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
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (Nintendo, 17th Mar, $59.99) - Join the young witch Cereza, long before she is known as Bayonetta, as she journeys through the forbidden Avalon Forest to find the power to save her mother. Play as both Cereza and her stuffed-toy demon companion, Cheshire, as they wander through the enchanted forest. Plus, you can experience the beginning of Bayonetta’s story right now with the free demo available in Nintendo eShop. The Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon game will be available on March 17. - Read our Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon review
Have a Nice Death (Gearbox Publishing SF, 22nd Mar, $24.99) - Don the robes of Death Incorporated’s CEO – Death himself – in this hand-drawn 2D action roguelike game. Explore the darkly charming, procedurally generated departments of the corporation’s headquarters, and use an arsenal of weapons, spells and special curses in your mission to round up the rampaging employees who have been snatching up too many souls on Earth. Have a Nice Death launches for Nintendo Switch on March 22.
Switch eShop - New Releases
Air Battle (Ultimate Games, 16th Mar, $6.99) - Earn money in many aerial missions and buy new machines or upgrade the ones you already have in your hangar. Fight with waves of different enemy machines and do not get hit in a bullet hell. Get the highest score on each mission. Defeat bosses controlling powerful planes. Get in your plane and join the air battle!
Alice Gear Aegis CS Concerto of Simulatrix (PQube, 16th Mar, $29.99) - Alice Gear AEGiS CS: Concerto of Simulatrix, is an exciting 3D battle arena game filled with action and loveable characters! Gear up, strap in, and get battling! Vice has taken your world and only you can take it back! As an actress with an aptitude for wielding this special gear, you train under AEGiS, a corporation charged with defence against the Vice. Fight against your fellow teammates in simulations, using unique customisable combinations of your Alice Gear to get stronger, faster and better than ever before! Follow the lives of your teammates, learn about their motivations and feelings as you bring your team together.
Amber City (Gamera Games, 16th Mar, $8.99) - A girl in a white dress wakes up in a ruined city. She uses her light to light up mysterious cocoons, reverse time, and restore the city to its former splendor. You take on the role of this mysterious girl. As you restore Amber City, more and more of its history will unfurl before you.
Animals Names (TuanisApps, 20th Mar, $2.99) - Animals Names is a simple game that will help your child learn the names of the animals. More than 70 animals in different categories like farm animals, insects, birds, wild and sea animals! The game is presented by Teo, a cute pig character that will guide your child in the game. In the practice mode, your child can practice the animal names by swiping through the different categories. When an animal is selected, Teo will tell the name of that animal. In the Play mode, Teo will show different animals to the child and will ask him or her to point at one. With this simple exercise, the kid will soon learn how to differentiate between animals and will be able to recognize them.
Arcade Archives TURBO FORCE (HAMSTER, 9th Mar, $7.99) - "TURBO FORCE" is a shooter released by VIDEO SYSTEM in 1991. Three air force pilots accidentally slip through time with their beloved cars, and fight to save future Earth from destruction. You've remodelled your car into a "TURBO FORCE" super-machine that can fly through the air! Find out the secret identity of these invaders in your homeland!
Backbeat (Ichigoichie, 16th Mar, $29.99) - A truly creative strategic puzzle game. Manage squad resources and manipulate four threads of time to guide your band through perilous predicaments. Stephanie "Watts""Watson, an aspiring bassist, bounced from audition to audition never finding music that really resonated with her, that is, until she discovered the magic of funk. Caught up in the groove, she recruits a group of hometown amateurs to take on art school darlings La Tormenta at the Battle of the Bands. - Read our Backbeat review
Bitter-Sweet Cohabitation - ビタースイート - 家出少女とワケあり同棲生活 - (Cyberstep, 16th Mar, $19.90) - "Bitter-Sweet Cohabitation" is a novel game in which the protagonist, who seeks a girl, meets a girl who leads him to face other heroines who are in various circumstances. A Bishojo Game released in 2017 under the "Noirsoft" brand has been reworked for the "PandaShojo" platform for players of all ages worldwide to enjoy.
Blocky Farm (Forever Entertainment, 16th Mar, $9.99) - Enter the charming world of Blocky Farm where you can manage your lands, take care of animals, harvest fields, deliver goods to the town and create friendship with citizens. Create farm of your dreams and grow big! Start your village life today!
Cute And Creepy (RedDeerGames, 17th Mar, $12.99) - Don't wait for Halloween Cute and Creepy will bring a dark vibe to your space right now. It's scary nice here Don't be afraid and discover monstrously cute cakes, bats, and other unusual creatures. Discover the mysteries Step into the darkness and look fear right in the eye. Friendly monsters will accompany you on this remarkable adventure.
Draw a Stickman EPIC 3 (Hitcents, 9th Mar, $9.99) - Played over 100 Million Times around the Globe and a winner of 5 Webby Awards, DRAW A STICKMAN is back and more EPIC than ever before! Your creativity will be maximized in the all-new Draw a Stickman: EPIC 3! Embark upon an exhilarating new adventure to defeat the Corruption: solve fun puzzles, outsmart crafty monsters, and discover an all-new world! So grab your freshly penciled Hero—it’s time to be EPIC!
emoji Kart Racer (Joindots, 10th Mar, $24.99) - Get behind the wheel with up to four players and race across 16 intense racetracks. The unique emoji® generator also gives you the opportunity to create your own personal emoji® racer from thousands of combinations. Let yourself be inspired by the colorful tracks with great music, funny sound effects and of course countless emoji's. Great emoji® power-ups like poop or rocket are also available! emoji Kart® Racer - Great fun for the whole family! - official licensed product! - emoji® generator with almost 20,000 combinations - 16 thrilling tracks in four cups - multiplayer mode for 2 players
Fantasy Ball (Pixel Sunset Studio, 18th Mar, $2.99) - Here begins the Fantasy Ball Tournament! Gather your friends and play with or against them in frantic matches set in a fantasy cartoon world for up to 4 players in the same arena! Play fantasy characters such as the Knight, the Mage, the Archer or the Rogue and score as many points as possible!
Flame Keeper (Untold Tales, 24th Feb, $11.99) - Become Ignis, a special coal tasked with liberating that world of Orbis, recently overrun by forces of darkness. Luckily, it just so happens that you're trained in the art of mortal combat! Learn how to fight, upgrade your abilities, venture through increasingly hostile worlds, and restore the Eternal Flame.
FUR Squadron (Raptor Claw, 17th Mar, $6.99) - In this mind-blowing journey through retrowave aesthetic environments and synthwave music you will shoot your way through the simulations (or not? ) of the units and minions of the evil Skal Empire.
FurryFury: Smash & Roll (Cosmic Publishing, 20th Mar, $9.99) - Imagine a game of pool, but with little beasts instead of balls, and a deadly arenas instead of the table. Then add the special abilities, various pickups and a drop of battle-royale sauce to it all. Play 1v1 duels or 2v2 multiplayer in fast paced turn-based matches based on physics! Or go through the story mode, face challenging bosses and explore this strange world. Invite a friend to experience it together. Pick your favorite monster, use its unique abilities and adjust your strategy to win in ever-changing conditions. Drink power-ups and evolve to unleash the full potential of your beast and launch devastating combo moves!
Kung Fury: Street Rage – ULTIMATE EDITION (Hello There Games, 20th Mar, $19.99) - GET BLOWN INTO ANOTHER DIMENSION AS YOU EXPERIENCE THE GUT-BUSTING FUN WITH THE KUNG FURY GAME. BEAT THE NAZIS TO STOP KUNG FÜHRER AND UPHOLD THE LAW!
Link The Cubes (battyRabbit, 16th Mar, $4.99) - Link The Cubes is a relaxing Top-Down puzzle game with cute little cubes. Your goal is to move the cubes to the portals to free them from the levels. Gameplay You control the main cube and connect to the other cubes in the level to move them all together. If one of your connected cubes is blocked, the others can't move either. Try to get as many cubes as possible to the portals. With more and more cubes saved, you can explore the game world further and unlock more difficult levels!
Loop (Team Chili, 16th Mar, $6.99) - Loop is a vibrant Contemplative Puzzle Game; where you and your companion travel through a mysterious, ethereal temple. During this Journey, you will traverse many riddles and face the ultimate enigma: can the endless loop be broken? Loop will help you relax within beautiful and varied environments. The gameplay is centered in playing along with an AI which acts both as a reliable guide through the temple and as a faithful companion to discover the world with. The game narrative will take you through rich environments and unique and creative puzzles. The story is beautifully told without any dialogue, everything is visual.
Loot Box Simulator – Heroes of the Dark Age (EpiXR, 16th Mar, $2.99) - Loot Box Simulator - Heroes of the Dark Age" brings pretty dark rpg girls and exciting loot boxes to your console. Choose between 4 action options and win great collectible pictures of the cutest and sexiest rpg fantasy girls.
METAL DOGS (24Frame, 8th Mar, $22.00) - "METAL DOGS" is a one-of-a-kind action game in which cute dogs run around in tight spaces and shoot rugged weapons on their backs. As the first spin-off work of the 30th anniversary tank, dog, and human RPG "METAL MAX" series, the familiar Shiba Inu "Pochi" who helps humans in the usual series and the fighting dogs are selected as the main characters. ! A casual shooting action game that even non-fans can enjoy!
My Little Prince – A jigsaw puzzle tale (QUByte Interactive Games, 16th Mar, $3.99) - A jigsaw puzzle game to remember a beloved classic story. Contains illustrations created by Katia Numakura with inspiration from “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and from RPG
NONO ADVENTURE (Dawid Poleszczuk, 16th Mar, $4.99) - NONO ADVENTURE is classic nonogram game with a little twist!
Off The Tracks (Loneminded, 17th Mar, $4.39) - Combine a heap of chaos, some physics-based fun, a dash of fluid movement and some poorly driven trains, and what do you get? Off The Tracks - a chaotic physics-based first person platformer.
Peppa Pig: World Adventures (Outright Games, 10th Mar, $39.99) - New York City is calling – and so are Paris, Australia, London, and a world tour of other fun places! You and your friend Peppa can make pizza in Italy, walk down Hollywood Boulevard, sail on a cruise ship together, and more. There are new characters to meet, exciting quests to try, and countless accessories to dress up with! Become a cat, a kangaroo, a goat, a donkey, or whatever you choose! Turn your family into Peppa Pig characters too, including your brothers, sisters, and grownups, to make them a part of your story. Build your own home in Peppa Pig’s neighbourhood, and display the souvenirs and items you collect around the world to make your family’s house dazzling and different.
POST VOID (Super Rare Originals, 16th Mar, $5.99) - POST VOID is a challenging arcade style first-person shooter with one objective: be fast. Move forward and keep your idol filled with liquid by getting kills. Each run will be a little bit different with procedurally generated levels. Keep your head full and reach the end; Kill what you can to see it mend; Get the high score or try again. POST VOID is an addictive pick-up-and-play game, whether you have time for one quick run or end up pouring hours in as you get tantalisingly closer to the end.
Puzzle by Nikoli S Masyu (HAMSTER, 9th Mar, $4.99) - You won't use any letters or numbers in this original puzzle - the only hints are black circles and white circles. "Masyu" is a puzzle in which you draw a line through the spaces according to the rules. Learn the attributes of the black and white circles and you'll be able to play in no time. The patterns through which lines can be drawn are more numerous than you can imagine, and discovering tactical moves is also fun. The options menu, manual, and other text are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Remnant: From the Ashes (THQ Nordic, 21st Mar, $39.99) - Remnant: From the Ashes is a third-person survival action shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous creatures. As one of the last remnants of humanity, you'll set out alone or alongside up to two other players to face down deadly enemies and retake what was lost. With over 100 varieties of enemies, 20 epic bosses, and endless possible combat scenarios, it’s going to take everything you’ve got to make it out alive.
Saint Maker (Mama Morin, 22nd Mar, $13.99) - What makes a saint? Fire to one’s face, wounds on one’s body, dying slowly from disease — history paints a grim picture. When Holly Beltran attends a religious recollection, she discovers the dark secrets that haunt the convent’s past. At night, broken faced statues and whispered prayers haunt Holly’s dreams — before the recollection is over, Holly may have to face more than her own demons to come out alive. What happens when the faithful go too far?
Sherlock Purr (Prison, 10th Mar, $19.99) - Sherlock Purr is a fun and engaging children's game where players help the feline detective search for hidden objects in an apartment. With colorful graphics, entertaining animations, and brain-teasing puzzles, this game is perfect for young minds who love mysteries and cats. Follow Sherlock Purr's pawprints and solve the mystery today!
Showtime: Vampire Diaries (Cooking And, 9th Mar, $2.99) - Your goal will be to finish the interview without any accident. In total, you will have to ask 20 questions to get to know the vampire in depth, but he is very temperamental. So, being careful with the question you choose is crucial. Avoid the vampire getting angry or having a bad reaction. Will you be able to prove that you are the best interviewer?
Sixtar Gate: STARTRAIL (CFK, 16th Mar, $24.99) - The button-based rhythm game that sends you on a voyage through space, Sixtar Gate: STARTRAIL, is finally available on the Nintendo Switch™! Take command of the research vessel Ausflug alongside your partner Shii as you unravel the mysteries of the Sixtar Cluster!
Space Haters (Beehive, 9th Mar, $5.99) - You play as Photon who, after another sell-out gig, has once again asserted his galactic lyrical dominance. He gets word his friend Gamma-Boi is organizing the ultimate after-party in his honor. However, it is not going to be easy to reach. The other musical artists want a shot at the top and will do anything to get there. However, to Photon, they are just Haters. Space Haters. It is up to Photon to blast through the so-called "Monarchs of Music" and reach the afterparty of the light-year, and of course, look good whilst doing it.
Squad 51 vs. the Flying Saucers (WhisperGames, 16th Mar, $19.99) - Warning! Extraterrestrials from outer space arrived in our planet bringing promises of a bright new future for the earthlings. However, this intergalactic partnership soon reveals its darker side as the VEGA CORPORATION, the alien enterprise led by the hideous DIRECTOR ZAROG, is imposing its predatory politics on the human kind. In the midst of this oppression, the rebel group Squadron 51 rises as a response against the violent acts spread by these inhuman beings. Will the brave pilots of Squadron 51 and their aircrafts stand a chance against the Zarog's diabolic fleet of flying saucers?
Steal It (Ultimate Games, 15th Mar, $3.99) - Play as a little redhead and help them steal all diamonds! Getting to the diamond may seem simple, but the challenge begins when you want to go back. The alarm system activates traps that you can’t fall into or you fail. Can you steal the diamonds in four unique and different lands? Run through caves, ice caves, forest, dark forest and gem mines. Then return home safely.
SUBWAY MIDNIGHT (PLAYISM, 16th Mar, $10.99) - A haunted-house style spookycute walking simulator set on a ghost-infested train. ! You play as Lizzbeth, a weird girl on an even weirder train. There's a creep stalking you, the train isn't stopping anytime soon, and your only option is to keep moving forward (and not die). . . In this whimsical, colorful, and downright creepy indie horror game, the player slowly unravels the story in these uniquely hand-crafted train cars. Hang out with ghosts, run away from a weirdo, and try not to become a ghost yourself.
Tanky Tanks 2 (EpiXR, 16th Mar, $9.99) - Play alone, together with friends or against your friends, and show your navigation and reaction skills in 6 different game modes and countless levels. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s addicting. Deafest the enemy tanks while dodging their deadly bullets. Improve your aim and manoeuvre skill while war itself is trying to end your adventure. Level by level the enemy's tanks get faster, smarter, and deadlier. Can you make it to the end and defeat their leader? Play alone. Play with your friends. Play against your friends. - Play the single-player campaign to practice your skills and beat the game by yourself. - Finish the campaign with 2 players in the co-op mode.
The Guise (Ratalaika Games, 16th Mar, $5.99) - As the story begins, you play as Ogden, an orphan whose curiosity got the better of him. He gave in to temptation and tried on a cursed mask that transformed him into a monster. You will have to get used to his cursed, monstrous body and try not to lose the last remnants of your humanity. The world of The Guise is filled with terrifying locations, including dying villages, dark forests, labyrinthine dungeons, and deadly valleys swarming with demons. Find secrets, hidden passageways, and concealed rooms containing treasures that shed new light on Ogden's world.
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (Frogwares, 9th Mar, $24.99) - Mystery, Intrigue, and Deduction In the heart of Victorian London, a shocking newspaper article accuses Sherlock Holmes of a heinous crime — the theft of a valuable gemstone collection. What are your options? Only one, you have to unravel the mystery that threatens to shatter your reputation. Despite the appearance that everything is spiraling out of control, you are Sherlock Holmes. So, go ahead and together with your sleuthing companion Dr. John Watson, clear your name and preserve your legacy. Join the Hunt for Justice Step into the shoes of the illustrious detective, Sherlock Holmes, and embark upon a journey fraught with peril and intrigue. Gather clues, interrogate suspects, and unravel a web of deceit in a tale replete with twists and turns. Grab your magnifying glass, sharpen your wits, and prepare for a journey of mystery, suspense, and deduction.
The Three Little Pigs: Interactive Book (Dnc, 13th Mar, $4.99) - A different way of reading stories. Simple and attractive, with full color illustrations and available in several languages. Drink a potion and change the language, learn while enjoying one of the best classic tales in the world.
The Treflik Family (RedDeerGames, 17th Mar, $12.99) - Experience the original adventures of the Treflik Family. Get ready for a wholesome journey through childhood. A new Nintendo Switch™ children's show is here! VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS Get to know these adorable characters and watch them learn valuable friendship, respect, honesty, and tolerance. A COLORFUL WORLD Journey through your favorite adventures of The Treflik Family. Put your spin on these stories through the Coloring Book section and give them your unique look.
Unheard – Voices of Crime Edition (505 Games, 21st Mar, $9.99) - Unheard – Voices of Crime Edition contains the original Unheard game, an innovative experience that puts players in the role of Acoustic Detectives investigating crime scenes using a new aural device that allows them to hear voices from the past. The voices they hear will help them identify potential suspects and solve the mysteries. What is it that’s connecting seemingly unrelated cases?
Unmatched: Digital Edition (Acram, 16th Mar, $24.99) - Unmatched: Digital Edition is an adaptation of the critically acclaimed board game, where two (or more) opponents command characters from myth, history, or fiction in a battle for the ages! Have you ever wondered who would win, King Arthur (aided by Merlin) or a sword-wielding Alice of Wonderland? How would Sinbad and his trusty porter fare against Medusa and the three harpies? The only way to find the truth is in battle with a quick game of Unmatched! In Battle The Are No Equals! What is Unmatched? Unmatched: Digital Edition is a tactical game where each player commands their hero and sidekick(s), using a unique deck of cards, to defeat their opponent on the field of battle.
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!
Bayonetta, Have a Nice Death, Remnant from the Ashes, and Squad 51 are all on top of my list... But physical / sale / other reasons why the price is very low.
The image used for Have a Nice Death really has a Rayman Legends vibe to it, and I love that. Remnant is the game Chronos from the Ashes was a prequel to and I loved that one but Remnant looks much cooler. Bayonetta is just gorgeous. Squad 51 looks like an awesome time, and somethingsomethingmexicandolllarsarenotamaricandollarshint. It's online now, and it even has a launch sale. Just like what happened with Alan Wake.
Also, I remember the time of the Wii U where this list would have been the releases of three months, but I knew every game available. Now I don't even read half the titles.
I am so excited to finally, FINALLY have Remnant From the Ashes on switch.
It's been my favorite game in the last 5 years!
(Also, I'm super excited for Remnant 2 in general, as it's been announced to release on something this year).
But until I'm back on my pc playing Remnant 2, I'll be waging war against the root in From the Ashes one more time in handheld!
Edit: I know the game isn't 5 years old, I'm just saying that looking back over the last 5 years, this is the one I've sunk the most time in
@Kiwi_Unlimited Any word on Remnant having gyro aim? Really looking forward to it, but I REALLY really want it to have gyro aim...
I have no idea. But I can probably let you know on Tuesday, if you'd like.
Boo! Where's my "stupidly long keyword/buzzword name" game this week?
I suppose the description of Kung Fury: Street Rage - Ultimate Edition will have to do
And I assume we no longer get a Europe release post any more as there hasn't been any for a few weeks.
Wait, Squad 51 is out now!? Yes please!
Picking up/picked up:
Trails to azure
Sixtar Gate: STARTRAIL
Blocky farm (yes I have a special place in my heart for farmville knock-offs)
Have a nice death
Kinda want unmatched, Flame keeper and Alice Gear as well. Also the squeenix sale is making me froth at the mouth but I've spent far too much this month already.
I will definitely get Fur Squadron if it reviews well.
Bayonetta Origins arrived earlier today, will eventually get Have a Nice Death!
@sketchturner Didn't notice FUR Squadron was among these games, will eventually get that too if it reviews well like you said!
Could easily choose a dozen games this week!
Another good metroidvania (-10% until 21/03).
Physical copies of Bayonetta Origins and Remnant for me.
@mjharper I just got it for about 75 euro cents/about the same in USD (be quick and check the Mexican eshop). It even has a launch sale out of nowhere of 30 % off. I know what I'm playing tonight.
@Kiwi_Unlimited Thanks, but I guess by then we'll have a review somewhere And I found it cheap already, a preorder sale physical, and received an email it should already be on its way together with my Signalis physical preorder, so I might even have it sooner than its launch (should arrive tomorrow).
Just Bayo Origins for me.
I’m just not even looking at the eshop right now. Still making my way through the incomprehensibly vast Final Bar Line. Picked up Lego Star Wars on the cheap and am at that too. Still haven’t touched Octopath 2 or Atari 50, and Ryza 3 is looming. Also, was planning on playing Ace Attorney Chronicles …
This is all apart from what i consider to be my backlog.
Enough with the making of the games, people!
This week's ACA game is Thundercepter II.
So in two weeks they're going to release Navatrone. Apparently it's a canceled Namco game from 1980. (I think the term is "phantom game" in Japan.)
There is nothing on that long list that I would even consider purchasing, even for a deeper discount later on.
I am really curious about Puzzle by Nikoli S Masyu. I need to learn more about it.
Didn't expect to read the words "Kung Fuhrer" today but here we are
@ChiffonBurette I checked if I at least had Vernal Edge in my wishlist and I didn't so I added it thanks to your comment!
Bayonetta Origins, Have a Nice Death, Squad 51.
I remembered Squad 51 by the screenshots rather than the name and so add a vote to it now that the weekly releases are highlighted on my console. There is so much campy copywriting in these game descriptions that I didn't recognize the one that's campy but self-aware.
@Kiwi_Unlimited (it doesn't have gyro aim, but it is of course playable...I just SINCERELY HOPE they patch them in. It had a rather big download upon booting it up, so they are making patches for it already, but no gyro controlsas of yet. It DOES run very well though)
To be honest, I've never gotten into gyro controls, so this isn't a killer for me, but thank you for the update!
I can't wait for more remnant.
Rem 2 just released a new trailer with the dog included (no idea if it's still "Very Good Boy"). It's pretty awww-inspiring.
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