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
Dungeon Munchies (15th Dec, $16.99) - If you’ve got the munchies, then this 2D side-scrolling action platformer should definitely satisfy your craving. With the help of the undead Necro-Chef Simmer, you’ll hunt down monsters, then cook and eat them! There are around 100 dishes that provide various abilities. Mix and match to get the right meal for your playstyle. With an eclectic cast of characters, a hilarious side-splitting story and charming 2D pixel art, make sure to bring a voracious appetite!
Let’s Play! Oink Games (Oink Games, 15th Dec, $21.99) - A collection of board games from developer Oink Games is coming to Nintendo Switch. Go on thrilling and risky treasure hunts in Deep Sea Adventure. Become the biggest investor in Startups. Catch the “sketchy” rogue and don’t get caught in A Fake Artist Goes to New York. Recover supplies with your fellow astronauts to survive in Moon Adventure. The games are designed to be easy to understand while capturing the feel of their original tabletop versions. You can play all the games locally* and online** with friends near and far! Start a game night with Let’s Play! Oink Games.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale (Finji, 15th Dec, $19.99) - A painting adventure game about trying to be somebody, Chicory: A Colorful Tale takes place in a coloring book world where you can draw on anything. Use your painting powers to explore new places, solve puzzles, help your friends and change the world. Chicory, superstar artist and wielder of the Brush, is missing, and all the color in the land vanished with her. It’s up to you, Chicory’s number one fan, to pick up the Brush and fill in for her. It’s a big job, but you’re ready for it … probably! Get ready to make a big splash.
Timelie (Zordix, 15th Dec, $19.99) - Every second matters in Timelie, a stealth puzzle adventure that lets you control time like a media player. Perceive future events to plan your escape strategy from the past, sneak past enemies and manipulate time in this companionship journey featuring a mysterious cat and a little girl with precognitive powers. Control both the girl and the cat simultaneously, timing their movements and actions to complement each other, escape detection, distract enemies and ultimately escape the world they’re trapped in. Lose yourself in a vibrant world filled with colorful abstractions and surreal visuals. A free demo is also available now in Nintendo eShop.
Super Animal Royale (Modus Games, 26th Aug, $0.00) - Super Animal Royale – Season 2 is available now! Check out the new Animal Pass and join the fight for furvival in the new Beaver Construction HQ map location. Play the 64-player, frenetic, top-down 2D battle royale where animals fight tooth and claw. 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! Play Super Animal Royale for free on Nintendo Switch. - Read our Super Animal Royale review
Aspire: Ina’s Tale (Untold Tales, 17th Dec, $12.99) - Ina was trapped, placed in perpetual slumber inside the Tower where she dreamed. Suddenly and unknowingly, she is woken. Ina must now explore the Tower’s inner chambers in search of a way out and a reason for her imprisonment. Along the way, she’ll traverse marvelous scenery, meet enigmatic characters, solve intuitive puzzles and conquer platforming sequences as she comes closer to her goal – but further from innocence. Aspire: Ina’s Tale will be available on Dec. 17.
Switch eShop - New Releases
Arcade Archives DRAGON BUSTER (HAMSTER, 9th Dec, $7.99) - "DRAGON BUSTER" is an action game released by NAMCO in 1984. Become the hero "CLOVIS," and use your sword and magic and make your way to Dragon Mountain. Battle through demon-infested graveyards and ruins to defeat the mighty Dragon and rescue Princess "CELIA."
Carebotz (20th Dec, $18.99) - Carebotz is an arena shooter game spiced with metroidvania elements. You control BIBZ, a little maintenance droid. Collect the tons of blueprints, navigate the tight corridors, customize your toolset, learn to take advantage of gravity, upgrade, repair and encounter many different types of enemies! The journey is full of secrets, surprises. Discover the factory carefully as danger lurks everywhere, avoid deadly obstacles using your hover engine. The levels require investigation, and often patience and exploration are the key to survival.
Circa Infinity Ultimate Edition (13th Dec, $10.99) - Reach the core of each level by slipping through a series of circular layers. Time your jumps carefully to avoid the creatures that reside within the circles and reach the next layer. As you go deeper, the action gets faster and more challenging! Can you keep up? The standard mode includes 50 stages of mind-bending action, with 5 bosses that will test your nerves. You can also measure your time yourself in speedrun mode. In Ultimate Edition you’ll put your skills to the ultimate test! The additional Affinity mode is a new endless mode with level after level of increasing difficulty. The progress you make each time will bring you closer to unlocking 60 new colour themes, making Circa Infinity an extremely visual experience! This is paired with new songs and remixes of songs by Jack + Jim Fay. Hypnotic visuals and a pumping soundtrack will turn up the already intense gameplay experience.
Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles – Dino Puzzle Game for Kids & Toddlers (16th Dec, $14.99) - The perfect game for all dinosaur fans! A lovingly designed indie game with hand-painted illustrations. Choose your puzzle from a variety of fascinating dinosaur motifs. Depending on the level of difficulty, you can determine the number of puzzle pieces.
Forgotten Hill Disillusion (17th Dec, $4.99) - Welcome to Forgotten Hill Museum, a place where the past, the present, nature, art and the unknown are exhibited! Do you want to have the best experience of this visit? If so take some advice: never believe your eyes. Forgotten Hill Disillusion is a first-person point and click game with a horror and grotesque atmosphere, focused on solving puzzles and riddles in order to discover the secrets of the disturbing town of Forgotten Hill. Will you solve the mystery and escape? But, above all, will you survive?
Gardener’s Path (22nd Dec, $4.99) - Gardener’s Path is a top-down turn-based puzzle game, about fighting giant insects and protecting underground gardens. Solve increasingly elaborate puzzles scattered throughout 60 handcrafted gardens, each one with their own set of friends and foes. Take the advantage in a fight by wielding powerful artifacts, allowing you to travel back in time and perform elemental attacks. Fulfill your duty as a gardener, and fight against the pest of giant insects, to protect the ones you love.
Hashihime of the Old Book Town append (16th Dec, $61.64) - After the release of many related titles, a Taisho Era boy's love mystery - "Hashihime of the Old Book Town", will be ported to Nintendo Switch™! Jinbouchou, Tokyo June 1922, Taisho Era The Rainy Season Tamamori came to Tokyo with his sights set on getting accepted to the Imperial University. However, he doesn't pass the entrance exam, and is so undisciplined and wrapped up in endless fantasies that he's kicked out of his boarding house after only two years. Through a stroke of luck, Tamamori begins to live and work at Umebachidou, a used book store. There, he enjoys whiling away his time as a "student preparing for entrance exams" and taking advantage of friends who are also from his hometown. But one right after the other, mysterious deaths befall those friends and, realizing he's been repeating the same rainy three days over and over again, Tamamori finds himself racing throughout Jinbouchou to save them.
HIM & HER 3 (17th Dec, $9.99) - Help the cutest video game couple to meet once again. A puzzle platformer with an unique gameplay mechanic. Only love can win in the end.
Love Pop! (16th Dec, $8.99) - Draw lines on the screen to send love and kisses to your neighbors. Guide the heart through more than 100 levels full of obstacles and evil neighbors who will want to keep your love. And this is not the only thing! On your way you will find other caged hearts waiting to be rescued so you can play with them. Let love be unleashed in the neighborhood!
MONOPOLY Madness (Ubisoft, 9th Dec, $29.99) - Rediscover the property trading game you love in a way you’ve never seen before. Mr. MONOPOLY is looking for a temporary stand-in while he takes vacation! Get ready to engage in a real-time competitive race to see who has what it takes to take Mr. Monopoly's place.
Murder Diaries 3 – Santa’s Trail of Blood (16th Dec, $9.99) - In this game you abstractly follow the narration of a young man who slowly but surely becomes insane. This leads you straight into the middle of an exciting murder case and a murder mystery unfolds while you listen to the testimonies of witness, friends and relatives. The whole game is somewhat Christmas flavored - however, don't get yourself comfortable, the game not going to give you a nice and warm feeling but rather confront you with a cold and harsh reality as the thrilling storytelling of the game will leave you with a cold shiver down your spine.
OMNO (Future Friends Games, 16th Dec, $15.99) - A single-player journey of discovery through an ancient world of wonders. Full of puzzles, secrets and obstacles to overcome, where the power of a lost civilisation will carry you through forests, deserts and tundras - even to the clouds. OMNO is an atmospheric adventure about a journey of discovery through an ancient world of wonders. Taking players through lush forests, across a sun blasted desert, over a frigid tundra, the power of a lost civilisation will even carry the hero to the clouds. Along the way there will be creatures great and small to observe and interact with - shy rock-like crabs, helpful turtles, maybe even a friendly dinosaur to ride? The world of OMNO is filled with puzzles, platforming challenges and hidden secrets. The player’s magic staff is the key to powering forgotten relics, and will allows players to dash lighting fast across platforms, glide over land, sail above the clouds and more. - Read our OMNO review
RTO 3 (nuGAME, 26th Jul, $9.99) - The lunar base, where you are stationed as part of the security forces, is under siege. Having just escaped from enemy captivity you are now on your own and must fight against overwhelming odds to survive. Featuring large and complex levels with nonstop action RTO 3 is a first person shooter which will keep you entertained for hours.
Sakura Santa (16th Dec, $9.99) - Koji is feeling a bit down. This year is the first Christmas he's spending alone. After moving away from home to attend the University of his dreams, he found his college life to be rather lonely. Feeling distraught, he wanders to his local shrine to make an offering. His wish is a simple one, to have someone special to spend Christmas with this year. Shortly after making that wish, he meets three girls, all with unusual quirks. They want to spend time with him in the days leading up to Christmas, leaving Koji with quite the dilemma. Who should he spend Christmas with this year?
The Enigma Machine (16th Dec, $7.99) - Have you ever wondered. . . what goes on inside the mind of an android? WELL, THE ENIGMA® CORPORATION invites you to step into the DREAMSCAPE. With DREAMSCAPE, we can represent the mind of an AI through an interactive 3D environment that we can explore! Get to know your new AI best friend inside and out via the DREAMSCAPE terminal interface, as they help you through this simulation. Note that a DREAMSCAPE is a reflection of an AI's mental state, and that exploring the mind of a contaminated AI could yield unpredictable results. However, there is no need to worry, as this recruitment exercise is only a simulation of what a real DREAMSCAPE would look like. THE ENIGMA MACHINE is a first-person sci-fi horror puzzle game that aims to capture the obscurity and unpredictability of games of old, framed within an increasingly unsettling presentation.
Trash Quest (16th Dec, $9.99) - SPACE VOYAGE Trash Quest is set on the space station Deliverance. The crew has just begun preparations for the long voyage to Tau Ceti. The AI has been activated, and it's performing a quick system check. FEARLESS RACCOON You play as a raccoon that has no interest in the fancy defense systems, a raccoon that only wants to get its filthy hands on the station's trash. CHALLENGING FIGHTS Explore an interconnected maze of space station's rooms as you destroy robots, collect power-ups and unlock shortcuts. With each level completed, the difficulty of fighting with enemies increases. SINGLE SPAWN SPOT The progress saves automatically. Everytime you die, you reappear in one single spawn spot. But any power-ups, abilities, or shortcuts you've unlocked will remain.
Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! (Konami, 7th Dec, $39.99) - Summon powerful monsters left and right. Turn the tide with countless draws. Rush Duels aren’t over until the very last card is played!
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!