Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider
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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 - New Releases

Alphadia Neo (KEMCO, 5th Jan, $14.99) - In a world where battles over Energi, the life energy have broken out, a young man with no memory meets a princess whose kingdom has been destroyed. The gears of fate begin to move little by little in this truly classic fantasy story. . . Cut a way through the path of despair with allies! Use up to three styles for each character in turn-based battles to get benefits from recovery to fighting styles. Increase Energi levels by raising multiple elementals unique to the Alphadia series and learn new skills. The combo skill called Resonant Skill is also the key to victory. Alphadia Neo also features an original fishing system where you can fish in various points to get fish exchangeable with powerful items or equipment!

Arcade Archives GALAGA (HAMSTER, 5th Jan, $7.99) - "GALAGA" is a shooter released by NAMCO (Bandai Namco Entertainment) in 1981. It is a sequel to GALAXIAN. This title has a new model of FIGHTER with rapid-fire missiles facing off with vicious aliens! It also lets you rescue FIGHTERS captured by BOSS GALAGA tractor beams to form a Dual FIGHTER for linked dual missile fire.

Back To Brother (Ultimate Games, 12th Jan, $4.49) - Find a way back to your brother experiencing unforgettable adventure through the frozen lands, desert, swamps and more! Be prepared for fascinating journey and explore every stage to find gears and tools for teleports’ calibration. Don’t hesitate — your brother is waiting for you!

Backpack Twins (AMATA, 4th Jan, $11.99) - Swap. Solve. Survive. Backpack Twins is a hard but fair single-player puzzle platformer. . . with a twist! Control both twins by swapping between them, and make them work together in order to solve environmental puzzles, move forward and stay alive! Avoid hazards, jump, duck, swap and time your moves carefully.

Bazzle (Ghostwhale, 5th Jan, $5.15) - Bazzle combines sliding puzzles with Rubik's cubes and offers you puzzles of different difficulties, with a variety of challenges and tasks that are fun and will keep your brain busy. Develop strategies to solve the puzzles efficiently. With each completed puzzle, your logical thinking will be trained and your cognitive flexibility will be enhanced. Seemingly difficult puzzles will become easier complete as you train your concentration and stamina with Bazzle. Unlock stickers and let your imagination run wild as you decorate! Customize your screen with the stickers you collect and create your own scenes with the Bazzle mascot Kuji. Play in solo mode to unlock rewards, or in practice mode and relax with self-selected puzzles.

Boat Simulator (Lunaria, 5th Jan, $9.99) - Experience the sensation of sailing the most impressive ships across the ocean. Cross the seas and complete missions to feel what it's like to be on the high seas. Enjoy high quality graphics in realistic scenarios navigating in cruise ships, pirate ship, lifeboat, jet skis, aircraft carriers and much more. If you like realistic games where to live an experience of another level this is your game. Enjoy the action and speed in Boat Simulator.

Breakers Collection (QUByte Interactive, 12th Jan, $19.99) - Breakers Collection features both of the original games (Breakers and Breakers Revenge) and brand new content for the cult-classic among the fans of Fighting Games, which was first released in 1996 for the Neogeo and Arcades and after released with a sequel in 1998 with additional playable characters, balance adjustments and new gameplay elements. Breakers Collection is an action-fighting game, with a roster with many playable characters (10 in Breakers Revenge), that were all known by fans from around the world. The special actions are also similar to other fighting games from the same era, although the dashing and back-stepping techniques tend to differ between characters. In this collection, the player will have the opportunity to play the classic Versus Mode local or with online lobbies, Arcade Mode, Ranked battles with Rollback Netcode (GGPO), Team Battle, Art gallery, Training mode and more! - Read our Breakers Collection review

Burrow of the Fallen Bear: A Gay Furry Visual Novel (eastasiasoft, 12th Jan, $19.99) - The Burrow of the Fallen Bear's seal is getting weaker and adventurers from the Furland Kingdom are coming to explore the house of one of the most fearful and violent assailants in the land. Guide a feline rogue named Krile on his journey to prove his worth and be chosen to save the Furry Heroes! Burrow of the Fallen Bear is a furry-themed visual novel with multiple romance options layered within an exciting medieval adventure. Along the way, you’ll meet 3 potential companions with unique backstories and motivations. Each character comes to life with animated sprites.

Chasing Static (Ratalaika Games, 12th janu, $14.99) - In the dead of night a fierce storm rages across North Wales. Miles from any town, Chris Selwood seeks refuge in a remote roadside café. Shortly thereafter Chris experiences a horrific sight as he finds the café waitress pinned to the ceiling by something with fierce glowing eyes, he passes out waking up to the dusty old abandoned remains of the café. Explore the untouched wilderness of rural Wales as you uncover the forgotten remains of a mysterious facility and try to piece together what happened to the missing villagers of Hearth. Inspired by 80s Sci-Fi horror and contemporary surrealist cinema, Chasing Static delivers a unique take on the narrative adventure genre through new audio-driven gameplay mechanics and non-linear exploration.

Clutter 12: It’s About Time – Collector’s Edition (Ocean Media, 5th Jan, $12.99) - The most fun & challenging Clutter yet, with over 2100 puzzles to keep you playing for days and days. So many new Clutter variations mixed in with old favorites for a Quest you'll never forget. The first Collector's Edition with 25% more puzzles and additional bonus materials. As always, the Clutter levels are highly addicting and replayable. In addition, there are Sliders, Square Jigsaws & Box Quotes included. And wait until you see the Spirals, Singletons and Portals. You've never seen Clutter this fun & challenging. And as always, the options let you play Clutter the way you want. And Favorites are back so you can collect the puzzles you want to play again and again.

Collab Ball (Big Way, 5th Jan, $4.99) - Play this engaging arcade game alone or with a friend as you complete over 40 exciting levels in three biomes, one after another. In your way there will be mines, moving platforms, cannons, magnets, winds, ice and many more. You’ll just love the original graphics and visual effects pulsating in sync with some cool music to match!

Crime Secrets: Crimson Lily (Artifex Mundi, 5th Jan, $14.99) - "When a grim murder interrupts a private detective's vacation at the very gate to the hotel at which she was going to stay, she puts her plans for R&R on hold and sets out to do what she does best: solve violent crimes. All she has to go on is a single clue: a mysterious paper lily attached to the victim's frozen body. Could it be the killer's calling card? Cut off by a blizzard and left to her own devices, the protagonist will need to put her detective skills to work as she questions possible witnesses, searches for clues, and follows a trail that leads her deep into the dirty dealings of a small town filled with big fish and other enigmatic characters. Was the tragic death of a young journalist, Lilly, a few years back only an accident, or was it somehow connected to the mysterious new murder? Is the killer trying to send a sinister message? If so, why, and to whom?

Drago Noka (PLAYISM, 12th Jan, $19.99) - The surface is overrun with huge giants and dangerous pests, leaving an uninhabitable world in their quake. Humans have nowhere to live on the surface and so... they live on the backs on dragons! Develop your very own village, gather various materials, and create new items with your very own hands. Relax and enjoy a safe and peaceful village life away from the surface below atop a giant dragon!

Dragon Fury (Esenthel, 13th Jan, $24.99) - 3...2...1...Fight! Welcome to Dragon Fury, home of Non-Stop ACTION! A one of a kind Fighting Game. There are no complicated moves, jump right into the game and start fighting (Tutorial included, Practice mode included, List of moves that are very easy to perform - included). The fighting system has been specifically designed to be extremely dynamic! There are no pauses/delays between attacks, which means you can chain any kind of attack and make your own combos. Fast attacks will inflict very little damage, and slow attacks will inflict much bigger damage, but be careful, once your character is performing a slow attack, it's vulnerable to getting hit more easily. Just hold block and be confident that your character is safe from all kinds of attacks.

DRAW AND COLOR: KAWAII Special Edition (RedDeerGames, 9th Jan, $12.19) -Coloring books are a great way to spend your time. It is a good way to settle the nerves and relax! It also develops your brain... just like eating fish. Use one of the premade templates or create YOUR OWN kawaii illustrations. Pick one of over a dozen drawings and make it your own. Choose one of the available settings and play around with these adorable characters.

DUSK ’82 (New Blood, 13th Jan, $4.99) - DUSK '82 is a a simple but addictive 8-bit action-puzzler. A 30 level prequel demake of the cult shooter DUSK. Featuring familiar foes, familiar weapons, chiptune Hulshult... and soap!

Fight of Steel: Infinity Warrior (Digital Crafter, 12th Jan, $14.99) - Fight of Steel: Infinity Warrior is a new fighting game with ultimate freedom. Players will have the opportunity to customize their own fighter from the appearance to fighting moves. Build your own STEEL Fighter Now!

Go Rally (Inputwish, 13th Jan, $20.00) - Pit yourself against a huge variety of pre-made rally tracks across stunningly realistic deserts, arctic snowscapes, forests and arid outback landscapes. Each course delivers a fresh challenge, from glass-like ice to treacherous rocks and everything in between. Career mode lets you work up the ranks from Rookie to Master. Work your way up through 100 tracks around the world and become the rally champion of the world. Only the most daring drivers need apply! Choose from a cool collection of rally vehicles from ferocious muscle cars to powerful SUV’s. Customize with a stunning paint job so that no one will miss you roaring across the tracks.

I’ll be your ideal lover! - My Dream Lover - (CyberStep, 5th Jan, $19.90) - "I'll be your ideal lover! - My Dream Lover -"is a visual novel game in which the protagonist and the heroines engage in a comical battle to become each other's ideal lover. This bishoujo game released in 2019 under the "Momoiro Pocket" brand has been re-edited for the "PandaShojo" platform for the enjoyment of many players around the world.

Japanese Escape Games The Abandoned Schoolhouse (Regista, 12th Jan) - The 12th Japanese Escape Games series! ! Game system This game is an escape-the-room game (mystery-adventure game). *Point the screen with a cursor to solve riddles, and this game goes on. Story You're traveling down the highway. You have an accident. You lose consciousness. When you wake up, you find yourself trapped in an abandoned schoolhouse. You are trapped in an abandoned schoolhouse. There is no sign of anyone around you, but you have a bad feeling. But you have a bad feeling about it. You have to get out of here as soon as possible...

Kids Party Checkers (Fumi, 12th Jan) - Kids Party Checkers is a traditional yet inspiring board game of checkers with unique visuals to attract the youngest players! The heroes play a game of checkers during a garden party. You can choose an avatar to accompany you during the game. The board and pawns in boring black and white can be replaced with one of the many available themes and colours. The board size can also be changed according to your level of experience. 6x6 is a perfect setup for teaching kids how to play, while 12x12 is good for advanced players out for a real challenge. This simple game with an astonishing graphical design will help you and your family and friends master the rules of checkers! If there is no one nearby to play against, you can always have a game against the computer. Choose the colour of your pawns, select the board theme, and play on!

Little Kong Jungle Fun Extended Edition (RedDeerGames, 9th Jan, $9.99) - Kong got himself dirty while enjoying a mango. His mom tries to force him to bathe but he's got other plans... That is to run away as far as possible. This Bundle includes the Pink Fur DLC. Avoid any obstacles on his way. Beat your high score and become THE BEST monkey guide. Share your highest scores to impress your friends.

Lone Ruin (Super Rare Games, 12th Jan, $14.99) - Lone Ruin is a spell-based roguelike twin-stick shooter with a focus on replayability. Play as an explorer who seeks a mysterious ancient power and venture in a ruined magical city, built atop a source of magic used by olden mages to power and transform themselves. Dive deeper and deeper, battling your way through twisted creatures, utilising your very own magic abilities to ultimately reach the center of the Lone Ruin. An ancient city enveloped by magic. What once was a buzzy civilisation and people living in harmony with the magic surrounding them has long since been driven mad and twisted beyond recognition by the very magic that used to help sustain them. What could have corrupted this city? Having heard the legends, you, a gifted spellcasting explorer, arrive at these hostile ruins a millenia later with the goal of seeking this ancient power and finally cleansing the city of the corruption it was consumed by all those years ago.- Read our Lone Ruin review

Magic Card Tricks (Cooking And, 5th Jan, $2.99) - They say a magician never reveals his tricks. What if I told you that this time I will? We all hide a little magic in us, you just need the right knowledge to surprise everyone with exciting card tricks. Choose the trick you like the most, read the description and practice until the cards become your allies. Will you be able to learn all the tricks and become a great magician?

Memorrha (StickyStoneStudio, 13th Jan, $19.99) - Solve the mystery of sleeping machines and learn more about their creators. A diverse and open world full of thrilling puzzles and secrets awaits you. Can you decipher the mechanisms of ancient technologies? Will you learn the truth about those who came before you? Will you find your destiny in this secretive world?

Mrs.Cat Between Worlds (Ratalaika Games, 17th Jan, $4.99) - Mrs. Cat Between Worlds is set in cute and deadly fantasy versions of the planets Mars and Neptune. In this 2D precision platformer series, you have to master the skill of jumping with different amounts of gravity, as well as other special space cat movement techniques. You’ll need to avoid dangers, collect shiny energy gems, and ultimately make it to the exit to warp to the next level.

NEScape! (8 Bit Legit, 13th Jan, $9.99) - NEScape combines the look and feel of an authentic 8-Bit Legit retro game with the modern day element of escape rooms. It's you against the clock in an intense race to escape the room before time runs out! Do you have the mental fortitude to assemble the clues and connect the dots so that you might overcome the challenges and see what lies on the other side of the door? Being able to track your success by seeing the room change over time adds a unique experience to escape room games. Will you escape in NEScape?

Puzzle Vacations: Ireland (Ocean Media, 5th Jan, $11.99) - Explore the culture and beauty of Ireland with Puzzle Vacations: Ireland, a simple yet rewarding game for puzzle lovers of all kinds! With tons of challenging puzzles to choose from, stunning scenery to enjoy, and a little luck of the Irish, this could be the most epic vacation yet! - Choose from 33 unique puzzle types! - Tons of vibrant photos from an inspiring Irish holiday! - No locked levels, so you can play at your own pace!

Rafa’s World (GAME NACIONAL, 7th Jan, $9.99) - Discover the incredible world of Rafa, a boy who loves to venture into his fantasy world, in which he will need your help to face a world full of obstacles and strange creatures. It's a great family game, without any violent appeal, it's just fun like the famous classic games from the 90's.

Roof Jump Stunt Driver (BoomHits, 6th Jan, $12.99) - Become a pro stunt driver and take your skills to a completely new level! Complete the most extreme driving and parking missions with precision and style. Jump from rooftop to rooftop, navigate steep platforms and complete all of the stunt driving courses!

Rooten (Samustai, 6th Jan, $4.99) - When you arrived at the research station, no one met you. The helicopter that brought you here won't return for at least several days. You're trapped here alone, with no contact to the outside world. And there is only IT for many kilometers around. The Forest. There is not a single living soul around, but something else hides in the darkness. A strange, inhuman creature lurks among the roots of the trees. It knows you're here. And for the first time in a long, long time, it has decided to come out.

Shieldmaiden: Remix Edition (Dumativa, 5th Jan, $12.99) - The world as it was known is no more. Modigard, like other cities, was recently devastated by a shocking and mysterious event. Everything has spiraled out of control, and now you have only one objective: to find your missing sister in the eye of the storm. To do this, you can count on your trusty bracelet, which emanates unfathomable energy in the form of a shield. Fight against violent machines and find your way using your skills and your shield, in this vibrant pixel-based world with a synthwave vibe. A captivating story of loss and search amidst a collapsing world, which intensifies and reveals itself as the adventure unfolds. Follow the path of young Asta as she looks for her older sister through the streets of Modigard, a city verging on the end of the world. Explore four areas dominated by menacing machinery and epic bosses.

Suhoshin (No More 500, 12th Jan) - Yuri is a young man who has recently started working as a guard. After a long absence, he has returned home, but a series of dramatic events disturbs the tranquility of the village as people begin to mysteriously die off. Yuri is asked to investigate, but he quickly finds out that the problem is bigger than he initially thought.

Terror of Hemasaurus (Digerati, 12th Jan, $18.99) - Earth is on the brink of a climate catastrophe! The Church of the Holy Lizard hatches a dubious plan to save humanity from its own reckless disregard of the planet – unleash a monster to kill, destroy, and inflict terror! Embark on a rampaging trail of total devastation across multiple stages as one of four recently defrosted monsters. Roar with delight as you stomp terrified citizens and pulverise buildings in an apocalyptic, retro arcade blast of awesome monsters, satisfying destruction, and farcical fatalities!

The House of Da Vinci 3 (Blue Brain Games, 5th Jan, $9.99) - Use your wits and observational skills to escape rooms and solve the mysterious story behind one of the world’s most prolific inventors in history. THE STORY The time has finally come: become Giacomo one last time and join Leonardo da Vinci, the master of both art and science, as his friend and apprentice. Explore more of the Renaissance world full of puzzles, discover secret messages, and reveal mechanical wonders. Unravel conspiracies involving the most powerful people in Italy – and travel not only through space but time as well. Meet friends and rivals both old and new. Become the focus of a plan that might change history forever. With sharp wits and an open mind, you will prevail.

Think Logic! Sudoku - Binary - Suguru (Mindscape, 5th Jan, $9.99) - Put your brain to the ultimate test with three of the most played number puzzles! Experience three totally different number puzzles in one package with 400 puzzles for you to solve. The puzzles have different levels of difficulty so if you’re not a specialist yet, you can start with the easy puzzles and increase the difficulty as you become a Think Logic master! Need a little help during your puzzle-solving? All levels have hint button which will give a number on a random place and a reset button, which will empty the board again. Show off your Think Logic skills! Submit your scores to the online leaderboards and see how you rank up against other players worldwide.

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider (The Arcade Crew, 12th Jan, $16.99) - Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is a side-scrolling action platformer that channels the golden age of classic 16-bit action games in a full-throttle quest for revenge. In the oppressed world of Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider, humanity finds an unlikely hero. After building an army of super soldiers as weapons of war, the authoritarians unwittingly seal their own fates by bringing online the ninja warrior known as Moonrider. Conceived as a tool to preserve the totalitarian state, the Moonrider instead rejects its intended purpose and wages a relentless battle for vengeance against its creators and fellow super soldiers. The design of Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider puts the best classic action-game elements in the laser-precise sights of its starring ninja, ensuring snappy, responsive combat that’s supremely challenging. Powerful modifier chips are hidden and guarded throughout the adventure, allowing you to customize the Moonrider’s fighting style while gaining killer advantages and abilities. - Read our Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider review

Warp 7 (Tackorama, 9th Jan, $11.00) - Warp7 is an endless arcade space game where your only spaceship must warp seven times within seven minutes. You travel through seven weird regions of space towards the final warp gate where you pause to apply microchips (upgrades) to you spaceship. Tick tock tick tock With only seven minutes on the clock a balance must be struck between gathering extra microchips or progressing to the final warp and collecting the end bonus. When you die, all microchips gathered on that run are lost although you keep prior progress and might feel foolish. Warp7 is no fucking rogue-lite - there is no permadeath. Upgrades with microchips Warp7 allows player choice in where your microchips are applied from the very first game. Do you direct every microchip into weapon damage, shields, or reducing weapon recharge? Or will you favour a balance progression opting for versatility across engine and shields and weapons?

Wings of Bluestar (eastasiasoft, 18th Jan, $14.99) - Blast off for a story-driven shoot’em up experience unlike any other! As mankind faces the remnants of a mysterious artificial intelligence, it’s up to trainee pilot Aya and veteran ace Zarak to investigate the resurgent threat against free space. Along the way, these defenders of peace will need to confront their past and learn more about themselves before they can uncover the truth of their enemies. Combining elements of traditional side-scrolling arcade shoot’em ups with HD presentation, Wings of Bluestar is both familiar and modernized, accessible yet challenging. In addition to multiple ships, weapon upgrades and intense bullet hell gameplay, a deep narrative experience awaits with dialogue choices and multiple endings for both playable characters. To extend the experience even further, Wings of Bluestar features boss rush mode, training and a shop to unlock in-game rewards.

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