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The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it's... well, it's clear that the decks are being cleared ahead of a certain first-party launch next week! 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

Fortnite (Epic Games, 12th Jun, $0.00) - Fortnite Battle Royale takes a look back in the STAR WARS timeline with Find the Force. Running until May 23, 2023, at 9 a.m. ET you’ll be able to choose your trainer. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as your Jedi trainers or Darth Maul as your Sith trainer. Use Force abilities taught by one of these lightsaber-wielders to show your opponents the way of the light … or dark side. These abilities include Force Push, Force Pull and Force Throw. Complete Quests, earn cosmetic rewards, purchase the Premium Reward Track Upgrade and more in Fortnite’s Find the Force.

STAR WARS Heritage Pack (2023) (Aspyr, 3rd May, $79.99) - Learn the way of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, take control of a speeding Podracer and lead an elite squad of clones! The STAR WARS Heritage Pack features seven classic games including STAR WARS Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, STAR WARS Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, STAR WARS Episode I Racer, STAR WARS Republic Commando, STAR WARS: The Force Unleashed, STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic and STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

Switch eShop - New Releases

100animalease (woof, 28th Apr) - The main character is a weak girl. The stage is a mysterious facility surrounded by concrete walls. The facility has already begun to collapse, and they are forced to escape in order to survive. However, the facility has a gimmick that prevents escape. The key to this is the 100 diverse animals that live in the facility. Each animal has a special ability.

Adventure Escape Room Bundle (M9, 26th Apr) - This bundle includes four escape room adventure games: + SOTANO - Escape Room Adventure + VEREDA - Escape Room Adventure + ALUMNI - Escape Room Adventure + SUBNET - Escape Room Adventure

BACK TO CHILDHOOD: Classic Games Collection (Microids, 25th Apr) - Meet and play with familiar faces from your childhood in this bundle that feels like a cartoon break after school: Marsupilami - Hoobadventure, Asterix & Obelix: Slap'Them All!, The Smurfs - Mission Vileaf.

Deathwish Enforcers (Limited Run Games, 27th Apr) - It's 1969, and an evil crime syndicate is trying to take over the streets of San Francisco. As part of the city's elite police force, the “Deathwish Enforcers,” it’s your duty to bring down the scum that litters your streets in any way possible! Take the fight off the streets and back to the syndicate's leader: Big Boss X!

Demon Skin (Buka Entertainment, 5th May) - A brutal hack’n’slash set in a rough dark fantasy world, which combines unique combat mechanics, RPG and fighting game elements, and even some platformer features. With the flexible combat system each player can come up with their own unique tactic by skillfully combining stances with various types of weapons to achieve the ultimate efficiency in battle.

Dessert DIY (QubicGames, 5th May) - Make sweet ice cream, popsicles and waffles using your creativeness in one of the best dessert decorating games right now. Explore different molds, creams, syrups and ingredients to create sweet works of art.

Dokapon Kingdom Connect (Idea Factory International, 9th May) - RPG & Board Game Lovers Unite... AGAIN! – Originally released for the Nintendo Wii, the hybrid party board game is now back for the Nintendo Switch! The game is simple: spin the roulette and defeat whoever stands your way! Holding a grudge never felt so good! Players can now duke it out against their friends via Nintendo Switch Online!

Garden Simulator (Toplitz Productions, 10th May) - The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. Fresh vegetables, healthy fruits and beautiful flowers - now you have the chance to take care of your own allotment and harvest the crops. Boredom at home is a thing of the past - today you’ll enjoy nature. Cultivate your own virtual garden, take care of the plants, then harvest and sell them.

GOTTA GO FAST: Racing Collection (Microids, 25th Apr) - This speedy bundle brings you three games to make the motors roar: Moto Racer 4, Gear Club Unlimited 2 - Ultimate Edition, Garfield Kart: Furious Racing.

Microids Indie Bundle (Microids, 1st May, $49.99) - Contains Grand Mountain Adventure: Wonderlands, Scrap Riders, Murder Mystery Machine, and Super Chariot.

Gruta (Ratalaika Games, 4th May) - In this narrative-driven platformer game, you play as a child that runs away to fight the monster she thought was causing trouble in her family. Uncover the mysterious truth as told through original hand-drawn cut scenes, completely without text. Use a sword and shield to combat sinister enemies while exploring the levels. Will you be able to reach the goal of confronting the monster and saving your family?

Hasbro Kids Bundle (Outright Games, 28th Apr) - An Outright Games bundle in support of UNICEF. Featuring a collection of family fun games, available to purchase for a limited time. PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night, My Friend Peppa Pig, and Transformers: Battlegrounds.

Horror Bundle – 3 in 1 (Baltoro Games, 5th May) - Unleash the ultimate fear with this unbeatable deal! Get your hands on the Horror Bundle 3 in 1, a terrifying collection of spine-chilling games that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This bundle includes: Fatum Betula, Paratopic, Blood Breed.

JanduSoft Games Bundle Vol. 1 (JanduSoft, 4th May) - With Jandusoft's Vol. 1 bundle for Nintendo Eshop, gamers can experience the best of four different genres. These games guarantee hours of non-stop entertainment and adventure. Whether you're looking for spine-chilling horror, prehistoric thrills, reflex-based puzzles, or satirical humor, this bundle has something for everyone. Evil Inside, Caveman Warriors, Neonwall, and Indiecalypse.

Japanese Escape Games The Prison Underground (Regista, 4th May) - The 16th Japanese Escape Games series! After getting caught by an unknown group, We are behind the bars in a secret military basement Although the situation seems to be hopeless, My buddy from far east looks "not" He easily dislocated his shoulders and uncuffed himself Then he set me free and said "Do you believe me if I say my ancestors are Ninja? " I shrugged my shoulders and laughed Well, let's get out of here.

Jigsaw Puzzle Fever (Funbox Media, 4th May) - Pick one of the ten starting puzzles to get on your way. Each puzzle can be played in one of four difficulty levels.

Mia and the Dragon Princess (Wales Interactive, 4th May) - A live-action, interactive buddy-action movie following Mia, a plucky barmaid whose life is thrown into chaos when a mysterious woman turns up at her workplace, on the run from a group of violent thugs and unable to speak English. Starring Paul McGann (Doctor Who) and MyAnna Buring (The Witcher).

No Place Like Home (Merge Games, 4th May) - No Place Like Home is a cute and relaxing sim where you play as Ellen Newland. A girl who decides to visit her grandfather, on Earth, for the very last time before she moves to Mars. However, she soon discovers that her grandpa is missing and that his farm was recently destroyed.

Pathfinders: Memories (Mens Sana Interactive, 4th May) - Pathfinders are eager to know more about human History. They have studied different civilizations of the past. With the support of the scientist Albert New, they travel through space and time, visiting these ancient people in person. Their objective is to collect relics from each civilization and create a museum of human memories.

Poosh XL (Adamvision Studios, 8th May) - "Poosh" your way through the obstacles and see how far you can get in this one-button arcade score chaser! Just press the "Poosh" button when your power and angle is just how you want it but don't wait too long or the floor will raise up and destroy you. Avoid hitting anything and survive as long as you can to make waves in the leaderboard.

Sakura Gamer (Gamuzumi, 9th May) - When she was a young girl, Nekohime dreamed of being a video game developer. She’s abandoned that dream to focus on her uninspiring job as a computer repair technician. That is, until her childhood friend, Clover, introduces her to the seductive Suki. Suki is determined to turn Nekohime’s dream into a reality and finally develop a game – and she refuses to let Nekohime’s self-doubt stop her! Will they be able to make a hit game together, or will it all be for naught?

Scrap Bolts (GAME NACIONAL, 6th May) - The screws are all scattered around, and you need to collect them all! This is a frenetic and fun platform game, inspired by classic games from the Golden Age of the Mega Drive.

Skinny & Franko: Fists of Violence (Console Labs, 27th Apr) - 28 years after the events of 'Franko: The Crazy Revenge', titular anti-hero Franko returns to Poland to get his old friend out of trouble. This time also he will not go easy on his enemies. Now, with help of his pal Skinny, Franko will wreak havoc in the streets once again. Skinny & Franko: Fists of Violence is an outstanding and brutal 2D beat'em up game. Designed by a creator of cult classics like 'Franko: The Crazy Revenge' or 'Doman: Sins of Ardan' that were popular in the 90's.

Space Gladiators (Seaven Studio, 4th May) - Ever dreamt of being a space potato? Now’s your chance! Space Gladiators is a 2D hand-drawn roguelite platformer following a bunch of captives fighting their way out of a planet prison. Defeat hordes of aliens in the gladiatorial arenas and earn your freedom! You've been captured and sent to entertain aliens as a gladiator in a faraway planet called Tartarus. You will have to advance through randomly generated biomes with deadly traps and monsters blocking your path.

Swordbreaker: Origins (Sometimes You, 5th May) - The Mingals are approaching the borders of Dorgan when the royal army appears on the other side of the bridge. Among the soldiers, there’s our hero in shining armor, whose name is Swordbreaker. He has to either win with everyone or suffer a shameful defeat and condemn the whole kingdom to extermination. But all this will happen a bit later. . . As for now, the young adventurer lives a peaceful life and can’t even imagine what is waiting for him ahead...

The Shooting Range 3D: Shooting Gallery Simulator (Megame, 6th Apr) - What could be more fun than good old classic shooting? Now you don't have to go to the range to shoot! Realistic interiors will immerse you in the atmosphere of a shooting range, and you will feel the excitement of owning weapons. A variety of tasks will not let you get bored and will be a real test of your accuracy. A beginner will quickly master the skills of aimed shooting, and a professional will be able to bring their skills to perfection and hone their weapon skills.

Tiny Dragon Story (RedDeer, 5th May) - Help him overcome the underlings and punish the crafty thief. A GRAND QUEST Jump over floating platforms, deadly traps, and fierce foes. Defeat the sneaky wizard at his own game and recover your stolen treasures. MIGHTY ABILITIES You may be small, but you are a DRAGON. Use your fiery breath to scorch your enemies or blast through obstacles. Jump over traps or giant chasms to uncover the wizard's hidden vaults. RETRO CHARM Experience the nostalgia of classic gameplay with this charming 1-bit adventure. The reflex-based challenges and simplistic graphics are perfect for players of all ages.

Ultimate Shot – 3D Real Strike Shouter Counter FPS Simulator Games (INSTAMARKETINGANDGAME, 27th Apr) - The Ultimate Shot is a an action-shooter game where you as the main character, you only have one shot to destroy all your enemies. As the only hope in the game, you must rely on your skills and experience to navigate each level and take down all your enemies with a single shot. With each level presenting new challenges and obstacles, your precision and quick thinking will be put to the test.

Urbek City Builder (RockGame, 4th May) - In Urbek, you will be able to build a city of your own design! Manage its natural resources, improve the quality of life of the population, and build its neighbourhoods in your own way. Neighbourhoods Breathe life into your city by building different neighbourhoods. Do you want a bohemian neighbourhood? Build bars, parks and libraries, but keep a low population density nearby.

What will you be downloading this week? (177 votes)

  1. STAR WARS Heritage Pack (2023)6%
  2. 100animalease  0.6%
  3. Adventure Escape Room Bundle  0%
  4. BACK TO CHILDHOOD: Classic Games Collection2%
  5. Deathwish Enforcers2%
  6. Demon Skin  0%
  7. Dessert DIY  0%
  8. Dokapon Kingdom Connect19%
  9. Garden Simulator1%
  10. GOTTA GO FAST: Racing Collection1%
  11. Microids Indie Bundle2%
  12. Gruta  0.6%
  13. Hasbro Kids Bundle1%
  14. Horror Bundle - 3 in 1  0.6%
  15. JanduSoft Games Bundle Vol. 1  0%
  16. Japanese Escape Games The Prison Underground  0%
  17. Jigsaw Puzzle Fever  0.6%
  18. Mia and the Dragon Princess3%
  19. No Place Like Home2%
  20. Pathfinders: Memories  0.6%
  21. Poosh XL  0%
  22. Sakura Gamer2%
  23. Scrap Bolts  0%
  24. Skinny & Franko: Fists of Violence1%
  25. Space Gladiators1%
  26. Swordbreaker: Origins  0.6%
  27. The Shooting Range 3D: Shooting Gallery Simulator  0.6%
  28. Tiny Dragon Story1%
  29. Ultimate Shot - 3D Real Strike Shouter Counter FPS Simulator Games  0%
  30. Urbek City Builder3%
  31. Nothing for me this week50%

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!