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
MLB The Show 23 (Sony Interactive Entertainment, 28th Mar, $59.99) - Get closer than ever to living out your baseball dreams on the diamond. Shock the game and own The Show with your favorite players, rivalries and MLB moments. Experience expanded commentary and in-game presentation updates that bring updated broadcast themes and realistic 3D environments. Plus, for the first time, MLB The Show 23 is partnering with the World Baseball Classic. Build your dream team of national stars and flashbacks from the 2023 World Baseball Classic tournament and customize your Diamond Dynasty squad with official uniforms from every participating country! Face your friends with cross-platform* play and continue your progress with the cross-progression feature. MLB The Show 23 launches March 28. Pre-order today to get the Gold Choice Pack which includes the full game and 5,000 Stubs.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key (Koei Tecmo, 24th Mar, $59.99) - The final summer, the final secret ... Ryza’s final adventure is about to begin! In hopes of finding a way to save their home, Ryza and her friends set off on a great adventure that revolves around a Key and the roots of alchemy. Explore a vast open field, embark on an adventure with a wide range of friends and use Keys to unlock various gameplay features. Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key launches March 24. - Read our Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key review
Storyteller (Annapurna Interactive, 23rd Mar, $14.99) - Experience some of history’s greatest stories like never before. Storyteller is an award-winning, reactive puzzle game that lets you build the story. Storyteller’s charming animations and comic-panel design allows for a distinct puzzle mechanic. Use your wits to retell familiar tales, or experiment and find something new. Play with a library full of characters and themes, featuring heroes and villains, dragons and vampires, infidelity and remorse, love, lies and more! Use the blank canvas to manipulate secrets and desires, slay monsters or terrorize people with them, betray lovers or bring them together. You know how the stories go – but this time you are the author. Storyteller is available now. - Read our Storyteller review
Switch eShop - New Releases
12 Labours Of Hercules VII: Fleecing The Fleece (JetDogs, 18th Mar, $7.99) - It's a new bromance from ancient Greece: when cunning Pelias orders the hero Jason to steal the Golden Fleece from the land of Colchis. Jason turns to another hero for help - Hercules! Together they build a ship and guide it through the treacherous seas to reach their destination, all the while struggling against the unknown enemy onboard. To succeed, the heroes will need to chop down the giant Sacred Oak (oops), defeat the guardian dragon, steal the Fleece, and find out who is behind all of this. Can they do it? Solve puzzles, find your way through numerous portals, and build and repair objects. . . You never know what the next Ancient Button will do… - discover a new story filled with daring challenges - find out who Jason's true love really is - solve puzzles, build, and travel through portals
Arcade Archives THUNDER CEPTOR II (HAMSTER, 16th Mar, $7.99) - "THUNDER CEPTOR II" is a shooter released by NAMCO (currently Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc) in 1986. This title is an update of the previous "THUNDER CEPTOR," in which players navigated the energy corridors that connect star systems to make their way back to the Federation Base. Now featuring new varieties of stage layouts and enemies!
Birds and Blocks 2 (Sprakelsoft, 23rd Mar, $5.99) - In "Birds and Blocks 2" you still have to help the birds! They can´t fly because of their tiny wings. You have to remove the blocks without the birds touching the ground (because they don´t like the ground or there might be cats around). If they are falling on the ground you lose! It features 120 levels and an addictive gameplay. There are different kinds of blocks with different properties ("normal", "bouncy", "icy" and "safe for birds"). You can remove blocks by tapping them!
Chef Life: A Restaurant Simulator (Nacon, 28th Mar, $39.99) - Take the reins of your dream restaurant. Choose and customise dozens of kitchen components (cooking surfaces, food processors, ovens, etc.) to build your dream kitchen! Before firing up your burners, organise your team and manage your suppliers to obtain premium ingredients that would impress the most demanding of gourmets. Track your finances and predict how busy you will be so you are not overwhelmed by the dinner rush!
Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond (Artifex Mundi, 16th Mar, $14.99) - Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond tells the story of Dawn Harlock, an unusual red-eyed woman, who must return to her family estate on Iowa Island to investigate the mysterious death of her mentor, Professor Ashmore. It’s not long before Dawn discovers traces of horrifying experiments and has to come face to face with an ancient evil from another world. During the investigation, she begins to suspect that someone, or something, has crossed over into our world from another dimension and that her own mysterious past plays a large role in these disturbing events. Dawn will have to unearth the secrets lurking within a gloomy mansion, unravel the mystery of a grotesque experiment and find out what really happened all those years ago, when Professor Ashmore found her wandering aimlessly across the island. Will Dawn’s true identity prove to be the key to defeating the ancient evil from another dimension?
Escape Room Bundle (mc2games, 29th Mar, $34.99) - Four escape rooms developed by mc2games included! Palindrome Syndrome, Tested on Humans, Between Time, and Regular Factory.
Fishing: North Atlantic (Forever Entertainment, 23rd Mar, $24.99) - Explore the fishing zones with upgradable ships and gear as you progress in your career. Fishing: North Atlantic makes you experience an atmospheric and realistic game world based on real maps, boats and fish species. Get ready to enjoy new weather systems with upgraded atmospheric effects, North American Vessels and fishing techniques like harpoons, deep-line-buoy-fishing and lobster pots. Purchasing larger boats and better gear will increase your fisherman skills. Fishing: North Atlantic offers you 32 ships at your disposal for all types of fishing styles and fishing techniques like the harpooning, which is used to hunt swordfish and tuna. Start with harpooning, then work your way up to setting deep lines, catching snow crabs or lobster. As well as longline, net and trawling. Do you have what it takes to fulfill this challenging task?
FLASHOUT 3 (Jujubee, 24th Mar, $19.99) - Where high speed meets high stakes. Where unforgiving combat, loud electronic music and addictive boosts of adrenaline mix up to separate winners from losers. Where gravitation is nothing more than an empty word. This is where the world of FLASHOUT 3 will take you and your ride to the absolute limits! FLASHOUT 3 offers you ultra-fast ships, loops, jumps and sudden razor-sharp turns! Test your skills on the most impressive sci-fi racing tracks and try not to fall behind! But if it happens, don't sweat! Unleash the power of rockets, guns, bombs and mines to help you level down your competition! Take part in an exciting, head-to-head fight to the finish! Witness spectacular crashes, the agony of defeat, and the sweet taste of victory! But don't blink! It can all end in a flash!
Gems of Magic: Double Pack (Mindscape, 16th Mar, $17.99) - Gems of Magic: Lost Family Rescue the Fuzzy family and save the enchanted forest in 100 challenging levels! Gems of Magic: Dwarf's Destiny Embark on an enchanting adventure to find your destiny by rebuilding the forest village and fend off the goblins in this exciting Match 3 adventure!
Gripper (Heart Core, 29th Mar, $19.99) - Gripper is a story-driven action game with boss fights on wheels. Tear your enemies apart with a grappling hook. Rip out their metal hearts to gain abilities. Rescue your family. Enter the burnout seat of None, a cyber biker who is stuck inside a collapsing world. Race through post-apocalyptic landscapes connected by treacherous tunnels. Explore dead lands with the help of your mechanized cat buddy. Defeat relentless bosses by gripping and ripping out their hearts.
Isle of Jura Fishing Trip (RedDeerGames, 24th Mar, $13.99) - Be a master of fishing Meet the locals and get your tools. Sit down or stand and wait for pike, salmon, and other smaller or bigger fish to swallow the hook. Show everyone your trophies. Catch fish and artifacts with a fishing net or a suitable rod. Learn more Valuable knowledge will allow you to complete the biology report successfully. Relax and unwind. Feel the climate and peaceful, quiet atmosphere of the island.
Kraino Origins (Elden Pixels, 28th Mar, $11.99) - Take control of Kraino and fight monsters, ghosts, and zombies with your mighty scythe! Avoid saws, fireballs, pools of acid, and spikes as you find all the secrets and unlock powerful weapons. Kraino Origins is retro gaming goodness! This eerie adventure takes place in a world where monsters, ghouls, ghosts, and skeletons are the inhabitants. But just like in our world, there are forces of both good and evil. Kraino was created to aid the forces of evil, but all the evil magic and malice used to create him could not change who Kraino was - a force of good. Now it's up to Kraino to use all the powers of evil to fight fire with fire. He will journey across the land to destroy the evil lords, uncover hidden weapons, and get his revenge on his maker Dr. Batcula.
Lila’s Tale and the Hidden Forest (naptime.games, 24th Mar, $4.99) - In this classical-inspired 2D game, players will explore challenging magical environments, team up with forest animals and defeat nasty enemies. Experience a wonderful adventure and save Solaria!
Midnight Drifter-Drift Racing Car Racing Driving Simulator 2023 Speed Games (Midnight Works, 16th Mar, $4.99) - Welcome to Midnight Drifter - Drift Racing Car Racing Driving Simulator 2023 Speed Games! This game offers an exciting and realistic experience of drifting and racing on the streets, packed with thrilling challenges and multiple races to compete in. As a player, you'll have the opportunity to become a street legend and show off your skills as a drift driver.
Mighty Mage (Weakfish Studio, 23rd Mar, $4.99) - Introducing Mighty Mage, the top-down arena shooter rogue-lite where you play as a cute mage on a journey to become a master magician. Armed with up to 5 elemental spells at a time, you'll take on hordes of enemies and choose from a variety of upgrades and spells to create unique builds. In Mighty Mage, every wave presents a new challenge that you must overcome by choosing an upgrade or skill before taking on the enemies. From slow but tough Slimes to fast but weak Bats, you'll face a variety of foes on your journey to become the ultimate mage. The game features a pixelated and clean design, with cute characters, vibrant colors and a lot of velocity and fun. With two mechanics of dashing and shooting, you'll need to make strategic decisions on when to use each to defeat your enemies. When shooting, you'll walk slowly and cannot dash to avoid enemies, but when dashing, you'll become invulnerable for a short period and receive an impulse in the input direction.
Monorail Stories (Freedom Games, 23rd Mar, $14.99) - Good morning and welcome to the Monorail Transit System connecting the Cities of M and L. This spectacular feat of engineering allows thousands to commute between the Cities each day in the timeliest of manners. Every day a hundred new stories are born in these cars running on the track suspended above the Bay. Every day extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. Silvie and Ahmal, from the City of M and the City of L. Two strangers who unknowingly affect each other's lives through the monorail they share each day. Commuting between the cities each day at different times, they choose who to talk to on the monorail, how to treat their fellow commuters, and what to do as the monorail makes its run over the Bay. Each day is a new chapter in their shared story, one you can write on your own or with a friend, through an asynchronous multiplayer mode. As Ahmal and Silvie, you'll meet dozens of people during their commute. How they interact with them is up to you.
Numolition (Denda Games, 16th Mar, $7.99) - An explosively addicting puzzle game starring Anique and her crew of demolition experts. With its unique, clever gameplay, cast of wacky characters and comic style, Numolition is a guaranteed blast for the whole family! Your job is simple: flatten as many constructions as you can by setting up, adding up and blowing up the numbers 1 to 9 through loads of mind-bending levels, bonus challenges, endless towers and other unlockable game modes that offer endless replayability.
Omen of Sorrow (eastasiasoft, 23rd Mar, $19.99) - Featuring a roster inspired by such icons as Frankenstein’s monster and Egyptian high priest Imhotep, this traditional 4-button fighting game rewards or punishes players based on how aggressive their playstyle is, putting a skill-centric spin on combat while keeping the experience accessible to newcomers. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Omen of Sorrow’s 2.5D brawling spans a multitude of detailed locations with handcrafted animations and cinematic finishers, all set to a masterful soundtrack by composer Francisco Cerda
Overloop (Digerati, 24th Mar, $14.99) - Step into an ethically compromised future where cloning technology has wreaked havoc on humanity – and it’s sort of all YOUR fault! As an employee of a nefarious megacorp, Infinity Inc., and the inventor of its Quantic Matter Replication Device (aka the QMRD, aka the cause of the world going to hell in a handbasket), it’s up to you to sort out the mess you helped create. Grab your cloning gun and hot-foot it through a world descending into clone-induced chaos. Create clones of yourself and use them to solve puzzles and save humanity. Get to it genius!
Pirates Outlaws (Blitworks, 29th Mar, $16.99) - Pirates Outlaws is a roguelike deckbuilder with papercraft artstyle packed with content. Navigate dangerous seas, defeat every outlaw in your way and challenge their masters in tense combats. Your expedition will be full of ambushes and challenges, so get ready, build your card deck and plan deadly combos to become the most reputed pirate!
Rakuen: Deluxe Edition (Morizora Studios, 23rd Mar, $24.99) - An award-winning indie adventure game about a hospitalized Boy who travels with his Mom to a beautiful fantasy world. Includes an extra game and a 3D animated film collection! Rakuen is an adventure game about a little Boy who lives in the hospital. One day, the Boy asks his Mom to escort him to the fantasy world from his favorite storybook, so that he can ask the Guardian of the Forest to grant him one wish. In order to receive his wish, the Boy must complete a set of challenges that revolve around helping his neighbors in the hospital by interacting with their alter-egos in the fantasy world... ...A cranky old man who guards a broken music box with his life while complaining that he never gets any visitors; a young woman in a coma whose husband hasn’t left her side in months; a little girl who laments over a friend she was never able to say goodbye to after growing ill… The Boy slowly begins to realize that his neighbors are plagued by secrets and struggles that are mysteriously tied to the strange hospital.
Rally Race Car Simulator Poly: World Driver Arcade Real Driving Games Sim (Midnight Works, 16th Mar) - Rally Race Car Simulator Poly is a racing game that simulates the experience of driving a rally car by challenging four locations and thirty-nine levels of tracks. In this game, players get behind the wheel of several high-performance rally cars and navigate through a variety of environments, including racing on ships, cities, and islands. The game features realistic physics and handling, giving players the feeling of driving a real sports car. The player's challenge is to navigate through tight turns, jumps and other obstacles while trying to maintain control of his car. To get new and more powerful cars, you must first cross the finish line. The game also has speed and vibration effects, allowing the player to enter the atmosphere of the game. Rally Race Car Simulator Poly is a fast and addictive game perfect for racing and driving fans.
RunBean Galactic (eastasiasoft, 29th Mar, $4.99) - Step into the shoes of RunBean, an astronaut who landed on a hazardous planet that tries its best to kill the intruder! Try to delay your inevitable fate by running around the diminutive 2D globe, jumping over spikes, sliding under killer platforms, collecting bonuses and quickly reacting to sudden direction changes! The longer you stay alive, the higher your score will climb and the more envious the next poor space travelers visiting this planet will be.
Sakura Neko Calculator (Gamuzumi, 23rd Mar, $4.99) - Welcome to the Sakura Neko Calculator! Have you ever wanted a calculator with a cute and quirky anime cat-eared character, this is the perfect combination of utility and fun. Get ready to do your math with a smile on your face! The Sakura Neko Calculator offers both basic and scientific calculators. The user-friendly interface makes it easy to navigate and perform calculations with ease. Now you can have a calculator that's both practical and cute! The cute character has different reactions if you enter different codes! (Try with 51339) Will you find the other two? Have fun!
Scramballed! (11Sheep, 23rd Mar, $7.99) - Fry, fight, and feather your way to victory in Scramballed, the wacky chicken tennis party game. Armed with your trusty frying pans, up to four friends (or AI) take control of a cast of quirky cluckers and compete until one player emerges as the Ultimate Mother Clucker. With only one stick and three buttons, you can lay, lob, and throw eggs with ease. Every player has a chance at victory but the dedicated among you will become “one with the pan” as you hone your counter timing and cultivate the ideal egg-smash-face strategies. With multiple arenas boasting vibrant and colourful graphics, choose your favourite place to Scramball whether it be farm, canyon or even outer space! Just watch out for fowl play. No chickens were harmed in the making of this video game. All eggs were unfertilized and launched with consent by the chickens who laid them.
Song of Memories (Future Tech Lab, 23rd Mar, $28.99) - In a grand and mysterious world woven together by beautiful graphics and an emotional story, you become the protagonist and forge your own destiny. The protagonist, who is unaware of the discovery of an unknown virus in the world, enjoys a happy school life with six beautiful girls. Little did they know that it would become a time that would never return... In the first half of the story, the common route is filled with event scenes that can be called the epitome of gal games! They spend their time enjoying events like the pool event and date event. There are more than 100 common events alone
Split (FREEMIND, 23rd Mar, $8.99) - Split is a first-person puzzle game with the unique mechanics of creating copies of yourself and manipulating time. The gameplay combines many different types of puzzles from more and less famous puzzle games and takes them to a whole new perspective
Steel Defier (Ratalaika Games, 23rd Mar, $4.99) - Are you ready to escape from your tight prison cell? A malfunction in the defense system of a transport spaceship accidentally killed everyone aboard, except for one last survivor… You and your suspiciously orange suit. Explore the maze-like environment around you, moving from room to room, collecting access cards and finding new upgrades for your suit. Use your skills to outmaneuver dozens of different hazard types, while also trying to find a way out.
Sushi Bar Express (Funbox Media, 24th Mar, $29.99) - Serve hordes of demanding patrons and build-up your menu by purchasing more recipes, to take with you to bigger and better restaurants. Start a career as a sushi chef and absorb all of the wise teachings of your master. Slice, dice, roll and hammer sushi, and then serve it to customers as quickly as you can. Make sashimi, roll uramaki, pour sake, and feed the hungry hordes to collect cash. Catch coins as they fly by, and use the money you make to upgrade your equipment and purchase more recipes. The characters and tone of Sushi Bar Express are presented in a light-hearted and comical style, designed to appeal to all types of players – ranging from children to adults, and all genders. Whimsical humour offers a counterpoint to the manic plate-juggling gameplay and helps players to feel comfortable and entertained throughout the game.
Sushi Time! Premium Edition (Baltoro Games, 27th Mar, $5.99) - Welcome to Sushi Time! Manage a sushi bar and become a tycoon of Japanese food! Try to deliver the orders on time, but be careful not to mix them up! Upgrade your bar and beautify it, so that you'll be able to create the best sushi in town! To work! This bundle includes base game and expansion pack #2.
Tangram Collection (Error300, 15th Mar, $2.14) - The original tangrams first appeared in China. These addictive puzzles had players combining triangular pieces (called tans) to form a simple image. All pieces had to be used and could not overlap. It is the elegance of this format that made tangrams a worldwide sensation! Tangrams have come a long way since their global debut, with modern variations introduced beyond the original set of 7 puzzles. Tangram Collection furthers that reinvention, offering welcomed variety to players looking for the next step in tangram evolution.
Tom Thumb: Interactive Book (Dnc Games, 20th 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.
Train Life: A Railway Simulator (Nacon, 28th Mar, $29.99) - A different way of reading stories. Simple and attractive, with full color illustrations and fun music. Drink a potion and change the language, learn while enjoying one of the best classic tales in the world
Urban Flow Deluxe Edition (Baltoro Games, 24th Mar, $17.99) - Urban Flow is a game about the subtle beauty of city streets filled with cars moving in perfect harmony. But such order does not happen all by itself - the city needs YOU to control the traffic lights and to make sure everything goes smoothly. That means no crashes, no jams. Everything will run perfectly - as long as you stay focused! Immerse yourself in a beautiful, hand-crafted, low-poly world to discover the enormous satisfaction of watching the hundreds of tiny, colorful cars flowing through the streets – all while listening to the chill, urban music. Over 100 levels, each with its own busy intersection. You have one job: operate the lights and keep it safe.
Uzzuzzu My Pet (RedDeerGames, 24th Mar, $14.99) - Tary, Boo, Kung, and Ta are not your everyday Pets. They love to play around, even during the most mundane tasks. Watch their crazy antics and get ready for the funniest colouring book in your life. Uzzuzzu My Pet is suitable for all ages and features five different themes of drawings. Let loose on the eight available whiteboards if your imagination needs more stimuli and create something magnificent.
What will you be downloading this week? (110 votes)
- MLB The Show 235%
- Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key16%
- 12 Labours Of Hercules VII: Fleecing The Fleece 0%
- Arcade Archives THUNDER CEPTOR II5%
- Birds and Blocks 2 0%
- Chef Life: A Restaurant Simulator 0%
- Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond 0%
- Escape Rooms Bundle2%
- Fishing: North Atlantic 0%
- Flashout 31%
- Gems of Magic: Double Pack 0%
- Isle of Jura Fishing Trip 0%
- Kraino Origins 0%
- Lila's Tale and the Hidden Forest 0%
- Midnight Drifter-Drift Racing Car Driving Simulator 2023 Speed Games 0%
- Mighty Mage 0%
- Monorail Stories1%
- Numolition 0%
- Omen Of Sorrow 0%
- Overloop 0%
- Pirates Outlaws4%
- Rakuen: Deluxe Edition7%
- Rally Race Car Simulator Poly : World Driver Arcade Real Driving Games Sim 0%
- RunBean Galactic 0%
- Sakura Neko Calculator2%
- Song Of Memories1%
- Split 0%
- Steel Defier 0%
- Sushi Bar Express 0%
- Sushi Time! Premium Edition 0%
- Tangram Collection1%
- Tom Thumb: Interactive Book 0%
- Train Life : A Railway Simulator1%
- Urban Flow Deluxe Edition1%
- Uzzuzzu My Pet2%
- Nothing for me this week38%
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!
What’s getting added this week pales incredibly to what’s getting removed.
Nothing for me this week. I am more excited for a bunch of the indie titles that were shown in a previous Nintendo Life article. Some of those games look pretty compelling.
Nothing for me this week because I’m broke but I have some money on the eShop that I’m saving for something else. Just not sure what yet lol
Maybe Gripper. I need a few good reviews to pull the trigger on it though.
This guy is gonna be calculating with a new pet! I've been waiting for this day!
And Comeback of the Year goes to Song of Memories, a visual novel whose Switch port was once dropped among cited difficulties which seemed to be only emphasized by the PC version's recommended "16 Gb RAM" on Steam. As per Dr Malcolm, it seems "life finds a way" yet again.😄
Imagine Midnight Works having a podcast like the Nintendo Power one where they have to say the full title of their games every time for legal reasons.
The Arcade Archives release goes on my wishlist. And Rakuen has a great few reviews so far. I really should fire up my first Ryza game so I can decide whether to complete the trilogy.
Phew I think this crazy month is finally slowing down. Just Ryza and Pirates outlaws for me I think. I already have chef life physical, came out last month I believe. Are the US only now getting it?
Already got Ryza physically, will eventually get Storyteller, maybe Pirates Outlaws and Rakuen (hadn't even heard about the latter so I have to look more into it, but it looks like a game that could appeal to me)!
will get mlb the show 23 later
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