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
Metroid Dread (8th October, $59.99) - Suit up as intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran and battle your way out from the depths of a mysterious alien world plagued by a mechanical menace. While you investigate a mysterious transmission that shows the lethal X Parasite, you’ll need to avoid the nightmarish E.M.M.I. – Extraplanetary Multiform Mobile Identifiers. These agile robots won’t hesitate to destroy you … and they’re just one of the many dangers you’ll face. Hunt or be hunted as you make your way to the surface through a labyrinth of enemies in Samus’ most intense side-scrolling adventure yet. The Metroid Dread game will be available on Oct. 8. - Read our Metroid Dread review.
Disco Elysium – The Final Cut (12th Oct, $39.99) - Become a hero or an absolute disaster. Disco Elysium – The Final Cut is the definitive edition of the groundbreaking role-playing game. You’re a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city block to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders or take bribes. Disco Elysium – The Final Cut will be available on Oct. 12.
Tetris Effect: Connected (Enhance Games, 8th Oct, $39.99) - Tetris Effect: Connected is Tetris like you’ve never seen it, heard it or felt it before – an incredibly playable, unique and breathtakingly gorgeous reinvention of one of the most popular puzzle games of all time, from the people who brought you the award-winning Rez Infinite and legendary puzzle game Lumines. Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects – everything, down to the Tetris pieces themselves, pulses, dances, shimmers and explodes in perfect sync with how you’re playing, making any of the game’s 30+ stages and 10+ modes something you’ll want to experience over and over again. Tetris Effect: Connected will be available on Oct. 8.
Gang Beasts (Boneloaf, $29.99) - Gang Beasts is a silly multiplayer party game with surly gelatinous characters, brutal slapstick fight sequences and absurd hazardous environments, set in the mean streets of Beef City. Customize your character and fight local and online enemies in the melee game mode, or fight with friends against the gangs of Beef City in the gang game mode.
Switch eShop - New Releases
AAA Clock (8th Oct, $9.99) - Here it is, what all gamers have been waiting for - AAA Clock. Imagine a watch. A simple, fail-proof design. Well, simple. But what if your watch was. . . amazing? RedDeerGames introduces the world's only AAA Clock - a truly new quality watch for the Nintendo Switch™ console!
Arcade Archives TYPHOON GAL (30th Sep, $7.99) - "TYPHOON GAL" is an action game released by TAITO in 1985. Players control martial-arts challenger Yuki as she faces off with the toughest opponents at rival martial arts schools. Yuki can use both major and minor techniques. Weaken enemies with minor techniques, then take them down with a single major technique! 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. *This game uses the Japanese ROM for the main part of the game. The options menu and manual are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Balloon Pop – Learning Letters, Numbers, Colors, Game for Kids (winterworks, 7th Oct, $14.99) - Popping Balloons has never been so much fun! This game was created for (and with the help of) children of ages two and up. It features fun and relaxing gameplay and was designed to be super-easy to use. It was carefully tested with the help of small children and is guaranteed to be frustration free. The speed and size of the balloons can be customized to fit your child's age and skill level. A variety of funny surprises makes learning even more fun and diverse.
Bouncy Bullets 2 (8th Oct, $4.99) - Get ready for more vibrant, colorful shooting fun in the anticipated sequel to Bouncy Bullets! Can you find the portal to exit each level? You’ll have to move, jump and shoot your way past each zone’s challenges and numerous obstacles. Boucy Bullets 2 also offers a speed run mode so you can try to beat your best time and set a new record. Can you master the physics of firing your weapon to bounce of the walls in a precise manner?
Business Tour Deluxe (7th Oct, $9.99) - Business Tour is an online strategy game based on the most popular tabletop game in the world. Business Tour's simple and entertaining gameplay allows you to come up with many interesting strategies, come to agreements with your rivals and even enter into conspiracies against other players. Apart from that, the game helps you to reveal your inner entrepreneurial qualities. For precisely this reason, children and adults alike can enjoy this game equally. Business Tour allows you to play a classic tabletop game online with your friends. The main advantage of Business Tour is that it's easy to learn to play, but that doesn't mean it's easy to win. You'll have to use all your bravery and business acumen to defeat real opponents. Difficulty and unpredictability make the classic table-top game more interesting, and the gameplay more diverse.
Catty & Batty: The Spirit Guide (13th Oct, $4.99) - Catty & Batty: The Spirit Guide is a casual couch co-op puzzle game, inspired by Lemmings and Tower Defense! Play as Catty or Batty and build a path to guide spirits home.
Creepy Tale 2 (7th Oct, $14.99) - Once upon a time, young Lars left his father’s cabin to rescue his little sister, spirited away by an evil power… It all started when the lean years came. An unknown force of evil began terrorizing a peaceful kingdom, kidnapping their children and the innocent inhabitants of the forest. What was once a peaceful kingdom where humans and fantastic creatures lived together in harmony became a land of gloom and fear. No one was free from misfortune and tragedy in those times — neither was Lars and his family. One day, two spooky guests visited his father’s cabin.
Critadel (Nicalis, 13th Oct, $19.99) - A mysterious tower with hundreds of branching paths to the top! A hardcore action game with GBA-inspired graphics and a pulse-pounding techno soundtrack, Critadel offers a virtually limitless variety of weapon and item configuration options. With upgradeable playable characters and continuously reconfigured branching paths, it’s a game that’s different every time you play it!
Darksiders III (THQ Nordic, 30th Sep, $39.99) - Return to an apocalyptic Earth in Darksiders III, a hack-n-slash Action Adventure where players assume the role of FURY in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. The most unpredictable and enigmatic of the Four Horsemen, FURY must succeed where many have failed – to bring balance to the forces that now ravage Earth. Includes Darksiders III and 2 DLCs: The Crucible and Keepers of the Void. The Crucible. In this mighty morsel of digital wonderment, competitors can expect to receive a truly earth-shattering experience: The Crucible! A legendary challenge whispered with reverence across the universe. Not even the Creator could have envisioned such glorious spectacle as that which is found in this fabled arena. Keepers of the Void On a quest from Vulgrim, Fury must travel into the Serpent Holes to remove an ancient threat that resides there. All new locations, puzzles, and enemies await the chance to test Fury’s abilities. As a reward, she can unlock all new weapon forms for the Hollows as well as the biggest prize of them all: The Abyssal Armor. - Read our Darksiders III review
Drum Box (7th Oct, $7.99) - Drum Box challenges you to play the drum parts in 8 music genres. Start in easy difficulty and build up your skills. In each step, a training mode will teach you the patterns, and a performance mode will challenge you to beat your own score. You can also drum freestyle, to your own beat. Are you ready to take up the challenge?
DUSK ’82 (28th Sep, $0.00) - DUSK '82 is a a simple but addictive 8-bit action-puzzler. A 30 level prequel demake of the cult shooter DUSK, inspired by classics like Chip's Challenge and Sokoban.
Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of the Karkhala (8th Oct, $14.99) - The demonic preacher has escaped to the remotest mountains in pursuit of a grim secret that could give him ultimate power. He has already eluded the investigation of the protagonist detective and her partner Hamilton twice: once in Maple Creek, and again in Ravenwood. It’s no mystery that this time it’s personal.
Immortus Temporus (13th Oct, $4.99) - Enter a puzzle experience that defies conventional design! Immortus Temporus is a game created by a speedrunner for those who love to hone their skills through practice, trial and error, determination and relentless replay. Stages have numerous ways to beat them. Crashing into hazards will deactivate them and teleport the player back to the spawn point, allowing free passage from A to B, but is that the fastest route? The actions you take in Immortus Temporus persist through death, whether it’s collecting a pick-up or destroying an obstacle. Levels only reset when you run out of time. Each attempt will challenge you to outperform yourself, to think outside the box and break the game!
InfiniteCorp: Cyberpunk Card Game (7th Oct, $7.99) - InfiniteCorp is a decision-based strategy card game set in a fictional cyberpunk world. You are an employee of a corporation dealing in goods distribution and logistics in the “megatower” – the place where all local citizens live. Join a world where the stakes are high, and morality is blurred. The world is in your hands. Choose the right strategy and make the right decisions. There are many choices – each has a definite impact on citizens’ lives. Make sure that “megacorporations” maintain an influence on the world’s operation and the lives of citizens. Corporations deal with specific fields and want to earn the highest possible profit. They do not care about their customers or their employees. Every week of your career brings another important, seemingly random request from your unpredictable city as you strive for a balance between the elites, citizens, media, criminal overlords, and security. How will you treat the sick and wounded?
Jack Axe (7th Oct, $14.99) - Her name is Jack. She has an axe. She is Jack Axe. Join the Jack sisters in a single or multiplayer, 2D open world adventure! Take on a variety of platforming challenges and utilize your axe tossing ability to explore Jack’s unique world. Witness the saga of a young woman breaking taboo by arming herself and taking on a “man’s job,” despite the protestations of an irate god in this Norse/Filipino fusion.
Lord of the Click II (8th Oct, $4.99) - Yes! Oh my gosh! Hell yeah! This long-promised day has finally come with the release of the game that kills not only your time but your calories as well! The return of the legendary Lord of the Click has happened so suddenly and with a number «II» on the end. Some might say: «Pffft! Why does perfection need a sequel? » We’ll reply with: «Pffft! This is a perfect sequel to perfection! » (with a number «II» on the end). You will ask us: «Are there any new features that you, a respected Kazakh game developer, have incorporated into your flawless masterpiece? » I’ll smile lightly, sit firmly on my armchair and will tell you without any hesitation: «My boy, we’ve added a cooperative mode for you, pal. And now you can learn the truth about this very important thing — who mashes the button faster, you or your granny? ».
Lotus Bloom (7th Oct, $2.99) - Lotus Bloom is a relaxing minimalist puzzle game. Connect orbs, generate energy and make flowers bloom.
Lumione (Perfect World Games Singapore, 13th Oct, $12.99) - You will play the part of the beloved deep-sea fairy, Glimmer, as you escape from darkness and follow the path of the Light. The Light will guide you to your hopes and dreams as you learn about the world and your place within it. Faced with trials of wisdom and courage, you will need to prove you’ve got what it takes to bring the light of hope back to the darkness of the seabed. A Breathtaking Journey Through the Ocean Powered by UE4, the game employs a unique process that combines concept art and 3D modelling to produce vivid and dynamic graphics. With the addition of original music and sound effects, the game will come to life before you as you traverse the deep-sea universe. "Agonizing" Side-Scrolling Platformer The gameplay is simple, yet satisfyingly difficult. You will control our hero Glimmer as you head for the end of each level by jumping, climbing, and gliding—all while evading deadly traps and obstacles.
Medieval Tower Defense (9th Oct, $6.99) - Imagine a world of knights where you must defend the resources of the inhabitants under your protection from the invasion of barbarian hordes. To do this, you will have to manage your budget by acquiring and using the best weapons of the time, catapults and cannons. Medieval Tower Defense, with its exceptional graphics, will bring you hours of strategic fun. . . .
Miners Races (Gametry, 30th Sep, $2.99) - In Miners Races, you need to show that you are the ultimate miner as you try to acquire the highest score and as many diamonds as you can. This is not going to be easy, since you are against the clock and you need to do this as fast as possible. It’s a very engaging and fast, action-packed game where you really have to test yourself and your limits. Every new mission is different, so you never really know where to go and how to achieve those goal. It adds to the difficulty of the game, while always encouraging you to have fun and experiment. Show that you’re the better miner in Miners Races today! Features: Exciting mining race Get the highest score Accumulate the most diamonds Intense, fun mining gameplay.
MMC KENKEN - The World’s Most Exciting Math and Logic Puzzle - ($28.00) - Stretching the ability to make fun becomes academic ability - Solving puzzles in a fun way improves academic ability. The hit teaching material that has sold over 2.5 million copies has been turned into game software as "Daizen"! A total of 3,000 math puzzles for children and adults to learn while having fun.
Monster Crown (Soedesco, 12th Oct, $29.99) - Dive into a dark world where monsters rule and make pacts with them to defeat an evil young woman seeking power. Hunt, battle, tame and breed monsters to create your own legacy. Together with your monsters, you can restore the balance to Crown Island - Read our Monster Crown review
No Longer Home (7th Oct, $14.99) - Bo and Ao are graduating university and preparing to leave the flat they’ve lived in together for a year. Thanks to visa limitations, Ao is forced to return to Japan, leaving Bo in England. Disillusioned by post-educational life and shoved aside by a government who doesn’t want them there, both are trying to come to terms with their uncertain futures. And deep under their South London flat, something grows. . . As they pack their belongings in the home they've shared, they'll unleash more than just memories Wander through an intimate flat and examine the everyday belongings of Bo and Ao. Have BBQs, play video games, and stay up late just talking in bed. Follow the day to day activities and conversations of two queer, non-binary students and their friends. Get to know Lu, the multi-eyed, animal-like new flatmate.
PandaBall (7th Oct, $13.99) - Welcome to Pamuria • Local Multiplayer, One vs. One. • Beat your opponent with Powerups and Balls • Level up and unlock new Pandas and Maps • Unlock new items for each Panda • Master your skills in “The Road” or in “Training” - mode On an island in the middle of nowhere, the world of Pamuria exists. A tropical island with an array of different environments, from dense jungles, sandy beaches, mountain tops and sunny cliff sites. Overall a hidden utopia, excluded and hidden from the rest of world, in the middle of an unknown ocean. On Pamuria animals live a life in perfect harmony with the environment and ocean surrounding the island, and with the island providing everything from food and water, shelter, comfort – simply all basic needs. Every animal on Pamuria are herbivores, and the leading animal is the Panda species. With no immediate danger and a great setting for procreation: life on Pamuria is perfect!
Panmorphia (7th Oct, $5.99) - • The Legend of Panmorphia • The legend goes that in each generation a child is born, a sentinel, bound to the land of Panmorphia and the four elements that govern it. The sentinels have the ability to wield each element and transform themselves into an animal that best represents it. With the use of the amulet they are able to combine all four elements and travel through the aether. They are called upon for help in times of need.
Prehistoric Life Puzzles (7th Oct, $5.00) - This puzzle game from the creators of Dinosaur Fossil Puzzles introduces now some wild species from the old times! Play "Restore screen" and "Dig up screen" "Restore screen": Restoration work! Put the collected fossil panels in order correctly. "Dig up screen": Dig up and collect! Break rock panels with the pickaxe. Discover all fossil panels and take them to the Restore screen. Challenge the 3 levels! Two types of fossils are mixed on the level 3. If you have an unnecessary panel, put it into the trash can. You can discover many kinds of Prehistoric life species! This is your next step to become an archaeologist!
Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire (7th Oct, $4.99) - In this naughty version of the tile-matching classic, clearing the board will unlock new outfits for your Pretty Girl companions, all of which can be viewed in a gallery of unlockables. Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire is simple but challenging. Match pairs of tiles to make them disappear, but be careful and stay ahead of the clock. Plan your moves strategically so you don’t hit a dead end! Each time you play, tiles are shuffled to keep every session fun and unpredictable. With over 50 layouts and randomized patterns, there’s always a reason to come back for more tile-matching and more cute girls!
RiMS Racing (Nacon, 5th Oct, $49.99) - A race is not won purely on the track, so you need to become more than a rider by understanding motorcycle behaviour like a real engineer. Traction, angle, braking, torque, trajectory, speed… every factor must be considered before heading to the workshop to change certain components and configuring the optimal set-up. A DREAM GARAGE Your adventure starts by choosing your dream bike. In RiMS Racing, you can ride the world's 8 most powerful European and Japanese motorcycles: Ducati Panigale V4 R, MV Agusta F4 RC, Aprilia RSV4, BMW M 1000 RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000R, Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, Yamaha YZF-R1. Recreated with an unmatched level of detail thanks to close collaboration with each manufacturer, these bikes also provide a highly accurate and realistic riding experience. They are true rough diamonds that only need a few cuts to shine their brightest! - Read our RiMS Racing review
Simple Dominoes (30th Sep, $2.39) - Simple Dominoes offers you the opportunity to play dominoes and have fun for a change. We created Simple Dominoes with a single premise, to help show off your prowess while pushing the boundaries and the gameplay to the next level. It really is one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to play dominoes. We follow the standard game rules, and it’s an experience suitable for newcomers and experts alike. If you love dominoes, you always want to test your prowess either against a great AI. Here you get to have that, and it’s a really fun experience to try out!
Sophia's World (7th October, $9.99) - Fun for all age groups! In this non-violent platform game for all age groups, you'll guide Sophia through colorful levels and worlds. Numerous coins are hidden in each level for you to discover. But avoid animals like snails, bats and turtles. Sophia can use some animals as a trampoline with a well-aimed jump. But don't worry: nothing will happen to the animals: the snail will hide in its shell when you scare it. But it will carefully emerge again as soon as the danger is averted.
Starlight Alliance (13th Oct, $9.90) - Welcome to the future – where everything is automated, recycling is at 99. 9% efficiency, and Earth is considered at its peak. Humans and aliens now live side-by-side in sky cities far above the planet’s inhospitable surface. It all could have been perfect . . . but it just wasn’t meant to last. Mysteriously, the systems started failing and the drone networks began acting up – nobody knows quite why. Two strangers, Lea and Cyris, each experience these system failures in two different ways and find themselves brought together by unforeseen circumstances. As a team, they’ll soon uncover dark secrets on the Earth's surface and find a chance at salvation somewhere out there in the cold darkness of space!
Stickman: Far East Battle (Gametry, 30th Sep, $3.99) - Stickman: Far East Battle is an exciting arcade game where you have to help the stickman eliminate all the enemies on the screen. Every new level comes with its fair share of challenges, and you must do everything you can in order to win. New challenges appear all the time, and with the right strategy you can make it work. This is exciting and rewarding, fun and appealing. You can also fully customize your stickman with its own shield, hat, weapon and armor. That allows you to really show off your true power, and you even have multiple difficulty levels to try out. Protect the stickman in his far east adventure today!
Supersonic Tank Cats (No Gravity Games, 30th Sep, $4.99) - Race through multiple distinct, zany tracks to the tune of bopping meowsic designed by cats for cats. Choose between five adorable half-cat-half-combat fully armed vehicles but don’t let them fool you - as all cats, they’re as deadly as they are cute and fluffy. Each of the cat-hicles pawsesses its own catty weapons so use them to your advantage. Gather power-ups, outsmart the competition, and become victorious!
Teacup ($9.99) - Teacup is a short and wholesome narrative adventure game with a focus on exploration and non-linear progression. You play as the titular Teacup, a shy and introverted young frog who loves drinking tea and reading. The day before she is to host a tea party at her house, she realizes she is completely out of tea, and thus must venture into the woods around her to find the herbs she needs to restock her pantry. During your adventure you will meet the charming inhabitants of the forest. Some are talkative, some are grumpy, but all of them will lend you an ear on your adventure. Explore this gorgeous watercolor world filled with friendly animals, playful minigames, puzzles, and beautiful, calming wilderness.
The Adventures of Spunk Dodgers and Splat (9th Oct, $1.99) - Product Overview The Adventures of Spunk Dodgers and Splat is a 2D auto-scrolling platformer featuring fast action and hilarious quips. Jump to avoid enemies and obstacles while collecting coins on the way to completing over 50 thrilling levels. Game Features Fast Platforming - jump to dodge through various obstacles and enemies Welcoming Control Scheme - gameplay controls consist of a single button tap to jump Handcrafted Visuals - featuring beautiful hand drawn environments and animations, run through a wacky and enticing world full of fascinating visuals.
The Lightbringer (Zordix AB, 7th Oct, $14.99) - The Lightbringer is a poetic adventure/puzzle platformer with light combat elements, set in a beautiful world claimed by a vile corruption. Guided by your sister’s spirit, you must prevail where she could not. Cleanse the corruption, become The Lightbringer.
The Marauder Chronicles: Curse Over Valdria (7th Oct, $4.99) - When Dayren Vel'sharek, the charming male protagonist is sent by his master to assassinate a sworn enemy, he is thrown into an epic journey that will test both his allegiances and his charms. Explore a vast kingdom filled with beautiful and powerful women to engage, while making impactful choices that may later affect the outcome of the larger story. But be aware, lurking within this cornucopia of conquests is the ominous Marauder, creator of dark, monstrous beings ready to bring uncertainty and unexpected events…
Toroom (9th Oct, $14.99) - There are more than 70 different regular, cursed, and ultra-rare items as well as more than 35 weapons uniquely made for every biome. Get loot, loot, and MORE LOOT! Find rewards, coins, and items that will improve your character for you to get ready for the challenges ahead. Have awesome and challenging fights against hard bosses to defeat them and get to the next biome.
Touhou Genso Wanderer -Lotus Labyrinth R- (30th Sep, $44.99) - Venture into dungeons with a huge party of your favorite Touhou characters! This is a dungeon-crawler RPG with an absurdly large party size! The dungeon-crawler RPG Genso Wanderer is now a game with an Oversized Party System that pushes the envelope of the roguelike genre! Now you can bring dozens of partners with you on your dungeon crawls, in addition to other quality of life improvements that make the game's systems and controls smoother than ever.
TRIOS – lofi beats / numbers to chill to (Samurai Punk, 30th Sep, $7.99) - TRIOS is a game about numbers and the fun you can have with them. Deceptively simple, surprisingly challenging. Select two numbers and one operator, then watch them combine to create a new number. Use all your numbers to reach the target.
Underland (30th Sep, $7.99) - The astronauts who set out in search of a new habitable planet have just returned from their failed mission. However, the Earth's surface is no longer habitable and they discover that the remaining population now lives underground. The supposed path there is buried and the only alternative is to dig and dig into the underground city. At each stage, the player must use the elements available in the environment, like the use excavators, pumps, pipes, cannons, drones and dynamic platforms to reach the next elevator. There are few ways to get there, so the player must combine the direction of the path with the physics of the elements to succeed. Thus, each scenario is a big puzzle that must be solved to reach the end of the journey.
What The Zombies?! ($3.99) - Shoot Zombies! Craft items! Build and improve your base! Level up your character and weapons! Rescue lost survivors! Survive in the zombie apocalypse!
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!