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
Cyber Shadow (Yacht Club Games, 26th Jan, $19.99) – The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin. Slash through the techno hordes, leap past traps and nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity. Only you can unlock the secrets to your clan’s ancient powers in Cyber Shadow, the quintessential ninja action game.
HITMAN 3 – CLOUD VERSION (IO Interactive, 20th Jan) – Agent 47 returns! Embark on an intimate journey of darkness and hope in this dramatic conclusion to the HITMAN trilogy. Experience a globetrotting adventure across a tactile and immersive world that offers unparalleled player choice and replayability. Strike from the shadows anytime, anywhere.
Switch eShop – New Releases
12 Labours of Hercules III: Girl Power (JetDogs, 15th Jan, $7.99) – A hero from Ancient Greece, Hercules, is fighting the great beast Scylla, when lurking Charybdis captures his friend Cerberus! Then, unseen by Hercules, takes the hero himself. The only chance for Hercules is his wife Megara.
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden (22nd Jan, $14.99) – Discover and investigate a forgotten underwater city built in an intriguing Art-Deco style. This former utopia hides many spine-chilling secrets and supernatural forces, the remains of which still lurk in every corner. Face the ancient evil that is hiding in the deepest chambers of the city of Eden.
ADVERSE (Loneminded, 22nd Jan, $5.99) – ADVERSE is a first-person shooter platformer with a fluid movement system, set in an idyllic universe, in which players have to fight through enemies spanning eight unique worlds and 40 different levels. It is the latest project in the Loneminded catalogue, keeping true to the brand by being a fun, competitive platformer with in-game leaderboards with the addition of a multi-layered scoring system.
Air Bounce – The Jump ’n’ Run Challenge (21st Jan, $5.99) – AIR BOUNCE – THE JUMP ‘N’ RUN CHALLENGE is a fast-paced crazy difficult sometimes rage-inducing 3d first-person platformer. Are you ready for the challenge?
Arcade Archives Cosmo Police Galivan (HAMSTER, 14th Jan, $7.99) – “Cosmo Police Galivan” is an action game released by Nichibutsu in 1985. The “Arcade Archives” series has faithfully reproduced many classic Arcade masterpieces.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy (Koei Tecmo, 26th Jan, $59.99) – This story takes place three years after the events of the previous game “Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout,” and depicts the reunion of Ryza and her friends, who go through new encounters and goodbyes to discover a true priceless treasure.
Balancelot (Ratalaika Games, 22nd Jan, $7.99) – In this satirical medieval fantasy tale, a poor squire dreams to attend and conquer the kingdom’s jousting tournament. But because he’s poor, he cannot even afford a horse. However the unicycle happens to be close enough so the epic journey may begin!
Battle for Blood (YFC games, 22nd Jan, $3.99) – Constant fun and excitement! Bloody fighting from the start. Epic battles within 30 seconds. An all-new game type is coming! Are you ready to start a war? Our Knights, soldiers, and even our farmers are ready to go! Lead us into the devils lair!
Bezier: Second Edition (Thalamus Digital, 21st Jan, $19.99) – SCENARIO: Bezier is a twin-stick blaster set inside a vast computer built deep underground. The story traces the principal’s escape from this “Noah’s Ark” gone wrong. A simple shooter on the surface, the deeper narrative pulls in his relationship between evolution and god, family and love.
Bouncing Hero (Turtle Cream, 21st Jan, $4.99) – Explore the castle packed with highly sophisticated traps by a knight riding pogo stick with your amazing control! The castle, that is thirteen-story high and covered by magical power, changes its map every time randomly when you start to play. And statues with dead man’s spirit are ready to threaten you in this scary castle. Well, who will be the one conquering this tower?
CATTCH (ChiliDog Interactive, 22nd Jan, $6.99) – Amazing! You’ve finally found something you really needed! Colourful and enthralling platform game with the bold anthropomorphic animal as protagonist! Meet the Cattch! Cattch is the cat with a classy jersey! He acts just like you, and when he gets to chill he loves to spend his time watching TV.
Chess Royal (Silesia Games, 21st Jan, $2.99) – In this game you can play chess against powerful chess engine or face-to-face against your friends. If you want to play against the engine, choose the strength of it so you can be challenged appropriatelly. In the Puzzle Tower, your objective is to find solution to the presented chess problems.
Colorful Colore (Drageus Games, 22nd Jan, $2.99) – For us, there are two foundations to a wonderful puzzle title: 1/ SIMPLE YET CHALLENGING In each level, the goal is never far… The path, though, is a real maze. Choose a direction and avoid the walls not matching your color. It’s easy at first, but quickly gets tricky with clever level design and new mechanics such as switches and teleporters. Solving all 50 stages is an achievement to be proud of!
EPHEMERAL -FANTASY ON DARK- (HuneX, 21st Jan, $37.99) – Dark Fantasy X Campus Love Adventure coming to Nintendo Switch with full voice acting and switchable language (English & Japanese)! ! A forbidden campus love story across races, between Cloé and the other Residents of the Dark. Our heroine, Cloé, was born and raised in a caged town behind tall fences.
Frodoric The Driver (Ultimate Games, 21st Jan, $4.99) – Frodoric is a Belgian shepherd who has run out of his favorite cigarettes. Due to the regulations set by the government and national health care, the Tobacco Store is far away and requires him to embark on a journey through hundreds of locations. Hop in the car with your best friend Furcat (persian cat) and drive!
G-MODE Archives25 Topolon (G-mode, 14th Jan, $4.99) – TOPOLON is a futuristic action puzzle game that challenges the nano-world. Viruses have the habit of moving back and forth on wires that are strung across the circuitry. Collide and destroy viruses by attracting and splitting them up. Viruses will continue to be generated indefinitely and, if left unattended, will transform into other forms.
Ghostanoid (JoyBits, 21st Jan, $6.99) – Company dealing with cleaning of abandoned houses urgently seeks a ghost buster. We are very good at our job, but this time we are faced with tiny, evil and quick-witted ghosts. Somebody has to be able to handle them. Who else could it be if not you?
Gradiently (Hook Games, 22nd Jan, $4.99) – Gradiently – casual color puzzle game for everyone. Reorder tiles in a way they will form perfect gradient. 400 beautiful hand-tuned gradients Minimal art style Full touch screen support Relaxing soundtrack
GRISAIA PHANTOM TRIGGER 5.5 (PROTOTYPE, 21st Jan, $14.99) – Several years after Yuuji Kazami and his friends fought for their lives in a fierce battle, a new generation of heroines gather at Mihama Academy, which has been reinstated as a ‘specialist training school’.
Her Love in the Force (Voltage, 21st Jan, $24.99) – The Story: Join The Public Safety Police Academy and dive into a world of men! In pursuit of your dreams of becoming a detective, your supervisor encourages you to enter The Public Safety Police Academy.
Jiffy (Lone Wolf Technology, 21st Jan, $2.00) – Jiffy is a retro style platformer with fast paced action-packed gameplay.
Legend of Numbers (YFC games, 23rd Jan, $2.99) – In this numbers world, use simple match and merge functions to navigate the numbers and your own wisdom to create a legend for them! Come explore the hundreds of fun, exciting levels just waiting to be played!
Loot Hero DX (Ratalaika Games, 21st Jan, $4.99) – Plow through monsters and become hero in this epic fantasy quest! A legendary Dragon is haunting the lands. Towns are set ablaze, and dark magic power resurrects the evil creatures of the world. A hero is needed to travel to the corners of the lands and slay the beast to restore peace.
Missile Dancer (Terarin Games, 21st Jan, $9.99) – Taking inspiration from the likes of Eighting’s Soukyugurentai and Taiti’s ‘Storm’ series of shooters, Missile Dancer is a vertically-scrolling shmup with simple yet addictive mechanics. – Read our Missile Dancer review
Neoverse Trinity Edition – NEOVERSE is a time warping multiverse game consisting of thrilling adventures that are packed with great and exciting challenges; combining roguelite, deck building, strategy gameplay all in one. It puts your skills to the test. Set off on an adventure with unique heroes to save the living realms regardless of time and space.
Nosferatu Lilinor (neon, 21st Jan, $17.14) – The super-difficult puzzle action game Nosferatu Lilinor is coming to Nintendo Switch. The game is a retro-like stage-clearing puzzle action game that leads the vampire girl Lilinor to her goal. The game’s difficulty level is very high, and the game’s style is to seek a clear route after multiple challenges.
Rock ’N Racing Bundle Off Road & Grand Prix (22nd Jan, $19.99) – Enjoy 2 games in 1 with this irresistible speed games pack! Rock ‘N Racing Off Road. Get ready to enjoy Off Road races with your friends and family!
Sally Face (Undefined, 21st Jan, $14.99) – Delve into an unsettling adventure following a boy with a prosthetic face, as he uses his handheld video game system to speak with the dead and learn their stories. After a string of mysterious murders, Sal and his three friends discover something truly sinister casting shadows over their small town.
Shing! (Mass Creation, 21st Jan, $19.99) – Join a band of wisecracking warriors in a bloody adventure through the land of mythical monsters and mysterious machines. FEATURES: – Play solo or with friends: up to 4 players in local co-op – Experience immersive and intuitive controls: right stick controls your weapon giving you instant access to extensive moveset.
Silver Screen Story (Kairosoft, 14th Jan, $14.00) – Become the boss of film studios and lead them to world-wide fame, supervising production of blockbusters! Customize your studios with facilities such as a CG or sound studio, staff cafeteria or acting school. Having talented directors is key, but it’s up to you to train them up, bring out their full potential, and offer them guidance when they get stuck.
SOLAS 128 (Armor Games, 25th Jan, $14.99) – At its heart, SOLAS is a beam deflection game. Rotate and reposition mirrors to connect light sources and unlock adjacent puzzles. Every pulse is moving to the beat at all times, and each puzzle is connected to the next. Explore this strange interconnected space, learn its rules, and discover the surprises that dwell within.
Tadpole Treble Encore (BitFinity, 21st Jan, $8.99) – The award-winning rhythm-based action game is coming to you! Featuring “some of the best video game music ever” according to Real Otaku Gamer, Tadpole Treble invites players to embark on a thrilling adventure through sheet music. Escape predatory piranhas, flirtatious admirers and more as you make your way back home.
The Game is ON (Bigosaur, 21st Jan, $4.99) – The Game is ON is a puzzle game where you have to move things and click around until the situation on the screen matches some well known phrase or idiom from the English language. By solving the puzzles, you get jigsaw pieces. Collect enough pieces to unlock extra levels. You can also get jigsaw pieces by solving the puzzles in least possible moves and by finding pieces hidden in levels.
The Unexpected Quest (OverGamez, 23rd Jan, $15.00) – Embark on quests, hunt down treasures and manage your resources as you build, battle, cast magic and brew potions to bring order to the world. EXPLORE Strange creatures living in different locations await you. Some of them will help you, others need your help, and others will take a liking to your head. . . or, rather, your fresh brains.
Timothy and the Mysterious Forest (22nd Jan, $7.99) – Timothy, a common child, wants to save his grandfather from certain death. The old man fell ill and he’s now fighting for his life. Timothy, who loves his grandfather very much, decides to take a risky journey to the infamous Mysterious Forest. Legends speak of a magic mushroom able to cure any disease that grows into the forest. Timothy bravely begins his journey to find the magic mushroom.
Unspottable (GrosChevaux, 21st Jan, $11.99) – Unspottable is a competitive couch party game where you need to punch your friends before they punch you. Blend in the crowd of AI characters, hunt down the other players and use the many different environment specific rules to win the game.
WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE WOLF (HeroCraft, 23rd Jan, $17.99) – Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a turn-based tactical strategy in which you have to take command of the Space Wolves and join the battle against the wicked servants of Chaos and the sinister Necrons. Game features: An epic story campaign, a unique survival mode A system for levelling and tuning the squad Different classes of armour and a huge number of weapons All previously released DLC. – Read our WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE WOLF review
Ziggy the Chaser (Ultimate Games, 26th Jan, $7.99) – Once upon a time in a fairytale land known as Divia, Estar, the King ruled this land with the help of 1000 Magical Crystals of foresight. Unfortunately, one day an evil goblin from the other side of the world learned of the 1000 Magical Crystals and grew jealous of King Estar.
Zombie Apocalypse (Pix Arts, 26th Jan, $3.99) – Horrible zombies are attacking, as the most rewarded zombie fighter, you’ve been designated to find, blast and kill them anywhere they hide. Make you way from cemetery to city suburbs and desolated landscapes for mankind relief. Zombie Apocalypse Attack is a blasting / shooting game in full 3D where emphasis has been put to fast-paced action. 10 different guns to choose from. Will you survive zombie inferno this time again?