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
Axiom Verge 2 (Thomas Happ Games, 11th Aug, $19.99) - In this prequel to the original Axiom Verge, a new hero fights for her life, empowered by the same microscopic machines that gradually consume her humanity. With two interconnected worlds to explore and fight through, it’s time to discover the origins of the Axiom Verge universe. Read our Axiom Verge 2 review.
Boyfriend Dungeon (11th Aug, $19.99) - In this heartfelt dungeon-crawling dating sim, use the in-game cash you earn from fighting monsters to woo your weapons on romantic outings. Multiple combat styles just mean more cuties to forge relationships with!
Garden Story (Rose City Games, 11th Aug, $19.99) - Become the Guardian of the Grove and explore a vibrant island to inspire its inhabitants, fend off the invasive Rot and rebuild your home. Take on requests from villagers, solve puzzles and do everything you can to help restore the community!
art of rally ($24.99) - Race across the world through Finland to Sardinia, Norway, Japan, Germany and Africa in colorful and stylized environments in a top-down view. Get behind the wheel of your favorite vintage cars, ranging from the ’60s to the ’80s, Group B, Group S and Group A. From beginner-friendly options to driving modes that’ll challenge the most expert drivers, all players can tackle the races using their favorite rally driving tricks. Compete for first place in the leaderboards with daily and weekly challenges. Will you master the art of rally?
FORECLOSED (Merge Games, 12th Aug, $19.99) - Follow the story of Evan Kapnos in a narrative-driven action-adventure set in a cyberpunk world filled with action, suspense and experimental augmentations. Evan is stripped of his job, his brain implants and his access to the city block-chain, and he must now escape before his identity and implants are auctioned off. FORECLOSED combines the playability of video games with the sleek visual aesthetic of comic books as you move throughout a cyberpunk city, uncovering a gripping conspiracy story.
Road 96 (16th Aug, $19.96) - An ever-evolving adventure, Road 96 is a crazy, beautiful road-trip where you’ll meet incredible characters and discover their intertwined stories. Every mile opens up a choice to make. Your decisions will change your adventure, change the people you meet and maybe even change the world. There are thousands of roads. Which one will you take? Road 96 will be available on Aug. 16.
Greak: Memories of Azur (Bromio, 17th Aug, $19.99) - Greak: Memories of Azur is a side-scrolling adventure game with hand-drawn animations. Guide three siblings through the lands of Azur, which are currently under attack by an enemy invasion. Greak’s goal is to reunite with his siblings and escape the lands of Azur by building an airship piece by piece. Alternate control between them and use their unique abilities to escape. Greak: Memories of Azur will be available on Aug. 17.
Switch eShop - New Releases
.cat Milk (13th Aug, $9.99) - This is a white little cat who loves to jump and to get into adventures around the town until he finds milk to drink. Once he accomplishes his mission, then it is time to go home. A fluffy white cat.
Arcade Archives BIO-SHIP PALADIN (HAMSTER, 5th Aug, $7.99) - "BIO-SHIP PALADIN" is a shooting game released by UPL in 1990. Players use a variety of weapons to defeat bosses, including a main weapon with charge and chain shots, beams that fire toward a crosshairs, and power-ups that enlarge your ship. 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. Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games. *The options menu and manual are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Axe Champ! (7th Aug, $0.99) - Axe Champ is a axe throwing game! Throw axes and smash the targets! Go all out for the best score! Cool graphics, extremely addictive game-play, amazingly fun ! Play Axe Champ now!
Barry the Bunny (13th Aug, $4.99) - Barry the Bunny is a challenging 2D platformer about a Bunny who likes carrots and loves building bridges! Explore lush 2D landscapes, and help Barry walk, jump, collect or throw items to progress through each level. Barry will travel through 4 different worlds, defeating enemies, facing dangerous traps, conquering challenging platforming levels and getting enough wood to build new bridges! Can Barry repair all the bridges so that the little bunnies can return home? Hop into platform action fun with Barry the Bunny. Features: * Classic 2D platformer gameplay * Visit 4 different unique areas * Colorful 8-bit style graphics * Vibrant chiptune music * Increasingly challenging levels
Battle Calculator (5th Aug, $14.99) - A game that is fun to play together and uses your brain a little. Your calculation skills, knowledge of functions, and reflexes will be tested. Rules of the game 1. You can use only 0〜9,0. 1〜0. 9. 2. Make the number by using the four arithmetic operations and so on. 3. The first is the winner. The game proceeds as follows 1. The number is determined randomly. 2. The first person to make the number wins. 3. The winner is the person who reaches the pre-set number of wins the fastest. - Items that can be set in the game The number of wins can be changed from 1 to 10. The number of digit in the questions can be changed from 2 to 9. - You can also use it as a normal functional calculator. It supports both touch screen and Joy-Con™ controllers.
Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four (Headup Games, 13th Aug, $14.99) - You are a dark wizard who shouldn't have tinkered with magic and spells way too powerful for you. But you did. And this time you messed up really bad: You've unleashed The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their minions upon the World! Well done... So hurry, grab your magical cards and send them all back to their hellish dimension before the Apocalypse destroys everyone and everything - and much more importantly, before the old wizard council discovers what you have done...
Crimson Spires (eastasiasoft, 11th Aug, $19.99) - Take the role of Sheriff Erika Wright as an investigation brings her to the small mining town of Bataille, where she is suddenly trapped by a ring of deadly, glowing towers encircling the community. Here she meets residents of a disarming variety, from extreme conspiracy theorists to wealthy vampires and a serial killer. Guide Erika’s decisions as she forms uneasy alliances and finds love through partnership. Amidst the horrors facing Bataille, romance can blossom with the few people Erika might be able to trust. Each possible relationship reveals valuable secrets about the towers and their surrounding mystery. Blending an eerie atmosphere with romance and supernatural mystery, Crimson Spires presents its otome-style narrative with an uncommon degree of freedom. Along its multiple story paths, the experience shifts between rich 2D character art and 3D exploration, allowing you to investigate building interiors and immersing you in the town of Bataille.
Curious Expedition 2 (Thunderful, 11th Aug, $19.99) - Curious Expedition 2 is the follow-up to the award-winning 19th century expedition simulation. Join the legendary Explorer Clubs and venture on unprecedented voyages to regions never before explored for fame, science and treasure!
Dinosaur Fossil Puzzles (Shinyuden, $5.00) - "Dig up screen": Dig up and collect! Break rock panels with the pickaxe. Discover all fossil panels and take them to the Restore screen. "Restore screen": Restoration work! Put the collected fossil panels in order correctly.
Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins (Maze Theory, $12.99) - Building on the terrifying legacy of the Weeping Angels, first encountered in the iconic story “Blink”, Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins is a thrilling found-phone mystery developed by the award-winning creators of Sara Is Missing and SIMULACRA. Amidst a sinister series of events at a seemingly abandoned house in London, someone goes missing, and you find their phone. When it begins to self-destruct, ex-UNIT scientist Petronella Osgood enlists your help to uncover hidden clues and solve cryptic puzzles. Will you unravel the truth behind the chilling disappearance before it’s too late? But remember: don't turn your back, don't look away and DON’T BLINK.
Dungeon Defenders: Awakened (Chromatic Games, 4th Aug, $29.99) - Defend the most dangerous and gorgeous (we say darngeous) dungeons as four plucky heroes with this unique combo of tower-defense gameplay, ability-based action RPG combat, ever-lasting endgame loot, couch co-op, and online multiplayer. Experience the front-lines of tower defense with friends and fellow defenders — fighting off ferocious hordes in a stunning 3D fantasy world. Four unique heroes, a satisfying RPG leveling system, and an ever-addictive endgame with procedurally generated loot — DD:A celebrates the creativity and collaboration that can only come from four friends trapped in a dungeon against endless waves of orcs with dynamite.
Fhtagn! – Tales of the Creeping Madness (12th Aug, $7.99) - Play as one of four cultists intent on destroying the world by summoning an Ancient Horror. Decide how you will be preparing for the final ritual by visiting various locations in the unsuspecting town of Arkham and navigating iconic Lovecraftian events. Battle investigators, gangs, corrupt cops and horrors from the Depths to bring about the end of the world!
Fire Tonight (Way Down Deep, 12th Aug, $5.99) - A narrative puzzle game about two people trying to find their way back together in a city on fire. Maya and Devin are separated in a city on fire. In the year 1990, before cell phones or Internet. They’re on their own, wondering about the choices that brought them here, how they met, and what the future might hold. Inspired by Information Society's song of the same name, Fire Tonight is a lighthearted but thoughtful walk through the story of a relationship. A story about believing in each other when the whole world tries to keep them apart. Read our Fire Tonight review.
Fort Triumph (13th Aug, $19.99) - Fort Triumph is a challenging fantasy turn-based tactics game where permanent death is a possibility at any moment. How's that for pressure? Lead a band of heroes with different skill sets through a witty, parody fantasy plot. Missions with various objectives are waiting for you on tiled procedural maps—whether in story mode or skirmish, prepare yourself for a grand adventure.
Gems of Magic: Father’s Day (Denda Games, 6th Aug, $9.99) - Every time a cheerful father and son venture out together, they end up in problems. That doesn’t stop them to take a walk through the mountains! What can go wrong in a peaceful natural setting? Then father takes a tumble. Luckily, he’s fine but he ended up down the mountain while his son is still on top of the mountain!
ISLANDERS: Console Edition (Coatsink, 11th Aug, $4.99) - ISLANDERS is a relaxing, minimalist strategy game about building cities on colourful islands. With simple and intuitive building mechanics, you have the freedom to create your own cities on the rugged cliffs of the game’s islands in half an hour or less. Explore these procedurally generated Islands from lush green grasslands to dry deserts and snowy mountainscapes and expand your settlements from sprawling villages to vast cities.
LogScape – Puzzle Game (Digital Game Group, 6th Aug, $6.99) - Paul Bunyan is locked up in the enchanted woods. Help him solve puzzles by moving the red wooden block out of the box. Over hundreds of puzzles to play from. Can you be the puzzle master and help Paul Bunyan escape?
Love Esquire (Mama Morin, 12th Aug, $24.99) - In Love Esquire, you're not a famous knight, but a good-for-nothing squire who's on a quest to find man's greatest pleasure. Getting the girl won't be easy though, since most of them are waaaay out of your league! So raise those stats, battle monsters, and unleash your full potential!
Mahjong Masters (Kistler Benjamin, 6th Aug, $5.99) - Mahjong Masters is a classic mahjong game with over 300 puzzle boards to solve. Match two of a kind to empty the whole board to progress to the next. Change background and tiles to your preferences and choose from a variety of backgrounds and tiles. Complete the daily challenges and have fun!
MORTO – Chapter 1 (6th Aug, $0.98) - Morto is a heavy and enigmatic game that focuses on a psychological horror story with a hand-drawn and animated aesthetic. The game is being created in a structure of chapters that will be released over time. In it you control a mysterious character and can walk and interact with objects in a 2D view, finding tense scenes and also trying to find out more about the story by exploring the environments, this game focuses heavily on the theme of depression so it should be avoided by those who have this predisposition. Warning: This game has a theme that should be avoided by people with depression problems *The game is been developed in chapters that will be released as time passes.
Necrobarista: Final Pour (Coconut Island Games, 11th Aug, $21.99) - "This is a story about death and coffee." Inspired equally by film and anime, Necrobarista is a unique take on the visual novel medium. Follow a dynamic and diverse cast of characters as they navigate Melbourne's hipstery coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy, and the process of letting go.
One Deck Dungeon (Underbite Games, $9.99) - Adventure calls... but you don't always have time to spend hours optimizing your character sheet or managing your inventory! One Deck Dungeon lets you jump right in to bashing down doors, rolling dice, and squashing baddies with style. Get a full roguelike game experience, boiled down to its essence, and captured in a single deck of cards and a handful of dice! One Deck Dungeon is a dungeon crawling adventure game.
Orbals (4th Aug, $29.99) - In the magical and colorful kingdom of Orbalia, finding more Mojo can mean the difference between life and death! Four brave little Orbals have taken on the mission of defeating the tyrant Dragon King. They must roll and smash their way to escape from 100 tricky levels unlocking their greatest abilities along the way. Only by working together will they be able to solve all the puzzles and save Orbalia!
Out of Line (Hatinh Interactive, 18th Aug, $12.99) - In Out of Line, you follow the adventures of San, in his quest to escape the Factory that was once his home. Dive into a story set in mysterious world, find and help new friends as you journey through this beautiful 2D platformer! Read our Out of Line review
PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls (13th Aug, $39.99) - A big city means a bigger adventure! When Ryder and the PAW Patrol learn that Mayor Humdinger has taken over a buzzing metropolis, they must race into action to save Adventure City from his selfish scheming. The pups need YOU to join Team PAWsome! So, Adventure City here we come! Be your favorite pups including Chase, Skye, Marshall, and new streetwise city girl, Liberty – and use their unique abilities in high-adrenaline rescue missions. Use next-level gadgets and vehicles to explore all-new locations from PAW Patrol: The Movie. And have fun with minigames like Pup Pup Boogie, Runners, and more. You can play solo, or in couch co-pup mode with a friend, in this fun-for-all 3D platforming adventure. The PAW Patrol pups were born to be heroes – are you ready to join them on their bravest mission yet? ! TO ADVENTURE CITY!
Pile Up! Box by Box (17th Aug, $14.99) - Pile Up! ticks all the right boxes as a family-friendly cooperative 3D platformer! Jump up, slide down, play together and carry the load! Coordinate with your friends or rely on your own creativity to navigate cardboard worlds full of uniquely joyful levels. Unfold mysteries, solve puzzles and quests as a team and visit the friendly citizens of sun-baked islands, amber forests, and vibrant caves. Or maybe just kick-back and challenge your friends in action-packed rounds of Boxball, Pile of Dunk or Tic Pile Toe? Play together, stick together, think together – and pile up!
Pixel Game Maker Series BLOCK SLIME CAVE (Gotcha Gotcha, 5th Aug, $7.00) - Reach new heights in BLOCK SLIME CAVE, a puzzle action game involving the trampoline-like block slimes. Get past the various tricks and clear every stage! 2-player cooperative play is available in the 2P Mode, so you can play with your friends and family!
Poker Champion: Texas Hold'em (T-Bull, $9.99) - Is your bluff good enough to convince your opponent? Are you brave enough to stake it all? Want to learn how to play poker? Flush, straight, three-of-a-kind, pair, and what beats what? If you love card games, it doesn't matter whether you're a poker star or just a beginner. Playing our poker game allows you to gain valuable experience! Understand and master the poker hand rankings with Poker Champion: Texas Hold'em! Enjoy a real casino atmosphere and show who rocks!
Pop Blocks (7th Aug, $3.99) - Pop the blocks that match in colors and are next to each others. Pop Blocks is the ultimate tap-match game on device. -100 Levels -Many Power Ups And Special Moves -Bonus Spin and Daily Rewards -Automatic save to cloud Enjoy!
Project AETHER: First Contact (Forever Entertainment, 5th Aug, $9.99) - As a threat from beyond looms over the solar system, take control of the AETHER prototype in this rhythmic and tactical space shooter. Fight the alien threat across unique levels, each with a powerful boss to defeat. Customize your mech's loadout with an assortment of powerful weapons, including the rapid fire assault rifle, high impact railgun, concentrated particle beam, and more. Choose your own approach to combat. Pick your foes off with ranged weapons, or get in close with devastating sword strikes. Adapt your tactics to the scenario at hand.
Rogue Explorer (18th Aug, $7.99) - Journey deep into the abyss as a daring adventurer of your own design! Start in a humble hub town and venture into dungeons with varied biomes, each more dangerous than the last. Decide your character’s look, alter colors, craft weapons and armor from the loot you gather, upgrade your equipment and choose from a wide range of skill enhancements. Rogue Explorer retains the challenge of classic roguelikes without the harsh restrictions or futile frustrations. Every “metroidvania” style dungeon in Rogue Explorer features multiple layers – upper levels do not change for a day, shifting in their layout only after the in-game day/night cycle has progressed, while deeper journeys take you into more dangerous dungeons that unpredictably change every time you enter them.
Scrap Garden (13th Aug, $6.99) - Scrap Garden is an adorable family-friendly puzzle platformer. It tells a thrilling story of Canny, a lonely robot, who awakens in a post-robocalyptic world to find all the other robots shut down and seized up. In a moment our Canny is ready for the adventure to find some answers. What happened to the City? Why did all robots stop moving? Did anyone survive except him? Who knows… But you’ll be able to learn the truth and try to fix it all with Scrap Garden finally available on consoles! Like someone said before: Scrap Garden may look a little dented, but its heart is definitely in the right place. And that’s what really matters.
Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition (11th Aug, $24.99) - Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the 'Far, Far Range' where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes. With a can-do attitude, plenty of grit, and her trusty vacpack, Beatrix attempts to stake a claim, amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner!
Smashroom (Forever Entertainment, 5th Aug, $9.99) - The faith of the forest is threatened by evil forces. Your new form comes with new abilities. It's up to you to break this spell and save the forest, maybe you'll even get your humanity back! "Smashroom" is an indie platform-adventure. The main character is a small mushroom with the ability to explode at will, making his way through the levels of the game. The explosive-skill can also be used as a "mid-air jump" and part of the level design revolves around this characteristic.
Space Invaders Invincible Collection (Taito, 17th Aug, $59.99) - The following titles are included: - Space Invaders(1978, Arcade) – Black-and-White Version - Space Invaders(1978, Arcade) – Color Version - Space Invaders Part II(1979, Arcade) - Super Space Invaders ’91(also known asMJ-12/Majestic Twelve) (1990, Arcade) - Space Invaders Extreme(2018, PC) Read our Space Invaders Invincible Collection review.
Sudoku Classic (13th Aug, $5.99) - It's a game, but you can play it as if you were writing with a pen on a piece of paper. You can customize the assist function to your liking. ●You can customize the assist function and play with your favorite settings. You can customize the assist function to play with your favorite settings. We want to keep the paper-and-pencil style, but make it easier to play. . . ! ・Automatically check for misspelled numbers. ・Highlight squares with the same number as the selected number ・Highlight squares in vertical and horizontal columns with the cursor ・Highlight squares with the same number as the selected number ・Change the design of letters. ・Display timers. You can turn on/off various assist functions such as . . . . . . to your liking. ●The game can be played anytime, anywhere, even if it takes a long time. ●Touch operation is supported. ●There are a total of 300 problems in EASY, NORMAL and HARD difficulty levels.
Super Hiking League DX (10th Aug, $4.99) - Who's the best 2D platformer in the world? Find out in the League! Join Nelson in the Super Hiking League! An evil wizard is making the mountains disappear in a plan to make the world perfectly flat! As a member of the Super Hiking League you will not let this happen. Compete in climbing matches against other Hikers to collect all magic gems and stop his plans! Super Hiking League provides tight jump-rope-bend-swing-win gameplay with beautiful 8-bit+ graphics and a top notch authentic 8-bit soundtrack! Features: - Beautiful retro graphics! - Tight gameplay and controls! - Bending Rope Swing Physics! - Amazing Soundtrack with several songs! - Story mode! - Challenge a friend in local multiplayer mode!
Swords & Souls: Neverseen (18th Aug, $14.99) - From SoulGame Studio, creators of the wildly popular Swords & Souls, comes an all new, even bigger standalone adventure to an island far across the sea. In Swords & Souls: Neverseen you find yourself shipwrecked and caught up in a struggle between a dangerous witch and some decidedly kooky townsfolk. To stop the witch, you'll need to train, fight, train, and fight some more in this addictive single-player combat-focused game that rewards player skill and juicy progression.
Tetragon (12th Aug, $14.99) - Welcome to Tetragon – a vast mysterious universe of unique game mechanics, puzzles, magical mazes, and challenges! It’s a real challenge for those who enjoy the games in the vein of The Room, The Witness and The Talos Principle. Your goal is to move planes with a spinning world gravity . Using the power of TetraGen move the ground and the towers to guide the brave lumberjack Lucios through the scattered worlds and find his lost son!
Volleyball Challenge (16th Aug, $4.99) - Activate SUPERPOWERS – in this sports game you can add fireballs, vanishing balls, superspeed, blocks, and many others to your arsenal – play now and discover them for yourself! Develop your player's SKILLS – raise your stats across categories such as serve power and strength, stamina, or attack! You will have a bundle of additional outfits to choose from as well as bags with super contents to open – as long as you win matches! Make your opponents tremble at the sight of your player! Volleyball will never be the same – play Volleyball Challenge and be part of the sports revolution!
Whiskey Mafia: Frank’s Story (13th Aug, $5.99) - Whiskey Mafia: Frank's Story is the new chapter of an ambitious crime story set in New York City in the mid 1920s. It tells the story of Frank, a humble and unremarkable postman who dreams of living big time. He receives a letter from his old buddy Leo who was able to successfully survive the horrors of war. Leo proposes to open their own bar as the first business and the first step to a glorious future.
WitchSpring3 [Re:Fine] – The Story of Eirudy (13th Aug, $39.99) - WitchSpring3 Re:Fine – The Story of Eirudy takes you deep into the Misty Forest, where the Witch Eirudy lives secluded from the rest of the world, when one day she meets an adventurous young man named Adrian in the forest, Eirudy’s life changes as she is thrown into the tide that determines the fate of deities and humans. The adventure begins and leads you down to an entwined path between light and darkness – which path will you choose? With Japanese voice actors, and text fully localized into English, the game is a stand-alone title in the Witch Spring Universe.
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!