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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

Fire Emblem Engage (Nintendo, 20th Jan, $59.99) - Team up with iconic heroes from past Fire Emblem games and add their power to yours in this new Fire Emblem story! Legendary heroes called Emblems grant incredible power to the one who holds the 12 Emblem Rings. However, the Fell Dragon and ancient nemesis of the Divine Dragon has risen and seeks the rings for his own evil gain. Command the army of the Divine Dragon through turn-based battles across the continent and bring peace back to Elyos. Each battle is different, requiring its own strategy and approach. Plan attacks carefully when commanding each hero with their own moves and weapons while using the terrain, positioning and unique talents of the heroes to defeat the enemy across the grid-based battlefield. Tailor your experience with a range of difficulty and game modes suited for all skill levels. Casual Mode sees fallen allies revived after a battle, while they’ll be lost forever when using Classic Mode. If you make a major error in combat, use the Draconic Time Crystal to rewind and try again, in any mode! The Fire Emblem Engage game will be available on Jan. 20. - Read our Fire Emblem Engage review

Persona 3 Portable & Persona 4 Golden (SEGA, 19th Jan, $39.49)- Experience the iconic, critically acclaimed RPG that reinvented the Persona series, Persona 3 Portable, and the world-renowned Persona 4 Golden, now newly remastered. In Persona 3, shortly after transferring to Gekkoukan High School, the protagonist encounters the “Dark Hour.” Unfamiliar stillness swallows the city, people turn into eerie coffins and otherworldly monsters called Shadows swarm. In Persona 4, the protagonist and his teammates chase after the truth when a chain of mysterious murders begins in the rural town of Inaba, and they find themselves opening the door to another world. Persona 4 promises unforgettable adventures, meaningful bonds and heartwarming experiences shared together with friends. Both Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden are available today separately or as a bundle together. - Read our Persona 3 Portable review and our Persona 4 Golden review

Switch eShop - New Releases

A Matter of Principle (DillyFrame, 19th Jan, $3.99) - Here is an interactive comics novel about one of the most high-profile events of the 20th century. There are many theories about what exactly happened on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo. A deliberate attempt? A tragic accident? Masonic conspiracy? The Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip killed the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, which became a formal reason to start the first world war of its kind . . . But who was Princip and what led him to this act? Who was Franz Ferdinand and how did he meet that fateful day? What do they have in common and could war have been avoided? Inside the game you will find answers to these questions, as well as the majestic interiors of Austria-Hungary and the nature of the Balkan Peninsula from the pen of Askold Akishin, one of the greatest comics artists.

A Space for the Unbound (Chorus Worldwide Games, 19th Jan, $19.99) - A slice-of-life adventure game with beautiful pixelart set in the late 90s rural Indonesia that tells a story about overcoming anxiety, depression, and the relationship between a boy and a girl with supernatural powers. - Read our A Space for the Unbound review

Arcade Archives SENJYO (HAMSTER, 12th Jan, $7.99) - "SENJYO" is a shooting game released by TEHKAN (KOEI TECMO GAMES) in 1983. Use the radar search at the bottom of the screen to destroy Space Tanks approaching from 360 degrees with your own twin laser cannons. Destroy 32 Space Tanks to advance to the next round. (Artem Kritinin, 13th Jan, $.099) - Fight for your life and become the greatest champion of all history!

Clunky Hero (chaosmonger studio, 25th Jan, $14.99) - Clunky Hero is a story-driven, platformer metroidvania, with a touch of RPG, Hack’n’Slash and tons of humor. If you’d love a platformer game where you have a funny storyline, can talk with characters, solve side quests, find and buy items, change weapons and wearables, with great hand-drawn-looking backgrounds, presented in a very comical way, then Clunky Hero might be the game of your dreams!

Counter Bottle Shooter-Pro Aim Master Target Bottle Shoot 3D Game Strike Pistol (VG Games, 20th Jan, $3.99) - Counter Bottle Shooter is a fun game with fun gameplay where your objective is to shoot all the bottles while standing still. The game features unique shooting mechanics and many difficult and challenging levels for you to complete! The levels get harder and harder the more you progress within the game. Every shot bottle gives you satisfaction and more adrenaline through your veins!
Complete the levels within the time limit and also try not to run our of ammo!
Counter Bottle Shooter is designed for shooting game enthusiasts!

Courageous Deduction Nori 2 Betrayed Nori (HERO GAME, 13th Jan, $1.50) - A mysterious story set in a school is drawn. And courage!?

Demolish & Build Classic (Ultimate Games, 21st Jan, $14.99) - Take control of a construction and demolition company. Destroy various structures. Invest the money you earn on your own construction projects and then earn rental profits.

Drift & Drive (BoomHits, 20th Jan, $12.99) - Set in a beautiful night time city, take to the streets and try to pass all the missions. Drifting around the courses is a satisfying experience, especially when you hook up all the turns and make a perfect run to score the best rewards for your achievement. Taking the massive motorhome and long caravan around the same tight corners presents a totally different challenge, but if you can handle all the situations thrown at you, you will be proved as the ultimate driver!

Escape to the Ocean (Zzodo, 20th Jan, $11.50) - A storm rages over the ocean. . . Turtle, Dolphin, Clownfish & friends are lifted high into the sky and stranded deep inland. Following the river, they must swim downstream and journey home to the ocean. Swim with Turtle, Dolphin, Clownfish, Penguin, Manta, Blue Tang. Control them as the jump in and out of the water, passing through many levels. Avoid or destroy many creatures with a head-butt: squid, beavers, fish, eagles, and more! Dont get hit by submarines, helicopters, fishing boats as you continue your journey. Many different landscapes: green mountain pastures, frozen ice and the desert. Swim through colorful tunnels and in the open air, in the daytime and at night. A unique game, with bright colorful graphics and cute characters, suitable for children and adults.

Fury Fight: Gangsters of City (RedDeerGames, 13th Jan, $12.99) - Choose your hero and fight! Boris, Sofia, Harvey and Maria - each of them has their own unique fighting style. Check out their skills. Change your choice whenever you want. Be tough Punch and kick your way out of any danger. Use your skills to defeat all criminals. Last one standing wins! Take care of yourself This fighting game lets you find powerful weapons or. . . . cookies, donuts and ice cream to help you regain your health.

Gardenia (SimFabric, 20th Jan, $14.99) - Gardenia is a FPP gardening simulator with elements of platformer, crafting, adventure, exploration and more! Discover a beautiful place that is carefree and full of holiday peace. Find treasure and magic mushrooms that will give you access to the most interesting locations. Collect raw materials that you will use on the magic crafting table. Arrange the garden space at your discretion. Make friends with fancy inhabitants and find treasures! But remember, your main goal will be to solve the mystery of who is behind the pollution that appears on the island.

Graze Counter GM (Sanuk, 19th Jan, $14.99) - A refreshing and highly re-playable bullet hell-style shooter that WANTS you to play dangerously! "Graze" past enemy bullets to charge your "Graze Counter", then unleash it upon your enemies as a highly deadly attack! Ride the razor's edge of life and death in this high-risk high-reward danger oriented arcade-style shooting game. A top-down scrolling 2D shooting game where you charge your gauge by getting dangerously close to enemy fire, then unleash it as a powerful enemy obliterating "Graze Counter"! Each ship has a "Counter Gauge" that charges by being in close proximity to enemy bullets. You then use this charge to unleash powerful attacks. Destroying enemies with these special attacks gives you stars which are collected and used to build the "Break Gauge". Once the break gauge reaches MAX, you can activate "Break Mode" for a temporary yet intense firepower boost!

Hack and Shoot Heroes (Kistler Studios, 19th Jan, $3.99) - Survive the hordes! Hack and shoot through them to get the glory of the victory. Choose from six different heroes, level up, get epic loot and collect coins. Enhance your abilities to slash through the hordes of enemies and get ready to face the endboss in a devastating last final battle. Upgrade your heroes in the Main Menu item shop where you can purchase different items like inventory space and other items.

Harem Girl Isabella (Gamuzumi, 20th Jan, $2.99) - Harem Girl: Isabella is a simple puzzle game in which your goal is to swap tiles and complete each illustration. Enjoy stunning art and a soothing aesthetic as this spatial challenge starts small and gradually becomes more difficult. The game offers a “random mode” with rotating and flipping of tiles. In between levels, enjoy the tranquility of a 3D map to explore before taking on a new puzzle. Can you help Isabella shine through correctly rearranging these stunning images?

Midnight Runner – Blade Galaxy Beat Puzzle Legacy 3D Games Ultimate Edition (Midnight Works, 20th Jan, $2.99) - Midnight Runner is a fast-paced 3D platformer where you'll use your parkour skills and your reactions to climb walls and move along them, overcoming difficult areas and traps. Midnight Runner is a fast-paced 3D platformer where your path is only forward to vibrant locations to test your parkour abilities, but be careful, because one missed jump could mean death.

Minimal Move (TakoStudio, 19th Jan, $11.99) - Your adventure starts when two space investigators, Ido and Kaiten, land in a wonder cubic world, where they attempt to discover the truth about the planet…Engage your brain, cooperate with each other, solve the puzzle and think in 3D!

Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator 2021 (Ultimate Games, 20th Jan, $19.99) - Become the head of a motorcycle mechanic empire in a realistic simulation game. Start with a small garage, upgrade and buy bigger ones with new possibilities. Take orders from customers, find old bikes and breathe new life into it.

NeverAwake (Phoenixx, 19th Jan, $24.99) - "NeverAwake" is a nightmarish twin-stick shooter with a unique worldview and original game rules. The girl fights against vegetables, dogs, school friends, and other things she hates. What does the girl see at the end of the battle? And will she be able to wake up?

OmegaBot (RED ART GAMES, 20th Jan, $12.99) - OmegaBot is a tight action side-scroller with challenging robotic bosses. As the OmegaBot, dodge metallic dangers, acquire powerful weapons and blast your way through a ravaged world full of deadly machines. In OmegaBot, running out of energy means death. Avoid various traps and deadly obstacles by using your weapons and abilities. Make your way through metallic forests, ruins of futuristic cities and other environments. And step away from the beaten path in order to find hidden secrets and maybe even new friends who will help you vanquish the curse that has stricken the land.

Peachy Boy (Weakfish Studio, 20th Jan, $2.99) - Peachy Boy, This cute-looking puzzle game is as hard as it looks cute. Can you beat the challenging 30 levels? Each level is specially designed. You have to collect the key and pass the level, but be careful! Stones and thorns are not very safe. But don't be afraid of algae. you can hold on to them

Pixel Game Maker Series BombMachine Gunzohg (Gotcha Gotcha, 12th Jan, $5.99) - There is no difficult storyline or complicated equipment in this game. All you have to do is dash or jump to the right while blasting and smashing enemies. If you destroy enemies quickly, you will get a combo and get a bonus to your score. This bonus will help you to earn points. Wads of money are flying in the sky. Aim for 1,000,000,000 points! Even if you happen to be destroyed by the enemy, you will just go back to the beginning of the stage. Your score will also be restored to what it was before the stage started, without penalty. It is a kind design that allows you to try again and again. 2-player cooperative play is also supported. You can also enjoy it with your friends and family! This is a fun game. Challenge Find and collect hidden panels! Secret messages! Can you get to the truth? The higher the score, the shorter the clear time. . . Challenge the developer's record!

Puzzle by Nikoli S Heyawake (HAMSTER, 12th Jan, $4.99) - This is a progressive puzzle which you can comfortably enjoy working out using logic. "Heyawake" is a puzzle in which you fill in the spaces according to the rules. It's called "heyawake" ("split rooms") because the face of the board is divided into rooms. This puzzle first appeared in 1992, but a plethora of solutions have been developed, allowing for a very progressive puzzle. Each time you discover a new strategic move, your skills of solution will improve. The options menu, manual, and other text are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Right and Down (Mc2games, 24th Jan, $9.99) - A roguelike, dungeon crawler, card game that is played using only two buttons: Right and Down! Choose your hero and explore randomly generated card dungeons, gather powerful artifacts to get new abilities, and fight against increasingly mighty enemies! Will you make it to level 50?

Rubber Bandits (Flashbulb, 19th Jan, $9.99) - Rubber Bandits throws 1-4 players into a wild party brawler to steal, smash, and scavenge as much cash as you can! Prepare for hilarious physics-based combat with wacky weapons and a huge lineup of criminal characters. Dodge deadly traps, bash rival bandits, and race from the cops to commit the perfect heist - but don’t forget to bag the loot!

Salamander County Public Television (Penguin Pop, 12th Jan, $7.99) - Congrats on becoming the newest hire of Salamander County's public TV station (SCPTV)! . . . Unfortunately, everyone in the county suddenly disappeared, except for you, your boss, and another employee. But the show must go on, so with your new job title of Professional Thing-Doer, it's up to you to do all of the activities that need to be filmed for the TV station. (You should probably try and figure out why everyone disappeared in the first place, too.)

She Wants Me Dead Deluxe Edition (RedDeerGames, 13th Jan, $9.19) - Along with the base game, you also get access to the Soundtrack DLC. Help Max escape from his fate and survive this purrfect punishment.

Sissa’s Path (eastasiasoft, 25th Jan, $4.99) - Get to know the curious hobby of a kitten named Sissa! She’s a very organized feline, and when she plays with her balls of wool, each needs to be pushed across the floor to the correct spot. Presented in cute and colorful 3D style, Sissa’s Path is a pushing puzzle game where you play as Sissa and move her toys around tiled floors. Once all the balls of wool rest on the white circular tiles, the stage is cleared, and another increasingly complex hand-crafted puzzle awaits to challenge Sissa’s toy-nudging skills. Can you help her organize her toys

Smilemo (CFK, 19th Jan, $8.99) - >>> Messages downloading… >>> Emoticons downloading… >>> Virus downloading…? One touch of the virus will send you flying? ! Control our smiley emoticon protagonist, Smilemo, and help him save this computer world, battered by the virus. ≪ The story of an emoticon adventuring through a computer world ≫ This computer world was destroyed by an invading virus. The only one able to face this powerful enemy is our smiley emoticon, Smilemo. With the help of the system admin, our hero ventures forth to destroy the virus. ≪ Side-scrolling action that will keep you on your toes ≫ Break past the virus defenses that will send you flying at a touch as you guide Smilemo to collect the pieces of the vaccine code. Run, jump, and bounce your way through! An adventure requiring every bit of focus awaits you.

Snake Game (Peaksel, 12th Jan, $3.99) - Feeling nostalgic for retro games? Buy Snake Game, a fun classic game and dive into the memories of bygone times and simple addictive games! ADDICTING GAMES ARE GETTING SMALLER! When was the last time you played a classic snake game? Wanna give it a try again? This fun game takes you back to the time when cool games were simple, yet addictive. So, if you are a fan of retro games or just in search of a simple game to keep the clock ticking, get this Snake Game and enjoy! SNAKE GAME - FEATURES: - 4 WORLDS: Classic Snake, Retro Snake, Snake on Steroids, and Snake Master -Various boosters to help you progress How long can you last before your tail becomes your dinner? Take the challenge and eat all those apples! Test all the snake games within the game and join our hall of fame by being one of the longest lasting players. Ready? Go for it! Classic retro games have never been more fun!

Switch Sides (SPACEFARER, 16th Jan, $1.00) - Switch Sides is a fun game where you have to keep the ball rolling on the infinitely generated platform. Presented with lovely colours, addictive music and simple touch gameplay, switch sides and keep going to get the best score! Four challenge modes included for excellent replay value!

Swords & Bones Deluxe Edition (RedDeerGames, 13th Jan, $7.19) - The demon world invades humanity every 500 years. The Wolf Demon has been bullying the Kingdom of Vestus and it seems that there is no hope. But there’s one hero who can put an end to it - you - a nameless warrior with a sword in hand. What are you waiting for?

The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow (Wadjet Eye Games, 25th Jan, $14.99) - Antiquarian Thomasina Bateman is writing a book on the barrows of England, documenting the treasures she finds buried within. When an intriguing letter summons her to the small village of Bewlay, tucked away in the remote countryside, she sets off by train with her assistant a day behind. Upon her arrival, however, the mysterious man who summoned her is nowhere to be found. Her assistant never arrives. A stubborn landowner refuses access to the barrow, and the locals are wary of this woman who is traveling alone and (gasp!) wears trousers. The excavation of Hob’s Barrow is off to a rocky start. And then Thomasina starts having strange dreams

Touhou Fan-made Virtual Autography (Mediascape, 12th Jan, $14.99) - Touhou Project derivative bullet hell game is now on Nintendo Switch™! You may dodge like you always do in Touhou official games, or strategize it like playing an RPG! The choice is yours! While dodging rains is important, whether you win or lose is entirely on your fairy party! Is it game over? Nobody knows until the very end!

Trenches (Ratalaika Games, 20th Jan, $9.99) - Enter a World War 1 first-person horror survival game where you have to survive and escape the harsh war-torn environment of the year 1917. Experience the war from the eyes of a soldier caught behind enemy lines. Explore the real chilling story as you navigate the horrors of battle, equipped with only your senses and a trench whistle. Find clues to better understand the enemy trenches without being caught and return to safety and your family. The game relies on sounds and hearings, as you are equipped with a 'Trench Whistle' which you can use. When it's used, it will play a sound and you need to follow the sound, however - you have to be careful as the enemy can hear the whistle too and it can give out your position easily. Enemies will also be able to hear if you run, if you break anything, or even if you walk on wood as it will make a creaking noise.

UnderDungeon (RedDeerGames, 13th Jan, $13.99) - Armed to the teeth This fantasy world let's you fight in a variety of ways. Magical bubbles, a boomerang cannon or a classic longsword can go a long way in this foreign land. Every one of your weapons can be further upgraded to unlock their hidden potential. Interesting world Enjoy stylized 2D graphics, and mini games. Every character you meet has something interesting to say...maybe except for the ducks. Other then that, pay close attention to all of them. Hidden secrets Throughout the map, you'll find secret areas with some very strange fellows. What could they be up to? There is only one way to find out. Key Features: - Simple controls - Charming mini-games - Stylized 2D graphics - Incredible music track - Multiple weapons and enemies - Lots of interesting characters

Void Prison (SneakyBox, 19th Jan, $2.99) - Void Prison is a fast-paced, endless arcade twin-stick shooter that puts you inside an ever-shrinking ring. Survive by fighting emerging enemies around you and don't get consumed by the void. It's not as easy as you think! Void Prison game is inspired by old-school bullet hell game formula that is easy to pick up and hard to master. The players will be able to earn multiple achievements, unlock new skins and powerups, and try to get their name on top of the worldwide leaderboards. Game features: - Simple yet beautiful and impactful pixel art and effects; - Various achievements and global leaderboards; - Endless arcade gameplay featuring competitive and rewarding mechanics; - Balanced gameplay loop that will drive players to improve with each run; - Unlockable skins and powerups; - Multiple unique enemy types.

ZUMIMAN (Akira Sugihara, 19th Jan, $3.00) - A retro-style game made up of pixel art. Control the main character and hero Zumi Man to fight Suwill, a monster that pollutes water sources. The weapon is a water balloon that explodes like a bomb and creates a stream of water. Clear the stage while exterminating Suwill with water balloons. There are 50 stages in all. You can purchase items to strengthen and recover Zoomyman at the shop each time you clear a stage. Retro game design, but multiple difficulty levels are available.

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