Chained Echoes
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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

DRAGON QUEST TREASURES (Square Enix, 9th Dec, $59.99) - Erik and his sister Mia live on a Viking longship, dreaming of the day they can explore the world in search of grand treasure. One night they encounter a pair of otherworldly creatures, Porcus and Purrsula, and are whisked away to a mysterious place known as Draconia – a legendary land full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. The adventure Erik and Mia have always dreamed of is finally underway! - Read our DRAGON QUEST TREASURES review

CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION (Square Enix, 13th Dec, $49.99) - CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION is the HD remaster version of the smash hit prequel to FINAL FANTASY VII. In addition to remastered HD graphics, fully voiced dialogue and new soundtrack arrangements make for a dynamic new retelling of a beloved classic. CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION follows the story of Zack Fair, a young warrior admired by the boy destined to save the world, trusted by men renowned as heroes of legend and loved by the girl who holds the fate of the planet in her hands. The tale of Zack’s dreams and honor – the legacy that connects him to Cloud – is revealed in full in this grand saga that has broken the limits of an HD remaster

Switch eShop - New Releases

Action Games Bundle (5 in 1) (Drageus Games, 9th Dec, $19.99) - GENETIC DISASTER 1/ Play alone or grab some friends 2/ Pick a character and his mutations 3/ Fight your way out of the mad mansion! Each of the 12 levels are procedurally generated for more variety and replay value. Hordes of enemies are waiting for you but keep an eye on your environment, it’s dangerous and will adapt to your progress. Upgrade your hero to build your own gameplay style and combine different ones to create the perfect team if you play with friends. Do you need a tank or a berserker? Make it happen! BRIDGE STRIKE The gameplay, chiptune soundtrack and pixel-art graphics were polished with care and nostalgic love for the classic arcade games. But the action isn’t like your typical SHMUP mayhem. In Bridge Strike, you need to think while you fly. Make the best use of the hi-tech hardware installed in your aircraft to destroy the threats while staying out of their radars.

Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent (PQube, 9th Dec, $39.99) - Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent is a fully-fledged strategy RPG set in the world of Class of Heroes! Create your own party of students in a fantasy realm! Pick them up and guide them to victory against the monster hordes! Armed with an ancient relic - the Ruler Orb - passed down for following generations and plenty of support from the loyal students of Obsidian High you will need to strategize, recruit, manage and fight with everything you have to defeat the hordes of monsters threatening your home. Take command and forge the way forward…and to the truth once and for all!

Aka (Neowiz, 14th Dec, $12.99) - Find inner peace in a small, open-world game. On these carefully handcrafted islands, you can take a nap on a giant monster, feed baby dragons, take care of the fauna and flora... ...but demons from your past might come back to remind you what you want to forget.

Arcade Archives TETRIS THE GRAND MASTER (HAMSTER, 1st Dec, $7.99) - "TETRIS® THE GRAND MASTER" is a puzzle game released by ARIKA in 1998. Test yourself against players around the globe! This version features a rank certification system that analyzes your speed, accuracy, and technique to rank players into 19 skill levels!

Chained Echoes (DECK13 Spotlight, 8th Dec, $24.99) - Chained Echoes is a story-driven JRPG where a group of heroes travel around the vast continent of Valandis to bring an end to the war between its three kingdoms. In the course of their journey, they will travel through a wide array of diverse landscapes spanning from wind-tanned plateaus and exotic archipelagos to sunken cities and forgotten dungeons.
Take up your sword, channel your magic or board your Mech. Chained Echoes is a 16-bit Style RPG set in a fantasy world where dragons are as common as piloted mechanical suits. Follow a group of heroes as they explore a land filled to the brim with charming characters, fantastic landscapes and vicious foes. Can you bring peace to a continent where war has been waged for generations and betrayal lurks around every corner?

Coloring Pixels: Collection 2 (ToastieLabs, 8th Dec, $7.95) - The objective is quite simple: each level contains numerous uncoloured pixels and it is your job to colour them in. Each pixel is numbered; this number corresponds with a colour in your palette. Select a colour from the palette and paint each of its corresponding pixels. Correctly colour all pixels in a level to finish it! Coloring Pixels is a great way to wind down, you can just sit back and relax. With 180 levels, you can have hours of fun. This collection contains 8 themed books.

Family Chess Complete Edition (RedDeerGames, 29th Nov, $18.99) - Choose one of the heroes and challenge other players in this family-friendly version of Chess. Thanks to the cartoony graphics, this variation can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you want to improve on your own, try out one of five difficulty options and play with an NPC. Find your favorite opening and improve with every game. If you are looking for a real challenge try out the expert mode.

Food Truck Tycoons - 2 in 1 Bundle (Baltoro Games, 9th Dec, $8.99) - This Bundle includes Food Truck Tycoon and Food Truck Tycoon: Asian Cuisine with all DLCs available. Test your skills and talent as owner of two busy food trucks, and see which kind of business is your favorite! Your only job is to take orders, prepare food and serve to as many customers as possible. Be careful not to burn the food!

Football Kicks (Silesia Games, 8th Dec, $3.99) - Build your dream team and work your way through the ranks to prove your team is the greatest. Perfect your style, develop your players and enjoy the tense moment by hitting penalty kicks. Take on any team who stands in your way. Your talent must be released for the world to see! Customize and enhance your team with number of unlockable player upgrades. Overcome challenges, trick the opponent, earn coins and represent your team’s colors by shooting at a target or taking a free kick. Work hard, win easy! You can shoot goals with: - Leg Strap - Joy-Con™ (R) - Touch screen

FRONT MISSION 1st: Remake (Forever Entertainment, 30th Nov, $34.99) - In the year 2090, the world's conflicts are fought using giant war machines called Wanzers. Huffman Island, the only place where the Oceania Cooperative Union (O. C. U. ) and the Unified Continental States (U. C. S. ) share a land border is a hotbed of conflict. An O. C. U. reconnaissance platoon led by Captain Royd Clive is assigned to investigate a U. C. S. munitions plant. They are ambushed by U. C. S. Wanzers, triggering a series of events that plunges the whole island into war. Royd's fiancée, Lieutenant Karen Meure, goes missing in action. Discharged from the military, Royd sets out to investigate what happened to Karen. His quest leads him closer and closer to the conspiracy behind the incident and the powers that orchestrated it. With dozens of characters to meet, its mature story, and non-Manichean protagonists, Front Mission is the classic of a tactical Japanese RPG genre, finally available worldwide. - Read our FRONT MISSION 1st: Remake review

JellyCar Worlds (Walaber, 1st Dec, $7.99) - Jelly Car? The JELLY-EST Car! The classic driving/platforming game is back! After over 10 years, finally a new modern JellyCar game is here! Tactile Soft-Body Physics Gameplay Your car is made of Jelly. So is the world! Utilise this and your various abilities (Grow, Balloon, Sticky Tires, Rocket, and more) to navigate the levels and find the exit! Imaginative and Playful Design Journey through multiple worlds, each with its own theme and gameplay mechanics. A Living Flipbook The sounds and visuals combine to give the experience of a flipbook animation come to life. Customisation Aplenty Cap it off by designing your own car designs, and even recording your own sound effects! Unlock more designs, brushes and stencils as you play. I Remember This Game From My Childhood! Yay! The original creator (Walaber) is back and developing this all-new, modern rendition of the classic JellyCar gameplay.

Jitsu Squad (ININ Games, 9th Dec, $29.99) - This is the story of the legendary, hidden Kusanagi Stone and the warriors seeking it. Containing the soul of a powerful demon, The Kusanagi stone can grant godly powers to those who awaken it. Now, the wicked sorcerer Origami has summoned and cursed ancient warriors to find the stone for him. Hero, Baby, Jazz and Aros, together they are the Jitsu Squad! Control the entire Jitsu Squad in single-player mode or play with up to 2 people in local couch co-op. Tag team mode makes it possible to play locally with one friend, where each player chooses two characters!

Lil Gator Game (Playtonic Friends, 14th Dec, $19.99) - The island is your playground There’s a buddy atop every hill in this open-world, movement-focused adventure and they all seem to need help! Bop cardboard baddies, brave serene hills and forests, and scale sheer rocks that only a kid would dare! Explore a lovingly crafted island full to the brim with areas to discover, friends to make and joy to be had. Each area of the island brings unique quests and characters to meet. Glide through the mountain tops and drop in on the Theatre Troupe kids, swing your stick sword through the forest with the Prep schoolers or find the ‘Cool Kids’ down in the Creaklands. With plenty more areas to discover, there's no knowing who you might run into!

Mech Armada (Lioncode, 8th Dec, $19.99) - Mech Armada puts you in command of your own team of custom-built Mechs. Upgrade and build your roster of available Mechs from over 80 unique parts, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and playstyles. From flamethrowers to mega missile pods, fighter drones to rayguns, determining the right Mech build and leveraging its weaponry is key to conserving your resources and defeating The Swarm. Mech Armada offers deep grid-based, turn-based combat, where there are no perfect solutions to the challenges you face. Understanding your enemy and anticipating their actions, getting to know the limitations of your Mechs while managing your resources and observing the terrain ahead of you will determine your success. At the end of each area, you’ll need to take on The Swarm’s major bosses: they're massive, ugly and ridiculously tough. Are you up to the task? No two runs in Mech Armada are the same.

My Coloring Books – 2 in 1 Bundle (Baltoro Minis, 9th Dec, $7.99) - This Bundle contains the games My Coloring Book 1 and My Coloring Book 2. In the bundle, you will find: Over 250 drawings of animals, flowers building and more; An extensive color palette; Different drawing styles; A Save & Load system for your drawings; Relaxing background music. Thanks to an amazing variety, My Coloring Books bundle is suitable for all, from children to adults. Start your colorful adventure now!

Petite Adventure (Ratalaika Games, 9th Dec, $4.99) - In Petite Adventure you drive tiny cars around a house and complete challenging objectives. Do a 360 drift, pop balloons, play golf, collect coins, and explore each level. Petite Adventure features 32 different challenges to play organized based on difficulty. Control a wide variety of miniature automobiles including cars and trucks, master the art of driving in tight household spaces, and don’t fall off the edge!

Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance (eastasiasoft, 14th Dec, $13.99) - Take the role of Stella, a teenage girl who moves to a small town only to discover that it’s a secret community of cryptids. Determined to try to fit in during her final year of high school, Stella wants to make new friends and hopefully find romance, but it won’t be easy. Guide her decisions and interactions across a graphic hand-drawn adventure filled with drama and comical situations. Earn collectibles by remembering key details from conversations with your crushes. Amongst the possible love interests, three cryptid teens lead the pack. Be charmed by Day, the magical fairy and self-deprecating artist, but watch out for her spooky ghost ex-girlfriend who seems determined to scare you off! Reunite with your childhood friend Taylor, the mysterious guitar-playing sasquatch while avoiding his band drama. Or finally, meet Robert, a fun-loving, dirt biking dinosaur who may or may not pull a prank on you at any given time.

SAMURAI MAIDEN (D3Publisher, 8th Dec, $59.99) - A temple in flames. Swirls of black smoke rise high into the sky. The angry shouts of soldiers can be heard all around. Before you stands a bearded old man... Wait, is that Nobunaga Oda?! A young woman from the 21st century with sharp swordsmanship skills finds herself in Honnō-ji during the Sengoku period! Together with a trio of newfound ninja friends, she races through the Underworld beneath Honnō-ji, confronted by enraged corpses at every turn! Nothing can stop this all-female powerhouse team, as the young woman-turned-samurai slashes up enemies while the ninja wipe them out with their fierce ninjutsu! And when things get tough, activate the Devoted Heart technique to have samurai and ninja lock lips to enhance their abilities! There are so many exhilarating, epic battles to take on! Slay the Demon Lord of the Sengoku period and forge everlasting bonds with your ninja friends! A brand-new female-led sword-fighting action game is here!

Silver Nornir (KEMCO, 1st Dec, $14.99) - The world has been destroyed twice by the origin of chaos. The only survivors of the catastrophe will stand again to try to stop the world's end. Will the world follow its destiny to be destroyed? Journey through the world with friends and allies and unfold new adventures! Featuring a wide cast of characters each with their own story to tell, an intense turn-based battle system that includes magic gems, special moves, and combo techniques with other characters, Silver Nornir boasts of everything an RPG has to offer! Collect useful items and unlock extra dungeons for additional enjoyment!

Simona’s Requiem (Team Simona, 8th Dec, $7.99) - Simona's Requiem is a retro-styled platformer Inspired by old action-adventure games but with a modern touch. Pick up the scythe as Simona and slash your way to the Fisher King who has hidden behind the moon.

Wavetale (Thunderful, 12th Dec, $29.99) - Surf the waters of a submerged city! Fight gigantic sea monsters, save your neighbors and uncover the secrets hidden under the surface. Explore the open sea and the decaying archipelago of Strandville in Wavetale, a story-driven action-adventure game introducing you to fed-up fishermen, secretive hermits—and maybe a pirate or two. Traverse calm waters and surging waves as Sigrid, a young girl who befriends a mysterious shadow that provides her with the power to walk on water. Speed through the waves, swing yourself from housetops with your net, and defeat monstrous enemies to save the citizens of the islands. All with a little help from the shadows down below—and your cranky grandmother.

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