30th Jul, $9.99) - Super Squidlit imitates the Game Boy™ Color's capabilities and limitations for a squishy adventure! The colorful world of Squishu and it's invertebrate inhabitants need your help! Play as Plip and your old foe, Skwit Skwot, as you set sail to banish a great evil.
The Long Gate (29th Jul, $14.99) - Explore ancient caverns filled with mysterious puzzles and traverse relaxing oases of nature. Repair the three types of ancient circuits and unravel the mystery of what happened to their creators. The Long Gate is a challenging and elaborate puzzle game with puzzles based on real world physics and circuits.
Theofil (Ultimate Games, 1st Aug, $1.99) - Theofil is an action arcade game in which you'll guide a hooded hero wearing an ancient robe. Your weapon is a magical wooden staff that brave Theofil uses to destroy his enemies. His abilities will help you fight against dangerous enemies. The action takes place somewhere in ancient Egypt, full of mysterious temples and caves, which are protected by deadly traps. Access to them is defended by powerful opponents who will not give up without a fight. Stone golems throwing boulders at you and goblins wanting to stab you with a spear. You'll find it all in Theofil!
Trigger Witch (29th Jul, $14.99) - Magic and firearms make a deadly combo in this blood-splattered take on classic top-down adventure! Recalling the visual style and intuitive gameplay of 16-bit action-adventure classics, Trigger Witch puts an ultra-violent spin on cute and colorful pixel art. With a compelling and original narrative, puzzling environments to explore, a dynamic soundtrack, twin-stick shooter mechanics and a vast array of enemies to blast into smithereens, this is a tale that will grip you from start to bloody finish.
Xenogunner (30th Jul, $14.99) - The power of Xenonature. . In the future year of 2011, Zeta Reak, kind, gentle king of the Xenolians, is overthrown by a powerful tyrant named the "Xenogunner". The Xenogunner is a mysterious being capable of many frightening feats, using a power known as "Xenonature", a powerful energy that grants one trained in the use of it many elemental and non-elemental powers. Zeta, too, is gifted with the powers of Xenonature. It's up to Zeta to overthrow the Xenogunner and reclaim the throne. . . . . . but is the Xenogunner actually the one pulling the strings. . . ?
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!