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
Sonic Colors: Ultimate (7th Sep, $39.99) - The evil Dr. Eggman has built a gigantic interstellar amusement park bursting with incredible rides and colorful attractions – but he’s powering it with a captured alien race called “Wisps.” Use Sonic’s lightning speed to free the Wisps and learn the secrets of their amazing powers as you explore six unique colorful worlds, each filled with dangerous enemies and hurdles to overcome. Now with stunning upscaled visuals, additional features, a new game mode and enhanced gameplay – it’s the Ultimate Sonic Colors experience. Sonic will be tested on this exciting journey to free the Wisps. But with their help, and yours, it’s a test he’ll pass with flying colors. Join Sonic in the high-speed adventure of a lifetime! Sonic Colors: Ultimate will be available on Sept. 7. - Read our Sonic Colors: Ultimate review
Pokémon TV (The Pokémon Company International, 26th Aug, $0.00) - Pokémon TV is a fun way to watch all sorts of great Pokémon programming in one convenient place. Enjoy the adventures of Ash, Pikachu and their friends – along with animated specials. Browse through hundreds of episodes of Pokémon the Series (including full seasons), thrilling Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game competitions, and the newly added Junior section that features Pokémon Kids TV videos. Content changes periodically, so be sure to check back for hours upon hours of Pokémon fun!
Switch eShop - New Releases
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build (Draknek & Friends, 2nd Sep, $9.99) - A puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. It's just before Christmas and two game developers are hunched behind laptops in a nearly-empty café in Coventry. Neither is really committing to doing any work; hey, it's just before Christmas! Besides, they've both just come to the end of long projects and need to wind down. One looks up. So does the other. There's talk of making a festive game; a short, burst of productivity before the seasonal languor. Now, over a year on, we're finally releasing that "quick" Christmas game. Help a strange creature to create snowmen in a barren world. Solve mind-bending puzzles from Alan Hazelden, one of the twisted minds that designed Sokobond. Drink in the charming graphical style from Benjamin Davis Let the enchanting soundscapes from Priscilla Snow wash over you.
A Night at the Races (3rd Sep, $9.99) - You have the night to win a clandestine tournament. Lead the rankings, get the prize, pay your debts, escape hell. You’re invited to the arcades tonight. Compete illegally with other players for the top of the global leaderboards. You need the prize money to survive.
ACTIVE LIFE Outdoor Challenge (3rd Sep, $49.99) - Get ready to take on the great outdoors anywhere because ACTIVE LIFE Outdoor Challenge is back on the Nintendo Switch™! From kayaking to obstacle-filled races, you will engage in real-life exercises to complete a variety of fun minigames. Improve your hand-eye coordination and work up a sweat with the Joy-Con™ and Leg Strap! Play over a dozen single and multiplayer challenges. Simple controls allow for easy-to-pick up games that anyone can enjoy.
Angel’s Punishment (3rd Sep, $24.99) - A respectable and very good "metrovania" game with classic pixel art. Nintendo Switch™ exclusive game. In this game you play as an Angel who got his wings taken away from him by archangels when he refused to follow his superiors' orders of not interfering in the cruelties of the evil beings on Earth.
Animal Puzzle – Preschool Learning Game for Kids and Toddlers (2nd Sep, $9.99) - This animal plug-in peg puzzle educational game has been specially developed for young children of kindergarten age and for preschoolers. Dear parents: Please note that this game does not require your child to speak any language. The game does not contain any text or speech output and works intuitively using easily understandable symbols and graphics. It is therefore perfectly suitable for all countries and languages! The puzzle game contains many great, funny and unique animal motifs suitable for children. Please note that this puzzle only supports touchscreen functionality. The menu and the scenes can only be played with the touch controls!
Apsulov: End of Gods (2nd Sep, $29.99) - Apsulov: End of Gods is a future Viking horror and sci-fi adventure unlike any other. The humans dug deep below the earth to find the mercy of the gods. What they found was never meant to reach the surface. Not on Midgard, nor any of Yggdrasil’s realms. You wake in a facility built to research the worlds of Yggdrasil. Survive lurking dangers as you journey through a world of technology and mythological artifacts, where chaos rules over the human realm. It is in this chaos that you find your purpose and destiny.
Arcade Archives SPACE CRUISER (HAMSTER, 26th Aug, $7.99) - "SPACE CRUISER" is a shooter released by TAITO in 1981. Players take on the role of a SPACE CRUISER captain in 2100 AD, patrolling space to ensure peace on Earth. Intercept enemies, go beyond the asteroid belt, and power up your ship at space stations! 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.
Armed Emeth (2nd Sep, $14.99) - Valess, a boy earning petty cash in a commune of drifters is suddenly met by Lock, a stand-alone golem. Upon discovering that the leader of a criminal organization has an enormous bounty on his head, Valess receives a golem of his own from Lock and decides to join him on an adventure into the unknown where numerous bounties await. Thus begins their journey of grit and oil across several continents! As well as upgradable golem equipment, there are also Edea Stones imbued with life force, specialized passive skills and special ammunition for a variety of circumstances. Visit Bounty Centers to find out information on active criminals and monsters, including their rewards, locations and special characteristics. Visit each commune and take on as many bounties as you can to find fame and fortune!
Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions (Survios, 3rd Sep, $39.99) - Do you have what it takes to be a Champion? Step into the ring in Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions as you train, fight, and win like the legends, such as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa, in this knockout arcade boxing experience. Rise through the ranks in an intense arcade mode, hone your skills in classic Rocky training montages, and go head-to-head with friends in thrilling local competitive multiplayer. Pound-for-Pound Boxing For All: Intuitive, pick-up-and-play controls meet robust, hard-hitting boxing mechanics that allow you to fight like a Champion across various modes that are easy to pick up but difficult to master. Complete Creed/Rocky Roster: Fight as Adonis Creed, Rocky Balboa, and a complete roster of legends from the Creed and Rocky universe, including Apollo Creed, Ivan & Victor Drago, and Clubber Lang. Intense Head-to-Head Multiplayer: Challenge your friends to intense bouts in local shoulder-to-shoulder multiplayer offering an old school arcade-style experience.
Block Puzzle (3rd Sep, $5.99) - Block Puzzle is the classic puzzle game in its best version of all time! Drag the blocks onto the board to fill the squares. Try to fill blocks in a vertical or horizontal line to clear that line until no more blocks coming. ✔ 4 Different game modes. ✔ Game in your language. ✔ 7 Game themes. ✔ Daily Rewards. ✔ Enjoyable, Relaxing and Fights Stress.
BOT.vinnik Chess (2nd Sep, $2.99) - Improve your chess knowledge with the help of BOT. vinnik, a soviet digital teacher. - Learn the theory behind the game - 450+ theory backed "best-move" chess puzzles - Tactics, openings and checkmate patterns organized in 57 chapters to elevate your knowledge - Made for chess enthusiasts by chess enthusiast - Have fun with BOT. vinnik's peculiar sense of humor!
Cosmic Express (Draknek & Friends, 2nd Sep, $9.99) - Description Cosmic Express is a puzzle game about planning the train route for the world's most awkward space colony, from the minds behind A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build and the art of Tyu from Klondike. It's cute, harder than it looks, and guaranteed to give you hours of frustrating fun across hundreds of levels. History Only hours after the launch of A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build, Alan Hazelden sat down on the California Zephyr train in Chicago. As part of Train Jam 2015, he made the short game Train Braining, which would later form the base for Cosmic Express.
Endless Fables: Shadow Within (3rd Sep, $14.99) - All their childhood, Pamela and Hans' sister - Agatha - tried to convince adults about what had happened to Hans, but unfortunately terrifying truth was taken for childish imagination and silly nightmares. In time, both friends began to doubt their own memory and accepted the thought that Hans was dead. That is, until Pamela receives a letter from Agatha. Friend convinces Pamela, that Hans managed to contact her recently. Without hesitation, Miss Cavendish returns to the town of Mittenwald to finally close the most painful chapter of her life. And so, in a quiet town where nothing bad has happened for years, she will encounter a mystery in which dreams mingle with reality. Every step she takes will be watched by a shadow behind the mirror. Will she get to the nightmare realm where Hans is still fighting for his life? Will she be able to stop the mysterious figure hidden in the shadows? And will she risk everything in the fight for the safety of her friends?
Extreme Car Driver (3rd Sep, $11.99) - Drive 15 Awesome Cars & Trucks through tricky raised road courses, packed full of narrow ramps, bridges, slaloms, see-saws, tunnels and jumps! This is no ordinary “driving game”. It’s the ULTIMATE Precision Driving Simulator Experience!
Farmers Co-op: Out of This World (2nd Sep, $12.99) - Farmers Co-op: Out of This World is a couch co-op for up to 4 players. Your people are starving back home, its up to you and three other farmers to grow as much produce as possible and send them back to your home planet.
Frontier Quest (8th Sep, $11.99) - Story: A young adventurer journeys out into the frontier in search of legendary artifacts, however they quickly find their path blocked by the various monsters living there. To make matters worse the frontier town is in no shape to provide support, so our adventurer ends up helping repair the town in exchange for better equipment to take on the frontier. Gameplay: Listen to the requests of the townsfolk before journeying out into the frontier, figuring out monster’s weaknesses in turn-based combat and collecting materials to help restore the town and ultimately uncover the mystery of the artifacts. Using the right equipment is key in progressing through the dangerous frontier. By choosing the right weapons, armor, gear and allies, you’ll be able to make short work of the monsters blocking your path.
Funny Farm Animal Jigsaw Puzzle Game for Kids and Toddlers (2nd Sep, $12.99) - This animal puzzle game has been specially developed for children and includes different levels of difficulty that are freely adjustable. Furthermore, help functions can optionally be switched on, or the rotation for the puzzle pieces can be switched on. As soon as the rotation for the parts has been switched on, the parts can be rotated 90 degrees at a time. The puzzle game contains many great, funny and unique animal motifs suitable for children. Please note that this jigsaw puzzle game only supports touchscreen functionality. The menu and the scenes can only be played with the touch controls!
Galaxy Squad (1st Sep, $9.99) - The game combines node-based exploration with random events, with hardcore tactical battles. All your characters are randomly generated, and you can evolve them however you want, creating your ultimate crew.
Girls Tank Battle (TROOOZE, 26th Aug, $10.99) - The survival of girls who have fallen into a four-dimensional world begins. When you clear the stage, you select one of the three skills to challenge the next stage with your own strategy.
Golf Club Wasteland (Untold Tales, 3rd Sep, $9.99) - Urban Wasteland Adventure Golf The rich fled to Mars but venture back to a desolate Earth for a round of golf. Each hole in the wasteland offers its own little story and possible puzzle to sink the perfect shot. Play through destroyed brutalist monuments, crumbling shopping malls, and abandoned museums as neon signs and poignant graffiti take swings at current events, Silicon Valley culture and humanity. - Read our Golf Club Wasteland review
How Buddy’s parents met (QUByte Interactive, 26th Aug, $3.99) - Cats are amazing friends and witness so many special moments in its parents’ lives. They are quiet but watch everything. Secretly support the pursuit of love and happiness. In this jigsaw puzzle game, find six of these moments with Buddy the cat.
Kitaria Fables (PQube, 2nd Sep, $19.99) - Kitaria Fables is a delightfully cute action adventure RPG with farming and crafting! Armed with a sword, bow and spellbook, fight back against a rising darkness threatening the world. Discover diverse regions in search of relics and resources, tend to your farm to grow your own provisions, and take on quests solo or with a friend in local co-op mode!
Magical Girls Second Magic (Caerux, 26th Aug, $4.99) - "Magical Girls Second Magic" features cute girl characters ranging from magical girls to girls with furry cat ears. This is a unique block-busting game in which you destroy all the blocks placed on the stage to evolve the illustrations.
Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask (24th Aug, $17.99) - Welcome to the world’s greatest waterpark! In this resort full of wild adventures and thrilling waterslides only you, and your sister, can stop the evil Dr. Fisher! Using the powers of a mysterious mask this vicious villain has enchanted the entire park to finally trap your parents. Why? Because they are none other than the world famous Storm spies! Jump, slide and rush through a series of challenging 2. 5D water slides to take down Dr. Fisher and save your parents! But, don’t expect a walk in the park. Because of the curse, all slides are totally OUT OF CONTROL! Each area is filled with dangers, obstacles and enemies waiting for you in each corner, so brace yourself before you’re wiped out. Luckily you’re not in this alone as you’ll be accompanied by your special spy vlogging drone.
MiniGolf Tour (2nd Sep, $10.99) - Mini golf, also known as minigolf, mini-putt, or putt-putt, is a sports game in which participants compete by shooting a small ball into special holes with putters. The goal of the game is to cover the allotted distance in the minimum number of strokes. Do you like sports and outdoor activities? Then this golf is perfect for you! Try to complete dozens of challenging levels and show everyone who is the best in minigolf!
Moonshades: a classic dungeon crawler RPG (Viktor Domonyi, 27th Aug, $17.99) - Relive the fun of classic RPG games inspired by dungeons and dragons, realised in rich 3D environments, and with a deep, captivating story. Discover an enigmatic realm, saturated with ancient magic and myths - epic legends are forged as you venture into this offline role-playing game! Your adventure will lead you beneath ruined towns, through grim, eerie dungeons. . . and towards monsters lurking in the ghostly half-light. Forces of darkness have invaded the realm, but some survivors from the kingdom of Harten still resist their fate, preserving the secrets of their ancestors' magic. Join the mission to restore liberty and enlightenment to this fantasy land! The kingdom's glory may be faded and its treasures buried, but hope for changing the course of history has not been completely lost in the darkness of the dungeons. . . and the rewards for your efforts will be great!
NOSTALGIC TRAIN (AMATA, 26th Aug, $13.99) - NOSTALGIC TRAIN is a mystical and melancholic first-person adventure/walking simulator set in the Japanese countryside, where you solve not only the mystery of the missing people of Natsugiri, but also that of "yourself". It contains both a story mode, "Two fluctuations at journey's end", and a free mode, where you can explore the world of Natsugiri at your own pace. Relax and immerse yourself in a fantastical world full of tragic stories and beautiful nostalgic scenery, created by the Japanese indie game developer, Tatamibeya.
Pippu – Bauble Quest (3rd Sep, $3.99) - Pippu is a heroic little creature from the world of the Beandrops. One day her planet is visited by hostile aliens called the Obkins, who travel from place to place stealing precious treasures to power their dangerous and wacky machinery. Run, climb and swim your way through 14 worlds to bash the baddies and save your planet.
Puzzletronics (QUByte Interactive, 26th Aug, $3.99) - In this game you will have the experience of moving pieces to form an electronic circuit, while listening to a calm and relaxing soundtrack. This game is not an electronic circuit simulator but it will be a lot of fun to use electronics in this game.
Red Square Escape 2 (6th Sep, $3.99) - Red square escape 2 is the sequel to the beloved difficult top down 2D movement game where you are the red square and have to escape through different levels. Each level is spiked with traps and obstacles you need to overcome. Simple controls, simple art style and simple fun are guaranteed here. Have you got the skills to escape?
Sokobond (Draknek & Friends, 2nd Sep, $9.99) - Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. It's logical, minimalist, and crafted with love and science. Alan and Shang Lun met one another at GDC 2012 and realised they'd played and loved each other's games. On the final evening of the conference they decided to make "a quick four hour jam game", which was released a year and a half later, came to Steam almost a year after that, and has been "coming to mobile soon" for longer than anyone can remember.
Space Wars (25th Aug, $2.99) - Space Wars is an exciting endless level-base game in which you control spaceship through multiples levels, trying to shoot down the enemies and avoiding their attacks. The goal is shoot down all the enemies in each level, collect coins to unlock new spaceships, upgrade spaceships for better power and collect power ups disseminated around maps.
Speedway Heroes (Simplicity Tomasz Dyrak, 27th Aug, $8.00) - Are you a speedway fan? Do you like the roar of the engine and side by side competition? You will be excited when you’ll try Speedway Heroes – fresh speedway game from Simplicity Games, delivered for this ‘black sport’ fans (and not only for them! ). Start now your speedway adventure through countries like every speedway-fan should know – Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Australia, Sweden, Russian, and many others soon. What is waiting for you in our racing game?
Super Animal Royale (Modus Games, 26th Aug, $0.00) - It’s fight for furvival! Super Animal Royale is a 64-player, frenetic, top-down 2D battle royale where murderous animals fight tooth, claw, and machine gun across an abandoned safari park. Collect and customize your favorite critters and weapons, then put them to work in solo matches or team up as a squad of up to four players! - Read our Super Animal Royale review
The Magister (Digerati, 2nd Sep, $14.99) - A card-based whodunit. Piece together the clues and catch the killer! The Magister is a murder-mystery card-battler RPG. Build and customise your deck to fight in battles, or use ‘Tactical Diplomacy’ to pacify those who stand in your way.
Townscaper (Raw Fury, 26th Aug, $5.99) - Build quaint island towns with curvy streets. Build small hamlets, soaring cathedrals, canal networks, or sky cities on stilts. Block by block. No goal. No real gameplay. Just plenty of building and plenty of beauty. That's it. Townscaper is an experimental passion project. More of a toy than a game. Pick colors from the palette, plop down colored blocks of house on the irregular grid, and watch Townscaper's underlying algorithm automatically turn those blocks into cute little houses, arches, stairways, bridges and lush backyards, depending on their configuration. - Read our Townscaper review
Virtuous Western (3rd Sep, $4.99) - Welcome to the old western frontier, where justice is served from the barrel of a gun! A nasty gang of outlaws has come to town, and they’ve stolen our hero’s favorite steed. Use your trusty revolver to shoot down enemies, or find other ways to use the environment to your advantage. Drop stuff down, blow stuff up, and even manipulate your foes to take each other out with friendly fire! Jump, dodge, and collect bullets. Prove that you’re the toughest gunslinger in the wild west!
Weapon of Choice DX (2nd Sep, $5.99) - Weapon of Choice DX is a high-energy, run 'n' gun where each playable character is unique with their own special weapon and abilities! Blast insane aliens, find new player characters, and choose between branching paths! The world is being taken over by gene-combining beings from beyond the stars! Hideous new creatures are popping up everywhere, and it's up to the Solus Operatives to grab their unique weapons and split some disgusting alien skulls! High-resolution and carefully hand-drawn art style breathes life and originality into this bizarre game world. Dynamically branching levels are tied together by an intriguing story with multiple endings, giving the player tons of replay-ability and chances to master each operative’s Weapon of Choice.
White Girl (2nd Sep, $8.85) - #Four players real-time battle royal! This game is a battle royal game which in-game time goes by in real-time. The main game mode is randomly matching world battle mode, but you can also play friend match mode if you want to play with friends casually. #Update the AI girl and fight against other players! By gaining cards called "piece of memory", you can update your girls and/or attack opponents' girls. As the girls get updated, their bodies gain various color. The colors are expressed in three values, which are "R", "G" and "B". The values themselves become the girl's status and her appearance. #Color affection makes brand new strategy! "R", "G" and "B" affect each other. Since this game is real-time four players game, you always need to check two things. How other players are making their girls and how you should make your girl to compete with them.
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!